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Subject: Repairman Jack
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 4:12 PM ET
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Anyone here love the Repairman Jack novels by F. Paul Wilson?? I've read The Tomb, Nightworld and The Haunted Air with Gateways on my TBR pile. He is a wonderful character that is hard to forget once you put the book down. Just wondering if anyone out there enjoys this series.
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 4:25 PM ET
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Jack is a great character!  Jack was never meant to be a series character and was really meant to "die off" in his first book, The Tomb.  When FPW continued 'The Adversary Cycle",  he wanted a character like Jack to round things off, and realized, since he never officially killed him, he could bring him back.  Nightworld (which is book 6 of The Adversary Cycle), is actually @ the 15-16th novel of Repairman Jack, chronologically speaking.  FPW knew people liked the character and thought he could do more with him. All the books from Legacies up until the Bloodlines release (with a projected 3-4 more books left) take place between The Tomb and Nightworld.  FPW recently announced that he is doing 3 books of Repairman Jack as young adult books, and will actually feature Jack as a teenager, showing how he first got started fixing things, and how he developed.  I believe that the 1st one will be out next year.  AS you've found out, all the stories are stand alone, and read as such, are great.  Iy you can read them in order though, I think that the stories will be a bit more enhanced.  A non Jack story that you mike enjoy is Sibs, which is a great story about a sister investigated the death of her twin.

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 4:51 PM ET
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Thanks for the info Steven. The other books I've read by FPW is The Keep (really good) and The Barrens (short storis also good.) I will continue to look for other Jack books and will look up Sibs.
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 6:31 PM ET
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After reading the Tomb I was hooked on Repairman Jack.  Unfortunately, there is a wait list on PBS for just about every Repairman Jack novel.  Right now I am waiting for Conspiracies to continue the series. 

The Keep was also an excellent book.  Did anyone else see the movie version that was released in the 80s?  I saw it at the theater and all I can remember is thinking this makes no sense whatsoever.   Reading FPW's blog, I guess that was his opinion of the movie as well.  It is unfortunate that the movie did so little justice to the original book. 

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 6:57 PM ET
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I saw the movie. Didn't really like it. I just posted today The Haunted Air but it's WL. I'll be posting Gateways as soon as I finish it.
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 7:45 PM ET
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Cindy, there is also another short story collection from the early 90's called (I believe)  "Soft, and other stories".  there are some good things in there as well.  Another good one is the Touch.  It's standalone, but part of the Adversary Cycle that I mentioned.  The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, Nightworld are the books.  The last 3 were written as one giant novel, but the size would have made it unpublishable, so it was split up.  The Touch is completely standalone though (there is a short story in Soft that predates the events in Touch), although locations and characters might be mentioned in the Jack stories.  FPW didn't really realize that everything was really linking together until he started thinking about books 4-6. 

 

Diane, I've always wanted to see The Keep, but it's not released on DVD that I know of.  The film script was written as if it was Dracula in WW2, and it sort of killed the whole point of Rasalom (the main bad guy).  There was recently a Graphic Novel adaptation of The Keep in black & white (with lots of RED thrown in), that was approved of by FPW, and supposedly a really good adaptation, but I did not get it, as the art didn't appeal to me. 

 

I collect a lot of small specialty press titles, usually signed and numbered hardcovers, and they take up a good amount of space, so there are few paperbacks that I will actually hold onto, but Repairman Jack is one of the few that I hold on to.  (I've never got around to getting a limited Jack  novel though.)

 

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 12:51 PM ET
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yes i love Repairman Jack. Just put his newest Bloodline on my wishlist but am going to be checking it out in used book stores. I have credit in one & they normally get them in in a couple of months. My sister likes him & collects him, so if i get i read & pass on to her. Just finished Harbringers (execellent) but will make u cry.

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 3:54 PM ET
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I'm number 1 on the WL for Harbingers. Can't wait for it to come in.
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 10:47 PM ET
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I love this series!  Repairman Jack is a great character.  I've found it difficult to find Wilson's earlier Repairman Jack novels.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:40 PM ET
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hey I just got Bloodline at Barnes & Noble marked down to $4.75!!!! YES! won't pay the higher price cuz I wait & wait & wait BUT good things come to those who wait!!!!!! By the way, if you enjoy repairman jack you will probably like the Dresden files by Jim Butcher & also the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child;

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 11:27 PM ET
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I'm a new RJ fan, read the first two and I'm hooked. I just got Conspiracies today, yay! I also got the first Dresden files so I'm looking forward to trying that series as well.