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Subject: Sail...same book, different title?
Date Posted: 6/20/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I'm stumped. I began reading Sail by James Patterson which has a copy right date of 2008. I can swear I have read this same book a few years back. Same characters, same plot and I know what happens next before reading.

Does anyone know if this book was renamed and updated?

Thanks.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/20/2009 7:07 PM ET
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Because of your question I looked at Stop You're Killing Me and Amazon.

Nope this is a new novel.

On Amazon some of the people who wrote reviews said that it was a standard James Patterson summer read.  One wrote what you did that it seemed as though she had read the book before.

In the review it mentioned some of the hazards the encounter and it sounded like a B movie complete with sharks and other hazards that I don't want to mention for fear you haven't gotten that far with the book.

It sound like a light summer read to me even with the hazards. 

Date Posted: 6/20/2009 7:47 PM ET
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I guess when you write as many books as James Patterson has, there are bound to be some same story lines....<smile>

 

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 12:27 AM ET
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Before I read Sail, I had read a book  (can't remember the book or author), where the storyline was almost the same.  Maybe you read the other book, too.

 

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 10:12 AM ET
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It's pretty weird. I even recognize the full character names. I'm 3/4 of the way through and I know exactly what is going to happen way before it happens...every detail. At least it's a very quick read.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/21/2009 12:34 PM ET
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I just finished Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews.  I know I didn't read it before this but it sure seemed like I did.  I even knew who the killer was as soon as he was introduced to the story.  As you say Ellen, when you have a book like that you just breeze through it.

Reading the reviews I've put Sail on my WL.  The story doesn't sound familiar to me...lol.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:42 PM ET
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Meg Landslow also wrote a book Owls well that ends well.

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 10:45 PM ET
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I hate it when that happens.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 8:31 AM ET
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I was going to say the same thing as Henri.  It's one of the reasons I stopped reading him and a few other "mega" authors because all their books read the same after awhile.

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 4:44 AM ET
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"Meg Landslow" is the *main character* in the Donna Andrews novel--she's not the author! ;)  That said, I feel like I've re-read every one of JP's Maximum Ride each time a new one comes out.  I didn't even buy the fourth or fifth ones, and shouldn't have bought the third...One of the very few times I've experienced book-buyer's regret (especially since I bought the cursed thing NEW! <*grrrr!*>)
At any rate, I feel like I re-read the same story when I read the Dragon trilogy by Mary Brown--it was like she re-wrote the same novel three different times!  WHY!?!?