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Subject: slight rant about book sales at the library
Date Posted: 5/13/2013 5:55 PM ET
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I went to the library today and there was a whole box of paperback romance novles each for a dime. and the whole box was filled with nora roberts. I wish I liked her but I don't and anytime I see a book sale there's at least 2 of her books. I just wanted to get that off my chest. some authors take forever to write a book, like Anne Stuart and Anna Campbell and I adore them, and then you have authors like nora roberts or someone else big name and they write books almost every month or at least it seems like it and i don't like their writing at all. anyone else have this problem

Date Posted: 5/13/2013 7:24 PM ET
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And Nora Roberts books are endlessly re-issued too so they fool you by thinking it's something new when it's not.

Subject: i have awhole box of NR books here i couldnt sell at a garage sale
Date Posted: 5/13/2013 8:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/14/2013 6:31 AM ET
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I feel your pain melisa. I always find at least 5 nora roberts and maybe 3 danielle steel books at garage/flea markets. And she writes sooo many. I wish I could get into her writing but to be honest it's just kind of boring at least to me.Sarah  a couple of authors do that, they re-release books under different titles. sometimes they release all their short stories into one book which is fine with me because i dont buy short story anthologies so i know i don't have that story.

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 10:20 AM ET
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I totally understand. I don't like her either and I can't tell you how many times well-meaning friends or relatives have given me a book of hers because "I Like romance".   

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 11:25 AM ET
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I know how you feel.  I also AM NOT a fan of either Nora Roberts, or Danielle Steele, as well as some others.  I am currently trying new authors.  Hopefully I can find someone or a few someones that I like.

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 12:51 PM ET
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I don't really dislike NR but I would never pay any money for her books.  Once in a while I pick up one of her audiobooks at the library. 

But I kind of distrust the amount of books that woman cranks out between the Nora Robers & JD Robb names. I don't think she writes them all herself, I really don't.  I think she has a team of ghost writers she pays and just sticks her name on them. I truly think she is basically just a brand name stuck on books at this point like James Patterson.  Although he now has another author's name on the book with him.

And yes you really have to watch some of those long-career romance writers with the reissues.  Some of the Hannah Howell "Highland" books were previously issued under other titles.  I know Elfking's lady was reissues as one, Highland Bride I think but might have been a different one.  Some were written under the name Anna Jenet with other titles.

Same with Lori Foster.  I can't tell you how many times the Buchhorn brothers books & Casey Buckhorn's book has been reissued disguised as something else. Just the other day I was looking at a "new" book of hers as the grocery store and it was yet another edition with Casey's story.  Had to be at least the 4th one I've come across. 

So for any prolific, long time authors, I always read the small print and the into and then look the book up here and at the library before I ever buy one.



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Date Posted: 5/14/2013 12:54 PM ET
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The library sales when I lived in MD were awesome.  I would hit the WL lottery all the time. There were no UBS around and so they had quite the big regular sales at the library. 

I only went to this local one twice since I moved back to  MA.  It was 90% block buster sellers like NR, James Patterson, Grisham etc., and the other 10% was the little series romance which I very rarely read.

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 4:58 PM ET
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also beatrice smalls. i find her allllllll the tiiiimmmme. I've tried hannah howell and can't get into her. i like john grisham sometimes. I also don't beleive that nora roberts writes all her books herself. also her books get turned into fairly bad movies which dosen't endear her to me haha

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 5:15 PM ET
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I enjoy NR, especially her romantic suspense. Their somewhat of a comfort read for me.  I was quite disappointed I got my name of the WL late for the one that just came out, lol. That being said, I wont pay money for her books. The lines moves fairly quick here so I just wait it out.  And yeah, every single yard sale, library sale I ever go to always has a butt load of her books. LOL

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 5:38 PM ET
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I like NR, but it does irritate me that our library buys her books, and all these other best selling authors who you eventually wind up seeing at the yard sale, while buying very little lesser known stuff. Roberts et.al. don't *need* the library sales.

Date Posted: 5/15/2013 8:24 PM ET
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I have never been able to get into her books, I've tryed twice.   They are boring to me. There is this really nice lady that works at one of the UBS in my area, and whenever go there I take books that have been sitting on my shelf for awhile and get store credit. anyhow,while she is adding up my credit I'm looking around for more books she always says " I see you like so-and so,you'd probably enjoy Nora Roberts" every time I go there...LOL   she must not remember me.



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Date Posted: 5/16/2013 8:43 AM ET
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I like NR's older category books.  Not read many of her books since she went mainstream though.  After a while, they all start to sound the same.

Date Posted: 5/19/2013 1:18 PM ET
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I also find christine feehan a lot. a few of her books were great and different from each other and then they all sound the same. i get that romance novels are going to be predictable to an extent: happy ending, main characters get together etc. but I hate reading the same types of senarios over and over or the same type of descriptions ie 'tough as nails'.