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Subject: Stephanie Plum series... worth collecting?
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 5:23 PM ET
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or only reading?

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 5:28 PM ET
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This may be a weird response since I've never read them but I have sold a few on line.

from a value perspective, only the early books have any real resale value.  The recent books are printed in such large quantities that they don't hold value.  If signed, that is a different story!

I do know several mystery lovers that really enjoy the books.  I think with any collectible, it adds a great deal if you enjoy the thing you are collecting.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 6:04 PM ET
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Rick.... thank you for your response.  As a voracious reader...  I only care if I'd care to read them more than once (ie. keepers)

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 7:04 PM ET
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I'm a collector (but not of this author or series). IMO, you should collect what you like. Books rarely become worthwhile monetary investments. So collect what you like and enjoy them.

That said, if you happen to come across a true first edition of A Is for Alibi, it could be worth several hundred dollars, depending on the condition. (So don't pass it up at a book sale!)

 

Genie

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I've read them more than once, and still loved them every time!

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 8:44 PM ET
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I absolutely love the Stephanie Plum series! I'm trying to collect them all as well. I've read them all but I only own 1 , 2, 11, 13 and the new one Plum Lovin

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:25 PM ET
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I am in the process of reading of them now.  I have all but the new Plum Lucky one that came out in Jan.  I guess in my opinion, they are GREAT but I wouldn't consider them "keepers".  I do reread books but only ones I really LOVE.  I have parted with the ones I've read b/c one I have a HUGE TBR pile, two it is a long series 15+ books which to me w/ two young boys takes a long time to read through the first time let alone more than once, & three if I ever do want to reread them in the future I can always get them at the library.  Hope that helps.  I guess you could always read the first few & see what you think & then decide.  Shayla

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 11:41 PM ET
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i like them i should have kept all of well.

   

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 3:44 PM ET
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I've read all of them, including the newest one and I own all of them. I enjoy re-reading them every-so-often. They're funny and just fun to read. I think that Jennifer Crusie and some of Lori Foster's are that way too.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 4:32 PM ET
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You won't have to worry about  "re-reading" them. After a while you'll find you are re'reading the same thing in each book.

I thought the series was fresh & extremely hilarious at first. I laughed my head of during some passages. But after about the nineth one I began to realize, Evanovich had become extremely formulaic & puts in exactly the same stuff in each one. The situations change slightly, but the characters don't grow, don't change & keep doing exactly the same thing over and over and over and over. For a writer who only puts out basically ONE book a year, I wonder why she can't add more original stuff to the later books? It's like she found this one brilliant formula that worked & couldn't come up with anything else.

I understand the books are of a comedic genre, of sorts. But to me, that doesn't mean the characters can't grow & change and do something else thoughout a series?

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 4:36 PM ET
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I don't think I have liked them as much as most people. They are cute and funny at times but the mystery plots for me so far are not interesting. I've only read the first three book though. Even though I have the next 4, I'm not running to read the rest of the series. I seriously doubt I will reread them later so for me they are most likely not going to be keepers.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 11:14 PM ET
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they are worth collecting them all and reading over and over again....thats just my opinion