Monday, August 23, 2010

Janet Evanovich: Fearless Fourteen

And this blog entry was started on the 28 of June. Oh just wait, the backlog gets even more outrageous. Patience.

I didn’t even write anything at the time, I just needed to return the books so I made a draft list, meaning to get to work on that asap. Yeah right, you start reading new things and then … This way is much better, not reading anything new and bringing the laptop on the bus. I’m making headway now! Anyway, I obviously didn’t remember no plot no more, so I looked it up on Amazon and now I don’t feel like writing a summary. You can have this one from that Amazon page instead; and I quote:
Our heroine, the irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, finds herself watching over a goth teen called Zook, who is heavily into gaming, after his mom can’t make bail and disappears (or has been kidnapped). A lot of people think there is stolen money buried in or near Officer Morelli’s little house—that’s Steph’s Morelli, the cop who is her number-one boyfriend most of the time, or at least when the entrancing Ranger isn’t nearby. The money is the reason behind Zook’s mom’s disappearance, and it’s the tie that binds Evanovich’s various plotlines, which carom about endlessly, not always resolving. Questions abound: Are Steph’s sidekick, the plus-size Lula, and Ranger’s man Tank really engaged? Ranger is working security for a fading but brassy pop star: How does Steph manage to get into and out of her reality show? Can Zook and his sidekicks protect Morelli’s house—and Stephanie—with their homegrown weaponry (think potatoes as missiles)? Where else but Evanovich’s fourteenth novel can a line like “it’s raining money and popsicles!” actually make sense? Fans will be delighted, but others, who stumble into the series at this advanced point, may find themselves starved for backstory, so much so that they may need to go all the way back to One for the Money (1994). --GraceAnne A. DeCandido
Thank you, GraceAnne, and by the way - your name is fabulous!

I think that says it all and more. I’m falling out of love with this series too. The nuggets of darkness that offset the slapstick are all but gone now. In one chapter Stephanie is almost very brutally raped. Which scares her, but then she shrugs it off and it’s no more an issue. I don’t like this dumbing down business.

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