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Old 10-05-2010, 07:04 PM   #46
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Reacher showered several times. At least twice alone, three times with Roscoe, and he washed his face in the prison shower room before the Aryan White Brotherhood white trash prison gang interrupted. He wasn't such a dirty guy!
Very well then! I stand corrected!
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:57 PM   #47
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I enjoyed the book, but you know what I found really, really odd? The guy never took a shower.
Reacher was in Margrave for 8 days and the book mentions that he took 6 showers during that time (7 if you count the 14 miles he walked in a hard rain on his way to Margrave).
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Yeah but he didn't have a change of clothes.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:09 AM   #49
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Reacher was in Margrave for 8 days and the book mentions that he took 6 showers during that time (7 if you count the 14 miles he walked in a hard rain on his way to Margrave).
Very well then! I stand corrected!

(Although I did say 'at least.' )

I don't remember him using the bathroom, though. That's a long time to hold it!
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:42 AM   #50
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I contend he needed at LEAST one more to make it realistic and keep from smelling funny.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:59 AM   #51
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:31 AM   #52
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I bought the first four Reacher books without reading any first.

I've now read three of them. They're OKAY, but as I've seen others comment, they're not the most realistic I've read.

To me, Reacher is a bit too tough, for me, unrealistic. The books are readable, but not good enough for me to recommend. I've read a lot better series.

Like Harlan Coben, Connelly and several others much more.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:55 PM   #53
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Yeah but he didn't have a change of clothes.
Reacher changed his clothes at least twice:

Near the end of Chapter 16:
"Made the right onto Main Street and cruised along. I was peering left and right in under the smart striped awnings, looking for the clothes store. Found it three doors north of the barbershop. Left the Bentley on the street and went in. Paid out some of Charlie Hubble’s expenses cash to a sullen middle-aged guy for a pair of pants, a shirt and a jacket. A light fawn color, pressed cotton, as near to formal as I was prepared to go. No tie. I put it all on in the changing cubicle in the back of the store. Bagged up the old stuff and threw it in the Bentley’s trunk as I passed."

Second to last paragraph of Chapter 34:
"I walked into the depot. Bought a ticket. Then I crossed the street to a cheap store and bought new clothes. Changed in their cubicle, left the filthy old fatigues in their garbage can."
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:59 PM   #54
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I contend he needed at LEAST one more to make it realistic and keep from smelling funny.
Well, there is one more if you count the incident where Reacher gets drenched while killing the Kliner kid in Hubble's pool.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:16 PM   #55
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I still don't remember him ever making a trip to the can.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:17 PM   #57
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Reacher changed his clothes at least twice:

Near the end of Chapter 16:
"Made the right onto Main Street and cruised along. I was peering left and right in under the smart striped awnings, looking for the clothes store. Found it three doors north of the barbershop. Left the Bentley on the street and went in. Paid out some of Charlie Hubble’s expenses cash to a sullen middle-aged guy for a pair of pants, a shirt and a jacket. A light fawn color, pressed cotton, as near to formal as I was prepared to go. No tie. I put it all on in the changing cubicle in the back of the store. Bagged up the old stuff and threw it in the Bentley’s trunk as I passed."

Second to last paragraph of Chapter 34:
"I walked into the depot. Bought a ticket. Then I crossed the street to a cheap store and bought new clothes. Changed in their cubicle, left the filthy old fatigues in their garbage can."
See, he changed out of filthy clothes and didn't shower.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:18 PM   #58
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Well, there is one more if you count the incident where Reacher gets drenched while killing the Kliner kid in Hubble's pool.
Nope, doesn't count. Plain water is better than nothing, but in high humidity, lots of walking, being in prison--I'm thinking the more soap the better!!!
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OK, the book did have some plot holes in it. But, not telling us when he took his SSS was not one of them. I recently read Pride & Prejudice and they never once took a shower or went to the bath room. They must have smelled to high heaven.

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Surely Authors don't have to write a sentence everytime their hero showers... What if the hero had OCD...??? the whole book will be about showers...
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