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Old 09-11-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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Jack Reacher #17: A Wanted Man

Reacher's last adventure is out today.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Reacher's last adventure is out today.
Nah, it was out on the 30th August

It's pretty good - on a par with the other Reacher novels anyway (IMHO).
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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Reacher's last adventure is out today.
There will be no more Jack Reacher stories?
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
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There will be no more Jack Reacher stories?
Shame on you. English is only my 3rd language.

last: adjective a superl. of late with later as compar.
1. occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page.
2. most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday.
3. being the only one remaining: my last dollar; the last outpost; a last chance.
4. final: in his last hours.
5. ultimate or conclusive; definitive: the last word in the argument.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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Shame on you. English is only my 3rd language.

last: adjective a superl. of late with later as compar.
1. occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page.
2. most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday.
3. being the only one remaining: my last dollar; the last outpost; a last chance.
4. final: in his last hours.
5. ultimate or conclusive; definitive: the last word in the argument.
The correct word you want so nobody else misunderstands is latest instead of last. The way last was used, it reads like definition #5.
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I'll have to side with Jon on this one. There's no way that "last adventure" could mean anything other than "final adventure." If you said "latest adventure," that would be fine.
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It depends on context, surely?

If I were to be asked a question about the books and answered, "Oh, that happened in the last book", that could quite reasonably be read as the 'latest' one. I agree, though, that 'latest' would have been a much better choice of word in the OP.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #8
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I'll have to side with Jon on this one. There's no way that "last adventure" could mean anything other than "final adventure." If you said "latest adventure," that would be fine.
What about the dictionary definition (2) above? Is that wrong also?
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What about the dictionary definition (2) above? Is that wrong also?
definition #2 is not wrong. But the meaning of last is based on the context used. The way last was used, it meant final as in the last book of the series. I was asking for clarification as I've not read anything about this being the last book of the series.
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definition #2 is not wrong. But the meaning of last is based on the context used. The way last was used, it meant final as in the last book of the series. I was asking for clarification as I've not read anything about this being the last book of the series.
I have read the book. There is nothing in it to explicitly suggest it is the final book in the Reacher series.
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I have read the book. There is nothing in it to explicitly suggest it is the final book in the Reacher series.
I read a review the other day when I was looking to try to find out if it was the last of the series and from the review, it sounded like it wasn't.
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What about the dictionary definition (2) above? Is that wrong also?
Ex. I really liked Reacher's last adventure; I hope the next one is as good. Def. #2
Ex. Reacher's last adventure is out today. Def. #4
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