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Old 01-10-2017, 07:02 PM   #91
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I just checked, the last book I read was 15. Its been a while, so I can't remember the exact reason I quit on them but I *think* they lost some of their humor. Almost like it was too forced?
Like I said, it's been quite a while. Shame she passed it off to others, it used to be so darn funny. Just truly laugh out loud funny. I would drive my hubby nuts giggling while reading in bed while he was trying to sleep.
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Again all rumored but 12 was supposed to be the end of the series but the publisher wouldn't have it. JE wrote 13 there is no doubt about it but after that she either worked with her daughter on a few and eventually gave it up to her. The truth is she has been known to abandoned series before. Three series were abandoned before Plum. The Salem series was to be abandoned but they brought in a co writer. My guess is if she could she would retire. When her son got sick she didn't want to write anymore. She wanted to stop but she was under contract and all those fans who demanded more.

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I never got into the Stephanie Plum series. Way back in the day, JE wrote for Loveswept and I LOVED Loveswept books. Nice romances with some quirky start to the book. I read her back then.

Once she went mainstream, I saw an interview with her and she really put down those early books she wrote as stupid, fluffly romance novels. That offended me and I've refused to read anything with her name on it since.
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I quit reading before 10. In my mind, Joe and Ranger ran off together and Stephanie is still out there bumbling around since the author has made it clear she'd never really choose between them or learn a job.

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Once she went mainstream, I saw an interview with her and she really put down those early books she wrote as stupid, fluffly romance novels. That offended me and I've refused to read anything with her name on it since.
This always makes me sad. There have been other authors who made the jump to mainstream books without deriding their early category romance careers: Sandra Brown, Tami Hoag, Lisa Garner (who wrote SIMs as Alicia Scott), and Eileen Dreyer (who wrote as Kathleen Korbel, then wrote medical mysteries before coming back to write historicals still using Dreyer), plus others.


I could understand JE not wanting to write anymore when her son became ill. But she's signed new contracts since. If she's not really writing them, then she must like the money.
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She no longers owns the name. Yes she is still putting her name with co writers but her children pretty much run the business. I no longer think of JE as a single person when it is a team of family writers and who else they hire. She probably doesn't write much at all these days actually. She does some editing on the co writer books.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story...thor/89417768/

As you can see in this interview her son is head of the team now.

Also that comment about profanity in the Plum novels proves to me Janet had nothing to do with 23.

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She no longers owns the name. Yes she is still putting her name with co writers but her children pretty much run the business. I no longer think of JE as a single person when it is a team of family writers and who else they hire. She probably doesn't write much at all these days actually. She does some editing on the co writer books.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story...thor/89417768/

As you can see in this interview her son is head of the team now.

Also that comment about profanity in the Plum novels proves to me Janet had nothing to do with 23.

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That was an interesting read, thanks for that!
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Quick question, does Stephanie Plum have a sister?

I don’t remember reading that she had, but it’s been several years since I read the first 14 books, I’m on 17 now and while she is describing the living room of her parents house she mentions a chest full of toys that belongs to her sister’s kids.
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IIRC, there's an older sister and, yes, she has kids. Vicky? Valerie?

This series is totally blast from the past for me. I dropped it after book 13 and was in college. I loved Ranger (so. freaking. much.) but couldn't stand Stephanie's lack of growth. It worked for me for forever teens like Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys; but, somehow, not for a character who, at the time, was about double my age.
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Thank’s!

I didn’t remember that, and since her mother is eager to see steph get married I assumed she was an only child.

I’m enjoying the audios, they are fun and don’t require a lot of concentration, so I can listen to them when I’m doing other things, when the story is more complicated I have to pay more attention to understand. Also I don’t see them as being romance, for me they are more a kind of humorous mystery.

The only thing I don’t really care much about is the descriptions, in each book she describes what she looks like, and what her parents house is like, and the other people on her life, I’m in the 3 in a row and I’m getting tired of hearing the same thing.
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I didn’t remember that, and since her mother is eager to see steph get married I assumed she was an only child.

I’m enjoying the audios, they are fun and don’t require a lot of concentration, so I can listen to them when I’m doing other things, when the story is more complicated I have to pay more attention to understand. Also I don’t see them as being romance, for me they are more a kind of humorous mystery.

The only thing I don’t really care much about is the descriptions, in each book she describes what she looks like, and what her parents house is like, and the other people on her life, I’m in the 3 in a row and I’m getting tired of hearing the same thing.
Yep the introduction is in every book too. I've gotten use to it.

Valerie Kloughn is Steph's sister. She was previously married and had children.

I can't remember the last time she was mentioned in the series. She's in some of the in between numbers books too.

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