Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lean Mean Thirteen

Title: Lean Mean Thirteen

Author: Janet Evanovich
Country: USA
Year: 2007
Pages: 320
Rating: 3 out of 5

First sentence: For the last five minutes, I'd been parked outside my cousin Vinnie's bail bonds office in my crapola car, debating whether to continue with my day, or return to my apartment and crawl back into bed.

I read the latest in the Stephanie Plum series for both the Themed Reading Challenge and the Series challenge. Some of the latest books in the series haven't been the best, and this one would fall under that category, but is still gave me a few laughs. I particularly enjoyed the comedic takes on the problems of getting the cable company to come out and fix anything. That is something I can completely relate to.

What is really starting to bother me about this series is it is becoming way too predictable, and there is no longer any progression forward in the over-arching story line or further character development. I am quickly becoming tired of the love triangle between Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger. Stephanie keeps getting into the same situations, makes the same mistakes, and plays the same games with the two men in her life. It's getting a bit old; it might be time for this series to start to wrap up.


Iliana said...

I think Evanovich really succeeds at creating zany characters and funny situations (Grandma Mazur is a hoot!) but I just couldn't take any more of Stephanie's cars blowing up and the whole Ranger/Morelli situation. I gave up at book 10 so I guess I haven't missed much.

Literary Feline said...

I felt like she tried to cram a whole lot of comedy in and sacrificed the story as a result. I do enjoy her books, but you are right, they don't really seem to go anywhere.

Stephanie said...

Thirteen books in one series is a lot - I probably read only four or five myself.