yerma, April 25, 2009 (view all comments by yerma)
Ohmygod, this book was just hilarious! Yes, I know, I read the other "review" by the person who hated it and thought it was three stooge-ish.
I laughed until I choked. From Lula sneezing and farting, to Martin Munch and his munchkins, it had everything: Ranger (soooo cool), Morelli (soooo hot), Carl (soooo funny), and Diesel (soooo other-worldly), it was a GREAT read!
I would recommend this book to any Stephanie Plum reader. You'll love it! See if you don't.
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I love books, January 10, 2009 (view all comments by I love books)
I have been reading Janet Evanovich's Plum books for years since I first picked up One for the Money. Priceless. Each book got better and better. They were rich with fantastic storylines, wit, fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, heart-pounding moments, and characters that I grew to know and love.
As I read, book after book, year after year, I watched with glee as Janet catapulted to #1 bestselling status. She deserved it. The books were the best.
They are fiction. I know that. They are supposed to be funny. I know that.
Funny in the Evanovich earlier books used be witty and sharp. The storylines and characters were rich, exciting, sexy, with attitude, and scary with plots well written.
Plum Spooky falls very short of any of the above. It is silly, inane and juvenile. Could appeal to pre-teen and teen boys that revel in gross bodily functions. Characters I had known and loved now fit in the "what the????" category. Again, another book by Evanovich that reads like a bad three stooges episode.
Janet Evanovich needs to pull her old books off her shelf and read them. If she cannot go into her office and write like she used to, she needs to call it quits.
At almost $30 for a hardcover book, this is a rip-off and total waste of my hard-earned money.
This is the last Evanovich book I will read until I start reading reviews that assure me that the Janet Evanovich books are as good as they used to be.
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St. Martin's Press -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Trenton bounty hunter Stephanie Plum must track down a bail jumper intent on wreaking havoc in Evanovich's breezy 'between the numbers' adventure, the first novel-length episode. Before disappearing, Martin Munch, a 24-year-old boy genius with a doctorate in quantum physics, stole a magnetometer from the research lab where he worked. Tasked with bringing him in, Stephanie reluctantly enlists the help of Diesel, the handsome, mysterious bounty hunter who periodically pops into her life. They discover that Munch joined forces with Gerwulf 'Wulf' Grimoire, a wealthy psychopath with a penchant for snapping his victims' necks and burning a handprint into their flesh. With Munch and Wulf MIA in Trenton, Stephanie and Diesel follow the trail to the Pine Barrens, a densely wooded area rumored to be the home of the mythical Jersey Devil. Add to the mayhem a bird-flipping monkey named Carl, stolen rockets and just enough of her main squeezes, Morelli and Ranger, to keep it interesting, and you've got just another day in Stephanie Plum's crazy life. Evanovich (Fearless Fourteen) skillfully balances humor with a surprisingly coherent plot, ensuring readers will be clamoring for the next 'numbered' installment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by GraceAnne A. DeCandido, Booklist,
"The repartee sparkles and shimmies from razor wit to toilet humor (and back again), and the plot involves mud, food tossing, explosive farts, occasional kissing, and hilarious (and true-to-life, alas) allergic reactions (that would be from Lula)... Incredible amounts of fun."
Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and a cast of freaks, criminals, and lunatics looking for love.
Evanovich fans rejoice! Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and an ever-widening cast of freaks, criminals, deranged felons, and lunatics looking for love. And just when Stephanie thinks her life cant get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel. A man who seems to show up at the most inconvenient moments. This time, hes the instigator for Stephanies new adventure, which involves camping in the Pine Barrens with Lula, and perhaps even a sighting of the Jersey Devil…so hang on for a Stephanie Plum novel that is sure to send chills up your spine—it gives new meaning to the words hilarious, and “spooky.”
The First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich.
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey.
According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.
Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. Hes chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and hes chosen the Barrens as his new playground.
Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. Hes now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasnt made it out of the boys department at Macys. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasnt met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel.
Diesel pops in and out of Plums life like birthday cake - delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. Hes an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. Hes after Grimoire, and now hes also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldnt mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.
Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.
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