Anybody read books? I do.

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  1. Steve

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    Finally got around to this. If you're a whodunnit fan, this is a must read, IMO! 5 Stars

    I've got Michael Connellys "Late Show" queued up next.

    Michael Connelly’s New Detective Makes Harry Bosch Look Like a Slouch
     
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    I sort of expected Bosch's 'replacement' to be his daughter. I guess aging main characters is a problem with authors with a long series of books. I noticed in the TV Series, Bosch was a Desert Storm vet, whereas in the books he was a tunnel-rat in Vietnam.

    I have the book on my Amazon Wish List and also on Hold at my local library (estimated 98 days before its available to me). I just get frustrated when the Kindle version is $14.99 but the hard cover is $12.17. Enough to make me go back to paper.
     
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    I've enjoyed Bosch on Amazon. I got a bunch of early Bosch books and just couldn't read them. I have the same problem with several other authors. It's very discouraging, I just sit there on the same page staring at the words and nothing sinks in. Elmore Leonard is a good example, I just can't read his books for some reason. But yeah, I've seen the same problem with aging protagonists quite a few times. Lee Child is going thru it with his Reacher books. Hunter is going thru it with his Bob Lee Swagger books.

    I recently purchased a Samsung tablet and I've tried a couple books on it and it's just not the same as a good book...for me. Just my opinion. Kinda disappointed me.

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    Thinking about that, I can't help but wonder why authors do that. Most of them seem to have their protagonists age as they do. Stephen Hunter is a perfect example of that. His main character in many books is Bob Lee Swagger and he's the same age as the author.

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  6. Steve

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    Sandford's Lucas Davenport's getting old too, but he's got Virgil Flowers as Plan B. Grisham gets around it by inventing new characters.

    As an aside, very disappointed in Grisham's last 2-3 books.
     
  7. Rich

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    Yup, readable but not great. He wrote some great books when he got started but...

    I just finished Murder Games by James Patterson. Good book, very readable, but not great.

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    I just finished Hunter Killer: The War With China. What a book! Poyer didn't waste any pages going over what happened in the previous books of this particular war, he just continued where the last book left off. Quite a read with yet another cliffhanger.

    This is the first new book I've read in months. I've been rereading all of Stephen Hunter's novels, been quite a trip. I found two of his books that I hadn't read. I've also been rereading some of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's books, Lucifer's Hammer, Legacy of Heorot, Beowulf's Children and I've got Footfall up next. All great reads.

    After doing all this "rereading" I'm kinda considering rereading the complete Reacher series. I have also come up with an actor that might be able to do Jack Reacher justice: Tom Hopper (who?). You might not know him, here's a link: Tom Hopper - IMDb

    That will take you to his IMDb page. He is 6'5" and if he can get past his English accent might make a perfect Reacher. You can catch him in GoT and Black Sails. He is a "Presence".

    Again, nothing against Tom Cruise and his movies. I like his movies but Reacher is a bit of a monster size-wise and Cruise in that role disturbs me. I have enjoyed the Reacher movies but I keep wondering how much money was involved in that casting decision. I know Cruise is a much more lucrative choice.

    @ Steve, I hope you give Tom Hopper consideration I cannot think of anyone else beside Jim Caviezel. Once we get that settled I'll let Lee know...

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    Good actors can 'speak' the nationality required for the part. Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire is a perfect example. I know several friends who had no idea he is from Australia.
     
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    I know, I just thought I'd mention it. Did you read Poyer's newest book?

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    Not yet (Poyer's). I had checked out his third(?) in the series, Onslaught, but never got around to reading it before the eBook expired and it was automatically returned.
     
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    Still plan on reading them?

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    I only read in bed at night. Every night for the last 45 years. Love the Stone Barrington novels from Stuart Woods and David Baldacci novels. Janet Evonovich for light humor. I started reading in high school study hall in 1963 mostly science fiction from Ray Bradburry, Andre Norton, etc. Been at it ever since. Listen to audio books during long drives.
     
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    Hopper looks like he'd make a great "young" Reacher. They'd have to age him for the newer stories. In Midnight Line, I imagine him to be in his mid 50's. (Enjoyable read, BTW).

    According to a great interview (below), Lee Child wrote: “His face looked like it had been chipped out of rock by a sculptor who had ability but not much time.”

    The Curious Case of Lee Child
     
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    He does seem like he'd be perfect in the part. Interesting link, thanx. I hoped it would touch on why he allowed Cruise to play Reacher, I guess it was for the money. Whoever wrote that did touch on how different Cruise and Reacher are physically.

    I just ordered Midnight Line, took a while for the consortium to list it.

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    Read this link: Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Fictional Hero in ‘Jack Reacher’
    Reacher series has had an option for movies for more than 15 years. Until Cruise and his group came along, no one was making the books into movies.
     
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    For those of us who came to Jack Reacher though the movie Cruise was never a problem.
     
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    Read the article, had read it before. Still think Child is a money hungry author who did this for the cash. I got a kick out of this paragraph: He added: “The problem is that Jack Reacher is not 22, and he doesn’t have superpowers. He appears in novels that are detective thrillers, and that’s a sort of movie they don’t make anymore. How do you market it?”

    How do you market it? Find someone like Tom Hopper and make the first movie. At least try to be true to the books. I have the same issue with the casting of the lead character of The Last Kingdom. Uhtred is a WAR LORD, a big tough WAR LORD. Does Alexander Doetsch look like a big, tough, WAR LORD? I would have felt the same way if John Wayne had been cast as a Hobbit in one of the Hobbit movies.

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    Exactly, now you have a chance to read a great series of books and when you're done you'll see what I mean. I like most movies Tom Cruise has made...well, The Mummy was awful, I thought, but most of his movies are very good, even the Reacher movies.

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