by Janet Evanovich – Yay for a new Stephanie Plum novel! OK, so it’s not her funniest adventure, with fewer laugh-out-loud moments and more predictable humor than in previous books, but I always enjoy slipping in the lives of the denizens of the Burg. These characters, even the less-endearing ones like Vinnie, are like old friends and it was good to catch up with them again.
I’ve read several reviews by readers who didn’t care for this book, or for the last one. They complained that the characters are becoming trite and the humor too predictable. They’re tired of Stephanie’s inability to choose between Ranger and Morelli, as if she needs to make a choice because they (yep, the readers) are tired of waiting and/or have already made their personal selections. To them, I pay no attention. Look, this isn’t Dostoevsky, it’s Evanovich and all of her regular readers should know by now what they’re getting before they open her books: fun, light, escapist, immature silliness in a fictional world that holds familiar characters. It’s not meant to advance any agenda except one: Evanovich wants us to have a good time with these characters who live inside her imagination. That’s it. If you’re “over it” with this series, then find something else to read. As for me and my most simpatico friends, we’re still fans and can’t wait to read book 19. (finished 12/29/11)