Finger Lickin Fifteen (Stephanie Plum) Paperback – Jun 23 2009
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I hear ya, Mr. Plum! I share your pain.
Ok, ok. I understand that author Janet Evanovich and her publisher have a cash cow in the continuing Plum saga. At worst, the series will gain new adherents at the same rate that old ones fall away disillusioned and the revenue stream will continue at a steady flow. But, does the slopping out of a new book any old way in the act of whoring for the consumers' dollars have to be so obvious? At some point, doesn't it become a cheeky affront to the fan base even as the author skips off to the bank to deposit the funds enticed out of the readers' piggy banks?
I used to be a big Stephanie enthusiast when the concept was fresh. But, after the fourteenth installment, I swore I wouldn't buy another - even a second-hand copy for pennies. And I didn't. FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN was a cast-off freebie tossed my way that I read in a single sitting in a jury pool assembly room waiting for the clarion call to exalted civic duty. I should have stuck with the tattered and dog-eared ancient copies of the National Geographic and People magazines, which at least had pictures to arrest my glazed-over eyesight.
FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN is a repetitive, unimaginative, stagnant rehash of every mental sight gag in the repertoires of Stephanie, Lula and Grandma Mazur. At times, I thought that Evanovich was trying to win a bet over how many of such she could cram between the covers. The continuing Plum-Ranger relationship, which the author presumably includes to supply her concept of sexual tension, has degenerated into complete nonsense; no police board of inquiry would fault Morelli for shooting both with his service revolver.Read more ›
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I have been reading the whole series and, like any series, there are good and bad books. The last couple were not so good, with forced humor.
This one is a bit better, but not for the reasons this series gets read.
The writing in this book was good. The characterizations were good. The plot is dumb, but then one doesn't read this series for plot. The series is all about character.
Some of the scenes should have been funnier. But as I was reading the book I realized that because the writing seemed better, the humor was not forced, so when a scene should have been funny but wasn't, I found the scene just worked as a situation in a silly mystery rather than as a comedy.
So after the beheading scene and dumb attempts to kill Lula, I just decided to read this as a character driven story with a silly, but not necessarily funny, plot. And on that level it worked.
Perhaps Janet Evanovich should stop trying to be funny---forced humor does not work---and just concentrate on developing the characters and let the characters reactions to situations determine how the story unfolds.
Unless you like reading repeated references to a beheaded body, exposed male anatomy, the symptoms of indigestion, and performing sexual services for pay, you may find this book more disgusting than funny. The humorous sequences that aren't raunchy fall back on the usual gags (burning things up, cars being wiped out, and inappropriate suitors).
The main story lines of Finger Lickin' Fifteen involve Lula unexpectedly observing a murder and being hunted by the killers, Lula entering a cooking contest, Stephanie helping Ranger overcome a threat to his business, and Stephanie and Lula bringing in people who skipped their court dates. On the romantic front, not much happens. Stephanie is angry with Morelli, and she doesn't find Ranger all that hard to ignore sexually.
Unless you like raunchy humor, you may find that you'll be happier skipping this book and hoping that number sixteen will be more appealing.
This book just didn't fit into the series. It seemed more like a writing exercise to see how far an author could "push" humor into regions where it doesn't usually go.
I thought it was great. It isn't the repetition of amusing events that amaze me, or coming up with new disasters,,,,,,,,it's the ability to word ordinary happenings so that they sound funny.
After reading books that are supposed to be entertainment, but instead cause nightmares and tears, Janet Evanovich is an absolutely reliable, breath of fresh air.
I think Evanovich is an amazing writer.
Most recent customer reviews
quite worn but what can one expect from a 1 cent book. ReadablePublished 9 months ago by Linda Clark
And hilarious. Janet never fails to deliver a great story, about a lovable woman and other memorable characters. The wit is exquisite!Published 20 months ago by Rachel D. Howard
This has the usual suspects but it seems to miss the mark this time. I have enjoyed following Stephanie Plum through the years but it may be time to marry Morelli, have some kids... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2009 by Lori Macie
I have read all of the Plum novels and have enjoyed most of them and always look forward to the upcoming newest one. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2009 by Maureen Boliszczuk
I thought this book was just as funny as the others. They are a great light hearted read. I enjoyed it!Published on July 22 2009 by momgsb