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Thoughts on James Patterson?

Discussion in 'Novels by Other Authors' started by Connor B, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. SpazzTheBassPlayer

    SpazzTheBassPlayer Well-Known Member


    I read a LOT of Patterson....When I saw the thread title, I didnt know exactly how to respond....then I read Lily's answer and laughed: This NAILED it -- I couldn't have said this better!

    With all this said, I still enjoy reading his books. They are entertaining and rise ever so slightly above mediocrity to keep me engaged
  2. scarlet525

    scarlet525 Member

    Patterson has been phoning it in for years. I really liked his early Alex Cross novels. I even went to see Kiss the Girls, & I rarely go to the movies. But ever since he began the co-author nonsense, it's all gone downhill, & I don't bother any more. He's become the Danielle Steel of the suspense genre.
  3. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Pretty much my thoughts verbatim, lol.
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  4. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    He's not a writer, not by my definition. He may have been, once upon a time, but bizarre circumstances, and a baffling literary success, have warped him into the industry he's become. Imagine if King, resting on his laurels, began hacking out loose outlines for other writers to finish? Sure, he'd still be a best seller, but I doubt he could live with himself. I know I couldn't.
  5. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I've not read James Patterson in years. He is everywhere, though.
    I think I even saw a commercial.
  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Wasn't he on the TV show Castle? He was one of the writers that Richard Castle played poker with.

    I have never read any of his stuff either.

    Oh wait - I got one of his Alex Cross books for free but have yet to try it, so who knows? Maybe some day I will give it a try.

    Just looked him up online - quite a prolific writer:

    "He holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author".
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  7. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Danielle Steele writes better.
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  8. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    I'll take a post-stroke Harold Robbins over Patterson in his prime, yer bugger.
  9. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Ayuh! While I liked Patterson's early novels and enjoyed the Cross books, I just stopped reading him about 5 years ago (and 50 books ago!!!).
  10. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Is he the author patterson that killed his wife by pushing her down the stairs? My bad, that was Michael Peterson.
  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Really? :facepalm_smiley::hmm: - well, if THAT'S the case then maybe that book I got for free will end up being recycled.
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  12. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I love his Women's Murder Club series....they are wonderful.
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  13. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Like a lot of you I gave up on him years ago. Seemed like the same story with different names. Also, I know this is petty, but the ultra short chapters were drivng me nuts. Never enough to sink your teeth into.
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  14. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    I saw this thread and had to get through it, because Patterson was lighting up my Facebook my promising to teach me to be a writer**, and Grandma has passed a book of his to me, and....

    .... well....

    ... I just couldn't get through it. At my age, I don't have time to waste. If a book is being less valuable to my time than some other activity, then the book gets pushed aside. There was nothing special to the writing. It had workable but not notable description, and so many culture references that I started to feel like I was suddenly in a reality show, because even Kardashian got mentioned.

    I like books that are somewhat timeless. i mean, pick up an old Nero Wolfe or 87th Precinct series, and yeah, you get a sense of the time, but it's not filled with celebrity detritus that will mean nothing to a reader 20 years from now. This story was written for readers in about a five-year window.

    Ain't going back unless someone gives me a very good reason.

    **My feeling is that really good authors that I'd like to learn from are going to find their time more valuable by authoring rather than pandering to schmoes like me.
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  15. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Just right two of us.....loved them so much.
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  16. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Argh, yes. I'd get to the end of a chapter, start a new one, and it was the same scene, continuing. Man, that was distracting.
  17. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Just the Alex Cross books for me, thanks.
    I always wondered who/what was the inspiration for the Cross family - they always had a whiff of the real deal about them.
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  18. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Although I got two new James Pattersons for Christmas and enjoyed them. The short chapters are still annoying.
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  19. Sam Joyce

    Sam Joyce Gentle Lady From Brady Hartsfield Defense Squad

    only the Alex Cross series is the James Patterson that i read, because it is a police and crime fiction collection
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  20. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Then you should read the Women's Murder Club....it is an excellent series.
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