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Author Topic: Grafton/S  (Read 3660 times)

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Re: Grafton/S
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2007, 11:36:45 AM »

I felt that this book - S - was written in an entirely different style (two timelines, different setting) because she, too, felt she needed a change.
Also, for the first time Kinsey makes friends, which shows some character development.

BTW, her first books in the series were translated into Hebrew, and the later ones weren't. Guess they didn't catch on here.

Jane, maybe you'd like to share your motive theory with me offline??



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Re: Grafton/S
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2007, 12:09:46 PM »

I'm almost afraid to admit this, but I've never read any of Grafton's alphabet series.

I haven't read them, either, Joyce, so you aren't totally alone. ;D

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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2007, 01:36:21 PM »

I was also very disappointed in S is for Silence.  I've read them all, but I think the stories and characters have gotten a bit stale.  In this one, I felt that the Kinsey character was flat.  I kept looking for more of the personality I remember from earlier books and didn't find it.  I'll have to think twice about "T is for...". 



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Re: Grafton/S
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2007, 02:20:33 PM »

I gave up on the series somewhere around E or F when it became clear to me that Kinsey wasn't going to grow as the series progressed.  Since she wasn't a flat fantasy character like Travis McGee, I felt she needed to deal with her personal demons as well as the exterior ones as the series went on.  Having the MC share a strong interior life with us without including it as part of the development of the series makes the story lines feel off balance to me.  Marcia Mueller and Janet Evanovich both have allowed their MC to 'grow' as time goes on.  Maybe not a lot, but definite maturing.

However, I am clearly in a minority as far as the general reading public goes.  Though a mystery book store that had lists of what books tended to sell together had John McDonald and Sue Grafton on the same list, while Marcia Mueller was on a different list which included Sara Paretsky.

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Re: Grafton/S
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2007, 11:25:23 AM »

I never understood the appeal of the Grafton novels. I forced myself to read one and the main detective seems completely colorless. She's the kind of person you'd want to hire, if you actually needed a detective --- but just isn't that interesting to read about.
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