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What's totally amazing is that so many people still buy ... longer necessary for a book to sell. Who would think?

I think it's disbelief, abetted by habit. You read a few books by an author that you really like, and ... me up to four bad books by a once-liked author before I finally wrote him or her off my list.

I used to read Ken Follett but he was never at the top of my list. LKH was instantly immersive and addicting. And she's going on her 4th bad book, 7th if you count her Merry Gentry series, which I count as marginally better because the heroine is supposed to be a nympho, unlike Anita Blake, who had morals and a personal code of conduct before she became the star of endless MMF scenes.
Yeah, her last several were real disappointments. I really enjoyed her first two or three novels, and the peek they gave into forensic medicine.

If you like forensics in general (and not so much forensic medicine), try Beverly Connor. Kathy Reichs is good too, much better than that stupid TV series (Bones, which is based on her work; someone at casting totally screwed up, 'cause Tempe is not supposed to be a cold fish). Both write about forensic anthropology.
Suja
Yeah, her last several were real disappointments. I really enjoyed her first two or three novels, and the peek they gave into forensic medicine.

If you like forensics in general (and not so much forensic medicine), try Beverly Connor. Kathy Reichs is good too, ... at casting totally screwed up, 'cause Tempe is not supposed to be a cold fish). Both write about forensic anthropology.

Maybe casting was trying to make up for the chick on CSI: Miami who is not nearly cold enough while working with dead bodies.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Maybe casting was trying to make up for the chick on CSI: Miami who is not nearly cold enough while working with dead bodies.

Yeah, talk about creepy!
Yaknow, all these CSI type shows glorify the forensic people no end. They don't get to go around busting in on the bad guys and kicking them where it hurts, and don't get to even talk to the suspected bad guys. It's quite a nerdy job. I've worked with a former ME (and some pathologists), and I can assure you that the job is plenty disgusting and thoroughly unglamorous. And the thought of wearing makeup and getting their hair done before going to work wouldn't cross their mind.
Suja
Maybe casting was trying to make up for the chick on CSI: Miami who is not nearly cold enough while working with dead bodies.

Yeah, talk about creepy! Yaknow, all these CSI type shows glorify the forensic people no end. They don't get to ... unglamorous. And the thought of wearing makeup and getting their hair done before going to work wouldn't cross their mind.

I knew a guy who worked for a sheriff's department photographing crime scenes. Oddly enough, he never described his job in terms even remotely similar to any of the CSI shows. He would have been fired for doing anything but standing around the crime scene taking photos. He would have been locked away if he'd started cooing at dead bodies on the job.
I was just watching a lawyer show where the judge ordered cross exam of the defendant to occur at the scene of the crime. It reminded me of why I hate to watch lawyer shows and read lawyer books.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
I'm enough of an engineer to agree. TeeVee is one thing, but before I spend good money and good time on a book, I want it to have some reasonability. That said, I liked the Mars trilogy by Robinson.

I tend to really dislike science fiction but like Neal Stephenson quite a bit. I mostly can't watch science fiction TV/movies, either. I sort of enjoy "Heroes" because it's so over-the-top but, for example, find "Numbers" completely unwatchable.

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I'm enough of an engineer to agree. TeeVee is one ... said, I liked the Mars trilogy by Robinson.

I tend to really dislike science fiction but like Neal Stephenson quite a bit. I mostly can't watch science fiction TV/movies, either. I sort of enjoy "Heroes" because it's so over-the-top but, for example, find "Numbers" completely unwatchable.

Stephenson's baroque series totally and completely lost me. Had to work HARD to get halfway through book one and finally gave up. OTOH, I loved Cryptonomicon, and think Diamond Age and Snow Crash are about as good as it gets.
@attbi s21:
Stephenson's baroque series totally and completely lost me. Had to work HARD to get halfway through book one and finally gave up.

Given what you write next, maybe I just shouldn't even attempt it.
OTOH, I loved Cryptonomicon,

I have read the first "half" of this book at least three times. It gets technical, I start to get bored, but try to stci it through, I get to page
6 hundred and something and then just "forget" to pick it up again. Then,the next time I attempt it, I can't remember the first several hundred pages, so I have to start all over again.
and think Diamond Age and Snow Crash are about as good as it gets.

Those books are incredible..and the reasons I slogged through Cryptonomicon without reward so many times. I still think Snow Crash is one of the more humerous, and prophetic works of fiction of our time.

Tara
I gave it "Applied Cryptography" and it told me to ... is something I had kind of planned to do, anyway.

I gave it Inferno , by Dante, and it unsuggested 3 things I've never heard of (though I like the sound of Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks Two ). The fourth unsuggestion was cool: Thinking in Java .

Apparenlty I'm supposed to stay far far away from anything by John Pliner or anything Christian whasoever (I can live with that).

I decided to reverse direction and enter the name of one of my "never read this" books to see what kind of reading list they'd toss out at me. I got a list of books that, for the most part, I have not only read, but enjoyed.

Not az lot of subtlety there though. Seems like you either fall into the Christian camp, or the sci-fi/fiction camp.
Or maybe my selections were so one sided that's all I got.

Tara
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