Janet has a great website www.evanovich.com where you can get an autographed bookplate for your books as they come out. (Free) Her early books first editions are going for big bucks. I always picture Estelle Getty as Grandma Mazur. Too bad she died. I really think Evanovich's books would make a great movie or, better yet, a TV series. Would definitely be better than some of the lousy stuff they are putting on TV.
I have all of her books in Hardback and then most of them in paperback (which I use to loan out to friends). The Stephanie Plum books are the best. I am not so fond of the Motor Mouth or Full Tilt series or the older romance books that are being re-issued, but they are still better than many of the books I have picked up lately.
I finished #1 and #2, am reading #3, with 4 and 5 sitting
on my nightstand waiting. I feel very rich when I have
books waiting. So far I've found used copies at my local
bookstore for $4 each.
I'm loving Grandma Mazur and Lulu. Joe is a little too
predictable in his macho-ness but his appeal is very
understandable. I too prefer the mystery of Ranger
but laughed myself silly the night he reluctantly came
to dinner and Grandma Mazur questioned his ethnicity
rather indelicately. It isn't often that a book can keep me
laughing out loud but the Evanovich books do.
Warning. Do not get any of her books on audio and listen to them while driving. You may drive off the road laughing.
My favorite Lula caper was when she was on the Atkins diet. That whole book cracked me up. (no 7?) I always pictured her as the one teacher from Boston Public with the high squeeky voice. (on audio books she has a deep voice and it didn't fit for me)
This is too funny - I've always envisioned Ranger as The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), AND Lula as Loretta Devine (played Marla Hendricks) from "Boston Public"!!!) Neicy Nash would be good too - they're both "out there" personalities. LOL.
Not sure who should play Joe or Stephanie yet, but Estelle Getty would have been wonderful as the always entertaining Grandma Mazur.
Hmmm - how about Tea (add the accent to the a!) Leoni as Stephanie?
I'm on #9 now, just blazing through these books.
The only time I have for reading is bedtime and
I'm losing an hour of sleep every night because
I just can't put the book down. What a treat.
I've got the characters so firmly drawn in my
mind that it's doubtful I'll want to see movies.
Movies rarely match my mental visuals of
characters and are usually disappointing. I
see Ranger as tall, slender but powerful. He
is stealthy and rarely, if you notice, gets into
fist fights. He has other faster ways to get
situations under control. Just love him!
Thanks, cpartschick - since the very first book, I've always seen The Rock as Ranger, and Loretta Devine as Lula, and it's fun to see what others envision.
Have to say I wasn't bowled over by the names on the Evanovich web site as to who should play Joe... I'm still pondering that one. Right now, the only one I can come up with (and it's a OLD one) is the guy who played Lucy's partner on "Hill Street Blues" - was the character's name Joe too?
(OK - I just googled that, and the actor's name is Ed Marinaro, and he DID play "Joe Coffey". )
LavinaMae - OOOH - yes! Cloris Leachman would be perfect as Grandma Mazur! Betty White might be a possibility too, but she's almost too "classy" - great actress though.
I have listened to a few of the audio books and the part I like is where Steph always says------IT wasn't MY fault----
I can identify with that--lol
It is a great series of books, have any of you read the other books she has written, I haven't
I have read everything she has written and have every book she has written. In fact when I find them at the Goodwill I buy them so I will have extra copies to lend out. I don't want to take a chance on one of my "babies" not coming home. LOL I normally don't care for romance novels but hers are better than most. At least they are humorous. The Full Tilt series & the Motor Mouth series are, again, better than many of the books of that type, but not nearly as good as the Plum series. Somehow the characters just don't "Pop". She has an excellent website. She will be coming out with a collection of all of the "In Between" books combined in one book. That is due out before Christmas.
It is much less expensive at Walmart or one of the discount stores. It will be at least a year before it comes out in paperback. Go to Ebay and take a look at the price her early books, first editions are going for. Watch Goodwill, etc. and you may come up with some valuable books.
I'm currently on 13. I get her books as my friend/neighbor or MIL get them and we pass around. I've only read 1 or 2 of her other books and really love them.
Ranger for sure but I'd still keep Joe around, he sounds adorable too, just in that macho Italian kind of way... which isn't really my cup of tea.
For Lulu, if any of you have preteen and younger daughters, then you probably know Roxy from Hanna Montana. She's Hanna's bodyguard. Her name's Frances Callier, here's her picture. I could see her as Lulu.
Definitely Estelle Getty would've been a perfect Grandma Mazure. I agree Cloris Leachman could play her well. Grandma's hysterical!
I could see Sandra Bullock as Stephanie.
Half.com is another good site for used books except shipping is usually around $3.50 or $4.00
I ordered a used copy of #15 and am waiting for it to arrive.
Frances Callier looks exactly the way I picture Lula. Thanks
for that picture. And Sandra Bullock would be perfect for Stephanie.
Ranger is the challenging one. He is Cuban and would be wiry/muscular,
not bulky and likely to have high cheekbones. I have a strong mental
picture but haven't seen any actors yet that would fit the bill.
Isn't Grandma a trip? Not one bit like my own grandmothers. ;-)
Frances Callier is funny as Hanna Montana's bodyguard, which I why I pictured her as Lula. Of course she doesn't have the mouth on her that Lula does - after all she IS on the Disney Channel, don't think Disney would appreciate Lula's vocabulary!! LOL
Hmmm, I didn't know that Ranger is Cuban... I had him pictured totally different. I'll really have to think about that one now.
It's been said in several of the books that Ranger is
Cuban, also that he has soft brown hair that "falls
across his forehead when he sleeps" so I have a
problem with many of the pictures on Evanovich's
web site portraying some visions of him as a bulky
body builder African-American type. I see him as
having the leaner body and strength of a kick boxer.
In the couple books I've read, it didn't give that difinitive description of him. Just tall, lean and muscular and always dressed in all black. I had his face pictured so different - I had him with a blonde Marine haircut, blue or green eyes and very chisled face structure.
Geez, now I'm really going to have to give this some thought.
I'm with you, Ian is adorable - what eyes! I'll have to get my hands on some more of her books. I'm really enjoying 13 and can't wait to see what happens. I should be finished tomorrow. This is fun trying to figure out people who would portray these characters. I was kinda thinking of Adam Rodriguez of CSI Miami. He's a cutie but the body doesn't fit. Hmmm...
I also like Sue Grafton's books. They're alot of fun also and similar to Evanovich's
Trying to rush through posts, as my computer is giving me fits. I have a new one on order.
Anyway, it is the newest Diana Gaboldon book in the Outlander series, called An Echo in the Bone. The first one I read was in the middle of the series and I was hooked, went back and started from the beginning. I have to honestly say that if I would have read the first one first, I would have never continued.
It did take me all winter to read the whole series. It is about a woman who accidentally was swept into a portal back in time. She is a nurse and meets up with horrible situations and is forced to get married to save her life. All she wants to do is go back to where she belongs.
Not to spoil the series for anyone who may be interested, the books continue on about her life in both eras. There is crime, excitment, love, adventure, kidnapping, war, and humor. Listening to anyone of these books is a joy, as the reader does great accents and reads other langauges very well. They are most entertaining.
Normally, I don't do "science fiction" type stories, but this one is really good.
Meanwhile I am still waiting to receive my Evanovich #15.
Should have arrived by now but I'll wait another day or two
before checking with the seller.
Science fiction type books are not my interest so I'll pass on the
Diana Gaboldon books. I have about a dozen books waiting to
be read so am not dependent on number books but would
like to finish up the current Evanovich series before moving on
to my "stash". Plus I need a Ranger fix! ;-)
Too bad Janet isn't as prolific a writer as Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele. Seems like they have a new book out about every other month. I am still not convinced that they actually write all of those themselves. But then, if we didn't have the anticipation of waiting for the next book, maybe we wouldn't enjoy them as much.
I have never gotten Nora Roberts. I just don't think she is a very good author. I have read several of her books, then try again to see what everyone likes about them, but I just don't care for her style. I must be in the minority, as she seems to be very popular at the library.
Another writer that puts out 3 books a year is Patterson. Come on now. Who in the world can do that? He co-authors with someone else, but the writing style is pretty much his. So, do people copy his style, then he ok's it and they ride on his name?
I finally got this one from the library on audio book. It is pretty entertaining, although I thought a little rawer and more sophomoric.
I listened to the last couple of CD's while bow hunting in a tent blind. What a mistake. I swear I was trying to stifle laughing so much the tent was shaking and my eyes were watering. So much for the deer! LOL
(It was the vision of Lula stuck in the car window half way in and half way out, you know the part)
I notice on her website that you can order a signed copy of Plum Lovin for $7. At the price her first edition or signed copies of books are selling for, it might be a good investment. Check out Ebay & Amazon.
The movie rights to her first book, One For the Money, were sold to TriStar in 1993. They haven't done anything with it so far. Now the news is out that Katherine Heigl has been signed to be Stephanie Plum. No other cast or a shooting date for the movie has been announced. Janet E. has no control over it. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
I still think her books would make a good TV series.
Janet E. is coming out with a new series that will come out in September. The first book is called Wicked Appetite. The only characters that will be carried over from the Plum series is Diesel & Carl, the monkey. Diesel will be the main character.
I can't remember who Diesel or Carl is either. That makes me wonder why they would start a new series off of some characters that didn't make enough of an impression on some of us that we can even remember them.
Tank! That was the one involved with Lula. I didn't recall that Diesel was
one of Ranger's guy but then he didn't endear himself to me anyway.
None of Ranger's guys would ever ever think of making a play for
Oh, come on, you guys. Diesel only appeared in the "between the numbers" books - Plum Lovin, Plum Lucky, Visions of Plum, & Plum Spooky. Diesel is the "unworldly" guy that suddenly appears in Stephanies apartment, chases "unmentionables" & can unlock any door & start any car without keys.
Yes, I remember him, but that line of the unmentionables is not something I would probably read a whole series about.
I guess I am saying I remember - just did not care much for his character
I did like the monkey though !!!
slvrwilo wrote:Oh, come on, you guys. Diesel only appeared in the "between the numbers" books - Plum Lovin, Plum Lucky, Visions of Plum, & Plum Spooky. Diesel is the "unworldly" guy that suddenly appears in Stephanies apartment, chases "unmentionables" & can unlock any door & start any car without keys.
Ahhhh - Now I vaguely recall that - I have read them all, the non-numbered ones in no particular order, along with the numbered ones as they come out - separated by about a year, right? Anyway, that's why I assumed Diesel was in the numbered series... I should have been taking notes! LOL.
The new book "Sizzling Sixteen" is due out June 22. Also they have casted Jason O'Mara (from Life on Mars) as Morelli and Daniel Sunjata from Rescue Me as Ranger. They are supposed to start filming in July. The title of the movie will remain "One for the Money" They will be filming most of the movie in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Just finished 16 also.
I am excited over the filming but not happy at all with the people they chose to play the parts. I guess I will just have to wait and see.
I have enjoyed the books so much.
My idea of Ranger is not even close to the way the guy they have chosen to play him looks.
I have read the first 15 books and am looking for #16. I have read most of the in between books also. I love this writer. So hilarious!! When I start one of her books, I can't put it down.
Would love Sandra Bullocks in the movie, but maybe Katherine will do.