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Book 40-41

Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum, #20)Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly if I didn't need this for two challenges I wouldn't have bothered. Series can get long in the tooth and Stephanie's has hit that point. How many times can we read about who should she pick, Ranger or Morelli? Honestly 100 pages could have been cut out of this mess (all the love triangle crap) and you wouldn't miss them.

I wasn't sure what was supposed to be funny. Stephanie's incompetence? Because there is SO much of it. Her car getting shot? Even in Trenton this many bullets flying with no cops coming is ridiculous. Should I even get into the fact that there is a giraffe running around town for days and no one attempts to capture it? (there is some absolutely lame explanation at the end)

Plum is completely incompetent this time out, losing her man multiple times (two men I should say, she only manages to capture a woman). So we're treated to endless attempts to capture the gangster Uncle Sunny (who is Morelli's godfather) and everyone is blocking her path including Morelli who has the emotional capacity of a robot. He's flat entirely, including his Uncle Sunny, the woman he wants to marry being shot at, being tossed from bridges and otherwise harmed. Given his reaction, the choice is easy. Go with Ranger. At least he was vaguely concerned.

Ranger has the more interesting case. Elderly women are turning up dead in a dumpster. Plum's grandma is roped into this and of course could be a potential next visit.

If we had stayed with Ranger's case this might have been better. Even it had a lazy ending.

I wouldn't go out of my way to read more of this series. Even Lula wasn't that much fun this time, unless you're amused by hooking to buy a fancy purse. Speaking of money, how is Plum unable to buy pizza or a muffler but can go buy a vacuum cleaner? Not even getting into the idea that someone 'close to 200 pounds' is so fat it makes the car drag. Sigh.

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John Wick, Vol. 1John Wick, Vol. 1 by Greg Pak

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The third star was for the art which is really outstanding. I'm not a John Wick fan. I got this for a friend and couldn't resist looking it over. It's exactly what you expect of a John Wick graphic novel.

It delves into John's past, what created him and then fast forwards to today with a villain ripped straight out of Harley Quinn's pages. If you like shoot 'em ups, you'll enjoy this.

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Tags: graphic novel, mystery

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