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I borrowed some "Lee Child" novels from the library based on recommendations of his books here.

I have read "Killing Floor" which I didn't think was too bad. I found the writing to be very child-like and simplistic and filled up with far too many really short statement-like sentences which annoyed me. His choice of punctuation seems to lay heavily on the "period" and he seems to avoid using other types of punctuation and some words to a minimum degree, like the word "and." Instead of saying "I pulled out my keys, opened the door and went inside." He says something along the lines of "Pulled out my keys. Opened the door. Went inside."

He also writes from the second person perspective which I find confusing because sometimes it's hard to figure out which "He" he is referring to in the books, especially when Reacher is having a conversation with someone.

Anyway, about 1/4 or 1/3 of the way through I had all of the who, what, where, when and why figured out before page 100.

I am now reading another book of his called "Running Blind." I'm on page 116 (there are almost 500 pages), and I already have the who, what, where, when and why figured out without having skipped ahead to find out. However I did look ahead after I figured it out only to find out that I am bang on.

Do all of his books start out the same? IE: Reacher gets arrested for something he didn't do, only to then help the police/FBI with their investigation?

And are all of his books as predictable as the 2 that I have read so far?
post #2 of 4
Oh my gosh. I love his books. I've never thought about the writing style. I also didn't feel that his books were real predictable. Hmmm. I'm so excited because his latest was just released yesterday. I'm planning to go to Barnes & Noble and pick it up this afternoon. Sorry that you've been disappointed by his books. I've liked them so much that I recommend them to all my book loving friends. So far, everyone that I've recommended his books to have enjoyed them.
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Oh, but the stylized writing is part of the charm -- that terse, noir feel! Have you ever read Chandler or Hammett? It's a bit of a specialized taste, I guess, but I personally just love it. You're right, though, that Child does let long conversations become confusing by not using enough "said so-and-so" pointers.

But I really appreciate the way he refuses to waste words on communicating something as simple as going through a door. I've read so many authors who cannot streamline to save their lives -- instead of saying, "He showed up at Joe's ten minutes later and sat down at the table," they'll actually tell us every detail along the way... "He hung up the phone, went to the closet and put on his blue windbreaker, turned out the lights, stepped out onto the front porch, and locked the door. Then he walked down the sidewalk to the driver's side door of his red Suburban, unlocked it, and climbed inside..." By the time the character gets where he's going, I no longer give a hoot!

As for figuring out what happens ahead of time... that bothers you? I don't read just to find out what happens -- I read to see how it's going to happen, what I'm going to learn about people along the way, what interesting turns of phrase or bits of dialog I'll be treated to.

Sometimes I guess the outcome, sometimes I don't... it doesn't matter to me. The journey is at least as much fun as the destination!

As long as you don't have to read the details of every lane change along the way, that is.
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I don't just guess the outcome. I guess the whole plot. Who did it, why, the whole thing. It's like watching Columbo in type only I know what is going on and who done it etc, while the main character is still struggling to figure it all out, LOL
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