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Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:52 am
by cherbo86
Yeah buddy, you got that one right Mlou. That happens a lot. Look at John Grisham. The Firm sold but not the first one he had written, A time to Kill.

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:52 pm
by Anblick
And A Time To Kill is a million times better...

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:27 pm
by charlesp
Well... THAT'S a matter of opinion (as I really just didn't like A Time to Kill at all, but enjoyed his others for a time).

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:52 pm
by cherbo86
I really didnt care for a time to kill either, but I thought it was interesting no one wanted it unitl the other one came along, so it was like an orphan child who got a home because of its little brother.

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:51 pm
by Anblick
I find that I don't care for his legal thrillers much (except for Time), but really like stuff like A Painted House. I couldn't stand King of Torts.

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:16 pm
by Mlou
And I really didn't like A Painted House. It was too far off from what I was expecting, considering his other books.

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:18 pm
by Anblick
Amazing how we let expectations alter our opinions of books/movies/etc.

Wonder what you'd have thought of it if you'd known it was a piece loosely describing his childhood with an added bit of drama before you read it...

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:27 pm
by Mlou
Might have made a difference but I did find it somewhat boring anyway.

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:57 pm
by Anblick
Wow, I find it, The Last Juror, and A Time To Kill to be among my favorite books...

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:32 am
by novelwriter
I think my two favorite John Grisham novels are The Rainmaker and The Summons. I have the audio CD of the Bleachers which he reads. Not bad, but not great. I am just glad that he kept that audio book affordable for his fans.
Novelwriter

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:56 pm
by pengwenn
I loved A Time to Kill. The Firm was an okay read if you like that kind of book. I liked The Client slightly better than The Firm. The Pelican Brief was so bad it's the only book that I completely regretted wasting my time to read. I haven't been able to read anything of his since then. My sister has read all his books and thinks he's a genius. Different people have different tastes.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:28 pm
by Mlou
I read The Brethren a while ago. It was pretty good.

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:06 pm
by novelwriter
My favorite John Grisham novels are The Rainmaker and The Summons. In my opinion those are his best.

I should mention that I do somewhat like the Audio of the Bleachers which I have on CD. My parents got me that one year for Christmas. It is special because he reads it and since I have the CD those are hard to destroy.
Grisham Rocks!

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:45 am
by TheMudge
I find too many of my own issues in Grishom . . . specifically, he is good with words, but lacks in the actual story department. Reading his books is kinda like eating cotton candy: enjoyable and engaging when you're in the process, but afterwards, you're kinda full and kinda sick and realize that you still need to eat because there was nothing THERE.

Which is kinda how I feel about MY writing.

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:14 pm
by pengwenn
Mudge, I've read a little (you really do need to write and post more) of your work and I don't think your short on story.

I can see your cotton candy image too. I only like a bit or two and then it's too much. Your writing is much more satisfying than Grisham's. I just want bigger portions.

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:20 pm
by novelwriter
I like that for a former lawyer with a brilliant legal mind he doesn't manage to talk over you in his writing. It is more like he is telling you directly the story. IMHO I have read authors who do that and they are good and half the time I am thiking why are they using big words? Yay Grisham! :D

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:24 pm
by TheMudge
pengwenn wrote:Mudge, I've read a little (you really do need to write and post more) of your work and I don't think your short on story.


:oops:

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:48 am
by Anblick
I find it totally ironic that the stories of his I like the best (with the exception of A Time to Kill) are his non-Legal Thrillers...

His more down-to-home stories have so much more depth and are so much more interesting to me. I still think his others are entertaining, but if I'm going to recommend one of his, it's more likely to be a non legal one...

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:30 am
by TheMudge
"Skipping Christmas"

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:03 am
by novelwriter
Mudge-

I like Skipping Christmas a lot!I love how the husband is in that book and what happns to him as a result. I guess he got what he deserves in the end.

Your Friend,
Novelwriter :D

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:05 pm
by blindside70
Used to love his stuff. But he's fallen into the trap of 'his voice has gotten repetitive'.

And he just reads like a supermarket paper back.

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:08 pm
by novelwriter
blindside70 wrote:Used to love his stuff. But he's fallen into the trap of 'his voice has gotten repetitive'.

And he just reads like a supermarket paper back.


Reads like a supermarket paperback? I can think of other authors who are good but I always see them in the book area (Dean Koontz and Stuart Woods come to mind but we are talking Grisham). I would like to see him have a disabled person as the lawyer-not blind like DareDevil but in a wheel chair or crutches would be good.