Sunday, July 1, 2007

Plum Crazy!

For quite some time now, we genealogy bloggers have become acquainted with Jasia of Creative Gene's love of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels.

I love books about how authors write, and I had purchased Evanovich's book How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. In it Evanovich uses her own Stephanie Plum characters as illustrations of character development and I was finding it rather interesting. Interesting enough that I had decided to buy and read one of her novels.

Jasia had told us it was a series, but you didn't have to begin at the beginning, so on Friday I found To The Nines in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble and I bought it.

I started the book yesterday and I can tell you I was totally unprepared for this book from page one. By page three I heard myself say OMG outloud. My husband looked up wanting to know what was going on with the new book, the one my blogger friend had recommended.

"I'm not sure," I told him. "I think it might be a little out of my comfort zone. I'm really a P.D. James, Sharon Kay Penman, David McCullough sort of woman."

I'm also a stubborn woman who, while resistant to change, was not about to give up only three pages in. By 11:00 p.m. last night when I went to bed, I hadn't put the book down. I spent most of the night under the covers reading with my little book light on. I had the light on so long, the batteries went dead.

"The batteries are dead on your book light," my husband told me when he discovered the dead light in the covers this morning. "I thought you said this book wasn't for you."

O.K., I was wrong. I finished the book and now I want more. So tomorrow I will be looking for Ten Big Ones. I've decided to work my way to Lean Mean Thirteen and then start at the beginning.

Stephanie Plum has now become my guilty pleasure. The book I'll read for the shear enjoyment of it. My favorite character? Bob, I like the silent type. You'll have to read the book.

Oh, and just so this qualifies as a genealogy post, here is how Stephanie describes her cousin Vinnie:

Vinnie sat on a rotting branch of my family tree.

So Jasia, thank you, now we're both Plum crazy!


Blogger Jasia said...

I laughed out loud at your post, Maven. So glad to hear you've caught Plum Fever! Becareful though, these books are addictive. With every one you read you'll want more... and more... and more! Before you know it, you'll be through all the books and wondering, "what next?" "You mean I have to wait a whole nother year for the next one?" And that's when you'll begin to explore in search of other fans who are also going through withdrawl and looking for a fix. Your Christmas list will have such things as tshirts, hoodies, and keychains from the store. ...And then you'll be counting down the days until March 1st when the first few pages of book 14 will get posted on the web site. And you'll tell yourself you're not going to read them but you will. And within a minute or so you'll start to feel it, the smile inside that will quickly spread to your face as you once again visit your Plum friends. And then you'll tell yourself you've made it this far, you can make it 4 more months until the next one comes out. And come June of next year you'll be blogging about the countdown to the release. And on the day it's released you won't find time for blogging. You may not find time for eating. You may not hear the voices of your loved ones speaking to you. You'll be lost to the world of Plum once more.

July 2, 2007 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

Wow, this sounds like an author whose books I need to read. I love the rotting branch reference... I must be related to Vinnie.


July 2, 2007 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

SP is a little like Nancy Drew grows up and screws up. You find yourself saying - "Don't do that!" But then she always does.

Jasia - having read "To The Nines" you knew exactly what I was talking about. Janice - prepare yourself for in your face.

I also took at look at her website and I think we should offer up a few suggestions for her next book title. Who knows we might just win!


July 2, 2007 at 10:08 AM  

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