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roseconnelly



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:40 am    Post subject: Nora Roberts Reply with quote

I just finished reading the Nora Roberts book "Chasing Fire," which was released this year. I didn't hate the book - it was a fairly decent read - but I found it kind of repetitive and I didn't really feel there was much depth to the characters, nor did I really connect with them. Don't get me wrong, Nora Roberts is a good writer and probably always will be. It's my opinion, though, that she has been churning out too many books over recent years. I feel like the overall quality has really gone down since some of her earlier works - The Gallagher's Trilogy and Chesapeake Bay Saga immediately spring to mind. Those were good books. Does anyone else share my opinion?


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Lillian Sulivan



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Nora Roberts Reply with quote

roseconnelly wrote:
It's my opinion, though, that she has been churning out too many books over recent years. I feel like the overall quality has really gone down...


Just the other day I was calculating how many words a day she must be laying down. Dare I ask this out loud: has she really written all of her recent titles, or has "Nora Roberts" been franchised?

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Natalie



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's been prolific before. I noticed if I read a lot of books by the same author it starts to feel somewhat repetitive. To give her the credit she deserves, Nora is usually pretty good at creating a variety of settings, plots, professions. That said, the last mystery/thriller book I truly enjoyed (as in can't put it down way) was High Noon. And that was 5 years ago!
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Lynn



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't enjoy Chasing Fire, but I did like The Witness very much. I listen to all of Nora's as opposed to reading them which might make a difference.

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dick



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not read many of her single titles for the reasons you enumerate; she gets wordy and overdoes in those books. But when she writes as Robb for the In Death series, those faults disappear.
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roseconnelly



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Nora Roberts The Witness Reply with quote

Lynn wrote:
I didn't enjoy Chasing Fire, but I did like The Witness very much. I listen to all of Nora's as opposed to reading them which might make a difference.

Lynn


I do agree with you Lynn; 'The Witness' was a much better book.' I suppose she's a bit hit and miss. Might give audio a try.

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Tinabelle



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have kind of taken a break from reading Roberts. She was an autobuy for me for years and some of her earlier books are on my DIK shelf. I got a little bored with her plots/characters and haven't read her in a couple of years. I keep track of her and know that I'll probably get back on the train at some point.

Sometimes taking a breather from a long-read and loved author can give you a fresh perspective. I have tremendous respect for her and what she has done for the genre and believe she is a highly disciplined writer to produce all that she does.
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Bonnie



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I've had a tough time with Roberts for the past couple of years. Aside from the Robb books.

When I first discovered Nora back in 2006, I couldn't get enough. Loved absolutely everything she had to offer. Now, not so much. I don't know if I'll ever get it back. I did like her novel this year, but didn't care for her recent trilogy. I didn't buy the second one and won't buy the third. I think it's about an inn? I don't remember. It just has no depth. Her older works were so much better, IMO.
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