Morning Meanderings… I Know Patterson Gets A Bad Rap but…

Good morning.  Wednesday already?  Does it seen like the days fly by or is that just me?  Tonight a meeting, Thursday I am helping Chance get ready for the weekend, and Friday is the home show which I run concessions for each year for this weekend to raise scholarship money for kids.


I have to set up tomorrow night and honestly, I need a zap of energy to pull this one off well.


*sips coffee*



I received an email from Amazon this morning about Patterson and it actually surprised me how much of his books I have read throughout the years.  For those of you who think he is incredibly gory and graphic…. he can be…. but he is more than that.  He is also a great mystery writer – the Michael Bennett series (Step On A Crack, Run For Your Life, Worst Case and Tick Tock) are about an Irish detective who has 10 adopted kids with his wife who recently passed away.  This series is good and clean.

If you have not seen Patterson’s Nicholas Sparks side…. you may be amazed to know he has one…. his book Diary for Nicholas was read by me one summer in one sitting.  I meant to pick it up and see what it was about…. I read it straight through and was pulled in by a book that I felt was very “not Patterson style”.

I never got into the Alex Cross books…. but have enjoyed the movies.

His book Honeymoon we read as a book club a few years ago and for my standard review question of “what did we learn by reading this book?”  We joyfully laughed and agreed that we had learned to kill someone with scrambled eggs.  😛

I guess what I am saying here is that Patterson is not just heavy hitting mysteries… yes, I too laugh at the jokes about his short chapters and know that he cranks books out like a popcorn machine.  I read recently that he has a long conference table in his office with several manuscripts half written on it.  While some frown about this – I can not complain, even when he is writing with other authors what he is producing is pretty good.

Recently I listened to the first of the Womens Murder Club books….and liked it.  Currently I am reading Sundays at Tiffany’s for book club and have to be reminded that this is indeed a Patterson book.

I didnt wake up thinking I was going to talk about James Patterson this morning… but, the beauty of the Morning Meandering is you never know what you are going to get…. sometimes, it surprises me too.  😀

What do you think of James Pattersons books?  Like them?  Hate them?  Have you tried any of his non mysteries?

Sundays at Tiffany’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas Honeymoon Run for Your Life
Worst Case Swimsuit The Beach House I, Alex Cross

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Posted on March 30, 2011, in Meanderings and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 66 Comments.

  1. Do you know, I don’t think I’ve read a James Patterson book yet. I keep meaning to though.

  2. SUZANNE’S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS was loaned to me by a co-worker. She told me her sister mailed it to her, saying it was a must-read. She brought it to work for me, unsolicited.

    I LOVED it and it ranks amongst my all-time favorites. I was unprepared for my emotional reaction to it. I own SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S but haven’t read it yet. I did enjoy the movie on Lifetime.

    I haven’t read any of Patterson’s non-Nicholas Sparks stuff.

  3. I like some of Patterson’s work, but have grown tired of a lot of it.

  4. Every read one of those books that you hate so much that you’ll never forget that you hated it? For me, one of those books was “Sundays at Tiffanys.”

    And for some reason the fact that he markets his books with TV commercials really really bugs me.

    Sorry, not a fan. Everyone has different tastes…enjoy! 🙂

    • LOL – I am now worried about Sundays at Tiffanys – you will have to share more about that once I have finished reading it…. so far I like it…. 🙂

      I have not seen the commercials but I dont like book trailers so I doubt I would like a commercial. 😀

  5. I read one and it was…okay at best and I love mysteries.

    But overall, I think he is a hack. He doesn’t even write his own books anymore – he just writes an outline, gives to the person who actually writes the book and slaps his name on it. It is just greedy and lazy. And for that, I will not even consider reading 50% of his books

  6. I’ve read Patterson’s books for years. He’s one of those authors that I keep thinking I’m done with and then…I’m not. LOL

    I read the Alex Cross series and also the Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett books. I’ve been told that the “un-Patterson-like” books are good, but I haven’t read those yet.

    I’ve left a lot of my old friends in mystery writing and like I said above, I keep thinking I’ll be done with Patterson. So far, I keep picking up the new ones. Sometimes they just hit the spot.

  7. I have to be in the right mood for Patterson…the Alex Cross books, as well as The Women’s Murder Club were books I enjoyed. Also loved (surprisingly) Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and Sundays at Tiffany’s.

    Last year, I read one book in the Michael Bennett series and have another of those on my stacks…

    So…to sum up, if I’m in the mood, I thoroughly enjoy breaking up my other reading with one of Patterson’s books. They are definitely quick reads, which can work out nicely between chunksters.

    Okay, they serve a purpose! LOL

  8. I used to love JP books – both Alex Cross and Michael Bennett. I love the short chapters and how they are so quick and easy to read. But I felt the latest couple of books were just nowhere near his original standard – in fact I didn’t even bother finishing one of them I thought it was so bad. I had heard he didn’t write his own books anymore – and I did wonder if the quality of his books had gone down simply because he churns them out so often. Need to start the Womens Murder club series though.

    • I am not sure I will continue the Women’s Murder series mainly because of time restraints… but I did enjoy the first one (I mean… if I did happen to stumble across a good deal on the second one I am sure I would pick it up 🙂 )

  9. I stopped reading Patterson when he stopped writing his own books. I used to wait in anticipation for the New Alex Cross to come out in HC, I was first in line. As for the ones above, I really enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. I guess I just miss reading pure Patterson.

    • It is interesting to me Jennifer how many comments mention the fact that he does not write all of his books now as the reason for not reading him anymore… I can see your point, but not sure if that is a deal breaker for me as I am still enjoying some of what he puts out. The Bennett books I think are written with another author too but I really enjoy them…. 🙂

  10. I really have to try and sit on the fence over Patterson. I have concerns about his excessive book output and the amount of co written books. Eeek!

    • If they are good books though Vivienne and the co-author does not mind sharing a book spotlight with Patterson, why does it matter? I am just curious…. 😀 As long as the quality of the book is good…

  11. I really enjoy James Patterson books & have read lots of his books. I agree he can be quite graphic. I SO enjoyed ‘Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas’. It definitely shows a softer side to Patterson. Very much like Nicholas Sparks. I have read every one of his & loved them!!

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  13. I’ve only read one Patterson book – Sundays at Tiffanys. And sorry to say but it was just meh to me. 😦

  14. I’m much more likely to try his mysteries than his non-mysteries, but I guess I just haven’t had the impetus yet.

  15. I like James Patterson. I’m up to the current book in the Women’s Murder Club books and I have found a surprise in each one so far. I have Breakfast at Tiffany’s but I haven’t read it yet. I think I read Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas but I can’t remember! LOL! I’ve read several of the Alex Cross novels but WMC is my favorite series. I haven’t read any of the Michael Bennett series yet. Overall I like him though. His characters are real and he tells a good story. I didn’t realize that he doesn’t write his own books anymore!

  16. I’ve only read one Patterson, and that was an Alex Cross. I think it was all right but too violent for my liking, but this was several years ago. I’m another who doesn’t really trust an author who churns out about a book a month with their name in huge print “with someone else” in small, when I know quite well who did all the hard work. No excuse for an actual writer, rather than, say, a model or a pop star with a ghostwriter.

  17. Now I really have to read those Women’s Murder Club mysteries! What are the titles, please?

  18. I love Patterson but many like to bash him. He almost always writes a quick satisfying read for me 😀

  19. Well, my standard reply is that I’m not a big Patterson fan, but to be fair, I have only read one of his books. It was one of his mysteries named after nursery rhymes – remember those? It was certainly fast-paced, but I found it very shallow – the characters were all like cardboard cut-outs. I saw a few of his movie adaptations (including, I think, an Alex Cross one, like you said) and they were OK but nothing fabulous – again, shallow. I think I liked them mostly because I liked the actors (Morgan Freeman is a favorite!)

    I should probably give him another chance with a more recent book, but there’s just so little time and so many books – I don’t like wasting a book choice on something I might not enjoy!

    I heard on the NYT Book Review podcast that he had 7 new books released this year (all on the best-seller list of course). How on earth does someone write 7 books in a year??

    Hope your busy week goes well. Very busy here, too.


    • Sue I think you read one of the ones that were made into a movie – while I seen the movies, I did not read those books and imagine they would be gory.

      I bet you would love Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas!

      O know he has several books going at once and as mentioned in the comments, he has co writers as well.

  20. I’ve enjoyed a couple of Patterson’s, but I think that he’s so prolific and in so many genres is a turn-off for me.

    • I kind of like the prolific side of him Carol as I am a prolific reader and believe if I can get writing I would hope I could write in several different genres as well.

      (I dream BIG!) LOL 😛

  21. I’m not really a fan. I too believed he was just a heavy crime thriller type author – I read a few Alex Cross. I am willing to give him another try, now that I have learned that he has other options. The Beach House looks like it might be good!

  22. Not so crazy about the Womens Murder Club series but really love the Michael Bennet series where he is a detective with several kids and a widow.

    • I have only listened to the first Womens Murder Club book…. I would try another one but not sure if I would make it through all ten 🙂

      I live the Bennett series and just today discovered that Tick Tock was part of that series – WOO HOO! Need to read that soon 🙂

  23. I actually do like Patterson. The Women’s Murder Club series is one of my favorites. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas was a great book as well. If you like historical’s Patterson has one called, The Jester that I really liked as well.

    I find it a bit disheartening that several people don’t read Patterson because he uses co-authors. Basically because they are discounting the co-authors work based on the fact that they don’t like Patterson’s style. He does turn out tons of books a year and he does use other people to write them, but he gives a huge amount a money to some very worthy charities every year as well, with all that money he’s being so greedy about, and I can’t fault him for that.

    I like his books and I’ll probably keep reading them, because now, I really like some of the co-authors as well and I hope they turn out some work completely their own.

  24. I think Patterson has some really good ideas but I also don’t like that he’s a bit of a sell out as an author. But I also understand that his mysteries make a lot of people happy and gives other authors without the big name a chance to publish their works. I did like the first couple of Maximum Ride books (one of his YA series) until he started talking more about his website through one of the characters than seeming to pay attention to the flow of the storyline. It was weird…

    • I thought of that too Sami, that the authors he teams with do get an opportunity to write and be published with him.

      Hmmm… that does sounds weird about Maximum Ride – i have not read these.

  25. I’ve only experienced Patterson on audio and I have been enjoying his books in that format. I really enjoyed Worst Case, which was a Bennett mystery so I did get a glimpse of his softer side in that one.

    • Jo Jo arent his audios fantastic? I love the sound effects! 😀

      Yes – Worst Case was an awesome one – make sure you listen to the rest of that series – they are equally as good.

  26. I personally love reading Patterson. Some of his are hit or miss with me, but they are always page turners…

  27. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover but i have never bought one of his books as the ones i see just look scary!

    Thanks for the eye opener!

  28. Hi Sheila… once again we’re on the same page! This morning I’ve posted about The Postcard Killers which you can see here:
    Careful, it’s a mixed review! 🙂

  29. I love James Patterson and have read most of his books. I read and love the following series of his: Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women’s Murder Club. I also love his stand-alones, most notable: Swimsuit, The Postcard Killers, Honeymoon, Sail. I read and loved Private and have heard that will be made into a series. His Nicholas Sparks-like books were fantastic and I, too, devoured them in one sitting.

    I am not a fan of the Maximum Ride series and for some reason I just didn’t like Sundays at Tiffanys.

    I live for the days when his books come out – I have a huge collection of hardcover books of his on my shelves. He is one of the only authors that I always do buy the hardcover of.

    Great post!

  30. I love Patterson; I love how prolific he is and how well he can write in different genres .. I haven’t read Sundays at Tiffany’s, but I’ve read great review on it (we’ll call it a Nicholas Sparks type of book), and his Maximum Ride series all occupy a space on Bebe Boy James’ bookshelves (they used to be on Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn’s shelves)

  31. Sundays at Tiffany’s is the only Patterson book I’ve read, and I was actually rather disappointed. I thought the ending was such a bait and switch. I love a good twist sometimes, but only when it makes me say “oh, NOW I see what everything was pointing to.” This one made me feel like I was deceived.

    • Cheryl I can not wrap my head around how I feel about the book. I finished it yesterday afternoon and really liked it and then… I don’t know… something isn’t sitting right with me and I do not love the book….

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