Robert K. Tanenbaum Message Board
Bob L. posts on 6/2/2008 1:51:24 PM
Why in heaven's name did you rehash Butch and Marlene's history in Hoax. I was prepared for another good read but gave up after the first 120 pages or so. (large print edition)
rusty posts on 2/27/2008 4:20:57 PM
Boring and poorly written. Enjoyed previous works, especially those with Michael Gruber as "manuscript assistant" or some such title.
"Corruption of Blood" was the best with some passages that rose to true literature.
Tiring of characters such as Stupenagel (good for one or two books) and Marlene as a legally sanctioned homicidal maniac. The Lucy character is getting ridiculous. The sections in "Malice" where she gets spiritual with John Jojola are verbose and, in some cases, ridiculous: ("Lucy clapped her hands") ..."You built a sweat lodge?" she cried happily. And, "Lucy giggled at the thought that she was sitting naked next to a 55 year old man" (GroaI) Immortal lines for a new "New Grub Street." (Gissing)
David Grale is my favorite character. Grale and the dream prophecies have been really good in previous works.
"Played in the NBA" for a few games has got to go.
RK Tannenbaum has written some good works but this is definitely not one of them. I'd jsut as soon read Cussler's cliche-drenched adventure novels, especially passages where he shows he really does know how to write. His extreme philoanglicism is getting hard to swallow. If one skips the "feelings" passages and the inerminable showing off of knowlege of marine and nautical minutae, Cussler's books are good.
Berry's Templar novel was outstanding but his latest contains absurd politico-historical falsehoods. So, I've written him off.
richard posts on 1/15/2008 1:53:50 AM
I read alot and of my favorite authors Tanenbaum ranks way up there. I've read nearly all of his Carp. Ciampi series. I recently read "Corruption of Blood" and although it is a work of fiction, it makes more sense than the Warren Report or any other writting that have been offered concerning the Kennedy assination.
John posts on 1/12/2008 6:16:58 PM
Whoever wrote Counterplay totally screwed up Ciampi's dog breed -- not Presa Canario, but Neopolitan Mastiff! or did I miss something somewhere?
Martha posts on 8/20/2007 9:32:56 PM
I love the Tanenbaum books no matter who wrote them. I have read every one and will start MALICE perhaps tomorrow. These books have no more to do with reality than the Batman series, Startrek, Simpsons, etc., because they are so rich with absurd plots and even more unbelievable but lovable characters (AND DOGS!). They are a fun read for me.
Mike posts on 8/6/2007 11:42:10 AM
I am reading Malice.
At some point, wasn't one of the Karp twins blind??
Was there a miricle??
I think Tanenbaum has the same disease that Patterson and Woods got. They have to crank out books, and they just keep getting worse and worse.
Does anyone know of any aurthor that has published 15 or 20 books where #20 is anywhere as good as #1,2,3 or 4?
Dave Robinson posts on 7/16/2007 6:33:32 PM
In response to the muffy schilling post today - the books in order of publication are as follows:
No Lesser Plea 1987
Depraved Indifference 1989
Immoral Certainty 1991
Reversible Error 1992
Material Witness 1993
Justice Denied 1994
Corruption of Blood 1995
Falsely Accused 1996
Irresistable Impulse 1997
Reckless Endangerment 1998
Act of Revenge 1999
True Justice 2000
Enemy Within 2001
Absolute Rage 2002
After "Resolved" there is a noticeable change (for the worse, imho) in style. This is because the previous books were partly (or largely) ghostwritten by Michael Gruber. Mr. Gruber stopped collaborating with Robert Tanenbaum and began to publish his own novels, of which "Tropic of Night", "City of Bones" and "Night of the Jaguar" form a sort of trilogy. These books are extremely good, and very much in the wonderful style of the early Karp novels.
muffy schilling posts on 7/16/2007 4:01:23 PM
Could someone tell me the order of Tanenbaum's books that have Marlene and Butch in them.
Gloria M posts on 12/26/2006 2:14:02 PM
I agree with the next previous poster. I've loved Tannenbaum novels and reread an earlier one to get over the dreck of Counterplay. Obviously someone other than the named author is writing books under is name (or was doing so in the past.) There is no whiff of the former grace and humor in this falsely packaged story, which continued the precipitous collapse of the Tannenbaum series that has ocurred over the last so-called trilogy.
David M posts on 12/14/2006 11:05:27 AM
If you read many (77) books a year it is hard to come up with new authors. I had the great luck this year to read all the Tanenbaum novels, The 3 + 3 + almost 4 books by Turtledove on WW1, The depression, and WW2, plus I also discovered J.D. Robb and have read all 18? of that series.
Artistic licence abounds in all forms of books from the clasics (boring) to the romance novels (equaly boring). We are lucky to have new authors like Clancy, Tanenbaum, Turtledove, Nora Roberts cranking out enough literature to keep up with our insatiable need to read.
I'm so happy that my adiction is books and not boose.
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