Have you ever read books by James Patterson?
September 11, 2017 2:03pm CST
He is, I read, the world's best selling author, with some 350 million books sold. I should say co-author really, because these days Patterson, age 70, has a stable of writers who churn out books featuring many characters he has created over the years, such police procedurals featuring Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and more, along with books for children. I have not actually read this writer. What got my attention about him is that he gives away millions of dollars to libraries, teachers and universities. Just this year, classrooms all over the country are receiving $500 donations. He and Scholastic Books are giving 3500 teachers nationwide grants totaling $1.75 million to 3500 teachers around the country. A writer who does this much good makes me want to buy one of his books. Have you read Patterson's books? Check out his website for a world of information on this apparently really good guy.
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The Alex Cross books have been translated in French and a friend recommended them to me long ago. I lended 2 or 3 at the library, but I did not liked the style. I have seen a movie later, and I preferred the movie to the book, which is rarely the case. However I never read a book from him in English, and maybe the translation was not good, I cannot tell.
• Eugene, Oregon
@topffer A great book! I heard him interviewed this week. His latest book is a prequel to the one you mentioned and it is featuring George Smiley as well. I found the movie for that older book on disc at Netflix. It was made in 1965 with Richard Burton in the lead. We watched it last night. Excellent!
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Last Friday at the library I asked the librarian how many books James Patetdon write as there were so many shelves full of his books. I only read Merry Christmas Alex Cross last December but want to read one more to see how he is so popular!!! My book club head who is a librarian said when Patterson started with different books the quality of writing has gone down
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Yes I have. I haven't read them all. He's prolific, even writes for kids and some romance as well. I've learned a decade ago from a contest that he outlines his books and gives him to his various co-writers to write. I just don't know how he does it, when he doesn't really write them himself.
• Anniston, Alabama
Good lord YES! I actually have a shelf full, some I have read, some I have not. Nowadays he does have many co authors but I have read HIS and he is a much better writer. I also love Stuart Woods, the past two books I have read is by him, I mix up my reading , some months one author and some months another so I wont get bored.
• Saco, Maine
I've read one book by him...one of his most recent..."Zoo." It's about all the world's animals going berserk, and they made a really bad TV series out of it. I don't care for his writing. It's too fast and not meaty enough...very little character development, so it's hard to get a grasp of who they are. And he's been using a ghostwriter for a long time, as he's made millions. I'm glad he's spreading some of that wealth around.