Have you ever read books by James Patterson?

Eugene, Oregon
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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@Corbin5 (70610)
• United States
11 Sep
I have read a few of the Alex Cross books, years ago, and I enjoyed them. So good to hear that Patterson is one of the good guys when it comes to helping others.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I was quite surprised to read that note about his philanthropy in the news.
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@Hannihar (4564)
19 Sep
Deborah, I alos read Alex Cross too.
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@Corbin5 (70610)
• United States
19 Sep
@topffer (28593)
• France
11 Sep
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I suspect that the translations may be as good as the original, really. I am a John LeCarre fan.
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@topffer (28593)
• France
11 Sep
@JamesHxstatic A good author ! I liked a lot "The Spy who came in from the Cold"
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
@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!
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@teamfreak16 (32038)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Sep
I've never read him. Don't know why, I just haven't.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
So many books, so many writers, so little time and we get stuck on some too. I like John LeCarre a lot.
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@teamfreak16 (32038)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Sep
@JamesHxstatic - I like Tim Dorsey.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
@teamfreak16 Will have to look him up. John Burdett has some good ones set in Thailand, featuring the "only honest cop" in Bangkok.
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@pgntwo (19730)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
11 Sep
I have read 2 or 3 of his books, usually ones I have found while on holiday. They were reasonably engaging. I shall seek out his stuff on my Kindle when next I am in need of a good read.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I like Michael Connolly a lot too.
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@pgntwo (19730)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic Also an ok read. HarlaI Coben is another I encountered in a pile of books in a holiday apartment.
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@Marty1 (22481)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 Sep
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
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
Could be, since he pretty much does outlines and turns them over to others to write now.
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@Marty1 (22481)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 Sep
@JamesHxstatic Oh, I wasn't aware that he just did outlines of the books. I thought he wrote along with the other authors of the books?
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
@Marty1 Not so much according to some articles about him. He may edit them.
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@amadeo (42286)
• United States
11 Sep
oh!yes tons of them.I am reading Murder Games and Mike just finish the The store this is a new one. I know all about known him for years.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
He is quite prolific with all those extra writers.
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@amadeo (42286)
• United States
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic yes he is.Wonder who is doing the most.lol
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
@amadeo No kiddingl
@TRBRocks420 (57391)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Sep
I think I have, but not sure. I do know I have seen movies based on his books though.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I should look those up. Any really good ones?
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@TRBRocks420 (57391)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Sep
@JamesHxstatic Kiss the girls and, along came a spider.
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@andriaperry (25835)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Sep
@TRBRocks420 Those books were awesome too
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@KristenH (18395)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11 Sep
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
As long as they sell, I guess he will keep on that way.
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@KristenH (18395)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic You might be right about that.
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@JolietJake (36493)
11 Sep
I can't tell you what I have read by him right off-hand, but I have read him.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I do think I read one or two years ago.
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@celticeagle (111796)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Sep
No, I don't think I have. Great they he is giving back.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
It is a really good thing he is doing.
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@celticeagle (111796)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic .....Yes, I like to hear about those that have the means helping out like this.
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• United States
11 Sep
Not recently, but I have read many of his books, give it a shot!
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
I will look up some of the older ones, I think.
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• United States
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic That's a good idea!
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@mandala100 (23910)
• Hong Kong
11 Sep
@JamesHxstatic Yes my friend James Patterson is a good author and I have read some of his novels my friend.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
He sounds like a corporation with all those extra writers working for him.
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@mandala100 (23910)
• Hong Kong
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic That's right my friend and I think that's becoming a trend for other writers too my friend.
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@sallypup (18769)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Sep
Too gory for me. He's a money maker more than an artist- 70 years and not able to write his own work. Bunkum. (Guess I'm crabby today.)
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I guess he can make more money this way. He is not a serious writer anyway.
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@sallypup (18769)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic I agree with you on that.
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@DeborahDiane (14318)
• Laguna Woods, California
12 Sep
@JamesHxstatic - I think it is wonderful that he donates money to so many worthwhile causes. I used to read his books. However, the last few have not been as well-written. perhaps he needs some new co-authors.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
Several have mentioned that. I have only read a couple of older ones.
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@andriaperry (25835)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Sep
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Sep
That is a good idea.
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@Raelove (14034)
• Saco, Maine
11 Sep
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
He has a bunch of helpers around these days. It is good that he is sharing the bucks.
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@Kandae11 (22112)
11 Sep
Over the years I must have read at least six of them - but I don't remember the titles right now.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I don't recall the one or two I read either.
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@marlina (57228)
• Canada
11 Sep
Never read Patterson's books
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I read one or two but they were not memorable for me.
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@Happy2BeMe (60131)
• Canada
11 Sep
I havr read a number if his books. He is one of my favorite authors.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
I know a lot of people must like him.
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@dodo19 (26692)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
11 Sep
I haven't had the chance to read any of his books. But I would really like to. Maybe at some point, I can borrow a copy from the library.
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