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Old 01-11-2014, 12:01
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So I've been reading the Lee Child's Jack Reacher series for a while, but I find it hard to others who read it too. I've only met a handful of people who actually read the books :/ So I was wondering if anyone else out there likes the books?

I've read:
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
Persuader
The Hard Way
Gone Tomorrow
The Affair
Die Trying
Echo Burning

Looking to read Without Fail and Never Go Back next
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:20
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I have read them all and I enjoyed them except for Never Go Back, which I found boring and unrealistic. Apparently the next JR film is going to be based on this book. I don't know how they're gonna get a decent film out of the story.

One Shot was the best and first JR that I ever read.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:30
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I have read them all and I enjoyed them except for Never Go Back, which I found boring and unrealistic. Apparently the next JR film is going to be based on this book. I don't know how they're gonna get a decent film out of the story.

One Shot was the best and first JR that I ever read.
Wow I read 61 Hours first and it was quite boring at times but I somehow stuck through it, and I looked at the other books in the series and I was hooked!

I thought the Jack Reacher film was really bad, Tom Cruise ruined it.

My best so far is probably either Persuader, Worth Dying for or Echo Burning.
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Old 02-11-2014, 21:11
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Have read all the Jack Reacher books and loved them. Tom Cruise was the worst possible choice to play Jack Reacher.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:16
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I've read seven, so far, in order and I have enjoyed them all. The only 2 that have been memorable are Die Trying and Echo Burning.
Now waiting for Persuader, from the library (reservation) which seems to take ages.
Always interested to listen in on Lee Child's interviews about his books.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:25
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Have read all the Jack Reacher books and loved them. Tom Cruise was the worst possible choice to play Jack Reacher.
It was weird casting on that movie- Cruise was the worst possible Reacher, but Herzog was the best possible Zek.

Basically, it needed about twenty minutes more Zek, and a foot and a half more Reacher.
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Old 03-11-2014, 15:31
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Have read 3 Jack Reacher books, enjoyed them for what they are. They're a bit repetitive for me as basically Reacher is pretty much invincible. Kind of grinds after a while.
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Old 03-11-2014, 17:19
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Saw the movie, loved the movie, tried audiobooking the books, loved the books too well most of the books, then finished the series.

Of the three I didn't like, one had a premise that was just stupid, one had him being too violent and the last, the most recent one, well saying any more would be giving out spoilers so I'll stop there.
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Old 03-11-2014, 22:52
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Have read them all, finishing Personal last week which I found formulaic, weak and page turning only in the sense you wanted the end to come quickly. Agree about Cruise, like casting Joe Pasquale as Batman.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:38
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And as for Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.... Yes he doesn't have the height but that didn't bother me in the slightest and I felt the movie was a faithful adaption of the book, even with the changes they made - loved they showed him buying new clothes and ditching the old ones, and the whole "It's 5 against 1.... no, 2 always run away so it's 3 against 1" thing, and also how things didn't always go right and smoothly for him, but he always got up and kept going - mirrored how things went for Tom's character in the last Mission Impossible movie, but I'm going off-topic here so I'll stop now.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:51
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I have read a few of them now.
I read them on holiday as they are an easy read and do not tax my mind too much.
Entertaining enough.

I liked the film even with Tom Cruise in it, I wonder if Lee Child was happy with the choice of him to portray Reacher.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:56
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I've also read them all (most at least twice), great books - and while I agree that Tom Cruise was a ludicrous choice for the role, the film itself wasn't too bad at all.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:43
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I have read them all except personal. Some are very good others are a bit meh.
Enjoyed the older ones more. Nearly all of them follow the same formula but its enjoyable escapism.

As for the film its ok, but I tbought of it more as an action film rather than Jack Reacher
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:02
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I have read all the books apart from the last two, as they haven't reached the charity shops yet!

I have enjoyed them all, even though they are to a well trodden formula.

I haven't seen the film yet, but will probably watch it once it appears on TV. Tom Cruise is a most unlikely Reacher, as he is far too short. However, I am sure that Lee Child is quite happy to collect the pay-off from having such a major star take on the role.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:14
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I love Reacher. In fact I'm in love with Reacher. I've read them all and most have been pretty good. I think Echo Burning was terrible though and am amazed to see some posters above listing it as their fave. Personal, the new one, was also dire.

My favourite is The Enemy.

As for the tapped midget - worst casting in history. Apparently, Lee Child was all for it as he felt that he would bring the essence of Reacher to life. Bullpooh. Clearly it was all about the to him.
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Old 04-11-2014, 18:32
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re: Personal
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And as for Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.... Yes he doesn't have the height but that didn't bother me in the slightest and I felt the movie was a faithful adaption of the book, even with the changes they made - loved they showed him buying new clothes and ditching the old ones, and the whole "It's 5 against 1.... no, 2 always run away so it's 3 against 1" thing, and also how things didn't always go right and smoothly for him, but he always got up and kept going - mirrored how things went for Tom's character in the last Mission Impossible movie, but I'm going off-topic here so I'll stop now.
That just made me giggle, Tom Cruise acting tough just makes me laugh. I can imagine Clint Eastwood saying a line like that making it really menacing but not wee Tom.
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Old 04-11-2014, 18:46
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^You see I didn't get that at all, totally buying into Tom as the character, not like the new 4"7' not-Stathem-Transporter guy. He wasn't trying to be menacing, not supposed to be that, and when it came down to the fighting Tom didn't go overboard, just did what was necessary to take 'em down - lifted right from the books.
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Old 08-11-2014, 15:45
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I was disappointed in Personal. In fact I didn't even finish the book and I'm an avid Lee Child reader
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Old 08-11-2014, 19:23
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^You see I didn't get that at all, totally buying into Tom as the character, not like the new 4"7' not-Stathem-Transporter guy. He wasn't trying to be menacing, not supposed to be that, and when it came down to the fighting Tom didn't go overboard, just did what was necessary to take 'em down - lifted right from the books.
Aye, the scene was lifted from the book, but my problem was that I got a sense of 'fear' from the assailants when Reacher was facing them all - this huge guy saying all that, and the assailants were going for it anyway, and I was thinking "You fools - you don't know what you're getting into" (increasing their level of stupidity for me). However, Reacher's size should have given them an inkling, and they were stupid for not backing down, yet Tom Cruise couldn't physically intimidate a feather duster. So yes, Reacher-in-the-book wasn't supposed to be menacing, yet he is anyway in my mind. Reacher-on-the-screen looked like a scrawny kid next to the real Reacher, and it didn't work.

Anyway, OP, I've read all of them in order and I loved most of them. The ones I didn't love I enjoyed anyway, simply because it's Reacher.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:11
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I always picture Reacher as Henry Rollins, for some reason. I would have loved him to get the role.
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Old 09-11-2014, 13:57
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I thought Cruise was an acceptable Reacher. My OH watched the film with me and he's never read the books, but he enjoyed it. As long as you ignored the book's description of Reachers size, then Tom Cruise played the part very well. He has a strong screen presence and dealt with the physical threats in a believable way.
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Old 09-11-2014, 20:50
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I thought Cruise was an acceptable Reacher. My OH watched the film with me and he's never read the books, but he enjoyed it. As long as you ignored the book's description of Reachers size, then Tom Cruise played the part very well. He has a strong screen presence and dealt with the physical threats in a believable way.
Thing is, normally I'm cool with that kind of change. It's just that with Reacher, his size is stressed SO DAMN MUCH in EVERY OTHER SENTENCE. It's kind of a defining characteristic in the way that it wouldn't be for many other fictional characters, because it's rammed home so often in the books. Having a Jack Reacher who isn't huge is like having a Sherlock Holmes who isn't clever. It's not a cosmetic detail, it's a fundamental aspect of the character.

That said, Cruise was a lot better than I thought he'd be. He's a decent actor, after all, and I thought he played it well, he just wasn't Reacher for me AT ALL. Cruise playing Reacher was like Keanu Reeves playing Constantine- it wasn't his acting that was the problem, he was just horrendously cast.

(As I said above, though, the movie was worth it just for Herzog).
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Old 14-11-2014, 17:18
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Just finishing the book 61 Hours.

Not very impressed with it as there seems to be an awful lot of unnecessary filler.
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Old 14-11-2014, 17:53
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Just finishing the book 61 Hours.

Not very impressed with it as there seems to be an awful lot of unnecessary filler.
There are now nearly 20 full length Jack Reacher books. It must be very difficult to keep thinking of new ways of telling the same story - a very large loner comes into town and defeats the bad guys. Mind you, there must be loads of western (films and books) which have dealt with the same material.

I enjoy the books, but know what to expect at the end - it is just the journey which is slightly different. Sometimes the journey is more interesting than others - I have read some books where I find the "filler", or details, interests me and others where it doesn't.
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Old 14-11-2014, 19:38
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Just finished Persuader and it wasn't bad. I usually leave long intervals between his books and for some reason I found this one quite gruesome. I did skip a few unnecesary pages here and there, though.
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