Jack Reacher - any good?

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droopsnoot

5,636 posts

174 months

Friday 9th February
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As a standalone film I didn't think it was too bad - it's not that difficult to forget about reading the books and how every single one describes how physically imposing Jack Reacher is. Not sure whether he's more annoying in the second film, I've only seen the first one. I'm also not that great at remembering book plots (read loads of different books in no particular order) which meant that if there were any significant deviations from the book to the film, I didn't notice.

Short Grain

754 posts

152 months

Tuesday 13th February
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droopsnoot said:
As a standalone film I didn't think it was too bad - it's not that difficult to forget about reading the books and how every single one describes how physically imposing Jack Reacher is. Not sure whether he's more annoying in the second film, I've only seen the first one. I'm also not that great at remembering book plots (read loads of different books in no particular order) which meant that if there were any significant deviations from the book to the film, I didn't notice.
Didn't realise there was a second film TBH, will have to Google it.




Mr2Mike

19,611 posts

187 months

Wednesday 14th February
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Finally got started on the "John Milton" series, just finished the third book. Virtually identical premise to Reacher, though he is an ex-SAS soldier turned black-ops assassin rather than ex-military police, but still wanders around the USA (so far) stumbling onto people in bad situations and helping them. Pretty well written, certainly no worse than Reacher.

BigBen

9,499 posts

162 months

Wednesday 14th February
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Mr2Mike said:
Finally got started on the "John Milton" series, just finished the third book. Virtually identical premise to Reacher, though he is an ex-SAS soldier turned black-ops assassin rather than ex-military police, but still wanders around the USA (so far) stumbling onto people in bad situations and helping them. Pretty well written, certainly no worse than Reacher.
He also has the recovering alcoholic angle a la Harry Hole from Jo Nesbo's books.

I prefer the Milton books to Reacher as the character is a bit less implausible, for instance he has never been shot and survived because his muscles were so big!

Mr2Mike

19,611 posts

187 months

Wednesday 14th February
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BigBen said:
He also has the recovering alcoholic angle a la Harry Hole from Jo Nesbo's books.

I prefer the Milton books to Reacher as the character is a bit less implausible, for instance he has never been shot and survived because his muscles were so big!
I prefer them mainly because because the writing style in Reacher grates a bit. The multiple sentences. Short sentences. Used throughout. Throughout the book. To describe things.
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28,947 posts

108 months

Wednesday 14th February
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Short Grain said:
I've read a few Jack Reacher paperbacks, they're an easy, decent paced boys adventure, nothing more but I enjoy them.

Only gripe is Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the recent film, can't even remember the title as I couldn't equate Cruise, all 5 foot and a peanut of him with Jack Reacher at 6 foot 5 inches of muscle or whatever he is!

Sainsburys near me has a few back titles at £2.99, so a bargain at the moment.

Wouldn't buy them in hardback though!!
Night School is £20! At least cooking books have photos. hehe

Hard cover = larger font. Makes it easier to read, I suppose. wink