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Stephen King on "manfiction"

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly(Issue #1012, September 19, 2008) Stephen King writes about books that men read.  His son, Joe Hill, calls these books "manfiction."  It's an interesting column.  Mr. King says that the best current manfiction writers are Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Richard Stark and Lee Child.

 

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Paul, thank you for the link.

The odd thing about "manfiction" is that women readers, like me, also read it... I've read everything my Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Robert Parker....

I wonder how many men read Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult or Sandra Brown?

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Excellent point, IBIS. I personally have never read Roberts, Picoult, or Brown. That being said, while I've read a Parker or two, I yet to read Connelly or Child.

 


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Paul, thank you for the link.

The odd thing about "manfiction" is that women readers, like me, also read it... I've read everything my Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Robert Parker....

I wonder how many men read Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult or Sandra Brown?

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A heck of a point.  In fact, best I understand it, there are more female readers of "manfiction" than there are male ones.  Certainly seems that way if you visit a Lee Child signing.

 

Speaking of which, Paul, definitely give Lee a try.  He's terrific.  A deeply intelligent writer who doesn't cheat.

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Will do, Marcus. Any particular book I should start with?

 


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A heck of a point.  In fact, best I understand it, there are more female readers of "manfiction" than there are male ones.  Certainly seems that way if you visit a Lee Child signing.

 

Speaking of which, Paul, definitely give Lee a try.  He's terrific.  A deeply intelligent writer who doesn't cheat.


 

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Paul, I'm a big fan of the Reacher series and I would highly recommend starting at the beginning with Killing Floor. I still think it's the best of the series and it gives you most of Reacher's back story, so you could skip around after that. 

 

Btw, thanks for recommending Dead I Well May Be. I can't wait to read the others in the Dead series.

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Well that's where I'll begin, weaver. Many thanks.

 

Also, take a look at McKinty's Hidden River. It's a stand alone mystery, and like all his books, it's real, real good. Word is that he's got another book due out next year. I can't wait.

 


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Paul, I'm a big fan of the Reacher series and I would highly recommend starting at the beginning with Killing Floor. I still think it's the best of the series and it gives you most of Reacher's back story, so you could skip around after that. 

 

Btw, thanks for recommending Dead I Well May Be. I can't wait to read the others in the Dead series.

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I just read King's article on manfiction. He's right, of course. There is such a thing, and I've been reading it since I was a kid, and still am. His recommendations are right on the money, too. The problem with all of this though, is that he doesn't really address his own point. Is the fact that there is still manfiction around proof that men are still reading, or is it, like some of the above posts suggest, that women are reading manfiction? I can tell you that there are a lot of guys out there, and I mean A LOT, who simply do not read anything. And more who read only internet blogs, and maybe a newspaper or magazine, but certainly no books. This seems to me to be especially true of younger guys. It sadly has become fashionable to think that to read is either "nerdy" or, even worse for a young guy, "gay." Anyone who thinks this isn't true should ask their sons (or daughters). I remember reading a while ago that Stephen King was the kind of kid in high school who walked around with a paperback book in his back pocket. I was too - although maybe it was in my backpack if not my pocket. I suspect that is a dying breed. I think it's also true though, of adult men. I personally know almost no men who read books. (Which maybe is why I'm in this book club.) When was the last time you heard a guy talk about the book he read?
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Sadly, it's true. Few men I know read. Along these same lines, does anyone feel that eventually e-books will replace printed matter?

 


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I just read King's article on manfiction. He's right, of course. There is such a thing, and I've been reading it since I was a kid, and still am. His recommendations are right on the money, too. The problem with all of this though, is that he doesn't really address his own point. Is the fact that there is still manfiction around proof that men are still reading, or is it, like some of the above posts suggest, that women are reading manfiction? I can tell you that there are a lot of guys out there, and I mean A LOT, who simply do not read anything. And more who read only internet blogs, and maybe a newspaper or magazine, but certainly no books. This seems to me to be especially true of younger guys. It sadly has become fashionable to think that to read is either "nerdy" or, even worse for a young guy, "gay." Anyone who thinks this isn't true should ask their sons (or daughters). I remember reading a while ago that Stephen King was the kind of kid in high school who walked around with a paperback book in his back pocket. I was too - although maybe it was in my backpack if not my pocket. I suspect that is a dying breed. I think it's also true though, of adult men. I personally know almost no men who read books. (Which maybe is why I'm in this book club.) When was the last time you heard a guy talk about the book he read?

 

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Sadly, it's true. Few men I know read. Along these same lines, does anyone feel that eventually e-books will replace printed matter?


Nope, they still can't replace the feel of a good book in you hands. Afterall many magazines are available online with even more content than the hard copies, but more hard copies are sold than viewed online.

 

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Hey Paul--sorry I missed your earlier post.

 

You won't go wrong starting with KILLING FLOOR, as someone else suggested.  My personal fave is probably PERSUADER.  But one of the cool things about Lee's work is that because the character is sort of the archetypical knight errant, you can start anywhere--there's not a lot of mandatory backstory to catch up on.  Nice with a 13 book series.

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    I find  that our culture as a whole has become very anti-Man. Movies tend to be geared toward 13yr old children as is most of our modern media. I often laugh when I watch footage of old television talk shows and the host and guest would sit there with a cigarette and a scotch. If any talk show host did it today there would be a live intervention. I think men still read, I know I  do and I have enjoyed modern crime fiction Like Lee Child, Jason Starr and the HCC  series. I would like to see a bit of masculinity get back into popular culture.
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Thanks, Marcus.

 

Sorry I missed your recent reading at Partners & Crime. I walked in a couple of days later and saw the poster.

 

Best,

 

Paul

 


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Hey Paul--sorry I missed your earlier post.

 

You won't go wrong starting with KILLING FLOOR, as someone else suggested.  My personal fave is probably PERSUADER.  But one of the cool things about Lee's work is that because the character is sort of the archetypical knight errant, you can start anywhere--there's not a lot of mandatory backstory to catch up on.  Nice with a 13 book series.


 

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No worries, Paul!  We had a pretty decent showing.  Nice to be done with touring for a while, though.
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