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The Jester by James Patterson
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Jan 28, 11

Read in June, 2007

I don't like the way established authors use their names on the titles of books when they have a co-author. Who is doing all of the work? Am I just suppose to buy or read anything with JAMES PATTERSON at the top just because I liked a lot of the Alex Cross novels? Same goes for Thomas Clancy. I suspect this is the publishers try to milk every last dollar out of the "franchise" they have going with famous authors. At least I have not seen Stephen King do this yet. He did co-author a couple of books with Peter Straub, but he had already published works of his own.......

I don't want to read a work that is penned by an author trying to mimic someone famous. Who came up with the plot? Does Patterson actually do any of the writing or is this something that he thinks up and pawns off on struggling writers and then he and the publishers rake in the bucks, doing the struggling writer a favor by having his name on the cover page?

Yes I am cynical. If Andrew Gross can right a great story then give him a platform and let him write. Why prop him up with Patterson's name? It appears from a quick search that he co-authored a bunch of books with Patterson in the first part of this last decade and did not realize a book on his own until 2007, after he co-authored about 5-7 books under Patterson's wing. This is really not a dig at Andrew Gross, I don't know anything about him. I just don't like the way the publishing houses are making it look to the public like the book is by an author they may enjoy.

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