Author Topic: Dick Francis bargains  (Read 160 times)

elleoco

Dick Francis bargains
« on: May 09, 2019, 06:37:45 AM »
It's raining and dreary here in Colorado, so as I was entertaining myself following Also Bought trails on Amazon (as opposed to something constructive like writing), I encountered a Dick Francis book selling for $2.51.

I've had a Kindle since 2008 and always swore I'd never buy the ebook version of anything I have in paper just because, but as the years pass, my preference for reading on Kindle grows stronger and stronger. So I pounced on the book and 5 others at $2.99. These are books I'd not seen available in ebook: Dead Cert (I think this was the first Francis mystery), Rat Race, Enquiry, High Stakes, Knockdown, and Smokescreen.

So in case there are other Francis fans on the board who reread his books every few years.... It looks like these were just released, and they don't come up for me in a straight search on author name. Try, https://www.amazon.com/Rat-Race-classic-racing-mystery-ebook/dp/B07Q8644NB and its Also Boughts. I saw Smokescreen and then it disappeared as I clicked on the others to buy, but I found it again by searching "Smokescreen Dick Francis." Maybe that kind of search works for the others too.

I'm going to keep an eye out now to see if some of the other early books such as Nerve show up now.

Simon Haynes

Re: Dick Francis bargains
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 09:28:13 AM »
I used to read Dick Francis all the time - always enjoyed his novels.

Unfortunately, when I open an amazon.com ebook product page for any trad-pubbed author I always get the 'this title is not available in your region' message. (Pretty sure the major publishers issue UK and US editions of novels, and then geo-block one or the other.)

Visit Amazon.com.au and all the Dick Francis ebooks (via a different publisher) are 12.99 and up. (17.99 in one case.) Ouch.



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elleoco

Re: Dick Francis bargains
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 10:11:06 AM »
Ouch indeed. I have an Australian cyber-friend who has told me how much more expensive books are there. Obviously it's more than the exchange rate. Try your library?

Maggie Ann

Re: Dick Francis bargains
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019, 10:48:23 AM »
Got them. Thanks. I haven't read a Dick Francis in years.
           
 

elleoco

Re: Dick Francis bargains
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2019, 10:57:54 AM »
Got them. Thanks. I haven't read a Dick Francis in years.

His son is now writing what are supposed to be similar stories, trading on the father's name, but they're not the same. I read them, but they're not as well written, and you can see the difference between the tough old steeplechase jockey who was in the RAF and the modern son of said successful man. The son often uses phrases like, "I was not a happy bunny," for Pete's sake.

So like with Anne Hillerman, who gave her father's characters personality transplants, I own all the father's books and borrow the kid's from the library.

Maggie Ann

Re: Dick Francis bargains
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019, 09:34:40 PM »
Got them. Thanks. I haven't read a Dick Francis in years.

His son is now writing what are supposed to be similar stories, trading on the father's name, but they're not the same. I read them, but they're not as well written, and you can see the difference between the tough old steeplechase jockey who was in the RAF and the modern son of said successful man. The son often uses phrases like, "I was not a happy bunny," for Pete's sake.

So like with Anne Hillerman, who gave her father's characters personality transplants, I own all the father's books and borrow the kid's from the library.

Yes, I tried reading a couple of the son's books. Definitely not the same. The same thing happened with Mary Higgins Clark and her son and daughter, although the daughter hasn't tried to copy her and has a successful series of her own. Now I see that Janet Evanovich and her son are writing together. I'm not going to bother.

I tried reading the guy who took over the Nero Wolfe series. What a spectacular disappointment that was. Couldn't even finish the book.
           
 

elleoco

Re: Dick Francis bargains
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 04:59:09 AM »
Yes, I tried reading a couple of the son's books. Definitely not the same. The same thing happened with Mary Higgins Clark and her son and daughter, although the daughter hasn't tried to copy her and has a successful series of her own. Now I see that Janet Evanovich and her son are writing together. I'm not going to bother.

Yup. So far I haven't found a single person, either kid or hired pro, who continues a beloved author's work who equals or surpasses the original. Sad for us readers really. I used to read James Lee Burke's Dave Robichaux novels until it got ridiculous having Viet Nam vets doing such physical stunts when they have to be in their 70's (also a problem for Craig Johnson's and Robert Crais's characters). Burke's daughter Alafair writes her own stuff, and I only tried one. Obviously a lot of these kids of successful authors come from softer backgrounds than the parent and get a free, or at least boosted, ride with trad publishers as opposed to having to make it on their merits.