Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
I grew up in a bookstore (both my parents owned bookshops and fully utilized my low/no-wage labor). I haven't had a tv in twelve years. I read a shit-ton of books, probably about a 1,000 pages of recreational reading a week for the last twenty years (excepting three years of law school). I've read most of the classics, both fiction and nonfiction.
Sometimes you just want a good mindless read. He writes entertaining stuff, some of it's very good. I wouldn't rank anything of his in my top ten of books, but it's usually an enjoyable read.
This ^. I no longer manage to read the kind of volume FLM is cranking through. (I read a lot more when I didn't have a tv and a kid . . .) But I share the general sentiment.
I generally have several books going at once, because I have different reading moods. Sometimes you just need a mental relaxer or palate cleanser to soothe your brain, the way some people veg out in front of a favorite, admittedly stupid, tv show to relax. And with genre writers or others who crank out multiple books in the same style, with the same characters, etc. (off the top of my head, Ian Rankin, Donna Leon, Agatha Christie, Peter Robinson, Alan Furst, Eric Ambler, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Patrick O'Brian, Olen Steinhauer, Harlan Coben, China Mieville all come to mind as examples), the familiarity can be appealing when you're not in the mood to tackle something new and potentially challenging. It's basically potato chips and beer for your brain.