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fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 7:14 PM

WHAT/WHO WON'T YOU READ?

Pennwoman asked this question in another thread and I thought it so interesting that I thought we should start a new thread.

I really can't stand Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb.

I won't read romances!

I don't like anything vampire-related.





rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 8:22 PM

Judy: I'll see all three of those and raise you James Patterson, (almost ANY crime series, really), Dean Koontz (an amateur Stephen King wanna-be who seems to be incapable of putting a decent ending on any book) and...anything by Margaret George that was written after Mary, Queen of Scots. This frustrates me because I really was looking forward to the Cleopatra book and after I hated that, I was dubious, but still hopeful about the Helen of Troy book, which I hated in likewise fashion. I've become quite a snob about writing quality for someone who has never written more than a short story!

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 11:18 PM

I won't read romances at all. Yuck!!!! I will not ever attempt another Kurt Vonnegut again. He is much too painful. I am willing to attempt almost anything else.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 2:58 PM

I started off liking Steven King. I read Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, and Cujo -- liking the books less and less. I read Firestarter, very much disliked Pet Sematary, and gave up on Steven King for a while. I eventually read Misery on a very strong recommendation from a friend, regretted taking the recommendation -- and promised myself I would not bother with Steven King again. Maybe he wrote something wonderful after that. I don't know if I will ever find out for sure.

I am also a member of the no-romance-novel club. Too predictable. As soon as the girl meets a man she despises, you know how the book will end.


fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 31st Aug '08 11:53 PM

I gave up on Stephen King for a while, too. I recently picked up Bag of Bones, which I later realized I'd already read, but it's about a guy whose wife dies and he gets writer's block, so each year he takes one of his "extra" novels and sends it to his publisher as if he just wrote it and keeps having new ones published every year. I swear that King actually did that! At least that's what it felt like for a long time. However, I did recently read Lisey's Story and Duma Key and liked them both very much. More mature than his earlier works, but still with a scary element.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 1st Sep '08 9:26 AM

I loved Misery, It and The Stand but have not read any of them in awhile. I haven't read a Stephen King book in years. I don't know why. When it comes to thriller I prefer Dean Koontz. He's just a better writer. He puts so much into his characters which I really like. I just read The Good Guy not too long ago and I really liked it..

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 3:42 PM

Sorry for late response, but I hate Nicholas Sparks books. They are too contrived for me.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 12:12 AM

I once had to read three book reviews on Sparks' "A Walk to Remember" and I thought I would put my eyes out before reading another. Totally turned me off reading any of his, though I must admit that my daughter was watching "The Notebook" one day and it was actually not too bad.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:18 AM

"The Notebook" movie had some decent acting performances, but the story was so totally predictable (and the ending is so incredibly contrived) that I would not recommend the film to anyone I know. And I would never bother to read the book after seeing it. I did read "A Walk to Remember," but I did not like it -- too sentimental for me.

circles24
Circles24  (Level: 44.4 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 5:39 PM

i am also a part of the no romance club. Rnmorg... i have to disagree with you on the Crime series. ESPECIALLY James Patterson.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:53 PM

James Patterson is sort of cotton candy for the brain. It's not very substantial and probably not too good for you, but you can't help but want some when you see it. I do like the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series, but just don't read them too carefully because you'll find glaring mistakes in timelines and character behaviors.

Personally, I love mysteries in general. Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child, John Grisham, Margaret Coel, Jonathan Kellerman, Joanne Fluke, Erle Stanley Gardner, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, etc...... But I don't like all mystery series. I have a hard time getting into anything that's a cozy.

And I love Dean Koontz, too. I find his endings more palatable than King's, most of the time. At least in a Koontz book, you can pretty much expect the hero/heroine to still be alive at the end of the book. However, avoid the ones he wrote under a pen name - there's a reason he didn't want to sign his own name to those...


scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 7:41 AM

I like the Women's Murder Club series. I have only read the first three but have really enjoyed them. I read the first Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich book and started the second but I can't stand it. The first one was kind of boring and the second one I had to put down after two chapters. I think she was trying to build off Sue Grafton's fame because the similarities were numerous. Stephanie Plum loves jeans and turtle necks, So does Kinsey. Stephanie Plum has an older neighbor in which she confides, Kinsey has Henry. It just seemed to me like the ideas were not her own and I didn't like it. Sue was writing her alphabet series way before Janet started writing her number series.


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