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Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:39 AM


Is there a book that was so horrible you never finished reading it? Is there one you would never recommend?

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 1:55 AM

Running With Scissors
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Anything by JD Robb/Nora Roberts

Loopiness  (Level: 177.3 - Posts: 1)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 3:57 AM

I can't get on with Ian Fleming, and I cannot abide Catherine Cookson. She makes the reader do all the work, and her plots - well there is only the one, don't know why I put an "s" there.

I also do not enjoy books written like film scripts, like Alistair McLean, or maybe Wilbur Smith. They have so much physical description "his foot slipped, the rope started to fall, she edged closer to the stairs, etc" - That isn't how I like to read about situations. I'm not saying they are bad books, just I can't get on with them.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 4:41 AM

Nothing I didn't finish, but quite a few that were tossed across the room towards the fire on completion: Harlen Corben, Dan Brown, Ayn Rand, Gilbert Ryle - the list goes on and on!

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 8:11 AM

Anne Rice. I opened a book of hers, found it so dark for no reason other than that to be really really dark -- wont have her books, -- and I have literally thousands of books -- almost all of Stephen Kings books and everything from biographies to horror. But not Anne Rice.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 11:55 AM

I'm going to have to agree with Fudy on the "Running with Scissors" - got so disgusted that I didn't bother finishing it.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 11:58 AM

Anything Dreiser or Faulkner!

Spacecat  (Level: 156.7 - Posts: 666)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 12:13 PM

I read all of Theodore Dreiser's works. They are rather lengthy, but what an insight into the female mind.
However I tried but was unable to comprehend anything by John Updike.

Factacular  (Level: 164.0 - Posts: 15)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 12:54 PM

Well, I like Dreiser and Faulkner, but not particularly Hemmingway, also not fond of Henry James...but the prize winner for complete boringness is definitely Ayn Rand. I really had to force myself to finish it.

Bokeelia  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 114)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 2:14 PM

Not a fan of Ayn Rand or Anne Rice though her Snow White was rather interesting.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 2:43 PM

Life is too short for bad literature. If you don't like it, don't finish it. My rule is this - I give it 50 pages to get my interest. If you're over the age of 50, subtract your age from 100 and give it that many pages. If you don't like how it begins, chances are you aren't going to like how it ends, either.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 4:27 PM

I give my books 100 pages. If, by then, I don't look forward to picking it up and continuing, I dump it. My most recent "dump" was Tom Clancy's "EndWar", a real loser. Be real careful with the Tom Clancy books. He shamelessly lends his name to any book that makes him a buck. EndWar was written by some slug named David Michaels but his name appears in print on the cover half the size of Clancy's. My wife's garage sales are filled with my rejects. When she reads a book she usually forces herself to finish it. I can't put myself through that misery.

Mistymented1  (Level: 26.0 - Posts: 163)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 11:33 PM

Very rarely do I come across a book that i don't like - but then again, usually if it's one that i chose, it was chosen for a reason.

I recall way back then, when i was still in high school, having to read The Grapes of Wrath. I remember thinking after the firsr 100 out of 464 pages, that i was going to invest in the CliffsNotes © version. Then, during a class discussion, I got drawn in a bit farther than I had gone originally - and it ended up becoming one of my all time favorite books (and a fav. author, also).

One other book that I have tried repeatedly to get through, is by another favorite author- Stephen King. Loved them all except for IT.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 21st Nov '08 5:49 AM

My form of interminable torture in high school was "The Education of Henry Adams."

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