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1 hour ago, JEORDHl said:

 

vi. Kameron Hurely's Stars are Legion

 

 

Somehow I finished this one. I liked it less and less as it went on. It seemed Hurley spent all of her time on a concept and none on a story or characterization. It also did not help . .  .

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that she gave away the reveal in the first chapter.

 

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Grunts by Mary Gentle. I think it was the 'oh I'm so cool I'm satirising fantasy fiction by having halflings murder a family in their sleep' bit that finally did it for me, as she used the reader as kleenex for her masturbation.

I don't know why someone would think just parodying fantasy per se, with no actual social agenda in mind, is worth a fuck. Oh, right, masturbation - I said that already. Uhnnn uhhnnn uhnnnn - I'm such a good writteeaaahhhoooohhhhI'mreallymakingadifferenceahhhhhhAHHHooohh....

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12 hours ago, Astromech said:

Somehow I finished this one. I liked it less and less as it went on. It seemed Hurley spent all of her time on a concept and none on a story or characterization. It also did not help . .  .

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that she gave away the reveal in the first chapter.

 

I always like the background ideas/things that get hinted at in a Hurley book more than I like what the actual page space is spent on elaborating.  You'd think I'd learn, but I always go "Maybe THIS book will be different", no...

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I got halfway through the second Long Price Quartet book and just lost interest.

I am about to stop reading the Lies of Loche Lamora, mainly because I only have it as an audio book and I dont like the narrator.

I stopped Gardens of the Moon halfway through, picked it back up again about a year later and powered through it, but I didnt enjoy it at all.

I stopped reading the Black Company as well, I cant remember why. 

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1 hour ago, Little Valkyrie said:

I always like the background ideas/things that get hinted at in a Hurley book more than I like what the actual page space is spent on elaborating.  You'd think I'd learn, but I always go "Maybe THIS book will be different", no...

It was my first Hurley read and turned me off reading any of her other works.

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I did actually finish War and Peace, but only just. I was wondering, does anyone agree with me that the book started really well and then went off the rails gradually?

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I couldn't continue Stephen King's Pet Sematary because it was too scary. I've finished reading two of Kings other books however: Rose Madder and Needful Things. I started Misery but got bored or distracted by other books. However I'm considering to read it again.

I hated Tom Clancy's Against All Enemies and could not get past the first few chapters because the narration which was in third person, used too much crude language. Not that I was offended. It's just not enjoyable storytelling when the narrator and not the characters says things like 'son of a bitch'. Plus it did not come off as the character's chain of thought but that of the narrator's.

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"Anna Karenina" was required reading material in our sophomore year in high school. I don't know if I was too young/immature to read it or what, but I found that such a drag to read. I plowed through it up until 100-ish pages before the end, but then I snapped and said that enough is enough and dropped it. I remember only basic stuff about it, and formed a serious dislike for Russian classic literature resulting in skipping "Crime and Punishment" when it came up in our high school senior year reading assignments list.

Other than that, most of you have probably never heard of Miloš Crnjanski, but I've stopped reading his book "Migrations" some 30 pages in. You guessed it, it was one of our reading assignments in high school. It is considered a classic of Serbian literature and all that, but I just had to force myself to read even those 30 pages and couldn't do it for another few hundred pages.

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On 10/4/2017 at 5:04 AM, Callan S. said:

Grunts by Mary Gentle. I think it was the 'oh I'm so cool I'm satirising fantasy fiction by having halflings murder a family in their sleep' bit that finally did it for me, as she used the reader as kleenex for her masturbation.

I don't know why someone would think just parodying fantasy per se, with no actual social agenda in mind, is worth a fuck. Oh, right, masturbation - I said that already. Uhnnn uhhnnn uhnnnn - I'm such a good writteeaaahhhoooohhhhI'mreallymakingadifferenceahhhhhhAHHHooohh....

I  remember this one. I think I finished it, but I'm not sure. I remember it started to get weird, so I might have dropped it. I do remember wondering when a half-way likable character would show up.

It did feel like that book was asking the reader to emphasize with the typical evil-cannon fodder normally plowed down by the Good Guy Heroes, but then had them doing a bunch of evil stuff...  so... kind of disproved itself...

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On ‎9‎/‎28‎/‎2017 at 1:08 AM, BigFatCoward said:

i'd be surprised if 1/10 of the people i've talked about the Silmarilion to have finished it.  Utter dogshit. 

I finished it.  Utter slog in deep dogshit and depressing as hell.

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Too Like the Lighting.   Nope, read the first several pages, couldn't get into.   Lighting won't strike on that book for me.

On ‎10‎/‎4‎/‎2017 at 11:39 PM, Ordos said:

I couldn't continue Stephen King's Pet Sematary because it was too scary.

I finished Pet Semetery and that killed off Steven King for me because I thought the book was stupid and it was easy for me to figure out what was gonna happen.  

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I couldn't finish The Price Of Spring (the last of Daniel Abraham's Long Price quartet), but not because I didn't like the book or the series.  I just found it too upsetting to finish.

I also gave up on Cat Valente's Palimpset for some reason -- I've managed to lose the book since and I can't remember what bothered me about it.  I like pretty much everything else Valente's written, so I'm not quite sure why this didn't work for me.

And earlier this year I gave up on Stefan Zweig's Beware of Pity but I'm still half-hoping to go back to it.

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On 10.10.2017 at 5:30 AM, Nasty LongRider said:

Too Like the Lighting.   Nope, read the first several pages, couldn't get into.   Lighting won't strike on that book for me.

 

Nearly gave up on it after 50 pages, but than deceided to continue because it had some interesting stuff in it and I rarely ever dnf books. I liked it overall though I had some issues with it. 

I gave up on "Mobby Dick" twice. My father gave it to me when I was 14, because he thought that I should read the classics instead of just  reading Fantasy. I tried it back then and didn't make it past the first chapter. Tried it again several years later and didn't make it past the second chapter. Haven't started reading it since then, but I want to read it one day. 

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There are plenty of books that fall to the wayside of 'oh more shiny' but I refuse to admit I could not get through them.

One I actually decided not to finish was "The years of rice and salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson

another one "Song of Kali" by Dan Simmons; while his "The Terror" is one that drifted away.

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2 hours ago, Seli said:

There are plenty of books that fall to the wayside of 'oh more shiny' but I refuse to admit I could not get through them.

One I actually decided not to finish was "The years of rice and salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson

another one "Song of Kali" by Dan Simmons; while his "The Terror" is one that drifted away.

What was your issue with KSR? Asking as I seriously disliked another book by the same author. 

The Terror may be worth a second shot. 

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1 hour ago, Andorion said:

What was your issue with KSR? Asking as I seriously disliked another book by the same author. 

The Terror may be worth a second shot. 

If I remember correctly the lack of diversity and too large coherence in his nations/blocks. A thing that tends to get on my nerves in alt-historical scenarios.

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The Hobbit, and Lord of the rings. I have tried and tried. Just couldn't get into them. Even after I watched the movies, I thought I would be able to, nope just couldn't. And I actually feel bad, cause so many ppl keep telling me to try again, that after the fifth chapter I'd be hooked. Still nothing, I have given up, maybe it's me:ph34r:

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On 10/9/2017 at 9:30 PM, Nasty LongRider said:

Too Like the Lighting.   Nope, read the first several pages, couldn't get into.   Lighting won't strike on that book for me.

I finished Pet Semetery and that killed off Steven King for me because I thought the book was stupid and it was easy for me to figure out what was gonna happen.  

Yep.  Didn't find it scary nor interesting.  Could not figure out why people like it.

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On 16/10/2017 at 0:36 AM, Seli said:

If I remember correctly the lack of diversity and too large coherence in his nations/blocks. A thing that tends to get on my nerves in alt-historical scenarios.

Ah, yes that is definitely a problem. For me I could not stand the enforced pessimism of Aurora

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