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Books You Couldn't Finish

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I really try to finish most books, probably from a compulsion to complete rather than any profound principle. Some notable examples where I just had to abandon a book midway through:

- Bakker's first of the PoN trilogy; the prose and characters felt so trite and cliche.  Not ridiculous, just dull and definitely not worth getting into a trilogy.

- Eames' Kings Of The Wyld; if you write a parody spoof then it needs to actually be funny; the spoof concept alone does not make the book worth reading.  Similar rule applies to books like Kerby, The Palace Job and many others that intend to be humorous but never draw a single laugh.

- Thomas Cahill's Desert Of The Everlasting Hills; after enjoying the earlier books in this non-fiction history series, this installment saw the religiosity swell to nauseating levels. 

- Dan Brown's Inferno.  Similarly every airport bestseller, or of that ilk, that I've picked up in the past twenty years.  I honestly don't think I'm a literary snob like Myshkin, but how can people read that pap?

- Stover's Blade Of Tyshalle; what a whiny melodrama of cliches.  I still think all the praise for this is a prank like the Goodkind recs. 

I did actually finish Hurley's The Stars Are Legion, despite agreeing will the problems described by other posters here. 

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16 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

I really try to finish most books, probably from a compulsion to complete rather than any profound principle. Some notable examples where I just had to abandon a book midway through:

- Bakker's first of the PoN trilogy; the prose and characters felt so trite and cliche.  Not ridiculous, just dull and definitely not worth getting into a trilogy.

- Dan Brown's Inferno.  Similarly every airport bestseller, or of that ilk, that I've picked up in the past twenty years.  I honestly don't think I'm a literary snob like Myshkin, but how can people read that pap?

You stopped with Bakker already in the first book? I don't share the enthusiasm of many others here (and got myself stuck somewhere in the 3rd book) but with all its problems I think it is quite original at the beginning. The main problem of the first book is the "double false start" that tends to confuse and irritate readers.

As for Dan Brown, I completely agree. I managed to finish the Da Vinci Code but it is a horribly bad book in almost any respect from the poor writing to the fake history and overall plot. One reason I have little hope for our civilization is the fact that Dan Brown is the most successful writer.

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Wilful Child by Erikson.  Love Malazan.  Like Star Trek.  Seemed like a humorous idea.  Probably the least funny thing I've ever read that was actively trying to be funny.

Slow Regard of Silent Things by Rothfuss.  One of the most painful things I've ever tried to get through.  And failed, despite its short length.  I curse the person who talked him into publishing that.  Still hopeful to read book 3 before I die though.

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39 minutes ago, Darth Richard II said:

I think @Iskaral Pust is going for the "how many enemies can I make in a single post" board record. :P

That post wouldn't even make it onto my top ten list in the enemy-spawning stakes.  Maybe top five if restricted to just the Lit forum.  But throwing some shade on Myshkin was a fun new twist. :)

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12 hours ago, Jo498 said:

You stopped with Bakker already in the first book? I don't share the enthusiasm of many others here (and got myself stuck somewhere in the 3rd book) but with all its problems I think it is quite original at the beginning. The main problem of the first book is the "double false start" that tends to confuse and irritate readers.

I missed out on all the raging controversy because I felt bored within the first 100 pages.  Kellhaus' opening was a bit over the top but still interesting, and then it got horribly bogged down.  I can't remember details well but it jumped from the super jedi-ninja monk to a western-proxy diplomat/spy in the Middle East-proxy, and a prostitute with a heart of gold, a holy war brewing and OMFG I've read this a thousand times before and Malazan (!) did it far better.  (Am I remembering the right book?) The thematic elements had potential, albeit not that original, but the prose, dialogue and characters just felt so flat.

Perhaps it would pay off it I stuck at it longer but if something's still really boring after 5 chapters or so then it's probably not going to get that much better.

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1 hour ago, Darth Richard II said:

I think @Iskaral Pust is going for the "how many enemies can I make in a single post" board record. :P

Seriously, how can you not love Dan Brown?!!!!!

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On 19/10/2017 at 11:22 PM, Astromech said:

Seriously, how can you not love Dan Brown?!!!!!

Easily.

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On ‎10‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 2:22 PM, Astromech said:

Seriously, how can you not love Dan Brown?!!!!!

Dan who?

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