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Old 08-25-2009, 11:23 AM
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Ok, I am curious as to what books people have totally failed to finish.
I don't mean the ones you bookmark for 6 months - 6 years later when you are in the mood, but the ones you start to read and know unequivocally that you will never ever pick up again.
I have three so far this year.
The Gargoyle - I got sick of the gross descriptions of burn treatment by page 32 and dismissed it.
The Laurentine Spy - Looked like my kind of read, totally not. Ditched it about halfway through.
The Long Journey to Rneadal - Feel a bit bad about this one, wanted to like it really found it impossible to engage with. Eventually after it had stalked my reading, making me feel guilty for a month or two, let myself off the hook and called it a day. I have a "not a review" drafted to post for this one.

Your turn, doesn't have to be from this year, can be something school tried to make you read when you were 8 or whatever.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:34 PM
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I have the following:

Stranger in a strange land (Robert A. Heinlein)

Book of lost tales II (Swedish transaltion) - J.R.R. Tolkien. It makes Silmarillion look like an easy to read masterpiece, which it is not.

There was one more, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.

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Old 08-25-2009, 02:03 PM
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Not really to the subject material of the forum, but

John Ringo's Ghost figured it would be a decent techno thriller, only book I have ever tossed in the recycling, and I only read about 50 pages.

Anything I decide is a read once is turned into the local used bookstore, this book was so bad it was a complete waste of paper and ink.
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Not really to the subject material of the forum, but

John Ringo's Ghost figured it would be a decent techno thriller, only book I have ever tossed in the recycling, and I only read about 50 pages.

Anything I decide is a read once is turned into the local used bookstore, this book was so bad it was a complete waste of paper and ink.
I agree wholeheartedly. Lurid garbage; not even good as pornography, really.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:35 PM
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Magnus - I confess I never finished simirillion, lotr was ok though.
dirtbag - I do charity shop books or pass them on sometimes, but I hang on to a lot intending to re read. Totally on target for the thread.
Chimaera - I don't think porno counts because of the lack of substantial text, even if you are reading the articles.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:55 PM
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Terry Goodkind - Wizard's First Rule

I'm sure there's one or two more, but it's rare that I don't finish a book and that's the only one I can think of at the moment.
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John Ringo's Ghost figured it would be a decent techno thriller, only book I have ever tossed in the recycling, and I only read about 50 pages.

Anything I decide is a read once is turned into the local used bookstore, this book was so bad it was a complete waste of paper and ink.
On the recommendation of another friend who posts on this forum, I pushed through that book, and then the two after it. In my opinion, he laid on the BDSM stuff in Ghost way too thick. He calms it down in the two books after that. My favorite was actually the third, Choosers of the Slain.

Ringo is like Laurell K. Hamilton. When the clothes start coming off, I start turning pages.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:08 PM
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Oh, and speaking of unfinished books and Laurell K. Hamilton: Micah:

http://www.amazon.com/Micah-Anita-Bl.../dp/0515140872

Three times as many 1s as 5s on Amazon.com. It is a fantastically bad book. Nevermind that it's a fragment, or an incomplete work that Laurell probably tossed off on a weekend binge and never went back to rework it.

Oh no! It gets better. One of the characters in the book mourns the fact that women have never accepted him because ... his penis is too big.

I think I actually threw the book across the room at that point. It was a paperback, so nobody was harmed.
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Origen - I loved the first two or three anita blake books, and the one where she heads off with edward wasn't bad, but the others, well y'know the Ravenous Romance girls are my dealers in erotica/romance if I want it, I went to LKH for UF. Twas not to be. It's a shame because she is quite obviously a very good writer, she just started churning out utter dross somewhere along the way.

A book I finished, but then threw across the room in disgust (alarming the cats) was twilight. Utter drivel. There is only one way to deal with Edward & Bella
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Archaelos i haven't tried a Terry Goodkind book since I was at school. I didn't finish that.
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