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11 September 2009 @ 02:39 pm
Books you DO NOT WANT  

Now that I have your attention... are there any books that you took a chance on, thinking they'd be good/great/fabulous and ended up being terribly disappointed? While this community is meant to steer people towards well written, interesting books, we all make mistakes : /

What book disappointed you the most?

Most recently, I thought I'd give The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones a shot... and I couldn't even get past the first few chapters. Not very well written and I could have cared less for the characters : /
JD: Being Human - cuppajdbracknell on September 11th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Loads of people on my flist recommended Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell so I bought it expecting it to be awesome. I've had it a year and I can't get past page 50. I just hate every single thing about it. It's boring, it's annoying, and it's full of footnotes written in cod Victoriana.

I mentioned to someone that I was having trouble with it, and they said 'yeah, the first 200 pages are crap, but after that it's really, really good. You should keep going'.

Or I could just read a book that's good from the start.
theladyjane3theladyjane3 on September 11th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I can't think of any because I think I block them out. lol There are so many books I want to read in life---or re-read---that I don't usually read things unless I think they look interesting. People recommend books and if it doesn't catch my attention from the description or the blurb, then I usually don't read it. I mean, I pay attention to books, so most of the time I have heard about one when someone recommends it. I will never read the Da Vinci Code. I don't want to read more Dickens (I hope my favorite English teacher will forgive me, lol). And if a book isn't catching my interest I try to keep reading it, but I want to read books that do, so I'll stop.

That said, sometimes books don't catch my interest at one point in my life but when I find it again later I sometimes love it.

I generally don't think I read very hyped books, so I am generally not disappointed. Actually, one book I think I was very disappointed with was Breaking Dawn. I have only read it once, in a total of 8 hours, right after I got it, and I was tired by the end. SPOILERS? When I think about it, I am disappointed, yet there are parts I love, love, love. I don't know. It wasn't satisfying for me because there was no huge battle at the end. That was the biggest disappointment. You have to sacrifice in order for something to really be meaningful. Like in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Beloved characters died. A lot of them. But, it was a satisfying ending. It made sense, much as I hated that part of it. I didn't want any Cullens to die in BD. I didn't care about the others. And Edward seemed like such a secondary character. Twilight is B&E. New Moon is B & E leaves & J is there. Eclipse is B&E&J. I was expecting Breaking Dawn to be B&E and their life together as Bella became a vampire. I didn't need all that other stuff (except a huge battle, of course).

Sorry for my novel. :)
kimster82: Fuckerykimster82 on September 15th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I guess the whole Anita Blake series is disappointing. I really liked it at first, but after a few books I noticed I was dragging myself though the pages, finding no joy in reading them. And I'm told I wasn't even at the books where it all goes fubar yet.

Somebody tried to explain to me what Narcissus in Chains is about and my brain almost fell out. I really don't know how she managed to get through it, and she read it twice.
janeth littrellbrockstreet on September 16th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I know i'm in the minority but i really tried to read The Golden Compass & just couldn't get into it. It took me months to read around half the book & i just wasn't into it at all.