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Old 02-16-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Books You Couldn't Get Through

Post them here! Usually I finish every book I start, but sometimes it's so bad I can't do it. Only three come to mind:

'Chasers' by Lorenzo Carcaterra... worst dialogue ever. nothing but sports analogies

'Token of Remorse' by Michael Stone... one of the main characters is Frank Dazzler(enough said)

'The Two Towers' by JRR Tolkien... I know, I know... a mortal sin. But keeping track of the similar names drove me so nuts I couldn't concentrate on the story.


any others I should avoid?
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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"Moby Dick" - attempted twice. Someday I will finish it.

"Atlas Shrugged" - zero likable characters and nothing interesting happened in the first twenty or thirty percent that I read.

"Don Quixote" - it was interesting for awhile, but at a certain point the language became too dense and I had no idea what was going on.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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"Faith" by John Love - Many positive reviews, but I thought it really needed a good editor. Quit at about the 50% mark.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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ULYSSES by James Joyce.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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ULYSSES by James Joyce.
Oh... "Literature"

"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace

Tried. Failed.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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oh i forgot... 'catcher in the rye' by JD Salinger

teenage angst is the worst.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny - poorly written, tedious, and confusing. If I'd read it in the 60's in a drug-induced haze, no doubt I would have found it incredibly entertaining.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin - far too pedantic.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - annoying writing style combined with an absurd plot made this completely unreadable for me.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #8
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My second reading of Lord of Light made it one of my favorites but I'll throw Deus Irae into the ring, by Zelazny & PK Dick. With that pair, how could it miss? I'm not sure if I saw the last pages both times I attempted it.

Ulysses? Ugh, agreed.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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War and Peace I am ashamed to admit. Tried reading it on a train trip even.

More recently Water for Elephants which seemed to push t many emotional buttons so I have put it aside for a bit.

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:53 PM   #10
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Despite numerous attempts I could never get more than a third or so the way through Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontẽ. Upon strong reccomendations from a friend I also attempted the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake, starting with the first novel Titus Groan. She and I are still friends, but I (groan ) have ever since discounted her book recommendations. A couple of hundred pages of the depressing and simultaneously dense and incomprehensible Titus Groan was quite enough for me.
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..."A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole...
I thought that one was hilarious, but I "read" it as an audiobook.
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"Don Quixote" - it was interesting for awhile, but at a certain point the language became too dense and I had no idea what was going on.
I skimmed the last half of it, so technically I did finish it, but it was not my thing.


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I thought that one was hilarious, but I "read" it as an audiobook.
I didn't get far reading, I'm hoping the free audiobook I picked up will be less irritating.


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Don Quixote for me, too. I barely even got started. I just couldn't find anything to get hold of, so to speak. I do intend to try again one day.

Many years ago, when I was a poor student, I used to buy cheap out-of-copyright classics from discount bookstores, and I used to buy them by weight, essentially, to make sure my money stretched as far as possible. I distinctly remember turning down the slender pamphlet that was Heart of Darkness. I read War and Peace - excellent value - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Three Musketeers, etc, and I think Don Quixote is the only one I still own.

They're all free ebooks nowadays. You kids don't know you're born.

Dune Messiah I have tried a couple of times, and failed to get anywhere with. I loved Dune, but this just seems to overcomplicate it.

I also failed The Two Towers at my first attempt, but managed it second time round. (I still think Fellowship is the best of the three.)
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Don Quixote for me, too. I barely even got started. I just couldn't find anything to get hold of, so to speak. I do intend to try again one day.

Many years ago, when I was a poor student, I used to buy cheap out-of-copyright classics from discount bookstores, and I used to buy them by weight, essentially, to make sure my money stretched as far as possible. I distinctly remember turning down the slender pamphlet that was Heart of Darkness. I read War and Peace - excellent value - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Three Musketeers, etc, and I think Don Quixote is the only one I still own.

They're all free ebooks nowadays. You kids don't know you're born.

Dune Messiah I have tried a couple of times, and failed to get anywhere with. I loved Dune, but this just seems to overcomplicate it.

I also failed The Two Towers at my first attempt, but managed it second time round. (I still think Fellowship is the best of the three.)
i liked the hobbitt and fellowship well enough but i really bogged down in the two towers.
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