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Old 07-11-2012, 04:59 PM   #31
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The worst book that I ever read was Papillon by Henri Charrière. It was supposed to be a real life story. I had heard so much about this book from my friends and classmates that I felt compelled to read it. Book started fine but then the author started going into fantasies and it became so ridiculous by 1/3rd of the book that I wanted to chuck it in the dustbin. Somehow I finished the book and decided that I will never go through the horror of completing a book I don't like. Obviously such promises never work and I still finish books but it doesn't affect me that much.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:01 PM   #32
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The worst book that I ever read was Papillon by Henri Charrière.
Another one that I enjoyed. I seem to have a shocking taste in books .
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #33
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I can't remember the title or the author, but I remember something about mystical, mexican, slightly-pornographic unicorns/ponies in wild dream sequences. I kept reading in that "oh my god what a trainwreck" fashion expecting things to become a little more ...... comprehensible. But it never happened.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:07 PM   #34
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Another one that I enjoyed. I seem to have a shocking taste in books .
For what it's worth, I enjoyed Papillon as well.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:27 PM   #35
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Another one that I enjoyed. I seem to have a shocking taste in books .
Believe me Harry, I wanted to like it so much. It's just that I couldn't believe people were so nice to a fugitive irrespective of his truth; I couldn't believe that people in the story could be real maybe except the jailers. Anyway, that's just me
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #36
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The worst book that I ever read was Papillon by Henri Charrière.
I've read that and I did enjoy it. I've even seen the movie and that was good too.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:33 PM   #37
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I've read that and I did enjoy it. I've even seen the movie and that was good too.
It seems I am alone in hating that book. It was 8-9 years back when I read it. Maybe I should give it another try but I don't have patience to go through it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:37 PM   #38
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Life is too short; if you didn't enjoy it, there's lots more books out there. We all have different tastes; there's nothing wrong with not liking something!
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:41 PM   #39
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #40
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Has anyone considered age to be a factor in liking and disliking certain books? I remember when I was in 9th grade I had a passion for Serge Brusollo and Stephen King but thinking about their works now they all seem very silly and not something I;d recommend to others.
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Has anyone considered age to be a factor in liking and disliking certain books? I remember when I was in 9th grade I had a passion for Serge Brusollo and Stephen King but thinking about their works now they all seem very silly and not something I;d recommend to others.
No doubt, age is important, I had a complete set of the Secret Seven books, but that was more than 50 years ago.
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Has anyone considered age to be a factor in liking and disliking certain books? I remember when I was in 9th grade I had a passion for Serge Brusollo and Stephen King but thinking about their works now they all seem very silly and not something I;d recommend to others.
Good point I can remember a time when I thought Michael Moorcock books along with other authors were great, but not to long ago I picked up a book I had read a loooooong time ago and couldn't believe I had found it so good and entertaining back then.
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Good point I can remember a time when I thought Michael Moorcock books along with other authors were great, but not to long ago I picked up a book I had read a loooooong time ago and couldn't believe I had found it so good and entertaining back then.
There are some things you do grow out of. I was into Piers Anthony and Mercedes Lackey when I was a young teen. Now, not so much. Tastes do mature, usually. I still enjoy Stephen King, though.
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Hmmm, and I've heard such good things about his work. Maybe this one was just to complete a contract or some such.
Oh, most of his work is stellar, which may be why I'm so disappointed. This was apparently his attempt to write a non-sci-fi sci-fi book...it didn't work very well.
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Can't say it is the worst ever but The Pull of Gravity by Brette Battles is right up there. (I read it yesterday). The main character (IMO only)was full of introspective blather and intent on justifying/aggrandizing his role as one living of the avails of prostitution and general degrader of humanity of either sex.

Icky, boring and bad taste in mouth. Introspective blather went on for chapters at a time as did backstory. Blather/backstory/blather with a few glimpses of the main story randomly interjected. Should have been written as a ten page antholgy filler to make the other authors look good.

Very fast reading however as you pretty well knew what was going to happen next, and surprisingly devid of explicit sex considering the POV.

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