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Old 02-28-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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What book(s) did you finish even though you didn't like it?

Reading this thread, I was reminded of a book I read all the way through, even though I quickly knew I hated it. I finished beacuse I had to know if it could get worse progressively. It could. It was "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:30 AM   #2
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For me it was Lord Foul's Bane by Steven R Donaldson. I hated the main character and got really annoyed by his whinging throughout the book. But, I kept thinking, "Surely it will get better. Too many people said this was a good book." But it didn't get better and when I read the last page, I felt like my time had been stolen from me.

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I forced myself to finish it and it didn't get better in the end for me.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:29 PM   #4
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I can't do it. If a book is that bad, it's a waste of my time. I'd rather just put it away and start on something better.
I have read some books that were great....until you get to a crappy ending. That is the worst! It's almost like the author was running up against a deadline and decided to wrap everything up in any way possible.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:13 PM   #5
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Usually; i do that, too, but in this case I wanted to finish the book just to see if kept being like it was. Actually, a crappy ending is amuch greater let down. I just read a book where ending was huge cop-out and I'd just before reading it 'prayed' that it wouldn't be what it was.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:46 PM   #6
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For me that would be 'The Dreaming Void'. The author managed to jam a 600 page novel into 900 pages.
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Old 02-28-2009, 03:11 PM   #7
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When Late The Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm. I couldn't put the book down because of the quality of writing, and I kept slamming it against the wall because the story was so repugnant to me.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:23 PM   #10
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An interesting question. I have to think: honestly how many people here actually do like reading the "classics" or rather more accurately the copyright free texts? It seems to me that the primary reason people talk about digital readers and "classics" is because those are free books. If there were not free, probably more than 50% of digital reader users would not bother with them.

As a scholar in the social sciences myself, I admit to not being attracted to the so-called classics literature and much prefer to read contemporary texts.

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Old 02-28-2009, 08:31 PM   #11
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The Silmarillian by J.R.R. Tolkien released after his death by his son. It was really heavy and dull. I plodded through it only because my Mom bought it for me. I tried his latest posthumous book released by his son (borrowed from the library) and gave up pretty quick.
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An interesting question. I have to think: honestly how many people here actually do like reading the "classics" or rather more accurately the copyright free texts? It seems to me that the primary reason people talk about digital readers and "classics" is because those are free books. If there were not free, probably more than 50% of digital reader users would not bother with them.

As a scholar in the social sciences myself, I admit to not being attracted to the so-called classics literature and much prefer to read contemporary texts (say from the 20th and 21st century).
I really don't care when a book was written, so long as I find it interesting, enjoyable or otherwise worthwhile to read. So yes, as well as modern authors such as Neal Stephenson and Thomas Pynchon I also like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. I liked them before they were available for free on the web, too...
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The Silmarillian by J.R.R. Tolkien released after his death by his son. It was really heavy and dull. I plodded through it only because my Mom bought it for me. I tried his latest posthumous book released by his son (borrowed from the library) and gave up pretty quick.
It certainly was a tough read, but with some good gems in it. I had an easier time after I got a Tolkien dictionary.
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