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Old 03-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #61
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The Hobbit. Bored me into a coma.
Alot of people say that. But I really enjoyed The Hobbit. I read it as a young teen. It made me all the more want to read LOTR which was awesome... and people say it was very boring too.

Oh well, to each his own this thread proves.

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Fortress of Solitude by Johnathan Lethem. And I grew up in Brooklyn during the era covered in the book!

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BBC made a rather nice four part mini-series over this book. I don't think I'd ever want to read it though.
I got as far as the sick old woman putting her last piece of coal on the tiny brazier, then decided I didn't care. It was a "filler" class for my last undergrad semester, needed the credits and category in a time slot that my job allowed, so "Victorian Fiction" was my only choice. I think by the time we got to it, I was just full to the top of my head of Austen, et al.

The book was in the Grand Shelf Cleaning a few weeks ago. It's the library's problem now!
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:02 PM   #64
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The Hobbit was so coma-boring that I refused to read Lord of the Rings. Had the entire set sitting on the shelf (my wife's). Never touched it.
They're very different. The Hobbit is a sort of children's style, where LOTR is in an adult, could even be said, 'high', style. It's a legend from nobler, grander times. Tolkien also loves writing descriptions, and I can understand that for some it feels longwinded. For me, it all just adds to the richness of the tale.
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They're very different. The Hobbit is a sort of children's style, where LOTR is in an adult, could even be said, 'high', style. It's a legend from nobler, grander times. Tolkien also loves writing descriptions, and I can understand that for some it feels longwinded. For me, it all just adds to the richness of the tale.
Are they on e-books in Mobi format?
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:48 PM   #66
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Are they on e-books in Mobi format?
It's certainly obtainable, but not legally. Unfortunately the heirs and copyright owners haven't wanted it published in electronic form.
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Are they on e-books in Mobi format?
I'm pretty sure Tolkien's books are not available as ebooks.

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Old 03-17-2009, 06:56 AM   #68
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I was not overimpressed by The Hobbit. Kinda boring. I read it when I was what? 22? I read The Hobbit after reading LOTR a couple of times. I re-read LOTR a few more times after that.
They are very different.
Probably in 10 years time, if I live that long, I will re-read The Hobbit, LOTR, Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.
Btw, I liked Unfinished tales a lot more than Silmarillion. Silmarillion was a bit boring as well. At least the beginning. Reminded me of the Bible that I never finished, although tried 3 times.
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You didn't like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? That's treason. Seize him. Toss him out an airlock after reading him Vogon poetry.
I know, I really tried to like it -I did since it was on the list of 1001 books to read before you die but as much as I love science fiction and fantasy, I just couldn't slog through it....now mind you, I was doing it as an audio book rather than physically reading it but I did promise myself to try reading it to see if was better that way....
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The most boring book as of late I've read is The Calling by Jacob Israel. I see lots of glowing reviews on Amazon, but I thought it was very poor. The author sold it as an ebook (pdf) a few months before it was available in print.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:29 AM   #71
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I know, I really tried to like it -I did since it was on the list of 1001 books to read before you die but as much as I love science fiction and fantasy, I just couldn't slog through it....now mind you, I was doing it as an audio book rather than physically reading it but I did promise myself to try reading it to see if was better that way....
Hitchhiker's Guide was originally a comedy radio series. Douglas Adams developed in it into the book trilogy later.
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Hitchhiker's Guide was originally a comedy radio series. Douglas Adams developed in it into the book trilogy later.
Interesting...like I said, I will give the printed version a try...could be the reader of the audio book that turned me off....who knows.
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One I am reading now - a sort of real life thing is great "Uncommon Carriers"
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Two contenders

Two 'most boring' contenders, I think:

1) Moby Dick

2) Handbook of Mammalian Body Masses

- can't decide between the two
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Middlemarch. I couldn't get through it. But, I faked it on the exam and passed. You know, society, Victorian thoughts and lifestyles, sucks to be poor, limitations of womens' freedom, patriarchal hierarchy, etc. I doubt it was an A paper, but I do remember being surprised that I could bullsh!t well enough to pass. Can't recall a single character's name now, nor the author, nor do I want to. It is really dreadful.
And this has to do with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy how?
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