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Post  Stephen on Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:12 pm

I have never really disliked any books, do any of you do ? What is(are) it(they) and why?
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Re: least liked book

Post  Maggie on Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:55 pm

Two books I can think of off the bat. "The Golden Compass" depressed me, and is the only book to this day that I threw away. Also, I HATED "A Wrinkle in Time" -- it was beyond weird, and left me feeling uneasy.

I also dislike Dickens a lot because he was paid by the word so he uses way too many. Though admittedly the last time I tried to read him I was younger than thirteen so I should give him another go. Laughing

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Post  Stephen on Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:01 am

Lizzy wrote:Two books I can think of off the bat. "The Golden Compass" depressed me, and is the only book to this day that I threw away. Also, I HATED "A Wrinkle in Time" -- it was beyond weird, and left me feeling uneasy.

I also dislike Dickens a lot because he was paid by the word so he uses way too many. Though admittedly the last time I tried to read him I was younger than thirteen so I should give him another go. Laughing

what did you read by Dickens?
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Post  Renée on Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:46 am

I disliked The Maze Runner by James Dashner. It felt like a huge lead-in to something epic, which became a huge let-down, that turned into a glorified zombie/horror read by the end. I didn't connect with the MC, the characters were two-dimensional, the unrealistic terrors seemed designed for shock-value alone, and then my favorite character died, redeeming nothing. It felt like a prequel, rather than a strong first book in a series, and I will not be picking up the sequel. Evil or Very Mad Razz

Wow, that came out harsher than I meant. Really, it is gripping, I just didn't like it.

Another is Undine by Penni Russon, because I don't appreciate anything higher than PG in books. It…startled me in this one place…I did not see that coming. No It also felt like the author forgot where she were going halfway through, and so filled the rest of the space with inaction. Basically, it dragged. (Over a period of seven days--how do you do that?) And it was pretty directionless. What could have been an intriguing idea, became a wallowing in the unpredictability of teenage hormones. Undine ended with way too many questions--I just felt empty when it was over.

I sound like I don't appreciate literature--I have one more to add. Forgive me! Very Happy

I add The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson, purely because I didn't like the character's decisions. (The French-ness was charming, though--the author did her homework.) The MC, Doucette, is corrupted by greed and the power of swan magic. (Anyone know how Doucette is pronounced? Do-say, Do-ket? I have no idea.) Anyway, after her beau wins the approval of her father (and completes some pretty hard tasks), she runs off to live by herself for, like, half a year. Then, she comes back when he's about to get married. Naturally, he drops everything and comes with her. In the story, it's plausible, but I didn't like it.
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Re: least liked book

Post  Maggie on Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:53 am

@Stephen I read half of Oliver Twist, began David Copperfield, finished A Christmas Carol, and began A Tale of Two Cities. As you can see, I didn't finish much. Sad

@Renee -- never heard of any of those books! But I know not to read them now. Laughing

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Post  Sarah on Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:01 pm

I know about two chapters in whether I'll like a book so if I don't think it's good I just won't read it, so I can't say I've technically read a book I haven't liked lol
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Post  Taryn on Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:02 pm

Yeah, I agree. I'll try and try, but if I literally cannot take it, I put it down. I actually (and this will sound blasphemous) did that with The Book Thief earlier this year. I couldn't get into it, read half of it on the plane (yes, on the plane. I stared out the window instead of reading, that's how not into it I was), and gave up. Totally personal.

Even books not in my genre I can appreciate. I read The Juliet Club earlier this year, and it's not at all what I like, but my sister loved it, so I read it from her POV.
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Re: least liked book

Post  Mayaah on Sun May 22, 2011 2:09 pm

Aha! The only book that sticks out in my mind is Diane Duane's So You Want To Be A Wizard.
I'm sure Duane's a fabulous writer and maybe I was too young when I read it (though it was meant for people my age at that time), but it gave me the worst headache. It was so confusing and the science just did not make sense. The whole book boggled my mind.

The next one I can think of is The House of Night series by the Casts, which I know a lot of people like. I don't want to rag on the books, but I'll just say I did not like the dialogue, the stereotypical characters, the plot, or the concept that much. But eh, just my preference.
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Post  Brittany on Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:54 am

I disliked The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Me too! Actually I didn't read it all, but I started it and couldn't get into it. I think the concept was great and it could have been a really good novel, but I didn't like any of the characters.

I like about 90% of the books that I read, so this is kind of hard. I'm the same as Sarah: I don't read books if I know I won't like them. I started reading Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, and I was sure that I would like it, but I ended up not really getting into it so I never read it.

One book that I read all of but didn't like was Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. Nancy Yi Fan wrote Swordbird when she was 12 or something, and I think she definitely wasn't ready to be published. (I'm not saying that teen writers can't be published, otherwise I wouldn't be on this forum. Smile ) It was like a Redwall spin-off with birds, pretty much. The writing was pretty good in places but a lot worse in others.
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Re: least liked book

Post  serena423 on Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:36 am

The only book I've ever actually thrown across the room in frustration was Moby Dick. Had to read it for class and I just could not do it. Evil or Very Mad

For more modern books, though, I couldn't get into the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books. I know everyone raves about them, but other than an interesting 3-page prologue, the first 50 pages bored me to tears. I don't usually give up on a book once I've started it--some kind of misplaced guilt thing, I guess--but that sucker got clicked right off my ereader.
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Re: least liked book

Post  Brigid on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:18 pm

Hmm. I don't really, truly hate a lot of books. I almost always like at least something about a book.

Let's see ... I AM NUMBER FOUR is the first thing that comes to mind. Plot and characters aside, the editing was totally careless. One time the author wrote "bxlew" instead of "blew"––and this was on, like, the third page. Also James Frey is just a horrible person.

Also the MAXIMUM RIDE series and HOUSE OF NIGHT series annoy me to no end. Yet, I keep reading both series because ... I don't know. It's like watching a train wreck, I guess. Can't look away. So many random things happen in both series, and nothing is ever resolved, and the characters act like idiots. I guess I just like ranting about them. It's fun.

Oh, and I really couldn't stand HALO by Alexandra Adornetto. I had such high hopes for it because she's a teenage author so I wanted her to represent! Ya know? But ... ugh. I thought it was so preachy, sexist, clichéd, and boring. Her writing was good and all, but really. It was just another clichéd paranormal romance––and even more annoying than most of that stuff.

That's all I can think of at the moment...
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Re: least liked book

Post  Renée on Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:05 pm

@Brigid -- I noticed the bxlew in I Am Number Four. I was like, really?! I also agree with you on the Maximum Ride series. I managed to resist after the global warming one, though. Smile
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Post  Brigid on Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:09 pm

@Renee I know, right? Ha! Good thinking on your part. I thought the first couple of books were fun... but then it got to the fourth one and I was like, "Global warming ... WTF?!" And believe it or not, they've gotten even more ridiculous since then. I'm pretty dang sure whoever's writing them is not planning them at all! It's like something plotted out by a 10-year-old. O_o
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