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Books: Books you regret reading once

Skivee 05 Dec 05 - 11:01 PM
GUEST,Arne Langsetmo 05 Dec 05 - 11:19 PM
Once Famous 05 Dec 05 - 11:34 PM
The Fooles Troupe 05 Dec 05 - 11:52 PM
Bert 06 Dec 05 - 12:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Dec 05 - 12:10 AM
John O'L 06 Dec 05 - 01:12 AM
Metchosin 06 Dec 05 - 01:42 AM
Big Al Whittle 06 Dec 05 - 03:39 AM
Paul Burke 06 Dec 05 - 03:46 AM
Leadfingers 06 Dec 05 - 06:39 AM
Jim Dixon 06 Dec 05 - 09:42 AM
Big Al Whittle 06 Dec 05 - 09:52 AM
Seiri Omaar 06 Dec 05 - 09:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Dec 05 - 10:00 AM
Little Hawk 06 Dec 05 - 10:05 AM
TIA 06 Dec 05 - 10:08 AM
Peace 06 Dec 05 - 10:20 AM
Peace 06 Dec 05 - 10:29 AM
Peace 06 Dec 05 - 10:30 AM
Janie 06 Dec 05 - 10:38 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 06 Dec 05 - 10:38 AM
*daylia* 06 Dec 05 - 10:47 AM
number 6 06 Dec 05 - 11:04 AM
GUEST,pointyheaded eastern liberal 06 Dec 05 - 11:07 AM
Bill D 06 Dec 05 - 11:10 AM
Sorcha 06 Dec 05 - 11:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 06 Dec 05 - 11:19 AM
Seiri Omaar 06 Dec 05 - 11:20 AM
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Subject: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Skivee
Date: 05 Dec 05 - 11:01 PM

I was enjoying the thread about books worth a second read and thought I'd explore the inverse.
The Fountainhead. I'd been hearing the title for years, but just read a copy last summer.
I expected a masterpiece and found a turgid, overwritten waste of trees and eyetime...IMHO.
Other candidates?... Anyone?...Beuller?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo
Date: 05 Dec 05 - 11:19 PM

You might best avoid anything by O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, or the Limbaughs (either of them).

I've been a little put off by the latest Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy books; good for a waste of time, but they're leaving me irritated by unbelievable plots and characters, and stuff that just ain't right (Cussler has some stoopid cruise ship with a round superstructure in one book; I'd really like to see how they docked that thing).

But fiction (and "The Fountainhead" is such; despite the hallucinations of the libertarian/"objectivist" crew that it is revealed Truth) is something I generally avoid unless I'm on vacation and want to put the mental gears in neutral ... which accounts for the Cussler and Clancy indulgences....

Cheers,


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From: Once Famous
Date: 05 Dec 05 - 11:34 PM

Any worthless trash by Al Franken.


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From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Dec 05 - 11:52 PM

Marty read the Bible, once...


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Bert
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 12:08 AM

Lord of the Rings. Well Actually I didn't finish it so 'once' is an exaggeration.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 12:10 AM

Danielle Steele and her ilk. Her ilk will make you ill with the saccharine angst-filled predictable and stupid plot lines. A friend talked me into reading a couple of them, and after those two I put them down and politely refused to give any more of them a chance. I learn from my mistakes. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: John O'L
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 01:12 AM

Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. A load of didactic claptrap.

I found it in a toilet in the staff quarters of a London pub I worked/lived in. For a while I managed to keep ahead of where the pages were being used up to, but ultimately my interest was less than my need and the pages were put to the best of all possible uses.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Metchosin
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 01:42 AM

I can't believe I read the whole thing! The Princes of Ireland:The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd. Yuk. A friend leant me this book recently when I said I had enjoyed Mitchner in my youth. Mitchner this man isn't.

The characters were wooden and without depth, the stories disjointed and eventually I became so bored, even the typos began to annoy me, although It did work as a sleep aid after the first evening.

Normally I'd have tossed it when I first got the drift, but I was house sitting for a few weeks at night off and on, without the benefit of TV or other distractions and I figured it might be better than playing Naughts and Crosses with myself. It wasn't.

Which pissed me off, because given the country, the history and the warmth, humour and colour of the language and the people, they deserved better than this drivel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 03:39 AM

The Naked Lunch by William Burroughs.
I don't care if it is a masterpiece. I read it when I was young. i found it difficult, but I persisted. It was waste of my young life and I resent the idiots who told me it was a masterpiece.

at the time I admired its Swiftian disgust, i still agree with the its anti capital punishment theme.

nevertheless I would have been better off doing virtually anything else. If someone needs to express himself by writing the word 'fuck' for a page, god forgive the publisher who publisher who publishes and the critic who praises.

co I don't.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Paul Burke
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 03:46 AM

1421 by Gavin Menzies. Anything by Velikovsky. Patrick O'Brian books. Wendy Holden (only managed 1 page).


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 06:39 AM

Thomas Covenant !! My brother raved about it , and I ploughed throgh the first series waiting for the self pitying git to actually do something sensible ! AND then they brought out a second series !! NO Thank You !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 09:42 AM

Why would anyone read a book they hate? (OK, school assignments don't count.) Life is too short, and there are too many good books out there. I have never, that I can remember, read a book all the way through, or even most of the way through, if I didn't like it.

I have the opposite problem. I have probably started hundreds of books that I never finished, including some "good" ones.

There are lots of books, particularly novels, that seemed fascinating at first and then seem to run out of steam somewhere in the middle. They introduce fascinating characters, set up a challenging problem for them to solve—and then there's a long section in the middle of the novel where nothing much happens, and no one makes any progress toward solving the problem. The characters are just spinning their wheels, going nowhere. A lot like real life, I guess. But I have a hard time getting through this part.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 09:52 AM

You read books you don't like in the vain hope of making contact with our own culture - seeing of what its capable, expanding your horizons.

Accepting the fact that maybe some people see further than yourself, and some books like some people are worth the effort.

Unfortunately, like I said, you get some bum steers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Seiri Omaar
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 09:54 AM

Skivee: How odd is it that as soon as I saw this thread I thought of "Anthem", by Ayn Rand, author of "The Fountainhead".
Let me just say I threw Anthem across the room after I finished it...


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:00 AM

Sometimes it takes a while to get up to speed with the period in which the book was written, to acquaint yourself with the author's style. James Fenimore Cooper is a good example. His books are classics, but they are hard to get used to when you pick the first one up, so you have to give them time. Mark Twain wrote a withering criticism of Cooper's literary offenses, but he still read the books. Sometimes the author trips over him/herself and you have to work around them if the story is a good one in spite of the author.

My kids are discovering what every kid discovers when assigned a "Classic" for school reading--that Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte didn't write in the same way as modern novelists. But once you're used to it, it moves along.

So, the answer is that sometimes you read one all the way through that you don't like because you're hoping for some redeeming feature along the way. There may be potential, and you're giving the author the benefit of the doubt. But it has been my experience that after finishing one disappointing book by an author, I'm not easily seduced into reading any more of their works.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:05 AM

Anything by Steven King, I guess. Had a lonely job once in a kiosk and read about 4 of his books that someone else had left there. They are like a really bad highway accident...you just can't help but look. Then you wish you hadn't.

My reaction to "The Fountainhead" was similar to your reaction to "Anthem", Seiri. I only read about half of it before throwing it across the room. I have avoided Ayn Rand since then. She appears to have been on a philosophical track that totally diverges from mine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: TIA
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:08 AM

Chariots of the Gods


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Peace
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:20 AM

No question about this one:

Congo Song
Remains of the Day
The Bridges of Madison County

(Now I have likely POed half the literary people on the Mudcat. Sorry to anyone who liked the latter two.)

Oh, yes, I started The Book of Mormon and got really ticked when I took it to be a ripoff of The Bible. I didn't finish the book. (Now I have likely POed all the LDS people on the Mudcat. I am going to work now before I get in more trouble.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Peace
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:29 AM

"So, the answer is that sometimes you read one all the way through that you don't like because you're hoping for some redeeming feature along the way"

Too true, SRS. I did that with Congo Song. The redeeming feature never happened. To this day that book is my vision of Hell: having to read it endlessly--because the first read was endless, and endlesser and endlessest. Arggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Peace
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:30 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Janie
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:38 AM

I have managed to avoid both Steele and King, but agree the genre is a total waste. I finally learned to simply stay away.

I LOVED the 1st Thomas Covenant series! (but I was young.)

I really regret all the time I wasted reading books on Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Some of the books I read to my son at his insistence. In particular, "Star Wars" novels and all the "Captain Underpants" books.

Edgar Casey

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:38 AM

I also gave up on The Fountainhead. Someone gave me a copy of the book when I was in college saying that it will change my life. It didn't, if anything it helped solidify my convictions that Rand's philosophy is not for me.    Not everything is black and white.

I also gave up on Lord of the Rings in the middle of the second book.   I enjoyed the movie, but found very little interest in the books.   I guess I'm not a fan of Tolkien's writing.

There are many books that I picked up and put down after reading a few paragraphs, and I tried to block them from my mind. When I read a book, it is something I want to read and enjoy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: *daylia*
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 10:47 AM

There's plenty of books I've read, given the big oh, spare me! and discarded. But I've never regretted reading a book, whether I liked it or not.

Just like there's plenty of Mudcat threads I've opened, looked over and closed REAL fast. I've never regretted that either. But I have regretted failing to close them, and adding my two cents worth instead. Some things aren't even worth the energy it takes to ignore.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: number 6
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:04 AM

The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand .... Little Hawks word's "She appears to have been on a philosophical track that totally diverges from mine." express my sentiments to the "T"

My wife is a fan of her's though.

sIx


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,pointyheaded eastern liberal
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:07 AM

"The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien. Of course, I should have learned my lesson from "Going After Cacciato," by the same guy.

Best Vietnam memoir: "Dispatches," by Michael Herr.
Best Vietnam novel: "Close Quarters," by Larry Heinemann.

And believe me, I've read most all of 'em.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:10 AM

well, I have a good eye for stuff I shouldn't even start...like Ayn Rand, but I DID try "Giles Goat-Boy" by John Barth...twice....I suppose that if I was snowed in, had that ONE book and no interruptions, I might have been able to focus long enough to finish it, but lacking those conditions, it simply clouded my mind with fuzzy plot nuances until I couldn't remember what the point was. I didn't throw it: I just laid it quietly down and let it gather as much dust on the outside as I found on the inside.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Sorcha
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:16 AM

Bridges of Madison County for sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:19 AM

I started The Fountainhead and found the first half or so interesting, but as it progressed the characters were less and less appealing and I finally put it down. I was very young when I started it and wasn't reading it for the larger story she was trying to tell. Approaching it now I'd probably get a lot more out of it, but I don't think I'll go to the trouble.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Seiri Omaar
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:20 AM

Hey, don't be so hard on Stephen King. "The Dark Tower" is an excellent series and well deserving of praise.
LH: Yeah, well, I had to read Anthem for school so I had to finish it. *shudder* Otherwise I doubt I would've gotten through it.
Ron: I finished the LoTR books, but I didn't much care for them much either. Tolkien just goes on, and on, and on... and bores me to tears.

Oh, another one: don't bother reading "The Wheel of Time" series. I got to book five and realized nothing was happening.

Cheers, Seiri.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Mr Fox
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:31 AM

ANYTHING by Piers Anthony. You'll need to bleach your brain afterward.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Flash Company
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 12:08 PM

Agree about 'The Wheel of Time' series, I gave up after book three, how DO you keep going to book 13 is it now?
I quit Thomas Covenant at the end of Chapter one. I just felt it was sick.
On a different note though, I read all of Philip Pullman's 'Dark Materials' trilogy. I will not read it again!

FC


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 12:17 PM

Anything by Jeffrey Archer, particularly his predictable and boring short stories.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Kaleea
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 01:04 PM

In high school, after reading the first few pages of Lord of the Flies, I told the English teacher that I should not have been subjected to a book as filthy as that, so she let me choose another one to do a report on. I picked a Dickens I'd already read in Jr. Hi.
kTale of Two Cities, I think. I was really just being lazy.

Some years back, I read The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ & thought it bunk.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Janie
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 01:22 PM

I went on an Ayn Rand binge my sophomore and junior years in high school. The political/philosophical "message" went right by me. The sexy scenes had me breathing hard, and I just slogged through the long passages in between. Ditto with Hemmingway. I was extremely sheltered and they both seemed incredibly risque to me then.

Boy--have times sure changed!

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: ranger1
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 01:31 PM

The first Thomas Covenant book. I kept hearing how great it was. It wasn't.

Message in a Bottle. Blech! I only read it because I worked at the beach where they shot all the beach scenes for the equally awful movie. I only watched the movie because of where it was filmed and to see which of the extras I knew.

Most other books I'm not enjoying I just stop reading, usually after about the first chapter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 03:18 PM

Okay, here goes:

The Fountainhead, and anything else by Ayn Rand.
Everything by L. Ron Hubbard.
The White Gold Wielder series (Thomas Covenant)
Almost all of Zane Grey's stuff.
ALL of the "Longarm" paperbacks (and their ilk).
The Necronomicon (yes, really!)
The Gormanghast novels
The Glass Bead Game
Snow White (I can't remember the author, but it's contemporary)
Tropic of Cancer
et al.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 03:19 PM

Oh, yes - GUEST pointy:

I enjoyed "The Things They Carried." Try "Dust In the Wind", tho. Or, for something REALLY bad, Danielle Steele's "Nam."


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 03:56 PM

I made the mistake of reading the first three books of Terry Goodkinds series...and threw them away in disgut...i was hopeing for it to get better, but no...ithe characters were wooden, the women are all nasty little sluts, the men can sleep around but woman tries to enjoy fun she gets beaten...and there are at least two to three rapes in every book. yawn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Dipsodeb
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 04:13 PM

Going off on a diffrent tangent. I once read a book called Double god. It was meant to be a horror but I didn't find it so... it was fantastic and I really regret only reading it once. Got it from the library had to return it, went back a couple of weeks later to get it back out again and they had put it in the books for sale section. They had deleted it from the computer so I haven't got a clue who it's by and now can't find it anywhere despite trawling the net and second hand shops. It has become an obsession to trace this book.

It's written by a man that much I remember. Begining of story has gone from memory but he has a young blind daughter and he takes her to live on a boat. she has been blind since birth and has no concept of the sky at night and to teach her about stars and constellations he collects shells from the shore and glues them to the walls in a map of the sky.

The daughter dies in a tragic acident and he leaves the boat to live in a house on the estuary and becomes a recluse, he is eventually befriended by a young boy who visits him. The bizarre part of the story is that the house is in such a position that when the tide comes in the sea flows into the ground floor of the house and leaves the debris of fishes and weed and allsorts of weird stuff which they forage in every time the tide goes out.

If anyone knows anything about this book please let me know. Sorry about the sketchy synopsis it was about 5yrs ago!

Ergo I wish I had never read it just once.

~Debs~


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 04:22 PM

It looks like you haven't done any searching Debs!   If it is the same book, it was written in 1994 by Vernoica Hart - the pen name of Australian author Victor Kelleher.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: lady penelope
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 04:35 PM

Yep, Thomas Covenant - gave up after the second book in the first series.

Far from the Maddening Crowd - Thomas Hardy. The man could bore the pants off a nun. There is no way anyone needs to spend 14 pages describing hedgerows...............

ANYTHING by D.H. Lawrence. The man needed therapy - not pen and paper!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 04:43 PM

I once read "Tess of the D'ubervilles" and spent the next six months depressed. Nobody like ol' Tom Hardy to take the sunshine out of the day and a smile from off your lips.

In that regard, let me also mention Jerzy K.'s "Painted Bird" and anything by F. Dostoevsky. Gogol's play "The Lower Depths" is also notable for depressing folks ("I heard the little bones...krchh, krchh....").


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: SunnySister
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 07:22 PM

My list off the top o' my head would be:
Member of the Wedding
Anything written by Ted Hughes or John Updike (while I think Updike is a technically good writer, he has never spoke to me or kept my interest).

There must be a million more although I believe for my sanity, I quickly deleted them from my memory...

Thanks for the fun thread!

SunnySister


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 07:33 PM

hey! I almost forgot the worst Sci-Fi novel of all time! It was "Exiles in Time" by Nelson Bond (well..published in 1949, what did I expect?)

It was a hokey, stilted, stupid thing on the Atlantis theme, but filled with so many stereotypes and gratuitous idiotic dialogue that ...that....that it is worth reading ONCE, jusy to say "yuck" with feeling!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: EBarnacle
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 07:42 PM

I got about 30 pages into "A Confederacy of Dunces" and realized it was not worth the match to destroy it and keep someone else from being bothered by it. Some reviewers were clearly bought.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: bobad
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 07:54 PM

I'm with you on that one EBarnacle, both my wife and I just could not get into it and cannot understand why it is so often touted in the manner in which it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 09:24 PM

All that Bilbo Baggins bilge. I tried...honestly. But how adults could give it a minute of their time baffles me. I feel the same about all that puddingy fantasy rubbish. It's brain rot!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: frogprince
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 09:43 PM

I've actually read some Piers Anthony, the supposed children's stuff for totally mindless fun. Then I picked up the first volume of (If I remember the title right) "Biography of a Space Tyrant". Why would anyone write that? (Mental illness would be my best guess) Why would anyone publish that? (Might as well ask why anyone would pimp his wife or sister, I suppose). Perhaps the most troubling question, though, is, Why did I read all the way through that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 06 Dec 05 - 11:13 PM

Very interesting thread...

I read the Lord Of The Rings once overy couple years for a long time...(thread creep)

On topic: Books I never got through were:

...quite a few of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books---except for Gatsby and This Side Of Paradise. I just don't like the people who inhabit his books generally. Scot and Zelda Fitzgerald's lives hit very close to home for me. Rather like me and Carol---but without the booze. I liked the story of Scot and Zelda's sad but unique lives better than his books.

I really enjoy John Steinbeck except for East Of Eden.
Other authors I don't bother with at all because from trying in the past I learned my lesson are:

Stephen King
Poe
William Faulkner
I didn't like anything bythe guy who wrote Bridges Of Madison County---although I liked that one. Go figure...

Can't take reading Shakespeare. Love seeing it though.---Although I love reading AND listening to Hamlet.

Thats just a few off the top.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 12:09 AM

Well, I loved The Fountainhead when I was seventeen, but I'd probably only read one of Rand's books nowadays if I were in prison and it was the last book on the cart. I also loved A Confederacy of Dunces though I'd have to admit to a certain prejudice, living not too far from New Orleans. And I like Stephen King. In fact, I'd love Stephen King if his books themselves had half the wit that his introductions to them usually have.

The only things (and I use the word "things" intentionally because "books" would be too kind) that I regret reading recently are a couple of paperbacks by Patricia Cornwall. (Yes, I said "a couple". I read one of them in its entirety but quit half-way through the other one.) Cornwall is best known for a series of crime thrillers, but she has written a couple of things in a style that blatantly rips off Carl Hiaasen. They end up being pale imitations of Hiaasen with one-tenth of his wit and none of the serious themes that underlie his humor. It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but if I were Carl Hiaasen I'd be insulted, not flattered.


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