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Books: Books you regret reading once

Peter T. 11 Dec 05 - 07:42 AM
GUEST,Walsberg 10 Dec 05 - 09:21 AM
GUEST,DB 10 Dec 05 - 06:09 AM
Seiri Omaar 10 Dec 05 - 02:09 AM
Burke 09 Dec 05 - 11:15 PM
Rapparee 09 Dec 05 - 09:43 PM
robomatic 09 Dec 05 - 09:37 PM
Helen 09 Dec 05 - 08:04 PM
GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River 09 Dec 05 - 07:27 PM
Peace 09 Dec 05 - 07:09 PM
Rapparee 09 Dec 05 - 06:54 PM
GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River 09 Dec 05 - 06:49 PM
Big Al Whittle 09 Dec 05 - 06:47 PM
Rapparee 09 Dec 05 - 05:50 PM
robomatic 09 Dec 05 - 04:13 PM
Seamus Kennedy 09 Dec 05 - 02:03 PM
Skivee 09 Dec 05 - 01:51 PM
Rapparee 09 Dec 05 - 01:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Dec 05 - 12:53 PM
robomatic 09 Dec 05 - 12:46 PM
Kim C 09 Dec 05 - 11:26 AM
Paco Rabanne 09 Dec 05 - 11:22 AM
GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River 09 Dec 05 - 11:18 AM
Metchosin 09 Dec 05 - 11:09 AM
Rapparee 09 Dec 05 - 09:20 AM
Helen 09 Dec 05 - 02:17 AM
Seamus Kennedy 09 Dec 05 - 12:43 AM
SunnySister 08 Dec 05 - 10:36 PM
bobad 08 Dec 05 - 09:52 PM
bill kennedy 08 Dec 05 - 09:38 PM
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Metchosin 08 Dec 05 - 05:56 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Peter T.
Date: 11 Dec 05 - 07:42 AM

Hegel's Phenomology is the top of my list. It is like wading through treacle mixed with stones. The only good thing about having read it is that I can say I have read it.

In terms of other great books that turned out disappointing, Don Quixote was a great disappointment. The idea of it, and the story are wonderful, but it is endless, massive digressions of minor interest, and the story momentum gets lost. The Magic Mountain would be excellent about half as long. Virtually everything Hemingway wrote late in his life makes you unhappy -- like sitting listening to some fat drunk in a bar telling you about what a stud he once was.

Going down the food chain. Possession was a book I started after seeing the movie, expecting it to be better than what was a mediocre movie, since the idea was a good one. A.S. Byatt turns out to be a hopelessly garrulous writer -- sort of like a minor Nabokov.

I agree about Smilla's Sense of Snow and The Magus -- both authors had this problem, which is that the great ominousness of their world, so beautifully evoked, is deflated by the not very interesting "solution" at the end.   The first couple of chapters of Cold Mountain were terrific, and then it got hopeless. The ridiculous meeting and mating of the lovers (wish fulfillment gone bad) wrecked the book.

And what is with the Philip Pullman books? The first one was quite wonderful, and then it all turns into really bad Milton.

The Mermaid Chair is the most recent bomb. I hated everything about it, particularly the set up, and the trashing of monastic life.

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Walsberg
Date: 10 Dec 05 - 09:21 AM

This thread must be such a comfort to the poor sod who wrote "The Da Vinci Code". LOL!

I have read Watership Down, and I thought it was marvelous. A masterpiece. Whoever among you didn't like it is utterly beyond redemption, in my opinion.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,DB
Date: 10 Dec 05 - 06:09 AM

I once attempted to read a SF novel called 'Midshipman's Hope' by David Feintuch. I had read a review that said that it was entertaining and original ... or something. It was none of the things that the reviewer said it was (I'm convinced that he hadn't read the same book!). It was turgid, badly written and very poorly visualised.
It was set on some sort of spaceship which was part of some sort of navy of the future. The ship's senior officers seemed to spend most of their time flogging the junior officers. Descriptions of flogging, and vague discussions on the ethics of flogging, went on for page after page until I realised that I was reading a sort of inept, sadomasochistic porno novel. I ripped the thing in half and flung it across the room.
The above was one of the worst books that I have ever (attempted to) read but the 'Da Vinci' code is also high on the list.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Seiri Omaar
Date: 10 Dec 05 - 02:09 AM

Anne Rice's sister, however, is a very decent writer. Alice Borchardt. I recommend her. Very vivid and interesting fantasy writer.
Speaking of tedious: Ringuet's Thirty Acres. Boring as death. The writing is very, very bland. The book is meticulously put together, but still dreadfully dull.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Burke
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 11:15 PM

The only book I ever read by Anne Rice, but I've forgotten the title.

Thanks for the reminder how much I disliked Peirs Anthony, I kept hearing raves for his books. I actually read several & hated them all.

I also read one book of the first Thomas Covenant series and quit.

Lots of fantasy & sci-fi authors seem to loose it by working a good idea over too much.

I liked Niven's first Ringworld book, but not the later ones.
Anne McCaffrey should never have let her son, Todd, anywhere near Pern. (Dragonsblood (Dragonriders of Pern))
Her Rowan books got old in a hurry.

Jean Auel should have quit after Clan of the Cave Bears.

I love Jane Austen.
Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree is a must for lovers of folk music.


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

What's that rule? If the book hasn't grabbed you in 50 pages you can put it down without guilt, and after you reach 50 you can subtract one page for every year you're past 50.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: robomatic
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 09:37 PM

I guess I'll bite the bullet and throw in:

"Smilla's Sense Of Snow" which led the reader a merry chase and then petered out, suddenly, at the end. I guess it had nowhere to go or the author ran out of steam.

Had some jolly good bits on the way, tho.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Helen
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 08:04 PM

Most books that I didn't like, I didn't read all the way through, so I don't count them as ones I regretted reading. The 2 I mentioned by Iris Murdoch & Glenda Adams pee'd me off because, by hoping that if I kept plodding through them to the end they might redeem themselves I wasted good reading time that could have been spent reading something more worthwhile.

While working in the library, and especially when ordering books, I became adept at swiftly identifying books I'd probably enjoy reading, just by reading the blurbs on inside cover and on the back, one paragraph of prose and one section of dialogue. Iwas usually satisfied with my choices using that method. I also became aware of the "Emperor's New Clothes" school of literature which defied blurb-writing and so the blurb was replaced with exclamatory phrases like "the best this author has written so far!" etc and was totally devoid of anything approaching a plot-line teaser.

That's another little beef of mine: while studying literature at University I became aware of a modern literary trend to discard plot-lines because only "plebs" needed to be "mollycoddled" with plots. Intelligent people, worldly people etc should be able to get into the literary work without the "crutch" of a plot, just by becoming intrigued with the character, even though the character just meandered around aimlessly without getting anywhere in life.

Not to be confused, of course, with Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman which satirised something very similar in his own time. What a giggle! So deadpan, sostraight-facedly, humourous.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 07:27 PM

Man, I coulda swore I seen 2 screens in front of me just now. Heavy. Anyways...I figger that any woman that is named Agatha has gotta be eether a liberrian (which is bad enuff) or a nun (evern worse) or some old biddy that never got married and lives in a wierd old house and don't never come out. And has 85 cats.

Women like that ain't no good to date and they ain't no good at writin' books eether. They are basically useless, know what I'm sayin'?

There were a lot of them kind in the, like, 1800's and they were writin' poetry. Most of 'em have died off long ago. One was Emiline Dickinson. She died of combustion. Another was Scarlet O'Hara. She wrote "Withering Heights". If you try to read it your mind will freeze up and probally not work right again ever. I am serious. Be warned, eh?

- Shane


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Peace
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 07:09 PM

Almost anything by Agatha Christie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 06:54 PM

BDiBR, we were discussing Immanuel Kant's "An Introduction To The Metaphysics of Morals." You were saying that the Universal Imperative was predominant in the pre-Heraclitan ethos, while I was debating your point about Berkeley and Hume being basically postmodern deconstructionist in their thinking even though they were products of the soi-disant Age of Reason.





















Man, that Molson's'll git ya every time. Kills the old brain cells deader'n last year's turkey dinner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 06:49 PM

The "Fountainhead"? Oh...no ya don't! That's gotta be a dirty book about you-know-what parts of the body. I don't read stuff like that cos I ain't no fag. Not me.

Rapaire you are a wasted son of a skank. You are useless, man. The fact is, I will drink basically any brand of beer I can get. It is true that I like Export the best, but so what? That don't put me in no kind of looser catagorry. I drink with the flippin' best, eh?

Good literatcher is the kind that makes ya THINK. Like...like I'm doin' right now, eh? I am thinkin' great thoughts right now. I bet you flippin' wish you had such thoughts as I do, but yuo probally don't becoz most people just think about stuff like...you know...like...like...

So... What were we talkin' about?

- Shane


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 06:47 PM

Its a funny thing. books are a bit like food. you should like the fish and the steaks and the salads that are good for you. but somehow its the junk that really pleases.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 05:50 PM

Seamus, I thought he wanted to be remembered for his historic novels, like "The White Company" -- which I hasten to say is one I never even finished.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: robomatic
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 04:13 PM

Seamus:

Fair Enough

Robo


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 02:03 PM

Robomatic - Conan Doyle disliked the Holmes stories, in fact, he killed him off, but had to bring him back due to public outcry.
He preferred his Professor Challenger.
The sci-fi of the Challenger stories was OK, and they are easy reading, but the character doesn't grab me like Holmes.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Skivee
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 01:51 PM

Hey, Stilly,
I know what you mean, but after all, this is about personal taste.
I loved the first Hitchhiker's guide book, and liked the rest less as they went on. This would earn a knuckle punch from some of my pals.
I loved many of the books that others found fingernail-rippingly dull.
As long as literature keeps BDiBR out of the drunk tank, then these books have served a higher purpose.
Hmmm, I wonder what he thinks of The Fountainhead?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 01:28 PM

Hey, BDiBR -- you drink Molson, which proves you ain't got any taste. Try readin' something more your speed, like a colouring book.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 12:53 PM

This thread has gotten downright depressing! Such good books and writers are being dissed here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: robomatic
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 12:46 PM

Seamus:

I too love Conan Doyle, but I found the Challenger series illuminating as revealing a different side to the author, a kind of genteel anti-Semitism I imagine was rather widely shared in his period, his total credulosity of Spiritualism, yet the tales are very imaginative in the same genre pioneered by H.G. Wells. I think they are well worth reading, and they are easy reading. He created the widely copied story "Lost World" in which dinosaurs can still be found, to which the recent Jurassic series owe their genesis.
I wonder if creating the separate character of Challenger was an author's method of keeping different sides of his personality from infringing on each other, as the Holmes series was rooted in logic and rather free of the prejudices of its day.
In a way it reminds me of the two sides of Isaac Newton, one capable of founding Physics and Calculus, the other full of the search for the Philosopher's Stone and other discredited notions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Kim C
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 11:26 AM

Cold Mountain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 11:22 AM

99 is the new 100.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 11:18 AM

You are so flippin' wrong Rapaire. Only I know the flippin difference between trash and good taste, eh? And I have seen a lotta trash. I am a flippin' expert on trash. When it comes to trash, I can flippin' spot it 6 blocks away!

I tried to read the flippin' Da Vinchy Code. On a bet. Pretty bad. I gave up after the 4rth chapter. I ended up usin' it to prop up the corner of the fridge, eh? Don't bother to read ANY book written before 1950. Too many flippin' wierd and looooong words! I wish that Don Cherry would write more books becoz he uses words I can flippin' relate to, know what I mean?

- BDiBR


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Metchosin
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 11:09 AM

Well I have no qualms admitting I have read a lot of trash over the years, after all, how does one begin to develop one's own standards, by which to judge, if one hasn't?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 09:20 AM

My dislikes only serve to reinforce my contention that I only read good books and YOU read trash.

Your likes and dislikes, of course, prove the same thing.

Or, to put it into French, a chacun a son gout (I don't do diacritics).

Or, to put it yet another way, one man's metier is another man's poisson.

Or, to put it still another way, there's no accounting for your bad taste.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Helen
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 02:17 AM

Rapaire,

I'd have to disagree with you on Gormengast, not because the plot is riveting (it's not) but I just like the world created in the trilogy, especially the tree growing out of the roof.

Glass Bead Game - totally disagree. Again, it's not the plot of lack thereof, it's the world and the atmosphere created.

Is the Snow White one about a girl in a glass coffin? Weird! It may not be the same book.

Sinsull, I totally agree about the Horse Whisperer. What a cop-out ending.

Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne, movie & book. One of my favourites. Stephen King's blood & guts books/movies, forget it. Green Mile & Shawshand Redemption movies, excellent!

I once read a couple of pages of Henry James. One sentence went for a page and a half. Huh??

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 12:43 AM

I agree with The daVinci Code, and the other two by Dan Brown whose names I've conveniently or deliberately forgotten. Waste of time.
Also (with the exception of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold) anything by Le Carré.
I love Steinbeck and Arthur Conan Doyle - Holmes, not Challenger.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: SunnySister
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 10:36 PM

As I said before- to each their own, Bill.

Glad to know someone else who works in a library.


---SunnySister


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: bobad
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 09:52 PM

bill kennedy

What i'd like to know is what do you think of Stompin' Tom Connors ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: bill kennedy
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 09:38 PM

Sunny Sister - all the threads here prove that it takes all kinds. I think that 'Cold Missouri Waters' is one of the WORST songs ever written. banal, lousy melody, & weak, weak lyrics. It's a sad story, but the song sucks. Second only to 'the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'. And I have nothing against Canadian songwriters! love Leonard Cohen, for example, Joni, et al. but Lightfoot and Keelaghan are totally overrated in my book (and I work in a library, so there!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: robomatic
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 09:21 PM

'mmmmmmmmmm' Hot Fudge Sundae!

I am also no fan of the Gor series, almost as badly written as the Thomas Covenant series by some guy named Norman. I think it is book after book all on the theme of women realizing their proper subjection to 'man' and learning to love it. Masquerading as scifi fantasy or somesuch.

Also, my conviction is that there are Pooh people and Stuart Little people. I never much cared for Stuart and that goes treble for the feeble movies turned out in his wee name.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Metchosin
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 05:56 PM

Aw heck, I liked Watership Down, which is weird because usually I can't stand anything that has animals talking to each other, but then I read the first of the Thomas Covenant stuff too, but I was not interested enough that I bothered to read them all......Guess I got over my depression.....

Which is usually the only reason I don't finish a book once I've started it. If it colours my mood and I don't feel I want it coloured that badly, I'll discontinue. I'm not sure where my head was when I read Joyce's Ullyses. LOL

As I've gotten older I'm a bit more circumspect on just how much of my time I'll allow some author to use up, regarding what they deem as important.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Dave Swan
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 05:31 PM

The Magus by John Fowles. The book was recently described as enigmatic. That's chartiable in my opinion. It is set in Greece, where I lived while reading it. That's what kept me going, but it couldn't save the book for me.

Watership Down. I wished I had myxomatosis about half way through the read. I was well into a period of bed rest and plaster casts when I was given the book. I'd have read anything at that point. I should have crawled away.

D


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 04:24 PM

"Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae."
--Kurt Vonnegut


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 04:17 PM

"How to Seduce a Sudbury Skank" - No flippin' good! I read the whole flippin' thing, all 150 chapters, and tried 'em all...struck out every flippin' time! The guy that wrote this book is an idiot. He knows flip-all about seducing girls. He o9ughta get a good kick in the mungoberries, eh?

"How to Make it with French Girls" - Same flippin' story. A total waste of my time and money...or it would've been if I had paid for it. I borrowed it, eh? From the liberry. I would take it back, but I don't want other guys to waste their time like I did, so it's still here.

"How to Get Free Beer" - This book had no, like, new ideas in it, cos I have already tried 'em all, so it was, like, a real major d8isappointment to me, eh? Why ain't there no original ideas out there anymore? Why do people buy books that ain't nothin' but a sorry rehash of 9old tired ideas that every idiot out there knew bythe time he was knee high to a turkey?

I am givin' up on puttin' my faith in "How To" books. Instead, I am gonna write one.   

- BDiBR


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Helen
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 04:00 PM

I'll read everyone else's contributions after work, but, the first two which spring to mind are:

Iris Murdoch: The Black Prince

It was a long time ago that I read it, but I remember it had a good concept but the writing style really annoyed me. It was one of those books with a twist in the tail/tale which meant you were supposed to re-read it with the new info in mind, but once was more than enough.

Glenda Adams: Dancing on Coral

I gather that Glenda Adams was aiming to be the next great classic author with this book. It was meandering and boring. I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't. It just kept going on, the same, more of the same, even more of the same. And who could care about this shallowly portrayed character anyway? There was no meat on the bones of the character. Author seemed to be saying: if I tell you that she is this sort of person then that is what she is. I don't have to reflect that in her actions or her words, or build her up into a realistic personality, a full, rounded character.

I used to give a gentle warning when I worked in the library if someone wanted to read this book. I didn't tell them not to read it, or that it was no good, only that, in my opinion, it didn't stack up to what was written in the blurb.


Others may enjoy these 2 books, but definitely not me.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: SunnySister
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 02:43 PM

Rapaire- dear me, did you really post that you regret reading "A River Runs Through It"?? Perhaps when I come over to browse through your library, I can pick up your copy of Maclean's short stories and keep them :)

By the way, if you don't want to "suffer" through one of Maclean's other books, "Young Men and Fire," you can listen to the CD by Cry Cry Cry (or James Keelaghan, the singer-songwriter who wrote it): Cold Missouri Waters. I have never heard a better written song especially detailing a story that took Maclean over 300 pages to describe (and I think the book is excellent too).

Thanks for the offer of using your library. You're a peach!

SunnySister- who still cries reading the last few pages of "A River Runs Through It."


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 09:15 AM

Captain Corellis Mandolin

I hate it... yuk yuk yuk. Bloomin book. A b***er to get in to through the first 2paras and then ok till the end when he seems to have run out of time for the ending. It ends abruptly, the ending is rushed and it leaves you annoyed and empty feeling. A really bad ending, like he couldn't be bothered anymore - a shame, the middle bits were quite good. I'd persevered with it, and then whammo... crap ending, poorly finished... yadda yadda yadda....

Sigh!

E.W.I.S


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 08:57 AM

I must also mention "A River Runs Through It."


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 08:29 AM

Hitchhiker's Guide - I just didn't get it.

But I re-read Atlas Shrugged every couple of years, each time from a different perspective.

The most recent disappointment - The Horse Whisperer. Tied up all the little stray threads at the end by killing off (or are we supposed to believe suicide?) the main character. What a pile of crap.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Dazbo
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 05:48 AM

I tried to read the first Thomas Covenent in my early twenties - thought it was awful got about half way through it and gave up. I thought it was a fifth rate Tolkien imitation.

There must be other books I regret having started but they seem to have been wiped from my memory.

Dicken is definitely a struggle (I've just restarted Bleak House after a gap of about 3 or 4 years: the new BBC version is just brilliant btw) but it's worth putting in the effort to get through the pages of dense descripition that lesser writers would get through in half a sentence!


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 01:28 AM

"Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" - Tom Robbins

"The Crying Of Lot 49" - Thomas Pynchon

"The Dean's December" - Saul Bellow (though in a recent lecture Salman Rushdie paid homage to a line in this book - something about a dog barking - that only reinforced the vacuous crappiness of this book)

"Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy" - whoever

"Breakfast Of Champions" - Kurt Vonnegut (or whatever book it was wherein the character said "hi ho" a lot)

"I'm Ok, You're Ok" (but this book is a piece of pop psychology crap....and wins the award for worst title ever)


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 09:10 PM

There is a right time in life to read certain books. For instance, the Tarzan books and the John Carter of Mars books are wonderful to read at age 14 or 15. Lord of the Rings, I suspect, should be first read in the early teens or twenties. That's when the human romantic sense is most ready for that sort of heroic fantasy tale. I loved Tolkien at that age, but might not be much interested in it now...if I was just being introduced to the book for the first time.

As it is, I will always have a great affection for what was a significant book in my youth.

About all I read now are spiritual books on self-development and the search for enlightenment. One interests change as time goes by.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: robomatic
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 08:49 PM

Donaldson: Thomas Covenant (White Gold Wielder) written as if by an adolescent whose acne penetrated his brain.

Digital Fortress: Mis-ably writted and changes the laws of physics to advance the plot.

Likewise Da Vinci Code (Cheating here, I downloaded the audio version and listened to it while driving cross-country). Sucked like a Hoover.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: ad1943
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 08:37 PM

" Something Happened " by the bloke who wrote " Catch 22"

Incredibly bad . Still, I struggled through it for some unknown reason..possibly hoping it would improve ! It didn't.

Allen from OZ


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 02:57 PM

So many of our preferences seem to be about our "timing"---our reading the right book at the right time--possibly when those volumes answer where we want to go and who we want "to be (or not to be" ;-)!

Thomas Wolfe is absolutely my favorite writer---IF you mark the thousands of real poetry and poems about the romance of AMERICA and it's history from those times he was writing about.

BUT Wolfe did write the same book over and over---and over and over) again!!!!!!!!   Only his name (his protagonist) got changed from book to book. Aleen Bernstein (her actual name, his lover, was in all of his books too---serving the role she filled in Tom's actual life.

I read the passages I've marked at least once every couple of years---in all his books. The actual plot and the doings of actual characters in the books --except for his editor, Maxwell Perkins various personas---I cannot stomach at all.

I do even regret having read those parts of his books ONCE.

(See, no thread creep here no matter what it might seem.)

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Micca
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 02:25 PM

Dickens and Hardy wre on my list too, had to study both in Literature courses ( for exam or course units) and they are tedious in the extreme, well written, but TEDIOUS, and that feeling you get with Hardy of a malevolent "Deus ex machina" that willl pounce and destroy no matter WHAT the protagonists do and bring everything crashing down always got on my wick.
But the recent (in the last year) most dissapointing book for me came about as follows. Now, I LIKE poetry, and have it read widely both modern and Classical , but this book was without Rhyme OR Reason . It was held up as one of the Great Works to me for many years, then I found a copy in a nice binding in a Second-hand Book shop and bought it on the basis that I have Never read it, and after all it Is "Great Art", It says so right here on the label. What a Croc that turned out to be, The Winner is
"Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman"


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: GUEST,Whistle Stop
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 02:16 PM

Interesting thread, although I don't know if "regret" is the right word. Even if I don't end up appreciating a book, I'm usually glad that I've gone through it, if only so that I'll know what all the fuss is about.

I'll skip over the throwaways -- the forgettable paperbacks you just read to pass the time (I'd put Stephen King in that category). As for "quality" books, there are a few that I've read because I had heard they were brilliant, but came away feeling let down. Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again is one of those; The Lord Of The Rings is another. And, although it may sound like heresy to some members of this forum, I found Kerouac's On The Road to be a complete waste of time.

And yes, like others on this thread, I can live without any more Ayn Rand. I was intrigued enough to stick with The Fountainhead until the end, but only made it about halfway through Atlas Shrugged before I put it down. One-dimensional, simplistic, with a vaguely Nazi view of human nature; I really have no use for that kind of thing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Bardford
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 01:23 PM

Somehow, a copy of The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown) ended up at our house. Let's see what all the fuss is about, sez I. I kept reading, thinking that it is bound to get better. Nope. Waste of time and trees.

So it sold a hundred gazillion copies. I remember a T-Shirt slogan from way back - "Eat Sh*t - 50 Million Flies Can't Be Wrong"

I usually don't allow an awful book to do that to me -if I'm not in by the second chapter, I'll chuck it, or maybe set it aside and try it later when the planets are in a different alignment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Books you regret reading once
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 01:10 PM

William Thackery- The memoirs of Barry Lyndon.
Any of the Thomas Mann I've tried

Both simply too hard to read.


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