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    Lots of threads about great books but I also want to hear what wasn't so great. My biggest fiction disappointments over the last 5 years were with David and Leigh Eddings' books of the Elder Gods. I loved Eddings' earlier books but these were just appalling!

    In the first and the second books the editors needed a bomb under them!! There were whole tracts of text that were repeated almost verbatim in two sections of the books. I didn't buy any more.
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    Apparently they both died within the last few years.

    I only ever read Eddings' Belgariad series, when I was a teenager. It seems that his wife was often a writing partner, just uncredited until the 90's.

    Another author I'm disappointed with is Stephen King. A lot of his early work is actually decent (he's a great storyteller) and are books I occasionally reread, but the more popular he became, the more crap his publishers were willing to put out on the market. He definitely could use more editing input.

    The first 3-4 books of his Dark Tower series (written in the 90's) were good, and Wizard & Glass is still one of my favorite books of his; but when he resumed things years later, Wolves of the Calla was god-awful and took me a few months to read through, and the last two books were of mixed benefit. I don't think I've read anything since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Apparently they both died within the last few years.

    I only ever read Eddings' Belgariad series, when I was a teenager. It seems that his wife was often a writing partner, just uncredited until the 90's.
    Sad to hear - the editors should have done THEIR job better. I loved the Belgariad and the subsequent spinoffs but not this last one.

    Another author I'm disappointed with is Stephen King. A lot of his early work is actually decent (he's a great storyteller) and are books I occasionally reread, but the more popular he became, the more crap his publishers were willing to put out on the market. He definitely could use more editing input.

    The first 3-4 books of his Dark Tower series (written in the 90's) were good, and Wizard & Glass is still one of my favorite books of his; but when he resumed things years later, Wolves of the Calla was god-awful and took me a few months to read through, and the last two books were of mixed benefit. I don't think I've read anything since.
    I agree on Stephen King completely but for me, I think his best were his early horror books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsatiableCuriosity View Post
    I agree on Stephen King completely but for me, I think his best were his early horror books.
    Yup. My absolute favorites are ones that appeared in the first 10-15 years max into his career:

    - Carrie
    - The Shining
    - The Dead Zone
    - Firestarter
    - IT
    - The Stand
    - The Tommyknockers
    - Different Seasons

    (Heck, I'll even reread Pet Sematary sometimes.)

    The longer he went, the more duds that showed up with increasing frequency.
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    This is embarrassing to even admit -

    So, a lot of my WoW friends kept talking about this series by an author called Jacqueline Carey. The first one was called 'Kushiel's Dart.' They talked about these books incessantly and how I needed to read them. So, I had my hopes high for some sort of interesting fantasy novel.

    GOOD GOD. I've never actually been nauseated by a writer's style until I started reading this book. I could only get about 80 pages in before I just had to stop. Then I actually gave the book to a local charity because I couldn't even bear the thought of that crap being in my apartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    ENFP posts.
    Oh no you dih-ent!!!


    I can only think of two books that have ever disappointed me. I've read some that were 'meh' but I wouldn't say I felt disappointed or that I'd wasted my time. Very few have that effect on me.

    Having said that, I HATED "The Rules Of Attraction" by Bret Easton Ellis and while I wanted to throw that book across the room halfway into it, I just couldn't walk away without finishing it. I had to see if it got any better. For me, it did not.

    Thing is, people around me were just whizzing themselves over how brilliant Easton Ellis is. I HATED that book but I was like 'What in god's good name are these people talking about?!?!?" so I got a copy of "Less Than Zero" from my library.

    I DOUBLE HATED IT!!! I forced myself to finish that one too and now I feel I've reached my 'Fairness To Bret Easton Ellis' quota. I've read two of his books so screw that guy. He is horrible (according to me).

    The only other book that bothered me is "The Gormenghast Trilogy" by Mervyn Peake. My ex introduced me to these books about four years ago and it's become something of an obsession since then.

    This has been the most impossible book for me to read ever in my life. The guy can describe a doorknob for six pages. The guy can take a whole chapter to describe a rug. It just HURTS.

    I still haven't really 'read' those stories, I usually buckle and crumple into a pile of screams and tears after fifty pages. If any prisoners at Gitmo were given this book at any time, I believe that would qualify as torture.
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    "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck put me to sleep.
    An entire chapter dedicated to dust.
    Great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyoni View Post
    GOOD GOD. I've never actually been nauseated by a writer's style until I started reading this book. I could only get about 80 pages in before I just had to stop. Then I actually gave the book to a local charity because I couldn't even bear the thought of that crap being in my apartment.
    LOL!

    I think the closest thing to such revulsion I experienced came in the late 80's where some book called Wizard War (was it by Hugh Cook?) was promoted all over Waldenbooks and I stupidly bought a copy.

    I know I didn't finish it, it was just total garbage. No sense of story or dramatic arc. The only thing I remember is that there were three main characters and partway through, one breaks his arm or something and dies of infection within about two pages, without any further ado, and the story just keeps going, and going, and going. He published sequels, but I stayed far away from them.

    I think my not having many stories of "reading trash" nowadays is that I just have learned to avoid a lot of stuff that will be crappy. A book is an investment, and nowadays I invest more wisely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gloriana
    The only other book that bothered me is "The Gormenghast Trilogy" by Mervyn Peake. My ex introduced me to these books about four years ago and it's become something of an obsession since then.

    This has been the most impossible book for me to read ever in my life. The guy can describe a doorknob for six pages. The guy can take a whole chapter to describe a rug. It just HURTS.
    rofl, that one is actually on my reading list to get to at some point.
    I mean, if I can handle Donaldson, I might be able to handle Peake.

    We'll see.
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    I am now creating a DON'T Read List!!

    The only book that nauseated me was when I read Lord of the Flies in high school and I was so disturbed at how humanity could deteriorate to its most base level in those school boys!
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