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Just to be negative, let's post the books we read in 2011 that we were not impressed with.
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Okay, here are the books I didn't love in 2010 -
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel - just yuck.
The Secret Supper, Javier Sierra - never got beyond even-remotely-interested, didn't like the characters, dull, no humor whatsoever, very anti-climatic.
The Bridal Wreath (Kristen Lavransdatter: 1), Sigrid Undset - damn dour Norskies!
That's pretty much it. There were a few others I was just okay on, but no others that I really disliked.
I will do some thinking and get back to you. Definitely starting with the Alan Savage book
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This is what I came up with:
1. Isabella - Queen Without A Conscience by Rachel Bard - not terrible, but somewhat disappointing.
2.The Harper's Quine - a Medieval Mystery by Pat McIntosh a DNF for me.
3. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff - another DNF for me.
4. Indian Bride by Karen Fossum - finished it and wanted to throw it at the wall b/o the ending!
I thought it was interesting Cathy that you had Savage Lands by Claire Clark on your list. Her book The Great Stink was another DNF for me and I kept looking at Savage Lands wondering if it would be any better. I'm now glad that I haven't tried it!
These just didn't do it for me.
Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
Shadowbrook by Beverly Swerling
Tear of Pearl by Tasha Alexander this was a disappointment because I kind of like the others in this series.
White Rose Rebel by Janet Paisley
In the Company of the Courtesan Sarah Dunant
A Pirates Love, by Johanna Lindsey. Even for a bodice ripper this just stunk!!!!!
The Island of the Swans Ciji Ware
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Here's my blah list:
Firebrand, by Marian Zimmer Bradley
In Camelot's Shadow, by Sarah Zettel
Night of Sorrows, by Frances Sherwood
Booth's Sister, by Jane Singer
Helen of Troy, by Margaret George (but I liked this better than Firebrand)
Someone to Love, by Jude Deveraux (ack!)
Just Plain Horrible
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Cassandra Lost by Joanna Catherine Scott
The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
The Burnished Blade by Lawrence Schoonover
The Cup of Ghosts by Paul Doherty
Patrick by Stephen Lawhead
The Ten Thousand by Michael Curtis Ford
Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian
Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn
It's rare that I have a DNF, and I had a couple - one was a Sandra Worth book I can't even remember the title of, "Lady of Roses" perhaps. I also didn't finish "Faith Fox" by Jane Gardham.
Of the ones I did finish, my disappointing list would be:
"Flower Children" by Maxine Swann
"the Invention of Everything Else' by Samantha Hurst - I liked it being about Nikolai Tesla, I didn't like that it was Magical Realism
"Sarah" by Marek Halter - the second book I have read about Sarah of the Old Testament, and both have been disappointing, especially about the Sacrifice of Isaac. I wonder if it is because both were written by men?
"Possession" by AS Bayatt - I've heard people rave for years. Alas.
"Sherwood" by Parke Godwin - another that I wanted to love. It took me forever to read it.
"Firmin" by Sam Savage. The best two opening chapters I have ever read. It should have ended there.
"Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" - what a hot mess that woman is.
I have invoked my 50 page and out rule this year. Too many good books out there to read junk. I did read a few that I though would have to get better
The absolute worse this year was
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich - Can't imagine what possessed her to write such an awful book
Abrahim Lincoln Vampire Slayer - Seth Graham Smith - Love my vamps but this was so bad I couldn't finish it
The Captive Queen - Alison Weir - Very disappointing
Those were the worse
These are some of my DNF's:
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I guess I was fortunate this year...didn't read any real stinkers unlike years past. There were a couple of books that made the "meh" category though:
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors
In the "I don't get what all the fuss was about" category:
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie--read it for my IRL book group; had to grit my teeth to finish it and was left with the distinct belief that the Fatwah declared on the author was the best thing that ever happened to his career...
Books I would not recommend:
The Sorrows of Young Werther - Goethe
Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
Fury - Koren Zailckas
The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George Speare
Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis
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Not sure this should be called worst books but I will list the books that were most disappointing to me:
The Song of Hannah - don't bother
The Time Traveler's Wife - disappointing after all the public hype
The Help - also disappointing after all the public hype
Fire Bringer by David Clemenst Davis
The 6th Lamentation by Willam Brokrick
Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich - just plain dumb.
Remnants by K.A. Applegate (loved the Animorphs so I was surprised by how much I disliked this series)
I finished all of these books, so none of them were that bad. I would classify them as disappointing:
The Duchess and the Dragon - Jamie Carrie
Possibilities - Debra White Smith
The Guardian Flame - TL Higley
Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyers
La's Orchestra Saves the World - Alexander Mcall Smith
Her Daughter's Dream - Francine Rivers
My big disappointments for the year are:
The Nanny Returns (DNF)
I didn't get the hype:
Into the Wilderness
The Trall's Tale by Judith Lindberg
I swapped for the book on CD as well as the hardback to read in an evening and swapped the book without even opening it. I listened to most of the CDs and then swapped the whole package. You would need to care (a great deal) about Norse Mythology to care about this book. Not one good thing happens to anyone!
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant I just used the read to page 100 and if you can get into it, swap it rule.
Quakertown by Lee Martin I read the whole thing but can't recommend it. If someone who had something interesting to say had written it, it might have been a good story.
The Widow's War by Mary Mackey Same as the above. Should have been a good story, but the author could not make even one character seem real enough to invoke any empathy. Stilted and sad. I couldn't even care about the main character and her child.
Lipshitz Six, orTwo Angry Blonds by T. Cooper I can't even describe how boring and bad this was. should have known by the lousy title.
A Reliable Wife I finished it, but seriously, just buy a whip and whip yourself. Read something that you won't need prozac after you finish......
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I didn't have and DNFs for the year, but here are a few that I didn't care for much:
The Boleyn Wife - Brandy Purdy (first person was too limiting and a totally unnecessary scene involving honey)
The Greener Shore - Morgan Llywelyn (sequel to Druids - which I liked a lot so this was disappointing)
The Lance Thrower - Jack Whyte (what was the point?)
Between Two Queens - Kate Emerson (main character was dull as dirt and whiney besides)
My 2010 Dissapointments: (some I slogged through, some I gave up on)
Skeleton in Waiting by Peter Dickinson
The Book of Eleanor by Pamela Kaufman
Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
Robin and the King by Parke Godwin
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Language of Stones by Robert Carter
The Lover by Robin Schone