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Subject: A Book That You Greatly Anticipated and . . . . Nope, Didn't Do It For Yo
Date Posted: 10/7/2010 12:50 PM ET
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I've had two lately:

1: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - I thought, based mostly on the reviews I was going to love this one and it let me down.  Not truly BAD, but far too simplistic for me.  I hated the writing.

2.  Now, I have the same thing going on with The Red Tent.  I tried it once before and didn't warm up to it.  Based on reviews, I decided to give it another go and . . . . I just can not like this book. Try as I might.  I had no idea the shepherds were so "fond" of the ewes.  It's been mentioned 4 or 5 times already.  I'm throwing in the towel on this one.

Also, even though vastly popular - I couldn't read the Twilight books.  Boring writing.

So, what I want to know if what book (or series) have you been all gung-ho for and then let down with.  Was it from reviews here, buzz on the internet, or friends' recommendations that you made the choice and what disappointed you about the book?

Date Posted: 10/7/2010 1:57 PM ET
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Loved the first two books of the Hunger Games series and was very disappointed with the last book, Mockingjay.

Date Posted: 10/7/2010 4:31 PM ET
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Wendy, I felt the same way about Mockingjay. I enjoyed it well enough, but I didn't feel compelled to finish it one sitting like I did with the first two. The writing also seemed to decline in quality between the 2nd and 3rd book.
Date Posted: 10/7/2010 6:01 PM ET
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Shoot.  That's disappointing, I loved the first two as well, but that's putting me off the idea of Mockingjay.  Thanks for the honest critique.

Date Posted: 10/7/2010 6:09 PM ET
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Almost anything recent by Janet Evanovich--the last 3 or 4 books are dreadful.  A roomful of chimps with typewriters could do better; and I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman.  Really looked forward to it, love all her stuff, but I gave up in disgust 2/3 through.

And, don't get me started on the most recent Connelly/Harry Bosch--don't bother, my friends.  sad



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Date Posted: 10/8/2010 3:06 PM ET
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The Road - Cormac McCarthy.  I looked forward to that book for months and when I got it?  Blah.  Could barely finish it.

I second Janet Evanovich.  Only so many times you can tell the same story.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 6:10 PM ET
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Oh, I fortgot about The Road - I was the same way about that one.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 9:11 PM ET
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Ditto on "The Road."  Only I didn't make it through it.  Blech.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 9:46 PM ET
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I had the Photograph by Penelope Lively on my reminder list for several weeks.  Once I moved, I ordered it.

I got to about page 40 before I decided it was crap.  I thought it was going to be a really interesting mystery that would unfold throughout the book.  Instead, the author gives away the mystery of the photograph in the first few pages.  The rest is just alot of self indulged rambly talk within the characters' heads.  I gave up on it as I couldn't take it any more.

Subject: Janet Evanovich
Date Posted: 10/9/2010 8:31 AM ET
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I read somewhere that she uses ghost writers now. I can't find the article anymore but it was discussing how many authors now use the help of ghostwriters because they release numerous books per year and simply don't have enough time. James Patterson was the main subject of the article and how any books that list him writing with a partner are not his work. He simply provides the outline, they create the story and then he reads it over and tweaks what he feels needs tweaking. It also talked about Robert Tannenbaum using a ghostwriter.

 

I used to love her books, but I stopped the Stephanie Plum series after the 9th book. Just couldn't take them anymore. If she really is using a ghostwriter, that would explain why I simply couldn't stand reading them anymore.

Date Posted: 10/9/2010 2:17 PM ET
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Lovely Bones. I was so excited to read this after I heard great things about it. The first few chapters I was easily engaged and after that I felt that it got a little boring and I lost interest quickly. I finished it but was  not impressed.

Also the Memory Keeper's Daugher. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. I thought it would be much better than it was. For some reason I just couldn't get into it.

Date Posted: 10/9/2010 5:29 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/9/2010 8:01 PM ET
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I forgot about "The Lovely Bones."  I didn't care for that one, either.  I figured it was because I'd read the author's autobiographical "Lucky" first and it tarnished how I read TLB.  I couldn't figure out why everyone else thought it was so great. 

"The Thirteen Tale" and "Outlander," though, yeah, I'm a huge fan of both.  The Outlander books waxed and waned..... Enjoyed some more than others.  I've got the latest one sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.

Date Posted: 10/9/2010 8:59 PM ET
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There are so many...but...as a true devotee of Eat, Pray, Love, and damn the naysayers, I couldn't wait for Committed.  Even got it from the library as soon as it came in.  Oh, me, I couldn't force myself more than a third through it.  (By the way, if you did like E,P,L, give the audio a shot.  Gilbert reads it and just knows what to emphasize, which tone to use, especially when she is mocking herself.  Awesome.)

Hi, Marilyn.  Gee, you sound just like your hand was guided by someone we both loved when you wrote your review of Outlander, which, I absolutely loved.  I stopped at the third book which really disappointed me.  I have a free copy of the audio and ohm'god!  I am hating hating hating Claire.  But I think it is the reader.  Very boistrous.  But then, so was Claire...

Oh, there are so many disappointments, much more the older I get...

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 5:23 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/10/2010 8:36 PM ET
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Sookie Stackhouse

I neighbor gave me 10 books at once and she was so excited - I hated it - I quit 3/4 of way in the first one!  I had to keep them awhile before I gave them back, I said thanks but nothing else adn she didn't ask.  PS - I can't watch the show on HBO either.

Date Posted: 10/12/2010 2:28 PM ET
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Oh, Wow!  I love Sookie.

I thought of a couple more that would have to be in the disappointment category, though - "The Shack" and "Eat, Pray, Love".  I was moved to bad reviews on both.

Date Posted: 10/12/2010 2:31 PM ET
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I thought Eat Pray Love just went without saying, I don't know anyone that liked that one!smiley

Date Posted: 10/12/2010 9:36 PM ET
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I'm reading Mockingjay right now.  I'm about two-thirds of the way through, and I simply have no desire to keep going.  I'll finish it because it ends the trilogy, but I'm so disappointed.  It was nothing like the first two.

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Date Posted: 10/13/2010 9:55 AM ET
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I have two for you. I read Sara Gruen's Ape House. My entire book group disliked it. Other than the Apes the rest ofthe book was awful. stupid plot, awful characters.

I couldn't evan finish Janet Evanovich's Wicked Appetite. It was just plain awful. It may be the worse book I ever read. No words for it....

Alice

Date Posted: 10/13/2010 2:48 PM ET
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I was so excited about My Name is Mary Sutter that I pre-ordered the Large Print.  Almost $40.00!   Really, really a big dissapointment.  Interesting information about medical practice of the Civil War times, but the characters were like cardboard cut-outs.  I was really dissapointed.  Just like when I read The Memory Keeper's Daughter.  Great idea for a book, poorly developed by author. 

Date Posted: 10/13/2010 2:56 PM ET
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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  She is one of my favorite authors, on that rare level of authors that I will buy their books in hardback.  I bought it the day it came out. I love historical fiction, I am interested in the timeframe that she wrote about, interested in Russia so the Trotsky connection was intriguing. Sadly, I didn't enjoy the book that much. 



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Date Posted: 10/14/2010 10:52 PM ET
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I'm probably going to be one in a very, very few; but I could not get into The Art of Racing in the Rain.  I'm an animal lover.  I balled at Marley & Me; but I could not get into Art.  Maybe it was just a mood thing?

Date Posted: 10/15/2010 10:21 PM ET
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The Brief History of the Dead - I was so excited to get this book. I read about halfway through and was so depressed by the story that I didn't pick it up again for a month. I finally finished and it was even more depressing than I thought it would be. Based on the reviews I expected it to blow my mind. Didn't happen. Not even close.

Oh well! Better luck next book ....

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 3:55 PM ET
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The Road was one of the worst books I have ever read.  Also, I am having a hard time with The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe.  I started reading it and I am half way through.  I put it down and will start reading it again but I hope it gets better.

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