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Subject: Candidates for Removal from My Lists
Date Posted: 3/27/2010 8:56 AM ET
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Have you ever looked forward to reading a book only to discover it's a dud? As many of you know, it happened to me with Wolf Hall - a book I bought at the bookstore, so I paid top dollar.

I thought since all of us are overwhelmed by our TBR piles, we could sorta help each other out here. Let's list the duds. Any book that has been on your WL or RL and turned out to be something you hated, couldn't finish, or was just sub-par qualifies.

My list appears below. I may add to it as the year progresses. (Maybe we could do a new thread each year.)

In no particular order ...

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - DNF
  2. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova - finished, but a big disappointment
  3. Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian - meh
Date Posted: 3/27/2010 12:43 PM ET
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So far my only duds this year have been The Book Thief, which I only read about 10 pages of before deciding it definitely was not going to be for me and  Wolf Hall, although the year is young!  LOL!  I'm still slogging through WH and have vowed to see it through, but it certainly has been a disappointment. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 1:29 PM ET
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The Sheen on the Silk Anne Perry (lol, Harriet just gave it five and called it fast paced)

Fortune's Knave Mary Lide

O, Juliet Robin Maxwell

The Queen's Mistake Diane Haegar

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Date Posted: 3/27/2010 2:52 PM ET
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So far this year the Book Thief didn't cut, my husband is about to chuck it out the window tood (should make for an interesting book group discussion)

Elliot Pattison's Bone Rattler not great

Gave up on Dorothy Dunnett not my style.

Last night have up on a new Cozy mystery How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale. Just written poorly wasn't worth my time to finish it.. I need to read a well written book, think I will need to read Elizabeth Chadwick soon.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 3:46 PM ET
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I gave up on Dorothy Dunnant as well,  though I haven't "given up" on Thomas Costain quite yet I still think I might take a run at "Below The Salt".  There are a couple more but I can't think of them right off I will be adding to this list no doubt.

 

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Date Posted: 3/27/2010 4:38 PM ET
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Dunnett is definitely a love her or hate her type of author with little middle ground. The only Costain I've read was Below the Salt. Not five star material but I still enjoyed it. Worked well as a *treadmill* book.

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 6:20 PM ET
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My candidate for a not-to-read again author is Eva Etzioni-Halvey who wrote The Song of Hannah.  I was deeply disappointed in the book and looking forward to reading more by this author.   I thought the book was simplistic, most unrealistic and the author could have done more research.   However, I did really like Wolf Hall by Hilary Mandel which some of you did not yet I could not get into Aztec by Jennings as so many of you did.  I traded my copy off after reading a few pages.  That we have differences in book choices and authors is what makes books sell.  I haven't read Thomas Costain or Dorothy D. but they are on my TBR list.  

I am interested to see the comments about The Religion.  I have thought about ordering it off and on but just couldn't decide.  Keep the comments coming.



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Date Posted: 3/27/2010 7:51 PM ET
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The Heretic's Daughter - bought it new and was really disappointed, but I did finish it. Not HF but another one was The Nanny Returns.  Again bought it new and couldn't finish - bad, very bad.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 5:48 AM ET
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The Religion - Tim Willocks (there are some things I don't mind in my fiction, but copious descriptions of excrement in all its forms is not one of them)

All For Love - Amanda Elyot (fast read, but so vapid and I wanted to beat the heroine about the head and shoulders with a lead pipe)

Drood - Dan Simmons (overdescriptive and plotless)

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 8:53 AM ET
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Guess this is my cue to speak up bravely (as REK did :)) and say I really liked The Religion. Course, I could always hold up the hardcover to defend myself. If I could lift it. LOL!

I really don't remember about the copious ... um. But I loved the adventure and the subtle love story. I also enjoyed the religious history.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 10:49 AM ET
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It would be helpful if we identified what it was about the books that drove the disappointment.  That way others will have a better idea of whether they are likely to find the same problem.

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Date Posted: 3/28/2010 12:41 PM ET
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Do ya'll think that Holly is trying to tell us something? Or.....has her "crumbsnatcher" gotten ahold of her PC?;)

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 1:07 PM ET
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All of the books have addled her brain! To prevent this from happening to YOU, just send me all your books. I'm only offering to take on this burden because I care so much....

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 1:13 PM ET
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I do have one author that I'm going to finally remove from my lists. It's not H/F though. Patricia Cornwell. When she first started writing her "Kay Scarpetta" series, I loved them. They were exciting and original, but now the characters have evolved into people I don't even like and I just no longer care if the bad guys kill them all. I said I would no longer read this series after the last book, and the one before it, but now I'm serious.

Patricia Cornwell, I am breaking up with you. It's over. *sob*

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 1:35 PM ET
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What is Holly trying to tell us?

Good point about identifying why we disliked the book. When I find I'm having problems I tend to go to the critical reviews at Amazon to see if others had the same issues.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 5:00 PM ET
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I agree with Holly!

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:16 PM ET
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Genie, maybe you just got wrapped up in the story more than I did, but after about 100 pages every time it went into a battle scene or a description of some street/alley, I thought, "Oh boy, the piss and shit is going to make an appearance, with bonus vomit!" and I was rarely wrong.

I also thought the main character Tannhauser was the biggest Marty Stu (impossibly talented and knowledgable, obnoxious, catnip to women, unrealistically arrogant to church officials, etc.) Basically untouchable because was gifted with Teh Awesum. He ruined the story, with his wacky sidekick Bors a close second. And the OTT purple prose also made me hate it. Willocks left his thesaurus black, blue and bleeding.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:23 PM ET
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I LOVED The Book Thief, and I liked The Swan Thieves as well.

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