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Subject: What are your worst reads for 2011 so far?
Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:02 AM ET
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I think I'll stir the pot, and copy the other thread to see the opposite side of things and then run off to work to let the dust settle cheeky

First one comes to mind for me is Worth's Pale Rose of England

Land of the Painted Caves Jean Auel

Threads West Lance Reid Roosenthal



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Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:31 AM ET
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O'Brien's "Virgin Widow".  I felt a sense of accomplishment for simply sticking thru it til the end. 

 

Oh, don't tell me that about the Worth.  No, no, no-sticking fingers in ears and running away......

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:16 AM ET
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Nefertiti  by  Michelle Moran

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:19 AM ET
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Heh, I wasn't all that impressed with Virgin Widow but didn't think it was that bad...

Jerelyn should be in shortly to comment on the Worth book. devil

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:30 AM ET
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Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant.  It wasn't horrible, but it was a bit of a slow read for me.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:39 AM ET
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All my worst ones were romance, but one that I didn't like which crosses into HF reading territory was Belle Catherine by Juliette Benzoni. Blech. Boring. More bland costume porn than Bertrice Small at her filler worst.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:57 AM ET
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My worst was HR, too, but they're intended to be bubble gum reads, so it's not unexpected. For HF, it was Bernard Cornwell's The Fort. It was barely a 3. I expected better of him.
Date Posted: 5/13/2011 11:31 AM ET
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My most disappointing read so far was The Siege of Krishnapur by Farrell. But you should pay no attention to my opinion because I am clearly in the minority. Everyone else, including our beloved Valli, has raved -- RAVED -- about this book.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 12:32 PM ET
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Dreamland by Kevin Baker.  I know a lot of folks recommend it, but I could not get past the animal killings/abuse in the first chapter.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 12:57 PM ET
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My worst was a classic - Gulliver's Travels. It took me over a month to get that read and I found it insanely annoying. I am glad I read it, but even more glad I never need to read it again. LOL

I've been lucky in my HF reads so far and liked (or loved) them all.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 1:39 PM ET
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In Pursiut of the Green Lion by Judith Merkle Riley (I wonder if I was in just a funny space, I loved the first one, and others have raved about it)
One Day by David Nicholls - horrible and terrible characters. I hated them both.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 2:41 PM ET
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Well since Cathy and I have talked and laughed about it so often, the absolute worst with out a doubt, is the Painted Caves by Auel, if you want to read this book wait and there will be a flood of them on PBS soon.  But believe Cathy and I when we say don't waste a credit or if your thinking of getting it from the library, don't waste your gas.

My idea of hell would be being stuck on a deserted island with only Painted Caves and Pale Rose of York to read,  even then I would not revisit these books.  They would make excellent fire starters though! devil

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 2:56 PM ET
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My idea of hell would be being stuck on a deserted island with only Painted Caves and Pale Rose of York to read,  even then I would not revisit these books.  They would make excellent fire starters though!

Letty -- LOL! You're onto something. We always think about the books we want to read if we're stuck on a deserted island -- we don't think about books that would be useful...for starting fires or for tearing pages for toilet paper.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 3:34 PM ET
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I think the most entertaining thing about the Auel book was reading the reviews from the ticked off fans. There were some very very clever ones.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 3:40 PM ET
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So sorry Jan, some people loved Pale Rose of York.   I would be interested to hear what your thoughts are about it when your done.

ETA.  I hadn't thought about personal hygiene Deb good point!



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Date Posted: 5/13/2011 4:27 PM ET
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Jan, just remember one person's trash is another's treasure. Do let us know what you think of it.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 4:45 PM ET
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I don't know that it's an awful book but my biggest disappointing read so far is Margaret George's Cleopatra. Every new chapter I read I kept thinking 'filler'. It just dragged on and on---I was dejected.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 6:44 PM ET
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Worst this year so far is Alexander & Alestria by Shan Sa.  My first and last book by this author I think.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 8:36 PM ET
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Worst so far this year would have to be The Skystone by Jack Whyte, seemed kind of pointless.

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:33 PM ET
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Only one and it's a fantasy:  

Palimpsest

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 10:22 PM ET
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Yuck - just reviewing the list reminded me of what a poor excuse for a book this one was - Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexandra.

 

Kelly

Date Posted: 5/14/2011 1:08 AM ET
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The Fallen Blade by Grimwood

Date Posted: 5/14/2011 9:28 AM ET
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Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.  And I was so excited to get it and read it!  Goes to prove the old adage...You can't judge a book by it's cover.  This does have one of my favorite covers ever, but it was downhill from there. 

And I can't believe nobody has mentioned their 30 pages of the Alan Savage book as part of their Worst of the Year!  LOL!

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Date Posted: 5/14/2011 9:39 AM ET
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High City by Celia Holland, yuck. I picked up her new Eleanor book at a Borders closing for 80% off so I hope iti s better. I have been struggling with Cozy mysteries too. Lets of them are just badly written.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/14/2011 10:47 AM ET
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Alice - I gave up on cozies a long time ago for that very reason.

My worst book this year is The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck. How this book won a National Book Award I will never understand. The writing is okay but a one dimensional story and uninteresting descriptions of Paraguay. This is one where the reviews were fairly accurate :-)

 

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