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Subject: Worst paranormal you have ever read?
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 5:03 AM ET
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For me hands down it was Witchling by Yasmin Galernorn (SP? didnt even like it enough to look up her name to spell it right) The book is primarily about the main characters ego and everything else is secondary. Im not kidding if I had read one more thing about her eye makeup I would have probably torn the pages out one by one and incinerated them it was that bad. I know lots and lots of people love the book and the others in the trilogy but I just couldnt stomach the ego. It made all of the characters including Camille flat and one dimensional. There was nothing that made it interesting and alive it was just words on pages.

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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:37 AM ET
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for me it was cry wolf, i coulndnt get or stay interwested in it. and thats odd because werewolves are my favorite...........

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:46 AM ET
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I must agree with Marion. I couldn't get into 'Cry Wolf' at all.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:59 AM ET
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all of the anita blake whoredom books. I am sure there are others, but those are the ones I think of when I think of burning books.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 11:30 AM ET
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Absolutely without a doubt Dancing with Werewolves:  Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator by Carole Nelson Douglas.

Worse. Book. Ever.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 12:09 PM ET
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That would have to be Bareback (The U.S. version was called Benighted - which made even less sense) by Kit Whitfield. Not only did it drag, but I really found that I disliked the characters. That would probably be followed by Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman which I thought was rather boring although the concept was interesting.



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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 12:49 PM ET
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I couldn't even finish Benighted.  I have to agree with you there.  It got really great critical reviews too.  Didn't get it. 

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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 1:15 PM ET
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The Midnight Work by Kassandra Sims

Colliding Forces by Constance O'Day Flannery--new agey to me.

Retrieval by Jeanie London

 

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 2:43 PM ET
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I'm bummed now because I have both Dancing with Werewolves and Witchling series on my shelf right now to read...sigh.... oh well... some good some  bad I guess. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I couldn't get into any of the Anita Blake books either. I requested the first three off here after some great recommendation from some co-workers. Read the first one and hated it. They swiftly got traded out. Not my style at all and then I heard they turned into (bad) vampire porn. Not my cup of tea at all but she must still be popular as her books are on the NYT best seller list all the time.
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 3:59 PM ET
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Rachel, if you're ok with paranormal romance, you'll probably be fine with Witchling.  that was actually my favorite of the series, which is on my keeper shelf.

i'm still trying to think of the worst paranormal i've actually read.  some of the ones already mentioned - i tried Retrieval by Jeanie London at the bookstore, and couldn't get past the first five pages.  Dancing with Werewolves started out ok, but then fell apart.  if the library gets the next one in the series, i *might* check it out, just to see if we get back to the original mystery, but i'm surely not buying it or trading for it.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Rachel I didn't mind the Witchling series....I know you and I have similar taste.  It wasn't horrible.  I get them all b/c my sister loves the series and she passes them onto me when she is done.  I actually have the lastest sitting on my desk to read.  It's not one I'd run out to buy but they are better than mediocre.  I know I preferred one over the others but for the life of me can't remember which was which.  Of course I read all on vacation while sitting on the beach and everything is better that way! 

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:39 PM ET
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I can't think of anything that I've totally disliked. I've liked some more than others but nothing that stands out on "bad read" end.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:46 PM ET
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I didn't mind the Witchling series--you just have to get over the fact that they are each pretty self absorbed, especially the sister in Witchling (also main character in Dragon Wytch) in case you forget--she's hot and likes to wear lowcut tight corsets and stuff and every male character wants to do her--wait, did you forget?  Well it's OK, she'll remind you in first person:lol:   I like many of the supporting characters better than the three girls:lol:  

I did let go of the Anita Blake books in my stash.  I stopped reading around Obsidian Butterfly/Narc. in Chains.   omg, I slogged through Retrieval and wish I was the type of person to just stop reading and not go back but I read the whole thing and it was beyond stupid.  Now I have to check on the Delilah Street book and remove it from my WL asap:lol:  



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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 7:22 PM ET
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Sunshine by Robin McKinley. The narrative was nothing but rambling by the main character. Plus the vamp in the story was not "hot" at all so that didn't help the story.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:38 PM ET
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I tried of read book of shadows my some guy i can't rememeber but it was freaking awful.  I didn't get more than halfway through it.  I think it's only i've never been able to finish.  james reece i think was the author but i could be wrong.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:09 PM ET
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I had to quit half way through 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover.  I just couldn't do it!!!

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 4:52 AM ET
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Rachel dont take my review to heart like I said there are lots and lots of good reviews for the book. Our tastes may be very different. My main beef with the book was the over the top ego. Its like Donna says the MC is hot and every guy on the planet wants to shag her and shes never gonna let you forget it. Theres no vulnerability there nothing to make her real and 3D. Behind her ego all the other characters became flat for me too. Shes the kinda person who in real life I would either avoid like the plague or want to beat the crap out of.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I'm with you guys on Witchling and the last half of the Anita Blake series. I can't take anymore of Keri Arthur's Riley series. Who talks to their boss about their sex life in the middle of a work meeting? And if I have to hear one more time about how she's part werewolf and that's why she's a total slut, I will SCREAM. I read the first two (for some odd reason), but I had to drop the series about 10 pages into the 3rd book.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 2:35 PM ET
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The last 2 books I've read have been, well, stupid. I'm having a problem with the book I'm reading now (see signature). Normally a book takes me 1 day to read (2 at the most) & I've been reading this for almost a week now. It's just slow, boring & lame. Another book I bought that will be sent away. I'm about ready to stop buying book like this & only get them on PBS.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 2:56 PM ET
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What were the last 2 books you read?

I only buy books from authors I know and love now.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:51 AM ET
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Don't worry Rachel -- I've got several of these books in my TBR too!  And they got there by high recommendation, so it's all personal taste.  Just go into the books without specific expecations and see what happens.  ;)  I can tell you that I read Sunshine (which Leticia didn't like, and she probably knows what she likes!) on a book ring and every single one of us raved about how good it was!  It's not a romance though, so if you don't like books without lots of romance than there you go.  It's paranormal/fantasy/horror.

I don't have one worst book.  I've read my share of bad ones, but of those it's hard to see one that stands out as nastier than the others.  Bad writing takes down a lot of books for me, so often times it's more that I've run into horrible authors.  Christine Feehan can not write.  Neither can C. L. Wilson (and in her case, she comes perilously close to plagerizing some of my favorite, lesser know books!).  Plodding through their long, blocky, juvenile sentences is painful.  I'm convinced Nora Roberts now uses a computer program to spit out books instead of writing anything period.   But I know tons of people are gaga for their stuff.  Inexplicably.  :P

PS -- I can't seem to get passed Obsidian Butterfly either!  There's just no urge to pick up the next book.  It's been sitting here for years, but...eh.

 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 7:02 AM ET
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GASP...you laides are killing me!!!  LOL  I agree with some of your reviews but I can't bash the Anita Blake series, I love the whole damn whoredom  thing from start to finish, her Merry Gentry series as well!  Add Sunny's Mona Lisa series and I am in heaven. LOL  See how all our taste are different.  Now I don't like MaryJanice Davidson, I think she's a good writer, but I could not get into her.  I may give her another try in the future.  Christine Warren..shoot me now, that's like pure torture for me to read..lol   I do like Christine Feehan's Dark series but you can't read them back to back or you'll hate her by the time your through!  I am still on the fence about Kim Harrison. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:02 PM ET
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Feehan is another to add to the book burning pile for me, at least her Dark series. It's just....bleh. Same crap different names, and it's not even good crap lol I do really like her ghostwalker books though.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 3:11 PM ET
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I'm still shocked that anything by Keri Arthur was mentioned here!!!  I love EVERYTHING that I have read by her!

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