Re: Are the following books worth reading?
I don't think there are any on your list that are so bad that I would warn you away from them. Of course, I tend to react to negative reviews with curiosity that makes me want to find out if the book was really as bad as people say. The overwhelming majority are not. I'd say try them all and form your own opinion.
That said, my favorites in your list were Avatar and Unity. Unity especially was just awesome.
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