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Old December 9 2013, 09:03 AM   #16
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Silas Marner, I never imagined a book so short could feel so long. Elliot is a fine writer, but the character digressions. So often I wondered 'Why is she telling me all this?'

Buddenbrooks, I slugged through half of it in German for class, gave up and cheated with the English, that didn't help as Mann is that boring. Had to slug through others, none did I like, but this was the one I liked least though The Magic Mountain comes pretty close.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, felt like a century getting to the end. What, in God's name, is the fascination?
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Old December 9 2013, 04:23 PM   #17
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Hm... if we don't count school-required reading, I don't figure there's many books I muscled all the way through without liking. HP5 was a grind, and after the endless camping section of HP7, I just wanted it to be over, and groaned my way through the epilogue.


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I loved the Golden Compass and its concept, but I was disappointed in the direction the 2nd book took, and even more disappointed in the 3rd book [...] overall, I feel all three each had a different tone that didn't quite mesh with each other.
I love all three HDM books, but it was definitely a shock to go from the lyrical fantasy of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) to Lyra marveling about how awesome movies are, and then Will's wound that won't stop bleeding despite the witches' spell was pretty freaking grim/scary. It was almost as if the reader was being chastised for having enjoyed the magical and wondrous aspects of NL a bit too much. That said, what was there was pretty brilliant, and one can hardly be too much Lyra (even if the very short "Lyra's Oxford" story was pointless and lame as all heck).
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Old December 9 2013, 05:33 PM   #18
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, felt like a century getting to the end. What, in God's name, is the fascination?
See, I loved that book. I think it works well if you look at it as an epic instead of a novel.

The Return of the Native was the dullest slog I've ever had to endure, though.
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Old December 9 2013, 05:37 PM   #19
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The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. I had to read it in high school and it was very painful.
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Old December 9 2013, 06:08 PM   #20
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Dune. I finished it but it was a major effort.
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Old December 9 2013, 10:05 PM   #21
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Das Glasperlenspiel by Hermann Hesse. I forced myself to finish it. I still have no idea what it was about. I guess it might make more sense under the influence of LSD.
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Old December 9 2013, 10:22 PM   #22
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I think I agree about Farenheit 451, but I liked 1984.

Other classics I didn't like: Dune, anything I've read by Asimov. A lot of the classic scifi authors just don't appeal to me because the dialog and character behavior comes off as so forced and contrived it's all way too on the nose about what the author is trying to express.

Do books you're forced to read in school count? Most of the books I've made it all the way through I've enjoyed on at least some level.

I suppose I didn't get into Libra the same way I enjoyed Delillo's other books. It was just kinda meh to me, though it was an interesting concept. Maybe because JFK is before my time, I just don't care about all the conspiracy theories and mystique surrounding his assassination.
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Old December 9 2013, 10:33 PM   #23
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I loved Dune, although I actually preferred some of the later books.

The only thing I liked of Asimov's were his Norby Chronicles, but those are light and fluffy and not "serious" science fiction. They were pretty amusing, as I recall.

Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth was interminably dull, a peculiar feat given how entertaining Clarke usually is. It was a book that had nearly no plot, and very little of interest going on. Not one of his better works. It was also a bit lacking in the sex department.
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Old December 9 2013, 10:39 PM   #24
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MOBY DICK just did not work for me.

But SIDDHARTHA, also by Hermann Hesse, not only worked but was finished in two days. 150 pages if memory serves.
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Old December 9 2013, 11:06 PM   #25
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I loved the Golden Compass and its concept, but I was disappointed in the direction the 2nd book took, and even more disappointed in the 3rd book [...] overall, I feel all three each had a different tone that didn't quite mesh with each other.
I love all three HDM books, but it was definitely a shock to go from the lyrical fantasy of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) to Lyra marveling about how awesome movies are, and then Will's wound that won't stop bleeding despite the witches' spell was pretty freaking grim/scary. It was almost as if the reader was being chastised for having enjoyed the magical and wondrous aspects of NL a bit too much. That said, what was there was pretty brilliant, and one can hardly be too much Lyra (even if the very short "Lyra's Oxford" story was pointless and lame as all heck).

Yeah, I definitely wanted more wonderment. You get a lot of that throughout the first book, and it really was a great concept. And by the end, you really want to find out what happens on the other side. But when you get to the other side... pzzzzt, fizzle fizzle. You're right, and I didn't realize it until what you said, but part of the problem is that the magic is gone, and the story changing track is part of that problem. I happen to think that too much time was spent in our world, which took away from the story. Just so much a change in mood between the books. I was actually pretty frustrated at times while reading the second book. I think it's one of those trilogies that would really be hard to film. I liked the first movie well enough, but whatever comes after wouldn't carry very well in terms of content presented. Plus you'd likely get people complaining about the same thing in the end, ie where's the magic. I would've loved to see more of the technology available in Lara's world, because what it had presented in the first book and what was seen on screen had lots of potential which was never really used. I also think the first book had the best characters. Hell, you could make a great spinoff featuring Lee Scoresby.

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Old December 9 2013, 11:27 PM   #26
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Man In The High Castle. I enjoyed the beginning of it because I though it was going somewhere... but then I realized that its not. I finished it but did not enjoy the overall experience in retrospect.
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Old December 10 2013, 02:48 AM   #27
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Also, as much as I love Gene Wolfe, sometimes I wish over the course of four books his plots would go somewhere and stay there for more than five minutes.
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Old December 10 2013, 02:56 AM   #28
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The Janus Gate (L.A. Graf)
It usually takes me less than a day to read a Star Trek novel. This trilogy took me well over a month. I kept falling asleep.
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Old December 10 2013, 05:44 AM   #29
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, felt like a century getting to the end. What, in God's name, is the fascination?
See, I loved that book. I think it works well if you look at it as an epic instead of a novel.

The Return of the Native was the dullest slog I've ever had to endure, though.
That just goes with Hardy. A background of German history helped give context for appreciation of Buddenbrooks. I have almost nil about South America and Colombia, so the allusions 'Solitude' was concerned with were lost on me.
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Old December 10 2013, 05:49 AM   #30
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I rarely finish a book that I hate, but there are a few that slip through, especially if I had to read them for school such as Catcher in the Rye. I'm trying to think of something I finished more recently that I really disliked, but nothing comes to mind. I was reading a book by Ed McBain that I found atrocious and put it down lest I roll my eyes too hard.
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