It's funny, I've had the same problems with some books I bought in my late teens and early 20's. I loved them then, and find them uninteresting now. I really enjoyed the first few Xanth books, but as the puns kept beating me over the head, I got quite tired of them. He gets a LOT of them from fans who submit them, and they're too labored for my taste. I still like the Valdemar books, though. There are others, that currently escape my brain, that I've culled to make space for newer, more currently enjoyed books. Amanda Quick. I LOVED her early stuff in that name, now I'm 'meh' on them. Some newer ones are still to my taste. I still enjoy her Jayne Ann Krentz stuff, but I can't read too many in a row, as they're too similar. She writes under another name, (Crystal?) that is mighty hokey. I enjoy them from the library, but will never pay for them!