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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #195 on: April 25, 2011, 10:40:27 PM »
hobbish I don't remember the title of the book (long time ago read)

just that they talked about abuse (emotional, phisical and  ummm scrabble related) to keep women in "their places"

about a third of the way into the book that was all it talked about

That's got to be one of the Gor books by John Norman (I think that's the name). What's really scary? He's a philosophy professor.

I heard that he wrote the first one to show his students that any dreck could get published.

The books that have really frosted my cookies:

The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I read it when I was eleven and there was a murmur of mutiny from my first form class whenever we had to discuss it.

Wuthering Heights. I agree with the PP who suggested the BAU would be interested in Heathcliff.

The Pillars of Creation. I wish I could unread this one.

Little Men and Jo's Boys. I dislike the grown up Jo March intensely.

There are more but I'm too tired at the moment.


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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #196 on: April 25, 2011, 10:51:48 PM »
The Picture of Dorian Grey -- it never started let alone finshed (for me)

Angels and Demons might have well been the DaVinci Code with different names.  (In some places I think it was)

there have been a few SciFi that I have tossed on general principal - because of bad plots (I tossed one when the main chars were going on about how to "put a woman in her place")

Don't leave us hanging like that! I think you and i read a bit of the same sci-fi and now i am dying to know!  :)


:) edited to add smiley and not sound all yelly and dictatorial.


Sounds like it might have been one of John Norman's Gor series.  Most of which boiled down to "women are natural sex slaves who long for a master". ::)
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #197 on: April 25, 2011, 10:58:35 PM »
I thought golden retrievers were Dean Koontz's exclusivity? No? He certainly acts that way.

And he still can't write a good ending :)

Oh, yes. For 20 years, DH has been saying "you know, with the dog?", and I'll know he's talking about any number of DK stories.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #198 on: April 25, 2011, 11:03:38 PM »
I 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, whatever any and all books by Phillipa Gregory. The rampant incest is just... gah. The Wideacre trilogy literally gave me nightmares for months afterward. And I don't tend to react that way to things. It was just so profoundly disturbing.

When I was in 8th grade, my town decided to start a new thing called "Read around Town" (well, the town's NAME, but you know what I mean.) So they encouraged as many people as they could to read the same book--it was all over the public library, and they made all the 8th grade English classes read it, etc. The book they chose for their very first year? Nothing but the Truth by Avi. Oh my good lord. I realize now that I can't stand books/movies/"humor" that are all based on the premise of "Somebody told a lie. Then they told more lies to cover up the lie. Then other people figured out the lie but to save face they told a lie to cover up the other person's lie. And if that person had just told the truth oh, the FIRST time they were confronted about their lie, this book would have been about 300 pages shorter." Our English teacher raffled off copies of the book once we were done reading it (after all, the next year they were going to pick a different book to "read around town"!). I won one and tore it apart, page by page.

For the same reason, I can't handle the Shopaholic series, or 99% of comedy movies today. All about lying and covering it up. The worst is when the main character never actually has to own up to their mistakes--everything just works out perfectly in the end, therefore justifying all the lying they did (and setting them up to make a sequel.)

I really disliked the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. Not going to spoil it, but when I closed that book at the end, I felt like I had just finished watching a horror movie while tripping on LSD. (Not that I've ever been on LSD, but that's how I imagine it would feel.) I loved book 1, and book 2 was pretty good, too. Book 3... no.

The Babysitter's Club series was one of my favorites as a kid, but I always skipped the introductory chapter, too. After 100 books in the main series (not to mention all the "Adventures", "Super Adventures", "Mysteries" and "Super Mysteries"), it was a little incredible to believe that they were all still "13 years old, attending Stoneybrook Middle School."





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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #199 on: April 25, 2011, 11:17:16 PM »
If we go way back... A Separate Peace... I hated that more than Gatsby and Johnny Tremain

Did you grow up in MA? I know very few people outside of Massachusetts who had to read this book in high school, including my husband who is from CT.

I also hated that book.

Read it in high school in Chicago.  Hated it.

I also hated Anna Karenina.  Adultery is one of my issues.  I couldn't sympathize with any of the characters.  I wanted to slap every single one of them.

And along with Wicked, A Barnstormer in Oz.  Or really anything by Philip Jose Farmer. 
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #200 on: April 25, 2011, 11:28:18 PM »
You know it ... is it a book your mother recommended? One you had to read in high school? One all your friends just RAVED about, even the people whose opinions you trust? One you looked forward to and then found out the author apparently went temporarily insane while writing it?

Dish it, literarions!

For me, oh Lord have mercy, it was White Oleanders. My mother loaned it to me. I hated every single person in that book and wanted to reach inside the pages and just start laying waste.

Oh yeah ... and then there's She's Come Undone. I was in a book group at a former job that decided to read that, and all the women loved it except me. Such a hateful protagonist, and everyone she meets is just a miserable human being. I quit the group after that, because who knows how much worse it would have gotten.

I could not agree more about "She's Come Undone" - there was not one even remotely likeable character in that book, and the one character that the reader was supposed to identify with was as bad, or worse, than everyone else (why did she have to kill the fish?  that really ended any feeling I had for the main character's "victimization".  The only thing I enjoyed was when the ex showed up and she was wearing the 3D glasses and realized how riidculous she looked.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #201 on: April 25, 2011, 11:28:49 PM »
Angels and Demons a friend recommended it, but I had to skim after the 1st 3rd of the book. I can't just not finish a book...but I can skim.  :)

A Game of Thrones Another one that was highly recommended by a friend.  I was looking forward to it because I like complex, dark fantasy in well-built worlds.  I didn't really like any of the characters and the whole thing was just tedious. Plus, the sex & violence seemed tacked on for shock value.

The Scarlet Letter - I was doing fine reading this despite my issues with the tone and dense symbolism...until I idly wondered what would happen if Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (from a favorite series of fantasy novels) showed up at this, that or the other point in the story.  Now I can't even see a copy of the book without breaking into giggles.

I've tried reading A Game of Thrones about 3 times. And every time I get to a certain point where the main character is doing something mind-numbingly dumb. As in suicidally stupid. And the only way I can stifle the urge to throw the book across the room is by putting it down instead.

The Clan of the Cave Bear series is another one. The first two are fine. But once Ayla started inventing everything and Jondalar turned into a whiny drama queen (seriously, I think he's the male version of Bella from Twilight), I had to stop reading.

I love the Game of Thrones series of books  ;D. What I really like about it is how the author subverts the typical fantasy genre. If a character does something stupid in the book he usually ends up paying for it later, painfully. I know that this series is not for everyone though.

I agree with the Clan of the Cave Bear series. Loved the first book, got turned off on the others because of the whole inventing everything and all the scrabble fests.

Add me to those who hated The DaVinci Code. I thought Dan Brown had the worst writing style ever. Not to mention all the inaccuracies etc. It was one of the few books I never finished and am disgusted by it to this day.

I actually liked the The Golden Compass but hated the other two books. I liked some of the concepts in the other books, but the constant bashing of religion really got in the way of me enjoying them. I know, you hate religion and think it's stupid and harmful, can we move on?

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #202 on: April 25, 2011, 11:31:37 PM »
The Scarlet Letter - I was doing fine reading this despite my issues with the tone and dense symbolism...until I idly wondered what would happen if Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (from a favorite series of fantasy novels) showed up at this, that or the other point in the story.  Now I can't even see a copy of the book without breaking into giggles.

!!!!!!  What have you just done to me, giving me that image!  And it won't stop here!  It'll spread to other books!  I think it's alreading infiltrating Harry Potter!

Granny vs. Voldemort...oooh!  Vimes vs. Voldemort!

Is that my cow? It goes "Crucio"! It is Lord Voldemort! THAT IS NOT MY COW!!!

what series are you talking about? All i know is i wanna read it now.

The "Discworld" series by Terry Pratchett.

Be aware that they are heavy, heavy satire and not to be taken seriously in the slightest.

They are also hilarious- make sure you read all the footnotes!

Oh, the Discworldians have infiltrated too many other books to count...for instance, I always picture Sir Samuel giving Sherlock Holmes a ding on the ear for being insufferable. Oh, and regarding Voldemort...well let's just say THAT series would be a lot shorter if Vetinari ran the Ministry of Magic.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #203 on: April 25, 2011, 11:36:48 PM »
I'm trying to get through this thread, but it just moves too fast.  ;D

I can NOT stand:

Bridges of Madison County

My Sister's Keeper

Red Badge of Courage.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #204 on: April 25, 2011, 11:43:47 PM »
I'm trying to get through this thread, but it just moves too fast.  ;D

I can NOT stand:

Bridges of Madison County

My Sister's Keeper

Red Badge of Courage.

I have to agree with you on the latter two - "Bridges" I only read an excerpt of in a magazine, and didn't like it,  but as I didn't read the entire book I reserve the right - what am I saying, it was a very short book, the
"excerpt" was pretty much the entire thing, and it was awful.  Not as bad as the other two though.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #205 on: April 25, 2011, 11:45:36 PM »
I'm trying to get through this thread, but it just moves too fast.  ;D

I can NOT stand:

Bridges of Madison County

My Sister's Keeper

Red Badge of Courage.

I have to agree with you on the latter two - "Bridges" I only read an excerpt of in a magazine, and didn't like it,  but as I didn't read the entire book I reserve the right - what am I saying, it was a very short book, the
"excerpt" was pretty much the entire thing, and it was awful.  Not as bad as the other two though.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #206 on: April 25, 2011, 11:51:05 PM »
I do that all the time. "Hey, Dad, what was that book with the whip trees and some artist guy, and people would be asleep in suspended animation for periods of time to prolongue their lives; and the process really hurt, but no one ever remembered it? I forget what it was about or who wrote it; but i want to read it again."  :P

Thanks!

That would be Hyperion, which is a great book that shouldn't be mentioned in this thread :D You do need a strong stomach for it, though.

I agree with The Historian and I warn you all from "The Swan Thieves", by the same author. I didn't recognize the name at first, so I started reading. Very predictable and dull.

I will also cast my POD with The Magicians (dull, annoying characters that I just wanted to shake and tell them to get a life), Dickens (he was paid by the word and it shows) and Wicked.

Not Hyperion which I had to look up on Amazon.  It's The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card.  I have a copy up by my bed right now.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #207 on: April 25, 2011, 11:56:55 PM »
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Bridge At San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. I had to read them both for high school English (different years) and I hate both of them. I really don't see what's so great about either of them. The Dickens book just went on and on. And the Wilder book was just awful, the writing style made it impossible to read I couldn't figure out what was going on or what the point was supposed to be. I never actually finished either one of them.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #208 on: April 25, 2011, 11:58:18 PM »
When I was in 8th grade, my town decided to start a new thing called "Read around Town" (well, the town's NAME, but you know what I mean.) So they encouraged as many people as they could to read the same book--it was all over the public library, and they made all the 8th grade English classes read it, etc.
 Our library did that too.  The first year they picked The Great Gatsby.  Which I hated the first time around, and hated even more the second time around.  I didn't read it again, despite being a librarian and thus required to hold a book discussion on it.  (Luckily none of my patrons wanted to read it either, so I didn't have to hold the discussion group.)

Heart of Darkness is definitely one I just. don't. get.  I feel like there ought to be some brilliant satire about English politics or something hidden in there, but . . . nothing.  Either I'm too dumb to interpret it, or Conrad has fooled all the critics for decades.

The Death of Ivan Ilych was another one like that - I'm actually rather proud that I got an A on my paper about it, despite not having a freaking CLUE what the point of the book was.  I really think that book honed my B.S. skills more than anything else in my high school career.  Luckily, I don't think my teacher "got" it either, because he didn't seem to notice I was making things up as I went along . . .

I actually come across quite a few romances that I just can't stand anymore - in large part because of my time here on eHell.  Every time the heroine stands around wringing her hands while someone mistreats her, I want to yell "Show some spine and assert yourself, geez!"  I'm a romance writer, and I hang out with other romance writers - so this is even worse when it's a friend's book  :-X

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #209 on: April 26, 2011, 12:12:50 AM »
Add Goodbye Mr. Chips to the list of loathsome forced reads for high school.  There's no plot -- nothing happens!  I will say that I did learn something from it, though.  If your teacher thinks it's the best book ever written and your report says it's boring, you will get a bad grade. ::)

Maybe we should let Angua and Carrot loose in it...;D
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