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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1695 on: July 11, 2012, 07:13:14 PM »
Marrion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon.  I despised that book - it's a female-centric retelling of the Arthurian legend cycle.  I was going to say feminist, but it's really not.  The women aren't empowered, just enamored of their menstrual cycle and having babies.

No argument there. I have had trouble with a lot of MZB's writing, but that one was particularly bad. I kept getting the feeling that she believed it to be true, not fiction.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1696 on: July 11, 2012, 07:22:34 PM »
http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=99389c13f686a8a4 There's quite a bit of adult language, but very little of it comes from the actual book.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1697 on: July 11, 2012, 09:37:57 PM »
I agree with those who commented on Wicked, mainly because I feel like it was trying way too hard to make everything about sex. Which really surprised me, considering it's a fanfiction of a children's story, essentially.

This surprises you? ;D Fanfiction seems to be 80% naughty fics about children's fandoms. (not all of it is bad either. I've found some that the authors should seriously devote a little time to something publishable, they had the skillz!) Then there is the 18% that seems to be primarily mary sues. 2% is kinda readable and contains no sex. I tend to hope mine falls into the 2%.



Well, yes, but I wouldn't expect that type of derivative work of a children's book to get permission from owners of the original to publish. That's why I didn't expect it to have that sort of content. If it had been published online, well, anything goes in that case.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1698 on: July 11, 2012, 10:16:11 PM »
I haven't read the book this reviewer is talking about, but the review is utterly hilarious.  And the book sounds awesomely bad.  http://tapeflags.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-so-bad-that-once-you-start.html
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1699 on: July 12, 2012, 01:03:21 AM »
I agree with those who commented on Wicked, mainly because I feel like it was trying way too hard to make everything about sex. Which really surprised me, considering it's a fanfiction of a children's story, essentially.

This surprises you? ;D Fanfiction seems to be 80% naughty fics about children's fandoms. (not all of it is bad either. I've found some that the authors should seriously devote a little time to something publishable, they had the skillz!) Then there is the 18% that seems to be primarily mary sues. 2% is kinda readable and contains no sex. I tend to hope mine falls into the 2%.



Well, yes, but I wouldn't expect that type of derivative work of a children's book to get permission from owners of the original to publish. That's why I didn't expect it to have that sort of content. If it had been published online, well, anything goes in that case.

Well, the original books are in the public domain so stopping the book is as easy as stopping abusing Jane Austen with zombies.
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1700 on: July 30, 2012, 10:52:53 AM »
For the Twilight haters, I have to mention I haven't even finished the first book (and generally agree with the negative commentary), but I *did* really enjoy this fanfic, Luminosity.  Basically Bella's character is completely different; came to it via Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which again is a retelling with Harry being very, very different.

I've been reading the latter and enjoying it, but I just tried to read Luminosity and I just...can't...do it. The underlying tale is just so insipid, even with the character change. It's just the blow-by-blow description of everything happening in what's such a mundane and ordinary setting, it makes it torturous to read because nothing much out of the ordinary happens, even with Edward's strange behavior upon meeting her and trying to get out of the class they share. That's really just not that interesting to me.

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« Reply #1701 on: July 30, 2012, 10:55:58 AM »
For the Twilight haters, I have to mention I haven't even finished the first book (and generally agree with the negative commentary), but I *did* really enjoy this fanfic, Luminosity.  Basically Bella's character is completely different; came to it via Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which again is a retelling with Harry being very, very different.

I've been reading the latter and enjoying it, but I just tried to read Luminosity and I just...can't...do it. The underlying tale is just so insipid, even with the character change. It's just the blow-by-blow description of everything happening in what's such a mundane and ordinary setting, it makes it torturous to read because nothing much out of the ordinary happens, even with Edward's strange behavior upon meeting her and trying to get out of the class they share. That's really just not that interesting to me.

For what it's worth, I thought the same thing about Luminosity, but I decided to push on a little further and it suddenly got a lot better. It turned into it's own story, instead of just a slightly different retelling.
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1702 on: July 30, 2012, 11:10:50 AM »
http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=99389c13f686a8a4 There's quite a bit of adult language, but very little of it comes from the actual book.

You know what that is? 47 hues of awesome, that's what.

Agree.  I don't think I'll read 50 shades, but I nearly died.  Read the comments too because there are some great ones.  The best was when she pointed out that Ana "flushed scarlet" for the millionth time and someone posts, "Too bad, Scarlet was such a nice gold fish."  I nearly died.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1703 on: July 30, 2012, 12:34:45 PM »
Kate Collins' Florist series

This isn't lofty at all - it's a relatively funny series about a florist who's a budding (sorry) detective.  However, her last book was nonsense.  I started reading it in the middle of the series, then got the other books.  While there are a couple of subordinate characters I'd like to hurt (that misogynist law school instructor, for instance, although he doesn't last to the end of the book where he's featured) I noticed that there were times that the florist needed to SPEAK UP FOR HERSELF to avoid being treated like dirt by some of these people.  If I'd had an instructor talk to me the way that misogynist law school instructor had talked to her, as written in the book, he'd have been handed his head plus a few other body parts.  And then I'd have been at NOW* or the local equivalent so quick my sneakers would have been smoking.  (*National Organization of Women.)

And the last book with the guardian angel and the rich cat (as in meow)...oy.  The forward did say that the author's husband had just died suddenly, and she was writing this book in his honor (I read between the lines and picked up that she might have needed the money) but I really think she should have waited awhile before attempting another book, in view of the result. 

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1704 on: July 30, 2012, 02:16:09 PM »
For the Twilight haters, I have to mention I haven't even finished the first book (and generally agree with the negative commentary), but I *did* really enjoy this fanfic, Luminosity.  Basically Bella's character is completely different; came to it via Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which again is a retelling with Harry being very, very different.

I've been reading the latter and enjoying it, but I just tried to read Luminosity and I just...can't...do it. The underlying tale is just so insipid, even with the character change. It's just the blow-by-blow description of everything happening in what's such a mundane and ordinary setting, it makes it torturous to read because nothing much out of the ordinary happens, even with Edward's strange behavior upon meeting her and trying to get out of the class they share. That's really just not that interesting to me.

For what it's worth, I thought the same thing about Luminosity, but I decided to push on a little further and it suddenly got a lot better. It turned into it's own story, instead of just a slightly different retelling.

In that case I'll try to stick it out a while longer. Even the chapter I did read, I skimmed/sped read. Hopefully it hooks me to where I don't feel the need to do that.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1705 on: July 30, 2012, 02:52:59 PM »
http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=99389c13f686a8a4 There's quite a bit of adult language, but very little of it comes from the actual book.

You know what that is? 47 hues of awesome, that's what.

She's going through the second book now - I love her recaps!  Once you read through her take on "Fifty Shades of Grey," you'd probably love "51 Tints of Granite" - it's just as hilarious  ;D

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« Reply #1706 on: July 30, 2012, 03:02:27 PM »
Hmm... Interesting to note, most of the books I read that I hated were books required by college instructors. My general perception of the intelligence of those particular college instructors is pretty low as a result. But the two that pop into my head immediately are Freak and Waking Beauty

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1707 on: July 30, 2012, 03:23:14 PM »
Violet Miracle by Christina Li was one of those temporary freebies on PixelsofInk.  The first thing I noticed was that the writing was very clunky.  Well, hey, I think she's a fairly new author.  But then there's the plot.

Our Heroine (OH) is a semi-successful author of e-books.  Mary Sue, anyone?   Then a couple chapters in, OH decides to start a new series.  About an author who stumbles onto mysteries.  So we have an author writing a story about an author who is writing a story about an author.  Fortunately it didn't extend the chain any further, but maybe that was because it was just a novella. ;) 

Naturally, because OH is writing a mystery, she stumbles upon a mystery that bears striking resemblance to the one she is writing.  The solution is similar too, except that it happens off-stage during the almost-year OH spends away from the place where all the action is happening. ???  And what is she doing all that time?  OH took a break from the mystery series to write a little heartfelt book that is so amazingly wonderful and inspiring that it is picked up by a print book company for megabucks and she has to go on a publicity tour. ::)  During which, she finally reunites with the Hero (and learns how her real-life mystery ended) and they all live happily ever after.
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1708 on: July 30, 2012, 06:31:57 PM »
My husband and I really enjoyed "Graceling," and my husband got to the sequel, "Fire," first.  He *hated* it.  He said that it was so sad, because Graceling was so good, and there were some parts of Fire that were really well-written gems.  But he said the book was really awful and spent way too much time talking about the main character's period, and was obviously designed to turn guys off the series entirely.  Based on his anti-recommendation, I didn't end up reading it, so I can't say whether I agree, but it sounded pretty awful.  :)
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« Reply #1709 on: July 31, 2012, 06:48:16 AM »
My husband and I really enjoyed "Graceling," and my husband got to the sequel, "Fire," first.  He *hated* it.  He said that it was so sad, because Graceling was so good, and there were some parts of Fire that were really well-written gems.  But he said the book was really awful and spent way too much time talking about the main character's period, and was obviously designed to turn guys off the series entirely.  Based on his anti-recommendation, I didn't end up reading it, so I can't say whether I agree, but it sounded pretty awful.  :)

OMD, I am in the middle of Fire, and I have been getting irritated and agitated by it, and tempted just to read the last 5 or so pages.  I am invested enough to want to know how it ends, but I'll forgo the read-the-whole-thing payoff just to get the quick and dirty closure.  I'm glad I'm not the only one.

I also have Bitterblue; have y'all read that?  I'll be trying that next.