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Posted 26 September 2014 - 06:38 PM

I thought  Moll Flanders was really funny.


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Posted 27 September 2014 - 01:01 AM

'The Heroine's Journey' by Maureen Murdock

It listed itself as a female-oriented companion to Joseph Campbell's much praised 'Hero With A Thousand Faces'.

It was not that. At all. All the text really taught me is how badly I would like to hunt down Maureen Murdock and beat her within an inch of her life using a textbook on modern feminism.

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 05:51 AM

It would have to be something assigned for a class since I have ADD and have to struggle really hard to read stuff I don't like.  I'll go with one of the books by the Bronte sisters.  I think Wurthering Heights was slightly more tolerable than the other one.  At least that one had a crazy woman locked up in the attic.

 

ETA: That was before stimulants.  On stimulants I've read War and Peace.


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 05:55 AM

Oh.  The Gor series.

 

The Sword of Shannara series did nothing for me.

 

The Lensman series zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

Most Heinlein is overrated. 


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 06:57 AM

Most Heinlein is overrated. 

 

This statement buys my favor.

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 01:44 AM

I hated "love in the time of cholera".... so slow ....


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 09:05 PM

The Old Man and the Sea. Hands down, no doubt. The only reason I finished it was because I had to read it for an assignment. It's a short book but my god it's so boring, it took forever to read.

 

I couldn't stand Atlas Shrugged either. I quit about 20 pages in. But, in Ayn Rand's favor, I absolutely loved We the Living. A whole different class of story than her other works. I devoured it in two short sittings.


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 10:52 PM

James Mitchener's Hawaii. Long and boring. Had to read it in literature class.


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 12:42 PM

Their eyes where watching God was really bad to me and so was the scarlet letter. I read a lot of books I liked in school but these two were awful. The worst to me was The Sound of Fury. I hated it so much I couldn't even read it. It was a summer read and my mom ended up reading half of it for me because it was so bad. We decided to split it. Haha.


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:11 PM

I'm probably gonna catch crap for this one, but I couldn't stand The DaVinci Code.  Dan Brown's writing style drives me up the friggin' wall!


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Posted 04 January 2015 - 03:27 PM

I didn't make it through Atlas Shrugged so that doesn't count. One that comes to mind is Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian. I really wanted to like it but I thought it was just awful.
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Posted 19 January 2015 - 12:21 PM

I've finished so many more bad movies than bad books. If I don't like a book, then I'm probably not going to finish it, you know?

 

I got about a third of the way through that book Ulysses by James Joyce. Made no fucking sense!! But I kept going.

 

I recently finished Volume I of TCP/IP Illustrated by W. Richard Stevens. It was a good book, but it was kind of heavy reading. It was clearly written, though. A lot of technical books use a crapload of jargon just to mess with your head, but this one didn't. Pictures helped, too.

 

I once had to read To Kill a Mockingbird in junior high. I did NOT understand why everyone thinks that that book is so wonderful. It was a boring plot and shitty writing.


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Posted 23 January 2015 - 07:52 PM

I couldn't finish The Sound and the Fury nor Ulysses.  I wouldn't say they are bad books, exactly, as they seem fairly groundbreaking.  Nevertheless, stream-of-consciousness writing is intolerable to me as a reader.  I hate myself for feeling that way.  

 

I also had to read the The Scarlett Letter for school.  I appreciate that it is the first American novel and therefor important, but yeah, by today's standards not such a good book.  If you want a good laugh you should watch the film version of The Scarlett Letter with Demi Moore... heh.

 

I kind of liked Their Eyes Were Watching God...


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