Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-No Longer Interested In Reading

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This week's topic is books I'm no longer interested in reading. This was hard so I picked ten books I recently deleted and said why I did it.

1) J Armand-The Immortal Coil
This was recommended to me and I loved the cover though the blurb was a bit vague. I recently found out that it is M M romance which I never read so I'll give it a miss. Before someone has a go, I'm not anti-gay. I think there should be more gay MCs in mainstream books and I love the gay romances in my favourite soap Corrie. I'm just not interested in M M books.

2) Richard Jeffries-Arachnosaur
Big mutant spiders! I wanted this! But a recent review I read indicated that the book was full of locker room sexual comments and sexism and had a distinct lack of spiders. These two elements have put me right off reading the book.

3) Steve Alten-Vostok
I was very disappointed in Meg-melodramatic personal relationships, slow, petty female characters and a hapless MC. Looking at his other books, there seems to be the same formula going through all of them so I won't read any more.

4) Jovee Winters-The Sea Queen
I admit it, I loved the covers of this series so much that I downloaded this one. However it is clearly a romance based paranormal book, and I just don't read these kind of books. It was kind of pointless to download it really!

5) Carrie Fisher-Postcards From The Edge
Having read and not enjoyed her three memoirs, it has made me want to delete this one from the e-reader. I might get round to watching the film some day as I love Meryl Streep as an actress but I no longer want to read the book.

6) Robert Jackson Bennett-City of Stairs
I was tempted by people talking about how beautifully written it was and the rich world building but on checking reviews I think it would probably be too slow for me if it takes a third of 452 pages to really get going and I'd probably DNF it.

7) William R Hunt-Brothers
I love apocalypse books and I downloaded a sample of this one. but I didn't like the MCs-one was cold with no personality, the other was an idiot and the plot involved inviting an armed stanger to your safe compound when one of you doesn't trust him. Pass!

8) Matthew Goodwin-UKIP
I like these political books covering the campaigns and elections but recent reviews seem to suggest that there is a lot of voting data and statistics which I'm less interested in. There is still a chance that I might change my mind if I can get it cheap though.

9) NR Hairston-Cursed Magic
Basically I downloaded this because it was free but I've found it hard to find details about the plot with two vague reviews on GR. It didn't tell me anything useful so I probably won't bother with it at the moment.

10) Thomas E Sniegoski-The Demonists
I bought this years ago and always put off reading it. It gets good reviews but after reading a detailed friend review, I'm starting to think it might contain too many things that are not my favourite things in UF, paranormal and horror.

20 comments:

  1. Oh, it makes me sad to hear that City of Stairs is on that list, I was planning on giving it a shot soon! I don't know the rest of your list and maybe it's better that way? Hehe! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Don't be influenced by my decision not to read it! Plenty of others seem to love it!

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  2. I liked The Demonists and its sequel, but I do find the story line really complicated. In fact, I never even reviewed the sequel - so sad I know. I hadn't heard that about Arachnosaur - now I'm worried. After reading your reviews to the first few Carrie Fisher books, I'm not surprised this made it on your list!

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    1. I think I might have made the right decision about The Demonists! Yeah I'd really wanted to read Arachnosaur until I saw those reviews!

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  3. I’m always sad when a book sounds awesome, but then I find out that the romance takes over the whole plot. I want to read about death and destruction, not love and sex.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Romance in books I can REALLY do without! Yes to death and destruction!

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  4. I haven't read any of your books. But, I think our tastes lie in a bit different directions. I do support deciding that books are just not going to work for you. And move on to the jillion other books out there. LOL

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    1. Totally agree. There isn't enough time to waste on reading books we're no longer interested in or continuing with things we aren't enjoying!

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  5. Bummer about Vostok. I think I remember seeing Meg around, but if it was disappointing... yeah. Best to cut losses. :)

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    1. Meg was too much about the MCs evil wife trying to destroy him for their divorce and not enough shark in the first half! I hope the film is better...

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  6. I did enjoy City of Stairs but it did take a bit to really set up the world. I have not been interested in reading any of Carrie Fisher's books for some reason.

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    1. You're not missing much with the Carrie Fisher 'books'!

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  7. A spider book with a distinct lack of spiders? Ugh, what's the point then, am I right? :D Vostok is also still on my list, but probably not very high priority. I read one of his Meg books and thought it was fun, but really nothing to write home about.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. That was exactly my thought! I want mutant spiders crawling everywhere!

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  8. I don't think City of Stairs would be your thing, though I didn't find it slow at all. In fact, just mentioning it makes me want to reread, heh.

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    1. I like the idea of good writing but I don't have the patience for a ton of worldbuilding so reading it and DNFing it would do the book a dis-service I think!

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  9. City of Stairs... I read a sample and it was too slow for me, so I can see that your fears are justified^^

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    1. Yeah it just sounded too slow for my personal taste. It wouldn't have been fair to the author to try it!

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  10. I just had a series that I decided I was done with. I can't remember what it was at the moment. But I read/listened to a few books and just felt it wasn't going anywhere so I was done.

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    1. There's a certain point when you just have to realise you can't read all the books!

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