Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Disappointed

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This week is about Books That Surprised Me in a bad way. Or as I prefer to call it Disappointing Books.

1) Carrie Fisher-the memoirs
I found these books, which I read recently, very disappointing. Disjointed, repetitive and missing out most of her life, I found it somewhat dull and not greatly funny. I'm just glad I didn't buy these at full price.

2) Perrin Briar-Z Minus 1
This book has the worst MC I have read in any book EVER in my life which is why I DNFed it rather quickly. I don't hold back any in my review.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23941832-z-minus-i 

3) Gregory Maguire-Wicked
I loved the idea of this book but the execution of it was pretty bad. I'm not sure how this kind of promosing plot could end up so dull but somehow it managed it. I'll stick to The Wizard of Oz on film thank you!

4) Alice Sebold-The Lovely Bones
The strange title sums up this weird book. Raped and murdered by a local man, Susie watches from Heaven as her family try to cope and find her killer. Depressing and slow, it even made this version of Heaven seem horrible.

5) Joseph Heller-Catch 22
I really didn't like this book. Ironically it's a book that my dad has hated most of his life and was the only one he ever told me not to waste my time reading. Turns out he was right!

6) Douglas Adams-The Hitchhikers Guide
Creative maybe and a solid idea but I really didn't enjoy what I read of it. I didn't find it funny or entertaining I'm afraid and it was the reason I turned away from the SF genre.

7) Martin Amis-The Second Plane
This book about 9/11 was poor IMHO. The author tried to dazzle with complicated sentences and fancy words as if showing off how clever he was. I barely understood a word of what he was trying to say.

8) Emily Bronte-Wuthering Heights
Romance??? This was a book glorifying domestic violence and both main characters were nasty, spiteful, obnoxious cretins. The staff were rude and what was Joseph SAYING?

9) Kresley Cole-A Hunger Like No Other
I utterly hate books where the hero is a rapist thug and the dumb female adores him for it. I've been very vocal in my review for this book.

10) Athol Fugard-Tsotsi
This book is about a rapist murderer who kills people for fun who suddenly is portrayed as a hero for tring to look after an abandoned baby for a few days-the mother was a woman he was trying to rape. I hated this character being written as a damn hero.

21 comments:

  1. The only one I’ve read is hitchhikers guide. I wasn’t much on it either. I don’t tend to like a lot of classics

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    1. Same here. They just aren't my kind of reads.

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  2. I totally agree on Catch 22 and The Lovely Bones. I got bored and irritated with both of them.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I've read Wicked years ago and recall it being rather slow. It's one of those series where I wished I loved it and could continue on, because I really want to read the lion's tale, but I just don't think I can. There is no way I could muddle through The Lovely Bones. The movie about put me to sleep.

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    1. I loved the idea of Wicked so much and was gutted when I didn't like it. In the hands of the right author it could have been so good. Ugh The Lovely Bones. The film was dull but I found the book worse!

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    2. That's kind of hard to imagine!

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  4. WOW, ok Carrie Fisher memories ooo I was hoping this would be a good book and you are not the first to not like it. I guess I will miss it but was hoping to read it. #5 on your list...Dad's sometimes they are right. #8 yes this book is not as good as I had hoped either. Two self centered characters...

    Mary

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    1. I didn't like the three books at all...I just expected so much more from them. Maybe it's no surprise that Bella and Edward loved Wuthering Heights!

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  5. Once again we feel the same way about certain books. Is it weird that I love you posts about books that failed. LOL It sure helps me save some pennies!

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    1. There are so many more that I could mention! In fact, a few that I missed off this list but should have put in. Maybe I'll do another ten soon!

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  6. I have only read one of the books that made your list. I am one of the only people I know that enjoyed Wicked so I do understand.

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    1. I so much wanted to like Wicked but of course we can't love everything! I bet you get people saying 'how can you like that book?' I hate it when people say that, it's so rude when we all have different tastes!

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  7. I've never read Hitchhiker's because I think somewhere deep inside I have doubts that it will live up to the hype for me. Maybe one day I will check it out.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I just couldn't get into it at all. Hopefully you'll do better with it!

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  8. YES, Wicked was such a disappointment. And I just always thought I read the Hitchhiker far too late and might have enjoyed it when I was 15? I also do not enjoy Pratchett's Discworld. Maybe British humour in written form is just not for me. I find Wuthering Heights brilliant, but as a study of severely disturbed characters who are in an abusive relationship, definitely not as a romance. But...now I'm worried to pick up Catch-22. We seem to agree on many books, so uh-hoh, it's been on my must read list forever.

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    1. I had the same reaction to Discworld. It seems well enough written but I just couldn't bring myself to like it for some reason.

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  9. I heard many negatives reviews for The Lovely Bonesthat's why I never read it. I have been hesitating about WH too even though is a classic because of what you just said.

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    1. The Lovely Bones author wrote a great NF book about her being raped and how her life suffered afterwards. Much better than her fiction.

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    2. oh! I'll have to check it out! Thanks!

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