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Old 03-02-2010, 13:24
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The Invisible Man.--H.G.Wells. The idea's good but found it too simple.
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Old 03-02-2010, 15:44
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Oops. On the bright side, not everyone hates it. Good idea storywise, but I found it clunkily written, with stereotypical characters and hugely patronising. Given the massive publicity this has had I was very disappointed. In fact, I hate it and it very nearly chucked it in the bin at one point.

Let me know what you think.
I will but I'm another one who really disliked The Time Traveller's Wife so I'm not hopeful.
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Old 03-02-2010, 16:00
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As I read the thread title I thought -
"Lovely Bones" - quite enjoyed the read, but the ending - gah! What the heck? Also English Patient - dragged myself to the end of it waiting for something to happen, and it didn't.

However - I just love the Twilight books - love love love. Beyond love, just read Midnight Sun online for another perspective of Edward (and my only child is no longer a teenager). And Time Travellers Wife.
Just bought the True Blood books, haven't started them yet.
Celia Ahern is fine for a read on the London tube - nothing too demanding.
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Old 03-02-2010, 19:25
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I have never understood all the hype for Pride and Prejudice.
I tried so hard to get in to it but it was plain boring. "He seems like a kind fellow" ... "oh yes he's quite agreeable" and so on *yawn*
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Old 03-02-2010, 20:26
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy was a big let down for me. Just very, very vague.
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
I HATED The Road. I do really like a post apocalyptic novel, but OH MY GOD that was tedious and pretentious and bad. I hated it with a passion that made me want to throw it across the room with great force. I read it to the end because it was short and I kept thinking that surely it would get better, but I really REALLY hated it.

A Catcher of Rye.

I've been ( patronisingly ) told in the past that that is because I didn't understand them - no, it's because I thought they were overrated drivvel.
Absolutely! I think maybe I read Catcher in the Rye when I was too old - I just wanted to slap the annoying childish silly teen protagonist and couldn't get past how irritating and juvenile he was. But I just couldn't identify with a single thing in that book.
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Old 03-02-2010, 21:33
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin. - hated it!
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Old 03-02-2010, 21:35
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I also hated "The Lovely Bones".

Can't be doing with all that supernatural sort of rubbish - heaven and ghosts and what-not. Ugh!
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:39
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

TBH, I felt it was badly translated, tedious in the extreme, and the Salander girl was a monumental cliche.

A few million others would disagree with me, but , IMO, it was just mno where near the hype.
Me too i tried and tried to get into it, and still think i'm missing out on a great series
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Old 04-02-2010, 18:10
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The Time Travellers Wife, just gave up on it. Did not like the main two characters who are thought were dull and smug, couldnt care less what happened to them in the end.
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Old 05-02-2010, 00:03
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Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Anything by Proust
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:37
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2666 (Roberto Bolano) just drags on and on.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:10
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Reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was like running sandpaper over my corneas.

I gave up with it, which is something I rarely do with a book.
Really? I loved that book but it does take a bit of getting into.

At least it has a plot though unlike McEwan's 'Chesil Beach' I nearly died of boredom struggling with that one and gave up about half way through. It was such a disappointment after the brilliant 'Atonement'.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:15
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Really liked Incident of the dog, Dragon tattoo & Life of Pi...


Personally feel overrated novels are:

Catch 22: Joseph Heller - repeatative, massivley overrated imo

The Road: Cormac McCarthy - Stephen King's The Stand is about 20 times better!
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:20
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Really liked Incident of the dog, Dragon tattoo & Life of Pi...


Personally feel overrated novels are:

Catch 22: Joseph Heller - repeatative, massivley overrated imo

The Road: Cormac McCarthy - Stephen King's The Stand is about 20 times better!
I 100% agree with you!

I have to say, the book I have been most disappointed in is The Davinci Code (sorry Dan Brown fans)

Havent read him since, and based on friends reviews of the latest offering I am glad I havent.
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:25
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The Girl with the dragon Tattoo - in fact the whole Millenium trilogy - I don not know why I persevered, but a few girls I work with were raving about them, so I thought maybe they get better? They don't! Such mysognistic, utterly unbelievable, repetetive badly written......

House at Riverton - so poorly written, I didn't complete it because It was SO obvious what the big twist was going to be.

The Island, again appallingly written.

Da Vinci code was poor, but Angels & Demons has to be the WORST ending to a book ever, utterly unbelievable. It was scientifically impossible all the stuff with the helicopter.

I loved The Road, The life of Pi, Lovely Bones and Time Travellers Wife
I suppose we all just have different tastes?

I struggled with Cloud Atlas, got about 20 pages in and just could not will myself to continue, must give it another go!
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Old 05-02-2010, 21:49
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Harry Potter

The Exorcist book (from the sounds of it, the da Vinci Code is similarly bad, which is why I don't want to read it)
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Old 07-02-2010, 13:58
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[quote=angel103;38035539]I LOVED The House at Riverton

I used to never give up on a book then last year I started reading 'Sepulchre' by Kate Mosse and decided life is too short to read books I don't want to.[/QUOTE]

That is my philosophy on books, too! Unless you're studying it for an exam - if you're just reading it for pleasure, and you're not getting any pleasure out of it - why bother? I'm always starting books, then putting them down after a few chapters.

Unlike others here, I really enjoy Bill Bryson, and also loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I keep meaning to read for a second time, I thought it was so good. (I liked the second book in the trilogy, too, The Girl Who Played With Fire, but admit I found the third one, The Girl Who Kicked A Hornet's Nest, pretty boring.)

Books that have disappointed me:

Atonement - deadly dull, IMHO

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Twilight - no way could I finish it. Bella must be one of the most irritating heroines ever. Couldn't bear the ongoing theme about her clumsiness, which I think was supposed to make her character more interesting, but just made her annoying beyond belief.
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Old 07-02-2010, 18:55
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Last night,I started reading The girl with the Dragon tatoo,I just cant get into it at all,I'm very disappointed....it's too detailed with things/topics, that don't grab my interest....ah well,hey-ho.
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Old 07-02-2010, 19:22
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I'm about 100 pages into The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, and it's just the sort of thing I enjoy (despite the translation, which I agree is not great).

I'm with all of you who disliked Time Traveller's Wife, though. Really couldn't get into it at all.
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Old 07-02-2010, 23:10
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[quote=newkid30;38308544]The Girl with the dragon Tattoo - in fact the whole Millenium trilogy - I don not know why I persevered, but a few girls I work with were raving about them, so I thought maybe they get better? They don't! Such mysognistic, utterly unbelievable, repetetive badly written......

House at Riverton - so poorly written, I didn't complete it because It was SO obvious what the big twist was going to be.

The Island, again appallingly written.

Da Vinci code was poor, but Angels & Demons has to be the WORST ending to a book ever, utterly unbelievable. It was scientifically impossible all the stuff with the helicopter.

I loved The Road, The life of Pi, Lovely Bones and Time Travellers Wife
I suppose we all just have different tastes?

I struggled with Cloud Atlas, got about 20 pages in and just could not will myself to continue, must give it another go![/QUOTE]

Trust me, don't bother If it doesn't engage you in the first20 pages then there is little in the next 200 that will and you will end up binning it anyway and wishing (like I did) that you had devoted that precious reading time to something else
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:21
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Another vote for The Stand here, for the apolcalyptic book lovers. The Dome (King's new one) is also worth a read but it's not as good.

I found Atonement to be dull. I haven't seen the film but if it's like the book, I might buy it as an insomnia cure!

Oh, and for all those who have bought books on the strength of recommendations and been disappointed - libraries, people, libraries!
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:26
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Last night,I started reading The girl with the Dragon tatoo,I just cant get into it at all,I'm very disappointed....it's too detailed with things/topics, that don't grab my interest....ah well,hey-ho.
Keep reading, once the scene and the characters have been set and the storyline starts it's brilliant.
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Old 08-02-2010, 14:49
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Keep reading, once the scene and the characters have been set and the storyline starts it's brilliant.
If not a bit violent, the book really wasnt for me!
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Old 08-02-2010, 17:09
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If not a bit violent, the book really wasnt for me!
Fair enough, if everyone liked the same thing the world would be a boring place.
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Old 08-02-2010, 18:46
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Keep reading, once the scene and the characters have been set and the storyline starts it's brilliant.
Umm... it's better than the start, and that's as kind as I can be about it. The central mystery is kind of interesting but the ending is awful and ruins the good feelings I had towards the brief bit in the middle I kind of liked.
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