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Old 28-06-2011, 12:32
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For me it has to be Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, the world’s worst author and then some.
This book was sold to me as some new form of literature and one of the most important philosophical tracts in the history of Western Civilisation.
Unfortunately it’s poorly written, hellishly over long and has a story stretched out further than Steven King would dare to and is just plain silly and nasty.
This review nails perfectly why its best avoided. Please, please, please don’t read this. Or anything else she wrote.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articl...-you/flashback
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Old 28-06-2011, 14:36
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Oh, I really fancied that after watching that All watched over my machine of morning glory thing.


My one would be Melmoth The Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin. Story within a story, within a story until you loose the will to live.
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Old 28-06-2011, 16:22
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Oh, I really fancied that after watching that All watched over my machine of morning glory thing.


My one would be Melmoth The Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin. Story within a story, within a story until you loose the will to live.
Well the book is read by poor people, who think that once the ‘dead hand of the state’ disappears, they will be millionaires.
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Old 28-06-2011, 17:06
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Think I'll give it a go anyway. At least I won't have overly-high expectations.
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Old 28-06-2011, 17:17
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I don't like to label things as worst but I wish I'd looked at the reviews on Amazon before reading "The Birthing House" by Christopher Ramsome.
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Old 28-06-2011, 19:18
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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.
HATED HATED HATED IT!!!
It's one of only a handful of books I haven't completed.
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Old 28-06-2011, 20:53
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I've read a hell of a lot of awful books but most of those were pulp type ones so I think they can be forgiven for being terrible. The worst high profile book that people rave about for me has to be Twilight. Mind you I'm a 39 year old man. But it is terrible, worse even that the turgid HP and the Deathly Hallows.

Oh, the Bourne Identity is rubbish too and thankfully the movie doesn't follow it closely at all.
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Old 28-06-2011, 21:19
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I read a Mills and Boon book once, no idea what is was called or who the author was, it was full of breathless women and handsome hunks...Blimey I know they sell millions but not for me...It was dire!
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Old 28-06-2011, 21:27
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One of the Twlight books by Stephenie Meyer*.

So badly written I didn't make it past more than a few pages. Juvenile isn't the word!

*Recommended by a friend.
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Old 28-06-2011, 21:52
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Catch22 is I think the only book i've ever given up on. truly awful.
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Old 28-06-2011, 22:03
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Battlefield Earth by L Ron Hubbard.

The biggest pile of nonsensicle tripe I've ever had the misfortune to read. I stuck with it to the end (I don't know why, honest) and then threw it straight into the wheelie bin.

I normally give books I don't want to keep to charity shops, but there was no way I was going to inflict that pile of steaming crap upon anyone else!
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Old 28-06-2011, 22:21
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Catch22 is I think the only book i've ever given up on. truly awful.
I did the same once years ago.

But 10-15 years later I tried again, almost forced myself to read it. It does get better, and I now think it's a pretty good book.

Plus, I can say I read it!
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Old 28-06-2011, 22:37
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I did the same once years ago.

But 10-15 years later I tried again, almost forced myself to read it. It does get better, and I now think it's a pretty good book.

Plus, I can say I read it!
I tried once, got about a third of the way in..gave up

tried again about 2 years later, got two thirds of the way in..gave up..

Im not even gonna try a third time!
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Old 28-06-2011, 22:46
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A History of Ukrainian Tractors or whatever it was called.

THE worst book I have EVER read. Recommended by a work colleague as hilarious.

I despised it-every character was loathsome and I wished them all dead by the end, plus the author for wasting several hours of my life.
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Old 28-06-2011, 23:12
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Catcher in the Rye

Awful book.
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Old 28-06-2011, 23:18
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A rather putrid smelling book about Aleister Crowley. I felt so ill reading the first page, I tossed it in the bin.
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Old 28-06-2011, 23:20
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I hated The Time Traveller's Wife
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Old 28-06-2011, 23:39
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V by Thomas Pynchon. Much to my surprise it wasnt about a bunch of reptilian aliens invading the earth but about some even weirder stuff. I must confess that I never did finish it. I had read his book Vineland and quite enjoyed it but having not finished V I sort of persuaded myself I had probably misjudged his other book.

If I read Atlas Shrugged, however, I am sure I would hate it more than any other book. Ayn Rand's ideas were thoroughly repellent.
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Old 29-06-2011, 00:09
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Catch22 is I think the only book i've ever given up on. truly awful.
I agree, truly awful book but unfortunately I finished it. Wish I did give up on it!
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Old 29-06-2011, 00:10
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I hated The Time Traveller's Wife
That came very highly recommended to me and I didn't really like it either! I found I couldn't get into the writing of it or something!

I found Anne Enwrights Book - The Gathering very poor and very depressing, really dont get the fuss around it
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Old 29-06-2011, 00:43
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Catcher in the Rye

Awful book.
I was about to post the same one. Awful, self indulgent, adolescent navel-gazing of the worst order. You can tell you're not meant to hate the hero. But he's an egotistical bore.

For bad writing, I enjoy cruising the self-publishing sites and sites like 'Authonomy'. As they're not professional writers, it seems churlish to name and shame. There are some stupendously bad novels, or extracts of novels, online.

ETA: I HATED 'The Road'. It's probably the grimmest book ever, and I've read and enjoyed some pretty 'dark' novels. I was begging him to kill his kid by about page 5. Also a bit purple prose for my taste.
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Old 29-06-2011, 00:46
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Catch22 is I think the only book i've ever given up on. truly awful.
Oh yes. I once tried to read that and gave up too.
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Old 29-06-2011, 07:37
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I hated The Time Traveller's Wife
This is one that I've not even bothered finishing -- I think I managed maybe 100 pages.

And despite all those who say it's a classic, Du Maurier's Rebecca is the book that I always feel worst about wasting my time ploughing through it.

Life is far too short for rubbish like that.
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Old 29-06-2011, 11:30
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A History of Ukrainian Tractors or whatever it was called.

THE worst book I have EVER read. Recommended by a work colleague as hilarious.

I despised it-every character was loathsome and I wished them all dead by the end, plus the author for wasting several hours of my life.
Yes, That was crap and shodily written.

I'd add Salmon Fishing In The Yemen to the list also. it's not even a propper book, more like a series of articles.
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Old 29-06-2011, 14:10
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I didn't like The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy or The Sea by John Banville.

I also didn't like On Chesil Beach or Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.
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