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Old 12th January 2021, 02:43 PM   #441
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Originally Posted by lionking View Post
I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of Don DiLillo books, but his latest short novel The Silence was quite pointless. Avoid.
I misread the author name after seeing the quote that theprestige was replying to above yours
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Old 12th January 2021, 03:44 PM   #442
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I like many of Stephen King's works, but Insomnia, no joke, put me to sleep so many times I gave up on it.
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Old 12th January 2021, 06:56 PM   #443
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David Eddings was the sort of author I used to read on long train journeys. Bearable for that when I didn't want to engage my brain too much.

His range of plot was impressive

Universe makes two stones.

God finds stone
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Boy kills god
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I think I had been weakened on Eddings for a while but when I read Redemption of Althalus I felt like he was just resting on his laurels. The book seemed so lazy. I never finished it.

As one more modern critic has stated about Edding's Belgariad: "It was like he just picked up a pile of basic fantasy tropes, shuffled them like a deck of cards and wrote a book based on how he dealt them out, and somehow made it work". But once he started repeating himself I was kind of done.
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Old 12th January 2021, 08:29 PM   #444
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Anything Orson Scott Card wrote after "Ender's Game". Either boring and slow or just creepy (and not in a horror genre sort of way more in a what is with this guy and boys kind of way).
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Old 12th January 2021, 10:48 PM   #445
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Harry Potter.
Read book one and wondered what 9 year old wrote it.

Yes I realise they were children’s books, but still.
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Old 12th January 2021, 11:29 PM   #446
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I will go for Steven Donaldson's The One Tree, the second book in the second Thomas Covenant series. I enjoyed the first series a lot, and was delighted with The Wounded Land. In fact two others I worked with had also read these books, and we speculated for what seemed like forever on where the second Chronicles were going.

Publication seemed to be delayed (and now I know why - if this was what was finally published, I hate to think what all the earlier drafts must have looked like). And our work group, who all read it the week it was released, really did not talk about it at all. We just stopped because there was nothing left to talk about.

It really was that bad. I did read the last one, and it got a bit better, but I never even started the Third Chronicles.



As a postscript, I tried starting the Chronicles again a few years back and find them unreadable now. A bit like trying to re-read Burroughs, which I first started reading about 60 years ago. You cant go home again...



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Old 13th January 2021, 02:50 AM   #447
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Wurm by Matthew Costello. A biological horror story (which depends on every single professional being beyond incompetent) & a supernatural horror story smushed together with added contrived subplots such as a daughter who starts the book perched on the edge of a shark tank & seems to spend the book actively seeking out ever more effective ways of requiring rescuing. It's a shame as there is a decent story idea or two in there but I was constantly frustrated by the transparently stupid way everyone acted to serve the plot.

I wrote a full review on the book's Amazon page.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Wurm-Matt...0531116&sr=8-1
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Old 13th January 2021, 04:26 AM   #448
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Originally Posted by malbui View Post
Major necro here I know, but still.

I was... encouraged... to read Peig as Gaeilge when I was very young.

The only positive thing I can say about it is that that literary genre served to inspire Myles na gCopaleen's savage An Béal Bocht, which as a viciously funny parody of popular Irishry has made me laugh through several re-readings over the years.
In my day it was compulsory reading.

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Sorry bout the necro, but, I’ll put in:

Terry Goodkind’s “Wizard’s First Rule” which I’m reminded of cause it had a bit in the middle that was just a ripoff of that. The book had no nuance. It had anti-nuance. It was a terrible ‘edgy cartoon’ of a book.

I can’t see it appealing to anyone unless it’s literally the first time they ever saw any edgelord content and they’re too excited about it to notice how bad the book is. I’m always walking past gobs of goodkind books at the thrift shops, they must have sold like hotcakes, why.

Glad to see a few other ‘worst’ noms for the guy in the thread.



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I'm a fan of Keith Laumer's "Bolo" stories, science fiction involving massive sapient AI tanks. Military action combined with examinations of what it means to be a person and the nature of courage and loyalty when someone is literally programmed to be brave and loyal.

Then I bought "Road to Damascus", a Bolo novel by John Ringo. Later in his career John Ringo, so the Bolo is secondary to a story in which everyone who agrees with his political views is a shining paragon of honor and nobility, while everyone who disagrees with his politics is a greedy, lazy, manipulative, cowardly, ignorant incompetent living off the work of the good people. The characters had to struggle to achieve two dimensions.
It's a fairly common problem. Kratman (who co-authored the Nazi apaologia Watch on the Rhine with Ringo) did a 'Bolo' story that was so bad he was refused permission to use the Laumer copyrighted bits and had to edit them it. It was a puerile polemic against his supposed enemies (gays, women, liberals, the usual suspects) with one character who was a pastiche of a poster at SpaceBattles who utterly humiliated him in a thread showing the errors in one of his books.
Typical Kratman basically.
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Old 13th January 2021, 04:31 AM   #449
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Anything Orson Scott Card wrote after "Ender's Game". Either boring and slow or just creepy (and not in a horror genre sort of way more in a what is with this guy and boys kind of way).
Testify.

Don't forget the not-too-subtle proselytizing.

Although if you want creepy in a really unsavoury way, Piers Anthony is
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You don't like leather lesbians with magic torture dildos? What's wrong with you? I'm equally glad I read the whole thing (Well the main sequence anyway) there's something obsessively magnificent in the way he tortures the plot to illustrate his weirdo politics.
Someone needs a gift subscription to Kink.com.....

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I've only seen the TV series that was based on Goodkind's books, "Legend of the Seeker".

A hero who can permanently enslave anyone she touches, to the point that they'll happily go to their death if she tells them to. A hero who was prepared to kill a helpless prisoner chained to a wall, feeding him to an undead creature he needed information from, and only didn't because someone else killed the prisoner first.
"Heroes"

That's not even getting into the magical brainwashing dominatrixes with their leather catsuits and magical torture weapons that looked suspiciously like sex toys.
It really needs a "special" pastiche...

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Ah, a thread resurrected from the Golden Age of the forum. Good to see new responses. I’ll add mine when I think about it.
Thinking before you post? That is old.
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Anything Orson Scott Card wrote after "Ender's Game". Either boring and slow or just creepy (and not in a horror genre sort of way more in a what is with this guy and boys kind of way).
There
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In my day it was compulsory reading.






It's a fairly common problem. Kratman (who co-authored the Nazi apaologia Watch on the Rhine with Ringo) did a 'Bolo' story that was so bad he was refused permission to use the Laumer copyrighted bits and had to edit them it. It was a puerile polemic against his supposed enemies (gays, women, liberals, the usual suspects) with one character who was a pastiche of a poster at SpaceBattles who utterly humiliated him in a thread showing the errors in one of his books.
Typical Kratman basically.
Kratman is the guy who spent multiple pages on that forum (vs the same poster from SpaceBattles) insisting that you could disable an M1 Tank by pouring bleach on the air intake and gassing out the crew. First claiming that since the gas masks soldiers wear couldn't handle ammonia then the ones in the tanks could not either. Then when someone pointed out how filters have charcoal, etc to filter these out he declared victory because those things 'absorb, not filter'.
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I’m embarrassed to admit I read some of the Gor books when I was a teenager (A looong time ago)
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Originally Posted by Craig4 View Post
Anything Orson Scott Card wrote after "Ender's Game". Either boring and slow or just creepy (and not in a horror genre sort of way more in a what is with this guy and boys kind of way).
I've only read one OSC novel, but I recall liking it: Pastwatch.



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Although if you want creepy in a really unsavoury way, Piers Anthony is
He was my favorite author when I was a young teen, but then later work started to creep me out. I've since been afraid to re-read my old favorites for fear they were creepier than I realized at the time.
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+1 and it reminded me that the sequels to Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama written by Gentry Lee then approved by a senile and/or heavily sedated Clarke really deserve a mention in this thread.
This deserves re-upping after more than a decade. The first sequel was bad. The second sequel was such a wretched abomination that I stopped reading it and briefly considered removing it from my memory with an ice pick.

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He was my favorite author when I was a young teen, but then later work started to creep me out. I've since been afraid to re-read my old favorites for fear they were creepier than I realized at the time.

I was going to mention Anthony, but his books really seem like low-hanging fruit. I wouldn't want to count how many books contain sexualized underage girls, adult men in relationships with underage girls, and people expressing the opinion that age of consent laws are arbitrary and unfair to people who love each other.
Then there's the whole "Adult Conspiracy" in Xanth, which when you remove the fantasy metaphors, becomes "children want to have sex, but adults won't tell them how it works".
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Kratman is the guy who spent multiple pages on that forum (vs the same poster from SpaceBattles) insisting that you could disable an M1 Tank by pouring bleach on the air intake and gassing out the crew. First claiming that since the gas masks soldiers wear couldn't handle ammonia then the ones in the tanks could not either. Then when someone pointed out how filters have charcoal, etc to filter these out he declared victory because those things 'absorb, not filter'.
That was it, he whored himself to Jim Been and the rightist nutters for the book and an ex-USMC tanker tore him apart.

Not as bad as his 911 with drigibles though.
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That was it, he whored himself to Jim Been and the rightist nutters for the book and an ex-USMC tanker tore him apart.

Not as bad as his 911 with drigibles though.
Wut?
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It's a fairly common problem. Kratman (who co-authored the Nazi apaologia Watch on the Rhine with Ringo) ...

I've read all of the Legacy of the Aldenata/Posleen War novels (which got steadily worse over time). It was only a couple days ago that I realized the possible significance of the Darhel, the evil Space Bankers who are secretly plotting to enslave any humans who survive the Posleen invasion, having fox-like faces, including prominent muzzles. Evil bankers with protruding noses who are planning to enslave Humanity.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it.
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I've read all of the Legacy of the Aldenata/Posleen War novels (which got steadily worse over time). It was only a couple days ago that I realized the possible significance of the Darhel, the evil Space Bankers who are secretly plotting to enslave any humans who survive the Posleen invasion, having fox-like faces, including prominent muzzles. Evil bankers with protruding noses who are planning to enslave Humanity.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it.
I've only read one Kratman novel (A Desert Called Peace) but I'm confident in saying you are not reading too much into it. He's a racist, misogynist nut case.
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Wut?
You dial the police and they send an airship.
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Stephen King's From a Buick 8.
The beginning and ending were good. The middle was long, repetitious, and boring (and silly and moronic and ....).

The Da Vinci Code is probably the most hyped, but worst book I read and finished.

I made the mistake of reading one of the books by some nobody that James Patterson slapped his name on. It was gawd-awful.
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Eye of the Storm by James Forrest.

There used to be a sample chapter on Amazon so you could see for yourselves. It seems to be gone now, but if you read the fifth review down you'll get a notion of just how bad this novel is. The good reviews are from the author's on line buddies I think.


ETA: Randy Wayne White wrote a jacket blurb; I don't see how he could've if he read this book.
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I keep trying to think of the worst Stephen King book I ever read. I've actually been pretty pleased with his body of work overall. Some of his later books faltered a bit in places, but none of them stand out in my mind as "... but this was the worst of them all."

Some of the later Dark Tower stuff was kinda weak. From a Buick 8 was okay, but somehow derivative.

I thought Bag of Bones was fine. I thought it was interesting that he explained his process of saving his weaker manuscripts, in case he ever needed to publish second-rate crap while on a deadline with writer's block. "Oh," I thought. "So that's what's going on here."

Then I read Dreamcatcher and thought, "now this is a bag of bones!" But I liked it. It's the kind of book you'd get if Stephen King's estate gave an unfinished manuscript to someone who had a knack for aping King's voice, and knew how to put in all of King's favorite tropes and themes. Not great, but not terrible, either. Gets weaker at the end. For some reason the movie adaptation really digs deep into that weak ending, and makes it even weaker, instead of doing a proper rewrite into something stronger.

Full disclosure: I stopped reading King almost entirely after Bag of Bones, with a couple exceptions here and there. I finished the Dark Tower, and thought the ending went a long way towards redeeming the weakness of the later books in that series. And then after the Dark Tower, I stopped reading King altogether. So I have no idea how good or bad any of his more recent stuff is. For me, it'll always be The Stand, the Derry-verse, and Dark Tower 1-3.

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Wut?
Kratman wrote a chunk of awful fanfic after the 911 attacks where a Marry sue dealt with the "Muslim problem" by taking over Panama (where K lived) and turning it into a mercenary power.
Then he sold this crap to Jim Been and it became a series of execrable sci-fi novels called A Desert Called Peace, featuring every right-wing stereotype imaginable. The alt-911 attack involved Muslims crashing drigibles into office towers......
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I've only read one Kratman novel (A Desert Called Peace) but I'm confident in saying you are not reading too much into it. He's a racist, misogynist nut case.
He's also a simply terrible writer; he fails to manage to tell a story properly and well. He makes utterly amateurish mistakes.
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The beginning and ending were good. The middle was long, repetitious, and boring (and silly and moronic and ....).
I'm a massive Stephen King fan, but I just don't think he can write sci-fi, Tommy Knockers is meh, Under the Dome has one of the worst deus ex-machina endings ever. No-one can do everything...
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Old 13th January 2021, 05:44 PM   #469
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
I keep trying to think of the worst Stephen King book I ever read. I've actually been pretty pleased with his body of work overall. Some of his later books faltered a bit in places, but none of them stand out in my mind as "... but this was the worst of them all."

Some of the later Dark Tower stuff was kinda weak. From a Buick 8 was okay, but somehow derivative.

I thought Bag of Bones was fine. I thought it was interesting that he explained his process of saving his weaker manuscripts, in case he ever needed to publish second-rate crap while on a deadline with writer's block. "Oh," I thought. "So that's what's going on here."

Then I read Dreamcatcher and thought, "now this is a bag of bones!" But I liked it. It's the kind of book you'd get if Stephen King's estate gave an unfinished manuscript to someone who had a knack for aping King's voice, and knew how to put in all of King's favorite tropes and themes. Not great, but not terrible, either. Gets weaker at the end. For some reason the movie adaptation really digs deep into that weak ending, and makes it even weaker, instead of doing a proper rewrite into something stronger.

Full disclosure: I stopped reading King almost entirely after Bag of Bones, with a couple exceptions here and there. I finished the Dark Tower, and thought the ending went a long way towards redeeming the weakness of the later books in that series. And then after the Dark Tower, I stopped reading King altogether. So I have no idea how good or bad any of his more recent stuff is. For me, it'll always be The Stand, the Derry-verse, and Dark Tower 1-3.
I don't know how you feel about his short story collections, but at least with those, the (relative, in some cases) shortness of the stories means that even the bad ones don't take long to get past. Two of my favorite stories have been "The Things They Left Behind," from Just After Sunset, which I found pretty powerful, and "Premium Harmony," from The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which I admit made me laugh out loud at the ending and kind of ashamed I did. (Of his novels, I have to say Hearts In Atlantis was my favorite)

Oh, this is bad books, isn't it? Anything by Clive Cussler. I remember reading Raise The Titanic when I was young, and being entertained by it, though I can't recall any specifics about it. A few years ago, based on that vague memory, I gave Valhalla Rising a try, and, from that, have absolutely no desire to re-read Titanic to see why I found it entertaining. Gah, Valhalla was bad, bad, bad- a sample of the dialogue (from memory, may not be word-for-word, but close enough):

(Our hero, Dirk Pitt, is being introduced to some woman, a reporter or something)-
Quote:
"My name is Dirk Pitt." "Oh, such a strong name- I like it," she replied, eyeing him speculatively.
As I said, that's not word for word, but it's close enough to get the flavor. Honestly, every bit of dialogue in the book is like that, stilted readings from characters who know they're in a book. And at one point, the plot has Pitt and a sidekick or somebody stranded out in the middle of the ocean with absolutely no way and no hope of getting to some place they must be right away in order to save the day- no hope, that is, until a stranger with a fancy boat appears and takes them aboard to drop them off where they can get a plane. Who was that stranger?
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"My name," said he, with a twinkle in his eye, "is...Clive Cussler!"
Apparently, Cussler decided that his success from crap like Titanic excused him for any lapses into blatant "deus ex machina" nonsense.
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Old 13th January 2021, 07:31 PM   #470
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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
I'm a massive Stephen King fan, but I just don't think he can write sci-fi, Tommy Knockers is meh, Under the Dome has one of the worst deus ex-machina endings ever. No-one can do everything...
I've only read a couple of Stephen King books. I wasn't impressed by the plots or the atmosphere but by the characterizations--he excels in constructing quite poignant life stories for minor characters, in a just a few paragraphs to show who they were right before they get brutally slaughtered by whatever-it-is. He did it several times in It with very minor characters; and it's having a window into the interior lives of these people that makes it matter when they get killed by the monster. King's victims aren't just some nameless rabble who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, they are complete human beings with their own unique lives and stories. I found that impressive, it's not something frequently found in the horror genre.
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Old 15th January 2021, 06:06 AM   #471
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In my day it was compulsory reading.
I didn't go through the Irish school system at all but I was raised in a family of... let's call them language enthusiasts.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I've only read a couple of Stephen King books. I wasn't impressed by the plots or the atmosphere but by the characterizations--he excels in constructing quite poignant life stories for minor characters, in a just a few paragraphs to show who they were right before they get brutally slaughtered by whatever-it-is. He did it several times in It with very minor characters; and it's having a window into the interior lives of these people that makes it matter when they get killed by the monster. King's victims aren't just some nameless rabble who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, they are complete human beings with their own unique lives and stories. I found that impressive, it's not something frequently found in the horror genre.
He is a good story teller telling less than great stories.
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Note on an earlier post -- Yesterday I Googled the author's name on my laptop just to see someone's review of his stuff. I have not looked at any of his books or info before.

Last night I'm browsing Facebook on my phone, and an ad for that author's book came up. I have all the standard ad-blocking-do-not-track stuff on my laptop, and I don't use the FB app on either (I access it through Firefox), and I don't stay signed in on Google. It's not unexpected, but it's still somewhat disturbing. FB and Google have their feelers into everything.
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Originally Posted by turingtest View Post
I don't know how you feel about his short story collections, but at least with those, the (relative, in some cases) shortness of the stories means that even the bad ones don't take long to get past. Two of my favorite stories have been "The Things They Left Behind," from Just After Sunset, which I found pretty powerful, and "Premium Harmony," from The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which I admit made me laugh out loud at the ending and kind of ashamed I did. (Of his novels, I have to say Hearts In Atlantis was my favorite)

Oh, this is bad books, isn't it? Anything by Clive Cussler. I remember reading Raise The Titanic when I was young, and being entertained by it, though I can't recall any specifics about it. A few years ago, based on that vague memory, I gave Valhalla Rising a try, and, from that, have absolutely no desire to re-read Titanic to see why I found it entertaining. Gah, Valhalla was bad, bad, bad- a sample of the dialogue (from memory, may not be word-for-word, but close enough):

(Our hero, Dirk Pitt, is being introduced to some woman, a reporter or something)-

As I said, that's not word for word, but it's close enough to get the flavor. Honestly, every bit of dialogue in the book is like that, stilted readings from characters who know they're in a book. And at one point, the plot has Pitt and a sidekick or somebody stranded out in the middle of the ocean with absolutely no way and no hope of getting to some place they must be right away in order to save the day- no hope, that is, until a stranger with a fancy boat appears and takes them aboard to drop them off where they can get a plane. Who was that stranger?

Apparently, Cussler decided that his success from crap like Titanic excused him for any lapses into blatant "deus ex machina" nonsense.
That's just small stuff for Clive Cussler. (He writes himself into lots of the books btw)
My two favourites are when Dirk Pitt sails from Cuba to the US in a bathtub and when the Secretary General of the UN thanks him for saving her life by having sex with him, and despite the fact that Dirk is in a hospital bed with three (I think) bullet holes in him it's the best ride she has ever had.

They just don't write books like that any more. Or at least I hope they don't, I rather suspect some Cussler spawn is still churning them out.
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I didn't go through the Irish school system at all but I was raised in a family of... let's call them language enthusiasts.
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The Silmarillion. Like the Bible, but with more boring characters. I loved everything else by Tolkien, but struggled through a handful of pages only.
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If my grandparents hadn’t been dead for decades I’d be suing them for abuse and childhood trauma.

Maybe I still could, in a kind of nod to Cré na Cille
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I don't have a habit of reading bad books. I only read that hideous "And Another Thing" (which started this thread) because it claimed (falsely, I believe) to be a continuation of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

To this very day, I still keep the words "By the way, my first name is NOT Bowerick!!!!" in my sig, on this forum.


A few years ago, before the movie came out, I actually read Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. It was, I think, a very bland and average book. NOT necessarily a terrible, awful book. But, certainly not a good one, either.
However, it might be the second-worst book I ever finished reading, despite its mediocrity placement in the quality scale. There are certainly plenty of books I started reading that were worse that RP1, but never finished them (other than... you know... that book... the one that started this thread).

I don't think I will be reading Ready Player Two. I hear it's a bit of a mess, even by Kline standards.

And, for the record, I do love VR technology. Just not stories that read more like plain, old lists of 80s references over and over and over again, with little else between them. That's all.
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The Silmarillion. Like the Bible, but with more boring characters. I loved everything else by Tolkien, but struggled through a handful of pages only.
Remember in terms of his now mainstream non-academic works he only published three major pieces The Hobbit, TLOTR, and Farmer Giles and there was a reason for that.....

All the rest is stuff his son found shoved down the back of the sofa, lining the litter box and on a nail in the privy - and Christopher never saw a scribble he wouldn’t monetize. I was always surprised we didn’t get the “Notes to a Milkman 1934 - 1956. Volume 1” or the “Shopping Lists 1955-1964 Volume 8”.
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Ditto here on The Silmarillion. It's like a history textbook for a place you don't care about.

Revisiting Stephen King, I have to admit that many of his books I loved as a teenager aren't as exciting or sophisticated when I reread them as an adult. And I thought he sold out far too casually to the screen adaptation.

(Full disclosure, though: I'm in one of those adaptations. In the old TV miniseries version of The Stand -- not the new one that just released -- you can see me as one of the corpses they clean out of the church. King was on set then and complimented me and the others as the best corpses he'd ever seen. )
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