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    a book you started but never finished?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by katina, Aug 14, 2019.

    I am trying to remember the book I have started but never finished not because I did not like
    it but because I left it behind in an aeroplane isle.

    so what book did you start but never finish and most importantly why?
     
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    It by Stephen King. Too long; got bored. His short stories are great, but the long ones require a commitment I'm unable to conjure up.
     
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    It wasn't "Return of the King" but it was the appendices and sections they attached to the end of it. I am fine with the "info-dumping" that's in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings because it's masked as historical, mythological or as legend. It helps bring the world to life for me. But just straight-up, raw info-dumping? I gave up after a few pages. Too dry.
     
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    Neuromancer - I'm a big Sci-Fi fan and I really, really wanted to enjoy this book, but I just couldn't get into it. It's back on the shelf, I'll try again another day.
     
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    Lord of the Rings. I made it a chapter and a half before putting it down for good. Just not my style. I'll stick with the movies.

    Bram Stoker's Dracula - I had made a post a couple months ago about wanting to read the original novel to find out more about the original Dracula in order to understand the character better. But when I finally got a hold of the book, it was just too boring and gave up before I was halfway done. The Wikipedia page was more interesting, but I didn't finish that either. I am not understanding the appeal of Dracula as a character at all now and am struggling to understand why he became so famous. The appeal of vampires in general I understand, just not Dracula.
     
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    Outlander. Or rather Cross-Stitch. 3/4 of the way through the book, it went in the bin. Good premise—the time-travel idea—but dimwitted story, unlikeable main characters, banal writing style, general unpleasantness and misrepresentation of Scotland. It was the American author's thinly-disguised sexual fantasy (which she's more or less admitted to) and I didn't share it. Apparently others did. Fair enough. I believe the filmed adaptation has made a better job of the saga, but I haven't been motivated to watch it. This might be a case where the film is better than the book. That wouldn't be difficult.
     
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    It's an appendix, what did you think it was going to be?

    Song of Susannah, Stephen King. I really liked the Dark Tower series up until that big gap in him writing them and it didn't really feel like the same series after that to me. Wolves of Calla was okay though I didn't really like it. I was trying to give it a chance, but when I got to Song of Susannah, some switch went off in my brain where I realized I hated it and just couldn't stand reading it anymore. I keep planning on finishing off the series, but for whatever reason I just can't suck it up enough to finish this damn book.
     
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    You're right. One usually gets that surgically removed for a reason.
     
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    Well, aren't you just bursting with wit.
     
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    Dune.

    Maybe it was because I was young and foolish at the time, but the narrative really bored me and it felt like I had jumped in at the had been tossed into the deep end with all the alien terms being thrown around without much context.
     
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    The Stone Monkey, Jeffery Deaver. Trying to branch out of my usual reading tastes, but it's just so meh...
     
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Why? Because it's chapter-less and I can't not stop reading at the end of a chapter.
    And this.
     
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    Lots of them. Life's short, I'm dyslexic, and there are too many books out there to waste time on ones that aren't interesting. I try to hang in there for 100 pages before I chuck it, though.

    There have probably been several since then, but one that comes to mind is Bittersweet by Colleen McCollough (whose last name drives my dyslexia crazy, so I've probably spelled it incorrectly). That book was so disappointing, because it had none of the style I'd loved about her writing from her other books. It was like reading a book by someone else entirely. That one, I actually wish I could have my money back.
     
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    It's definitely a different sort of animal to get into. Reads pretty fast when you get going into it. Just very eclectic, as all Gibson is. If you want an easier to get into book from his list, I would suggest Cout Zero.
     
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    All of them. And I put them away because I began college and I needed to focus on that. I'm just now getting back to it after graduating. And unfortunately one of my files is corrupted so I may have lost my most developed story. :(
     
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    :fight:NO! I love Outlander. It's so much more than a romance. But hey, to each their own. I'll keep Jaimie as my secret fantasy lover. lol:supertongue:
     
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    Was it the book you read? I haven't seen the TV series.
     
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    Yes I've read the whole series, listened to the whole series on audiobook, and watched the tv series.
     
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    Well, I certainly won't deny its popularity. However, I couldn't stand the book. I haven't attempted to watch the series. Mind you, there are lots of people out there who hated Lord Of The Rings, which was voted the most popular novel EVER, worldwide, a few years back, if memory serves me right. Just goes to show how subjective reading can be. :)
     
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    lol I'm not mad that you hate it. To each their own. Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author though.
     
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    There are tons of books I've never finished. :oops:
    I tend to have a huge backlog of books and other kinds of content, and if I'm not enjoying something (or at least feel like I'm learning from it), then I'll quit and move onto the next thing.

    One book in particular that I had a real difficult time deciding to put down was Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I got to the half-way point, and I had been enjoying it, but the book's technical descriptions of orbits and physics wore on my nerves. Maybe it's because I wanted to get to the actual events, maybe it's because I'm roughly familiar with space stuff having read and watched a lot of sci-fi (and having played Kerbal Space Program ;)), but I found my patience had worn thin with the never ending physics-lecture detours.
     
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    Another I’ve just thought of is The Handmaid’s Tale, but I’ve no idea why I stopped reading as I was loving it. Atwood’s prose is beautifully poetic. I suspect I stopped because I hit one of my creative slumps.
     
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    Remembered another: Anansi boys by Neil Gaiman. After reading Stardust and finding it...just....bleh, I started reading that book and his writing, for me, lost all of its magic. Perhaps I'll go back to it sometime. The poisonous Stardust left my mind awhile back.
     
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    The exact same thing happened to me.
     
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    I started reading The Quiet American a few months ago and stopped after a few pages. It irritated me, so I just put it down.
     
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