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Ever had a book you couldn't finish?
Topic Started: Nov 29 2016, 10:39 AM (647 Views)
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As the title suggest, have you ever started reading something, and then just said, "No"?

Whether is be because its bad, or the writing style is difficult to adapt to, etc.

For me it was the book I was given for my high school exams, A Kestrel For A Knave which I would highly recommend you never...EVER....read. I honestly got about 2 chapters in, and my brain hurt it was so bad. (I ended up watching an almost equally bad movie about it and passed my exam).

Any books you couldn't finish?
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This has happened to me on a couple occasions for a mixture of reasons e.g. writing style, not being in a 'reading mood' (which was the case for a few years), but most of the time I'll give it a second attempt at a later date. I couldn't get into Joe Abercrombie's writing style the first time around, with The Blade Itself, but on the second try I loved it and he's now one of my favourite authors.

One book I probably won't go back to is Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, which is the most recent time this has happened. I read around half the book, but the writing style felt very bland. It was basically just 'this happened, then this happened, then this person said this', which was fine for the first few chapters, but the further into the book I got, the less interested I was, until I just decided to stop and move onto something else.
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I definitely will have more times than I can remember, but I'm generally very tenacious when I get started on something and try to see it through to the end, no matter what.

The most notable incomplete read for me is probably that I gave up halfway through Margaret Atwood's 'Cat's Eye', because I was being told to read it in English class and I was young and stupid and couldn't appreciate a book that wasn't about orcs and swords. I've since read a handful of Atwood's novels but always find the idea of going back to read a book I whined endlessly about embarrassing.


Edit: OHHHH I remember one I gave up on because it SUCKED. 'The King of Thorns' by Mark Lawrence. Edgy grimdark fantasy w*** at its absolute worst. God that was AWFUL.
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Nov 29 2016, 12:45 PM
Edit: OHHHH I remember one I gave up on because it SUCKED. 'The King of Thorns' by Mark Lawrence. Edgy grimdark fantasy w*** at its absolute worst. God that was AWFUL.
Oh wow did you make it as far as the sequel? I gave up about a quarter way through the first one 'Prince of Thorns' before giving up. It's a shame in a sense because I've since read some cool stuff about the world from those books but the characters are just so awful and the grimdark aspects so over the top I gave up. The author is on reddit a decent amount and seems like a decent guy but yeah, not a good book.

I've given up on a few over the years, the one I just mentioned being one of them. A lot of them were low tier fantasy books tbh, I find it's a genre where unfortunately novels that I think are just plain bad can rise to the top in both popularity and critical acclaim. Off the top of my head this applies to Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, The Malazan Series by Steven Eriksen and The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. All beloved in the genre, all pretty much bored me to sleep.
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Edit: OHHHH I remember one I gave up on because it SUCKED. 'The King of Thorns' by Mark Lawrence. Edgy grimdark fantasy w*** at its absolute worst. God that was AWFUL.

Bahaha, that's funny. I remember trying to read that book a couple of years ago. Got about three chapters in before I gave up due to the very same reason. The protagonist was so unlikable from what I remember.

This topic is hard for me to answer because I've given up on so many books for a variety of reasons--they either sucked, I wasn't in the mood, or I didn't feel "ready."
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I need to add the first Harry Potter onto my list. Tried reading it MANY years ago, and just could not get into it at all. I was 12 or 13, (I think), at the time and just couldn't get past how it came across, which was "This is a kids book".
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The first two books are very much kids books, but from the 3rd onwards it begins to darken in tone and by the later books I'd say they can be considered just books, rather than kid or teen books. But yeah, I think the only reason I can reread the first two books is because of nostalgia, not because of the books themselves, so I can understand feeling that way.
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Inheritance, it was the only book in the series I couldn't finish. That was around the time that my drive for reading really died down. After and before that there were several other books I never finished.
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Tbf Inheritance was also really bad. I think I realised Paolini was a hack about 40 pages in to Brisingr
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Lord of the Ring, I have been reading it for three years from now and still reading it. The book is very long. However, it has kept me reading for a long time because the story is very interesting. I would highly recommend it to anyone reading a novel. Another one would be Harry Potter, that book is long too. Again the story is interesting which has kept me reading for a long time too.
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Yeah, I remember attempting LOTR when I was younger, about 12-13, and I didn't finish it. I stopped somewhere in the Two Towers (I've got a one volume edition, which made it even more formidable). Even then, I skipped all the songs. But I went back and finished t this summer and it was really enjoyable.
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I tried reading LOTR as a kid as well and just couldn't finish it because it was too much for me.

I might give it another shot now though.
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Tbf Inheritance was also really bad. I think I realised Paolini was a hack about 40 pages in to Brisingr
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f***ing hated that s***ty a*** piece of f***.
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f***ing hated that s***ty a*** piece of f***.
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To Kill a Mockingbird is GREAT! I'll grant it's a bit slow to start, but once it gets into the main "story" its very very good.
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