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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:48 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I've never read any Hardy. I guess it's not worth making the effort...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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after coming from Iain M Banks, I was sorely disappointed..

Banks has written some excellent books but I have to say that 'A Song of Stone' was the most turgid read I have had the misfortune to experience.
Ever.
I always finish a book but this one had me seriously considering sandpapering my eyes, just to stop my brain from eating itself out of sheer boredom.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Decades ago now but I found the original Dracula book (Bram Stoker) boring, unlike Frankenstein which was excellent.


I entirely agree with all of this. I read Frankenstein first and was pleasantly surprised by what a good read it was. I then tried Dracula and found it rather dull and very poorly paced.

It is interesting that none of the screen adaptations of Frankenstein, including the ones that bill themselves as "this one is really true to the book" are really true to the book.

It would make a great 13 part BBC serial - but apart from a brief distant glimpse at the beginning (in the snow), the monster wouldn't show up until about episode 6, so I think the reviewers would get a bit antsy.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sebastian Toe wrote:
Lexilogio wrote:

after coming from Iain M Banks, I was sorely disappointed..

Banks has written some excellent books but I have to say that 'A Song of Stone' was the most turgid read I have had the misfortune to experience.
Ever.
I always finish a book but this one had me seriously considering sandpapering my eyes, just to stop my brain from eating itself out of sheer boredom.


I haven't read that one    I'm a bit behind.

Mr Lexi couldn't get his head round "Feersum Injun", because it was written in vernacular.

My favourites are in the more straight books of his - Bridge and Whit, but I do enjoy the culture books.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lexilogio wrote:


I haven't read that one †

Don't, if you value your time and sanity!

My favorites are Complicity and The Crow Road.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have to nominate David Eddings assorted works as the ones that I despise, now, despite having spent most of my time between the ages of about 12 and 16 reading and re-reading them.

When I go back to them now I see how obvious and one-dimensional the story is (even the third or fourth time he regurgitates it with different names on the same characters) and feel disappointed that I was so uncritical as to regard them so well at the time.

Most of the books that I like go onto the bookshelf and will get read again, but somehow those ones have been boxed up and put into the loft in the hope they might entertain my son at some point - I'm loathe to give them up, but I'm equally loathe to actually open them up again.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outrider wrote:
I'd have to nominate David Eddings assorted works as the ones that I despise, now, despite having spent most of my time between the ages of about 12 and 16 reading and re-reading them.

When I go back to them now I see how obvious and one-dimensional the story is (even the third or fourth time he regurgitates it with different names on the same characters) and feel disappointed that I was so uncritical as to regard them so well at the time.

Most of the books that I like go onto the bookshelf and will get read again, but somehow those ones have been boxed up and put into the loft in the hope they might entertain my son at some point - I'm loathe to give them up, but I'm equally loathe to actually open them up again.

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I've read one David Eddings - and didn't feel the need to go any further.

It's a bit like David Gemmel. Read one and you could write the rest.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've read one David Eddings - and didn't feel the need to go any further.

It's a bit like David Gemmel. Read one and you could write the rest.


David Gemmel is far superior to David Eddings, but I still agree with you. Gemmel is good pulp when you just want a bit of solid sword and sorcery.

David Eddings is unspeakably bad. Donít get me started on him Ö oh if you insist. He writes appalling female characters; they are all either spoilt children you want to slap, or impossibly superior domineering mother-figures. How is it that each culture is populated entirely by one stereotype? A nation of warrior barbarians, a nation of farmers and craftsmen, merchants and spies, a nation of political intrigue and poisoners or of priests Ö for god's sake each culture contains all of these things; it would collapse if it was populated by one demographic only! The countries are equally stereotypical (Romans, Egyptian,Vikings and so on), all mashed together with no regard for how they fit. I get the impression that he drew a map first (and the maps are unrealistic too, with no regard to how and why towns and borders develop the way they do) and then simply shifted his protagonists systematically through each country on the map.

On the plus side, I used to read them because they would make me so angry and disgusted that it would inspire me to try writing.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Lexilogio:57716"]
Sebastian Toe wrote:

Mr Lexi couldn't get his head round "Feersum Injun", because it was written in vernacular.


I entirely sympathise.  I think I got about four pages in before I decided that I didn't want to read it enough to put up with the stupid language.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really interesting reading back through this thread - especially when "We need to talk about Kevin" in the OP, has been made into a critically acclaimed film.

I think the worst book I read in the last year or so was Peter Leonard's "Trust Me", which can be summed up as - lots of swearing, lots of action, absolutely no description of place, character etc... Just a lot of 1 dimensional people running around.


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