- What books have turned your stomach?
Surface Detail was probably worse (and it’s such a different book I’ve only just realised it’s the same author!).
Never read The Wasp Factory, but I have read Surface Detail, and all his other SF books, and I’m struggling to think of anything in that book that might cause that sort of reaction.Posted 3 months ago
I can imagine JG Ballard’s book ‘Crash’ being a challenging read for some folks, and, while I’ve never got around to reading his book ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’, just the title and knowing what ‘Crash’ is about might prove off-putting to some readers.
I don’t think I’ve ever read anything bad enough to turn my stomach, though.NorthwindSubscriber
Intrusion by Ken Macleod, has a moment that unsettled me so much that I just put it down and stopped reading it for a couple of weeks. I think partly because usually his novels are a big warm hug, for me, and partly because it’s an absolute masterclass in taking you by surprise, then makes it worse by not actually describing what happens. I reckon he spent years watching his mate Iain Banks being grotesque and went “Nah, watch this”
Irony- Wasp Factory never bothered me at all, even what happened to eric.Posted 3 months ago
American Psycho. Got about 3/4 through and just asked myself “why am I reading this?”
It’s the only book I’ve ever read I was repulsed by to the point of not finishing
Loved American Psycho – as far as I remember, very much a reflection of it’s time. I tried to read another of his – “Glamorama” and ended up throwing it across the room it was so bad.Posted 3 months agofinbarMember
Bits of Wetlands by Charlotte Roche are quite icky.
I enjoyed American Psycho a lot. The part where Patrick beats the tramp to death stuck with me the most I think (really powerful in the musical version with Matt Smith from Dr Who too). And for some reason the part where he eats dry oatmeal.Posted 3 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
The Bond by Simon McCartney his ordeal climbing in Alaska.
Yeah, that was quite hard reading. Also another climbing book called Jagged Red Line by Nick Williams. I’m not sure either ‘turned my stomach’ exactly, but there’s a sort of almost unbearable, visceral sadness that’s quite common in mountaineering literature.
I’ve never really understood the attraction of reading true-life atrocity stuff or the fictional equivalents.Posted 3 months agosarawakMember
The bit in Aquarium by Victor Suvorov, (the autobiography of a Russian spy) where he describes Oleg Pekovsky being slowly fed feet first into a crematorium furnace. I used to see Suvorov about where I worked and it always made me feel a bit queasy…………….
Can’t remember the book but I read about Chang Kai Shek feeding his “victims” into the furnaces of steam engines. Once they heard a loud crack they knew the heads had exploded. Gruesome.
Penkovsky’s fate was apparently filmed and the film was shown to KGB recruits as a warning…Posted 3 months agoStuFSubscriber
Urban Grimshaw was pretty tough reading when you realise it’s a true story, not so much from a gore pov but the lack of hope for these kids.
And the description of one scene in one of the Hannibal Lector books where a guy got thrown out of a building window was pretty grim.Posted 3 months agojohndohMember
Re-reading Birdsong at the moment and some parts of that turn my stomach (mainly because they are based broadly around things that actually happened*).
*And I don’t mean the saucy bits with Isabelle in France before the war, I mean the descriptions of men slowly dying after gas attacks etc in the trenches.Posted 3 months agofunkmasterpSubscriber
This is a great ‘books to avoid’ thread. Probably get flamed by some but J G Ballard books I’ve attempted have all been very boring. I like the ideas, but the execution is lacking. J G Dullard. I agree with The Road, a very well written novel that stays with you long after reading.Posted 3 months ago
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