What's the worst book you've ever read, or tried to read?
Glamorama, Brett Easton Ellis, The Blackest Bird by Joel Rose, Blood & Guts in Highschool by Kathy Acker.
Joel Rose's first 2 books were fast chaotic thrillers, The Blackest Bird was so dull. I gave up on it last week.
+ someone gave me Perfume, Patrick Suskin – simply crap.Posted 7 years agobristolbikerMember
+1 for Ulysses – the wife has had a go at it as well, went to stay with some friends recently and she 'accidently' left it there (she is very dogmatic about finishing books she started), but they posted it back….. 😉
I feel a Ulysses-burning session coming on…. 😉Posted 7 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Unbeliever' or something like that anyway.
Yrs ago i had a thing about epic fantasy novels & a work mate lent this trilogy to me.
Appalling. I waded through three books & the only actual movement in the plot happened about 40 pages from the edn of the third book.
I would happily dig out the authors eyes with blunt spoons & pour acid into the sockets…..Posted 7 years agotrail_ratMember
i only really try to read books i think ill like – lilwalls cycling home from syberia i just couldnt get into – its not the trip its not the content just the way its told does my head in ! ive managed 4 chapters before moving onto another book , ill give it a go again after ive finished rosie swale popes "just a little run round the world" which im enjoying lotsPosted 7 years agoPeyoteMember
Seconded "The Dice man" bored me silly.
Also, "The Catcher in the Rye" I did read it all the way through, but I thought it was pants.
Religious books aren't great either, the Bible and Koran I've both tried to read, but couldn't get past the first few pages.
Catch 22, was pap as well.Posted 7 years agoKevevsMember
I went through a Martin Amis phase when I was younger and read all his stuff. I recently found Other People in a charidee shop for 50p, I coukdn't get past the first 2 chapters. Just bollocks, but i enjoyed it when I was younger. Don't have the attention span now.
edit: catcher in the rye – what's the big deal about that? boring.Posted 7 years ago
double edit – The dice man also had no effect on me.epicycloSubscriber
I've read heaps of crap – much of which is mentioned here and I'll usually force myself to finish it.
But far and away the worst is Ulysses which is just a huge ****. I have never finished it.
BTW The Diceman is more fun if you read it with a set of dies – to enhance your decision to turn the next page. 🙂Posted 7 years agospeaker2animalsSubscriber
Possibly the book that I disliked the most was "The Longest Crawl". Can't remember the author and can't be bothered to go find it. The author just comes across as a total knob. Seems to feel that writing about drunk driving and illegal drug use shows him to be some sort of renaissance man/rebel. Just struck me as a git. Took me three goes to get in to it and finishing it was really a chore.
"The Beautiful Machine" by Graeme Fife. Not a bad book but again he comes over as another git.
Fiction books – Whit by Iain Banks – just can't get started in to it. Don't know if it's good or bad. I just can't read it.Posted 7 years agoMrSalmonMember
The Blackest Bird by Joel Rose
I liked that!
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie – gobbledegook that gets increasingly desperate for a plot.
Gave up on this one about a third of the way in. I've read a few of his before and really enjoyed them (The Moor's Last Sigh was really good) but maybe this was one Rushdie too many- just couldn't be bothered with it and found his style really irritating.
Probably the worst book I've ever read was given to me as a sample by the author, a chap who'd written a book and published it himself basically just because he'd always wanted to be a published author. IIRC it was about the resistance after an invasion of Nazi aliens, and it was every bit as bad as you might imagine. Fair play to him though.Posted 7 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Not many i've started and not finished but iliad was mind numbing and one will self book I tried, can't remember which one but after reaching for the dictionary one too many times I scrapped it.
how the hell did catch 22 make it onto this list? overated possibly but still decent I thought. I also read a lot of pratchett but understand how many wouldn't like it, the later stuff is a lot less fantasy with a more mature story.Posted 7 years ago
(yep I'm definitley a low brow reader)
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