Last Book You Didn't Finish, and Why Not?

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    Jul 04, 2007 10:52 PM GMT
    Mine: Saramago's "The Cave." Because I'm either too vapid or shallow or both. You?
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 04, 2007 11:04 PM GMT
    "Heavy Weather" by Bruce Sterling.I can`t remember now.Too much techno-jargon?
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jul 05, 2007 12:07 AM GMT
    The tommyknockers, by steven king.

    omg, that book just fucking dragged on forever. Christ. I think the man feels required to describe how the wind blew every blade of grass in a meadow just so.

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    Jul 05, 2007 12:18 AM GMT
    "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain. Actually, it was a very good read, and I recommend it.

    However, by the time I got to the last two chapters, I got tired of hearing about chefs wacked out on drugs, alcohol etc. This was a theme that ran through the whole book, and it got tiresome near the end.

    However, much of the book was excellent. It will make you think twice about ordering fish on Mondays (or Fridays), or mussels at all, at any restaurant, high priced or not.

    John
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    Jul 05, 2007 12:27 AM GMT
    I hate to admit this on the Fourth of July, but it was David McCullough's 1776. After about 100 pages I had to wave the white flag. Military history doesn't do it for me.

    On the other hand, I thought his bio of John Adams was sensational; one of the best books I've ever read.

    I just finished Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower which was also very good.
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    Jul 05, 2007 12:41 AM GMT
    Not finish a book? I'm confused.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jul 05, 2007 12:44 AM GMT
    Ive never not finished one....


    House of Leaves took me about a year though,

    so did Only Revolutions... having to flip the book every 7 pages got old so it was hard
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    Jul 05, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain."

    I don't have any qualms about cutting my time losses.
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    Jul 05, 2007 12:53 AM GMT
    Michel Faber's "The crimson petal and the white," was abandoned after a couple of chapters. Just a huge yawn and promised to go on forever.

    Samuel L. Delaney's "Stars in my pocket like grains of sand." Made it more than half way, but wasn't enjoying it. Sentences run on for a whole page and require the reader to draw a diagram to figure out what he actually said. Hugely stilted, besides.

    Since I was about 12, I've subscribed to pulp magazines. In the old days, I'd re-read each one a couple of times, in anticipation of the next issue. After grad school, I only kept my subscriptions because I had the complete set of Asimov's and an intact 20 year run of Analog, and didn't want to break the run, for some reason. But I didn't have time to read them. If a story didn't really grab me in the first page... ZIP! On to the next.

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    What was the last book that you sat down and read straight through? Usually I only have time to do that on airplanes, but I will carve out a Sunday afternoon for a new Terry Pratchet or Chrisopher Moore book.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 05, 2007 1:17 AM GMT
    Offthread,but"The Rotters` Club" by Jonathon Coe when down in one sitting;reminded me of my own schooldays.
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    Jul 05, 2007 1:22 AM GMT
    I think the last one I started and didn't finish was "The Black Book" by Orhan Pamuk. I like his writing and I don't like it at the same time, but not sure why. I also loved some of Saramago's books, but didn't finish others.
    Actually I usually have three or four books going at a time and swap around between them, and often don't finish one, or come back to 6 months to a year later and then finish it, or not.
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    Jul 05, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    Soul of the fire by terry goodkind...at least I think that's what it's called, I'm lazy and don't feel like looking for it.

    I used to be able to devote days to reading but being in school, working, and running/co-ordinating activities means I have to devote chunks of my day to different things. But I read that book in about a week.

    I am eagerly anticipating Harry Potter - I may very well read that in one sitting.
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    Jul 05, 2007 1:54 AM GMT
    I let myself off the hook about reading a book from cover to cover years ago. I'm always reading five or six books at once and some I read entirely and some I don't. I'm talking nonfiction, essays, short stories, not novels.

    I've been reading a book that has infuriated me because the writer has stolen his main ideas. He's a reputable writer and I'm determined to read the whole thing to see if he ever mentions the school of philosophy from which all his observations are derived.
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    Jul 05, 2007 2:41 AM GMT
    jesus land. It got boring after a while.
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    Jul 05, 2007 2:47 AM GMT
    I bought this book titled "Q" just because...well it was called "Q" and I thought it would be cool to have.... yeah it sucked.

    Every chapter was a letter written to some king and it was written in Olde Enlish...I still have it, but it's definately just for show hehehe
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    Jul 05, 2007 3:17 AM GMT
    haha, too funny biomatty...the last and only book I never finished was Tommyknockers. Steven King makes me want to suck on my tailpipe.

    He has to describe every single person in every scene. And then he goes into every persons history and why they like certain flavors of Seltzer water...enough!
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:36 AM GMT
    "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith. Who the hell could finish it!!

    Really I was trying to read the bible of capitalism and the market economy and get it straight from the horses mouth. It was annoying in that it was so full of economic tedium, and then some bomb would drop in the middle of it - like he claims to understand what motivates people to sell or buy products at so and so a price, but then states he doesn't really understand why people like having children.

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    Jul 05, 2007 5:18 AM GMT
    Sex and the City by C. Bushnell. It was a great series but a terrible book.

    Along the same lines, I also did not get "Devil Wears Prada". It was boring.

    Maybe I should not try to read books written for women. ;-p
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    Jul 05, 2007 5:22 AM GMT
    BTW, I did finish Wealth of Nations. Believe me it was easier to finish than something by Foucault or Andre Gide.

    And no, don't be too impressed. It was a for a history of economics class. I must have read like 5-6 big books like that for that class. It was all Adam Smith, Ricardo, Keynes...... etc etc. It was fascinating at the time but I must admit I don't remember a majority of what I read.
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    Jul 05, 2007 5:41 AM GMT
    But, but, muscletroy, Gide and Foucault are family!
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    Jul 05, 2007 6:39 AM GMT
    great expectations by charles dickens. it sucked. My expectations of that book were too high, huge let down.
  • VolleyNJ

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    Jul 05, 2007 2:48 PM GMT
    Oh my, I do it all the time. But that's cuz I work in book publishing in sales, so just getting the idea of what a book is about in order to sell it is part of my job. But as for books that I planned on finishing but couldn't:

    THE HISTORIAN, by Elizabeth Kostova. Ugh, how can you write a boring vampire novel?? Snooze fest! Horrible!
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    Jul 05, 2007 2:57 PM GMT
    Gun, Germs and Steel by J Daimond. OMG after about 150 pages or so, I could no longer stand to hear the same sentence stated 37 times to include all various arguments. Just grow some balls and make an opinion.

    Sit and read: I TOTALLY sat and read White Sheep Chase straight through.
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    Jul 05, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    I LOVED THE HISTORIAN!

    A really brilliant approach to a tired topic, in my humble opinion...
    I have tried and tried and tried but have yet to get through Ulysses by James Joyce. Some Lit Major I am...
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    Jul 05, 2007 3:06 PM GMT
    I should add I tend to have about 5 or 6 books going at a time, and the JJ sits at the bottom of the pile. The worst is that we recently moved and I brought out Ulysses and set it in the reading pile (yet again)