Worst Book?

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  1. Toral Delvar

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    What are the worst books people have read? Books you thought were terrible (which I know is a subjective matter in many cases. Though not with Catcher in the Rye, that was objectively awful)

    The Catcher in the Rye, I gave up on halfway through, the lead character was whinier than Sansa from a Song of Ice and Fire and just as unlikeable. I suspect anyone that didn't first read it as a teenager would hate it. And most of the people that did first read it as a teenager.
     
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    And Wuthering heights. I got about 50 pages (maybe less) and skimmed the rest, to see if a comet hit the moors and killed the lot of them. As it didn't, I decided not to bother. Every single character was extremely unlikeable. I can cope with not liking the lead, but I want to have someone to root for, or at the very least, there being enough interesting things happening that it doesn't matter there is no tension with the lead and I don't care what happens to them.
     
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    Lots of books we had to read in high school but first and foremost are Kafka's The Trial and Father Gorio by Honore de Balzac. I've read a lot of classics, I enjoyed Magic Mountin by Tomas Mann and LOTS of stuff that's usually considered boring, but Kafka and Balzac were just frustrating and unreadable.
     
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    There's been several books I couldn't even finish, though I've kind of blocked them from my mind. o.o The most recent thing I had to force myself to read though was Blindness by Jose Sacramendo (or whatever the name was). It was an interesting premise, yes, but the writing killed it for me. << It was extremely hard to read, what with no quotation marks, and paragraphs that go on for half a chapter. It was sparing on details, except on what I didn't want to read (including a unnecessarily graphic rape scene), and by the end of it, I didn't even care about what happened to the main character. She was that uninspiring. So yeah, stay away.
     
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    "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese

    I almost put it down about a third of the way through, but I hate not finishing books and didn't have anything else waiting. I wish I'd walked away!
     
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    "Dreamsongs volume 1" by George R.R. Martin

    I loved "A Song of Ice and Fire," but it was such a disappointing book. I could not get through even one story in it. I should have taken a hint from its location in the bookstore: the clearance shelf.
     
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    Chainfire by Terry Goodkind is one of the worst book I had read.
    I tried to complete it, but couldn't.
    Pillars of creation by Terry Goodkind is also a bad book.
    It is boring, but I manage to complete it.
     
  8. Val a'Shain

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    The Da Vinci Code comes to mind. Dreadful book. I suspect it is only considered brilliant by people who haven't read a single other book :p

    There are some very good stories in that collection actually. I've read the single volume edition though. All 1200 pages of it ;)
     
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    I'd rather read Wuthering Heights again than anything by Martin or Goodkind.

    I'd prefer not to read Wuthering Heights again.

    That should give an idea of my scale there!
     
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    Wuthering Heights was the worst! I guess I'm just not a fan of mid-nineteenth century literature, though. I don't like Dickens, either. I like Martin, but Goodkind is one of the worst "professional" writers I've ever seen. I barely made it through that first Sword of Truth book, and I regret the time I wasted on it.
     
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    I'd have to say the Twilight series is without doubt the worst series I have ever read, though all the Gor novels are almost as bad.
     
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    GOR!!! My friend Mindas and I would collect Gor just for the horrid prose. I naively bought some years and years ago , not even aware of the S&M elements. Oh boy! They are BAD BAD. There is also Dean Koontz. Ugh
     
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    I just took a Gothic literature class my last semester in school, and my teacher claims Wuthering Heights was supposed to take every element of the Gothic novel and exaggerate it with the purpose of being satirical. However, as so often happens with satire, people missed the point, and thought it was a great novel, now it is considered a classic.

    Oh and I absolutely HATED Twilight, I had to read it for a young adult literature course one semester. I feel like the author had a thesaurus sitting beside her the entire time she was writing, and didn't bother to make sure certain words were in context with the rest of the sentence. The plot from all three books could have been condensed into one book, and she in my opinion is just a horrible writer.
     
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    My worst book was "Arc de triomphe"(Erich Maria Remarque)
     
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    One of the things that made me love reading even more was my grade 12 ISP (independent study project). You could pick ANY topic you wanted, ANY books you wanted, any spin you wanted. My topic ended up being "Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Evolution of the Modern-Day Villain"; my in-class presentation was about Freudian theory applied to characters from Batman, and my actual essay compared how villains evolved in Perfume, Hannibal Rising, and one other book I can't currently remember. None of the books were particularly worthwhile in a literary sense (well, the third one in the essay may have been, but I am drawing a complete blank), but it was such a great exercise in reasoning, writing, and exploring themes. I really wish kids were encouraged to do more projects like this. Even taking one classic book and one modern, 'fluff' book (like 1984 vs. Battle Royale or The Hunger Games) would be super-useful!

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  17. Anika Forsyn

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    Pretty much anything I had to read in my Middle Level Education Understanding Differences course. :x It was horrible.

    Other than that, Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule series. I've never been preached to more in my life.
     
  18. Elays Saeryn

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    I agree!
    Terry Goodkind! My ex husband liked his books and so I read a few of them
    although in a weird way I kind of liked some parts of "The Faith of The Fallen" if one excludes all the references to how perfect Richard is and all his soooo many abilities and talents and how all the women were swooning over him
     
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    A Separate Peace. It thoroughly cemented my dislike of endings where [SPOILER2]the emotional conflict is resolved by one of the characters dying in a random way.[/SPOILER2] I'm sorry, but that's just sloppy storytelling.
     
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    Agree with the Terry Goodkind comments. I loved the series through Faith of the Fallen and will stop there with any future re-reads. I stuck with the series til the end because I'm stubborn like that, but boy did I have trouble with Pillars of Creation. I don't remember most of it. The last three books got a little better, or at least there was a bit more plot to balance out all the preaching, but it was still tough. Such a disappointment. If it had started out that way it would have been one thing, but I feel like I really got cheated by how it changed halfway through.