Overrated Books

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Toral Delvar, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Elays Saeryn

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    I read LOTR when I was 16 so I can't really honestly remember the exact feelings of any discomfort in flow. I do remember some little long winded descriptions but I also remember how I had I gotten taken by the awesome story that I had kind of forgotten all about the longwinded parts and had read the whole 3 books in 2 weeks :p

    But 50 Shades was really horrid in all apsects- It was something given to me on rotation from work so thankfully I did not spend any money on it...Could not get past the first 60 pages

    Also "Blackbirds" by Chuck Wendig It was : Blood, gore, violence, expreme alcohol use, many attempts to and old rapes, nasty motels, depression, and truckers. Then some more gore, gore, murder, gore :x and what is sad is that the plot of the story was pretty cool. It could have been an awesome book if it could keep a reign on the blood, gore and nasty overall scenery...
     
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  2. tone al'ucas

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    Sounds like I have a lot in common with some folks here. Got the Alchemist a few years back for my birthday, read it, but I'll read the back of shampoo bottles, didn't really care for it.

    ASofFI, 1st three books were amazing, last two....eh. Dance of Dragons best book of the year? Only if you leave off 15 or 20. 5 years for that? Not a happy guy.

    Read all of Goodkind on a recommendation from a neighbor, could have done it in 5. It was OK, not great and by the end, very predictable. As somebody else mentioned, Jordan got long winded and over descriptive on skirt smoothing, disapproving frowns, and clothing in general in the middle books, like 8-10.

    Twilight, I feel bad saying I enjoyed them, but I was at a really low point in my life. They weren't great, but I needed something to fill the void, and apparently melodramatic teenage brain candy was what it called for.

    And as a person who reads everything start to finish, all books in a series, I couldn't get past Gardens of the Moon (Malazan). I read it, but didn't have the fortitude to go the distance. Very rare for me, I would usually finish it just to complain how bad it was, but I just couldn't do it.

    Oh, and the Dark Tower. It just didn't tickle my fancy.
     
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  3. Anika Forsyn

    Anika Forsyn Aes Sedai

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    Aavyn Sedai, don't hate me, but Coldfire trilogy by CS Friedman.

    Also, obviously, Terry Goodkind (He should have stopped at book 1), Left Hand of God, and the ending of the Magic's Pawn series by Mercedes Lackey.
     
  4. Eva Wartooth

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    I yawned through War & Peace, and DESPISED Wuthering Heights.
     
  5. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    The Sword of Truth debacle... sorry, "series". I made it as far as "Chainfire" which I think is book 9. The ONLY reason I made it that far was that they were quite literally all I had to read at the time (long story). I had to keep putting them down, going and doing something that made me happy, and coming back to the endlessly depressing yawn-fest. I also found the "similarities" between WoT and SoT hilarious. I'm probably one of the only people on the planet who actually liked the TV adaptation, because I didn't mind that it didn't follow the books!

    And this will probably get me kicked from here to Shara and back again, but I've never been able to like the Robin Hobb books. I read the Farseer Trilogy, but to this day I can barely remember what happens. I tried several times to start the Liveship Traders but have never made it past the first couple of chapters.

    Oh, and His Dark Materials. I read "The Northern Lights" because my friends were all crazy about the book. I didn't enjoy it, and wasn't interested in finding out what happened next. I read it again when I was a few years older. Still didn't like it. Still have zero interest in concluding the trilogy.
     
  6. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

    Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn Aes Sedai Membership Activities Coordinator Head of the Green Ajah

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    We try not to kick new members That hard. :). Only half-way to Shara... :p
     
  7. Toral Delvar

    Toral Delvar Archivist Gaidin

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    I'd probably add the Narnia series.
    the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is good, though extremely dated, and sometimes the allegory is to strong and Lewis tries to insert his arguments for god in there, but that can be ignored. Prince Caspian is OK, voyage of the Dawntreader passable and Magicians Nephew has good parts, though it is largely a creation myth and he doesn't really do a good job, but the rest of the series is not up to much and the Last Battle is horrendous. Throughout, the charactarisiation is extremely weak and the writing lacklustre. He doesn't seem to have the ability to write a phrase or sentance that brings the whole thing to life
     
  8. Ealandrelle Melyma

    Ealandrelle Melyma Aes Sedai

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    Hmm not sure that landing in the Aiel Waste is much of an improvement ;)

    In general I loved the Narnia books (though that could have been largely due to the BBC TV adaptations), but I agree with you about The Last Battle. That's where I think he totally gives up any pretence that the books aren't from a Christian viewpoint (which as you say, can largely be ignored in other books). Not that this in itself is a problem, but I just found that it made the book very um... dry and depressing.
     
  9. Freyra al'Tiri

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    That I can think of right now, 50 shades of Gray and Earth Sea.
     
  10. Amaryla Leper

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    I saw the movie Earth Sea and liked it, but I always figured the book(s) must be way better. I liked the story, just not that much how it was transferred to the screen. I've always wanted to read it.
     
  11. Paxam Leratharn

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    Does anyone actually consider 50 Shades of Grey a good book? I know it's popular, but even people I know who've enjoyed it don't go so far to say it's a great novel.
     
  12. Amaryla Leper

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    I've never read it myself, but I have heard that it's terrific :cheese
     
  13. Freyra al'Tiri

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    I've got the movie here, and will see it someday. I guess the sory isn't bad, but I had hears this should be a great book and it just didn't drag me in to it like some stories do.
     
  14. Amaryla Leper

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    Yeah, I get what you're saying. Maybe it's all the expectations you had to being with. Or maybe the book just isn't all that good xD


    OTT: Robinson Crusoe. Lovely plotline and awesome ideas, but I dislike the style. It made me :yawn It took me nearly two months to finish it.
     
  15. Dart Marouvin

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    Dan Brown. Ick. Horrible writing. DaVinci Code sounded interesting but I could barely get through the first chapter the writing was just that bad.
     
  16. Paladin Brewer

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    I did not care for the Sword of Truth series, nor did I care for Lord of the Rings. Blasphemy there, I know. :p
     
  17. Deiria Sha'Veer

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    ^That's so true!

    I've never understood so called humor in Terry Pratchett books. I've tried and tried, but no...

    Also (as some has already mentioned) Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-trilogy was overhyped.

    I have no opinion about 50 shades and I don't want have one by reading it *grins*
     
  18. Taika Vinh

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    I always recommend Umberto Eco's books for those who are interested in historical "crime", or historical mystery. They are entertaining, intellectual and historically correct at the same time. The Name of the Rose (it was made into film, too), and especially Foucault's Pendulum (love that book!) are the ones I like best by Eco.

    I haven't read any Dan Brown because so many of the friends whose opinion about books I trust say he's bad. One of the friends said that Da Vinci Code was like a cheap copy by a non-skilled amateur, imitating Eco. :lol
     
  19. Kallarn Lo'Vosh

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    Every book (in his langdon series) by Dan Brown is a mile a minute chase with historical 'facts' thrown in. Ive read them all so far but they are not something im wild about and definitely not something you can re-read. The pace gets you through them quite quickly but youre left feeling a bit meh about it all at the end.
     
  20. Dart Marouvin

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    I *wanted* to like Da Vinci Code, but ...ugh... just couldn't.

    Agreed on the crappiness of Sword of Truth and, reluctantly, I admit I don't enjoy T. Pratchett. I know he's a talented writer and both my brothers love him but I just can't get into it. I liked the Millenium (Girl with Dragon Tattoo) series, though. ...except actually I only read the second and third books and skipped the first since I watched the movie :look

    I'll definitely check out this Eco guy. I've been looking for books with intrigue/some depth (and of course good writing) but they are surprisingly hard to come by :/ I have a book shaped void in my heart now that WoT is over and so far it's been hard to fill. :lol