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What book(s) have you given up on recently and what made you stop reading?
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The Illearth War by Stephen R Donaldson. To me the story was slow and uninteresting I am surprised I finished the first book in the trilogy.
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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Maybe it doesn't translate well to audio book? Maybe it is not my cup of tea? Maybe I like sentences that are slightly shorter than the average paragraph? Something? I bailed.
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City of Endless Night by Milo Milton Hastings

After WWI, the Germans were confined to the city of Berlin, which was encased in a large concrete dome. There they lived closed off from the world as they struggled and survived for years up to the start of the book in the year 2041.

I picked this one up because it is free and I had nothing else in line to read. It was published in 1920, which is neat when you consider what the author predicted, if you will, in the book. It's just that distopias don't sit well with me. I tend to get easily bored and strangely disturbed by them. I wanted to see what happens to the main character but not enough to keep on reading through the world he was in. I tired and made it halfway, but I'm done.
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Little Brother - Cory Doctorow

Unlikable protagonist. Weak, forced dialogue. "Convenient" plot devices. Maybe it got better but I think I only made it three or four chapters in.
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I think I'm going to shock some with this:

Bored of the Rings by The Harvard Lampoon

In short, I found the humor forced and the puns obvious. I tried for a chapter or two and it just wasn't getting any better.

Edit: In hindsight, this book was probably intended to be read while stoned.
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Heck, just last month I bailed on The Warden by Trollope. From my "what did you read in July" review:

I loved "Barchester Towers," so this (the prequel) seemed a great book to read. But no, it isn't. Missing all the interesting characters of Towers, here the book focuses on Warden Harding, his daughter, and his son in law. The plot is far simpler, and very repetitive. Over and over, we hear how meek Warden Harding is, how militant the archdeacon is, how sweet the daughter is, etc. I gave up about ⅔ of the way through, because I realized nothing new was going to happen for the rest of the novel.
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Galstaff wrote:
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Maybe it doesn't translate well to audio book? Maybe it is not my cup of tea? Maybe I like sentences that are slightly shorter than the average paragraph? Something? I bailed.

Oh man. I read that book earlier this year and loved it.
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wmshub wrote:
Galstaff wrote:
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen


Oh man. I read that book earlier this year and loved it.


I was reading it partly due to your review. I was trying to listen to it (as I do most books) while driving. I could not hold the thread and kept checking-out of the narrative. The language and the sentence structure made it difficult. I promised a friend (Jane Austen fan) that I would get a copy and actually read it. When I do, I will report in the monthly thread.
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Book 4 of the Dark Tower. After plowing through books 1, 2, and 3 in a month, I've been stuck on book 4 for about six years. I just can't.

Way to slam on the brakes, King.
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I have rarely been able to give up on a book. I feel like once I start, I need to finish it. It's rare for me to just . . . stop.

However, I gave up on Helprin's In Sunlight and in Shadow. A brief glance at Scott's review should give you some indication why.

Helprin is one of my favorite writers. I think Winter's Tale is a masterpiece. I love Memoir from Antproof Case. A Soldier of the Great War is begging for a reread right now.

But In Sunlight and in Shadow just . . . no.

Also gave up on:

Dandelion Fire, by N.D. Wilson. The sequel to 100 Cupboards, and I think too much time had passed between reading the first and second books, and the kids and I were totally confused most of the time.

The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington. I probably didn't give it enough time before I gave up, but I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, and it just wasn't happening.

The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit. We love Nesbit, but I got a really poorly-formatted Kindle version from Amazon, and that made it difficult to read. Will return to it soon.

The Gods of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. So much hand-to-hand combat in the first three or four chapters, I just got bored. Another one I promise to return to eventually.
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The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I don't exactly remember which book I quit on, maybe after book 4 or 5. The pacing became just too slow and one of the villains came off a bit cliche back when I was trying to read this series.

'Tugs braid.'
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There's only one book I remember giving up on and it was a while ago. Something about a vampire working in the television industry in LA and it appeared to approaching a sex scene and there was talk about his "icy pole" shake

There was another about lots and lots of rain, i.e. months of rain, flooding of the world etc. and carnivorous worms. I actually stuck that one out to the end, that's a few hours of my life I am never getting back.
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I quit Return of the King right after they climbed the stair.

I didn't make it far into Thomas Convent the Unbeliever.

I have to buy series one at a time, I find if I purchase the whole series at once I never finish it.
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The Illearth War by Stephen R Donaldson. To me the story was slow and uninteresting I am surprised I finished the first book in the trilogy.


When I saw this thread, I first thought of Donaldson! I made it through the Second Chronicles, but after that, I could not take anymore.

But to mention a book I gave up without finishing, The Shining, by King. What a boring heap.
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Insomnia by Stephen King
And You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

Both were just really boring--an even greater sin than being bad. Take The Art of Fielding for example. That book's utter shit, but I flat out enjoyed hating every page of it.
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Haven't quite abandoned it yet, but I am having a hard time finding the motivation to continue it:

Brandon Sanderson: The Final Empire (Mistborn trilogy 1)


Earlier this year I abandoned:

Patrick Ness: The Knife of never letting go, which was just awful and dull.

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Pone4games wrote:
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I don't exactly remember which book I quit on, maybe after book 4 or 5. The pacing became just too slow and one of the villains came off a bit cliche back when I was trying to read this series.

'Tugs braid.'


Came here to post this. I will post The Wheel of Time in 'Books that suck' threads forever.

'Smooths skirt'

Also anything by Terry Brooks
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Not counting books that were assigned to me for a class, I have only abandoned ONE book partway through:

The Number of the Beast by Robert Heinlein. From his "sucky" period.
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Pone4games wrote:
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I don't exactly remember which book I quit on, maybe after book 4 or 5.
Hell, I quit about five chapters into Book One.

*tugs braid, smooths skirt*
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Shift (book 2 of the Silo Trilogy) - the First book was an interesting post-apocalypic story about a group living underground in a missile silo, where *something* happened at some point in the distant past to make life above-ground impossible. The story was about the survivors, their life, and how they will move forward, and the overall mystery of "what happened?" was a fascinating mystery lurking in the back of the reader's mind.

Book 2, however, was entirely focused on "what happened." Critical Fail. There are reasons why magicians don't show how they do their illusions, and many prequels don't live up to the excitement or success of the original work. Adding insult to injury, the book revolved around boring characters (including mysterious politicians pulling the strings behind the scenes...oooh...), deliberately vague time-hopping forward and backward between chapters, and was a slog. I bailed 50-60% of the way through, and won't be coming back for book #3.
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I abandon probably 1 in 20 books. If I'm sure the book is going to end up being a waste of my time, I stop. It's kind of hard to do that, you feel bad or that you've wasted the time so far, but learning to give up on a book is IMHO a valuable skill.

Another I gave up on: Ulysses by some Irish guy. I made it through 100 pages of stream of consciousness, and so far all that had happened was some guy went for a walk. And he hadn't finished his walk yet. Which would be OK if his stream of consciousness was really interesting, but mostly it was crap like "Oh look, there's sausage hanging in the butcher's window." I can see why the novel became famous, it's a really radical departure from normal narrative form, but that doesn't make it fun to read.
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Hogfather by Terry Pratchet. I've read a ton of his books and just couldn't get into this one. His humor wears thin with me if I read too many of his books in a row.
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It seems like I abandon more than I finish lately. I finally gave up on Death Masks, book 5 of the Dresden Files. After 2 months of being stuck in the middle, I realized that I was bored and not retaining anything I read and it didn't really matter because it was so similar to the previous 4 books. So I donated it to the free book rack at work and picked up Stephen King's 11/22/63 from the same rack. So far I am enjoying that one.

Speaking of Stephen King, another recently abandoned book was Revival. I got about halfway through that one too but the storyline was meandering along and there didn't seem to be any point to it, so I put it in a box to be given to goodwill or something.

In the past I would have just slogged through these books, hoping the stories would get better, or at least just finishing them out of sheer stubbornness. But lately when I find books like that, I keep thinking to myself that I'm wasting valuable time reading something I'm not interested in when there are plenty of wonderful stories out there just waiting to be picked up.

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