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Offline Ben

Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« on: May 14, 2014, 05:34:24 AM »
I just had to give up on The Blinding Knife. I struggled with The Black Prism, but was willing to slog through it because I enjoyed the Night Angel trilogy. But after struggling though that and now being bored to the point of ignoring it I had to bail on The Blinding Knife. I mean he was trying to teach us math...MATH.

Maybe I'll pick it up another time when I an extremely desperate. Like trapped on a deserted island and it floats ashore.

Anyone else had to bail out from a book because of a severe lack of interest?

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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 08:40:48 AM »
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Tried to read it with the book club last year...only managed week 1 (25%).

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AW: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 09:59:52 AM »
Really? One of our most successful and loved book club reads?
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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 10:39:05 AM »
Well, I seldom put books aside, but there are a few cases of struggling to finish them.

The one case that pops into my mind is Peter V. Brett's The Desert Spear. I loved the first book, but this one felt like the story wasn't moving forward at all. Got halfway through, and decided to put it aside. I still keep the bookmark inside, and expect to one day go back and finish it, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 01:03:45 PM »
I abandoned:
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
oh, and the 3rd one from Paull Hoffman's trilogy: so badly written I can't even remember the name... ah The beating of his wings, I think.
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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 01:37:56 PM »
I always used to struggle through, no matter what. I'm kinder to myself now.

In the past couple of years, I've abandoned:
American Gods
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Cloud Atlas (though I may go back to this one)
Night Watch
Gardens of the Moon

There are so many good books out there that I'm not going to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying.

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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2014, 02:08:35 PM »
Well, I seldom put books aside, but there are a few cases of struggling to finish them.

The one case that pops into my mind is Peter V. Brett's The Desert Spear. I loved the first book, but this one felt like the story wasn't moving forward at all. Got halfway through, and decided to put it aside. I still keep the bookmark inside, and expect to one day go back and finish it, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

I continued through The Desert Spear. I had more problems with The Daylight War.

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Re: AW: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2014, 02:41:36 PM »
Really? One of our most successful and loved book club reads?

Wasn't The Folding Knife by KJ Parker another really successful book club read? ... I didn't finish that one either  :-\

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AW: Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2014, 03:55:27 PM »
I always used to struggle through, no matter what. I'm kinder to myself now.

In the past couple of years, I've abandoned:
American Gods
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Cloud Atlas (though I may go back to this one)
Night Watch
Gardens of the Moon

There are so many good books out there that I'm not going to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying.
night watch?! Maybe the best Pratchett book there is?
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Re: AW: Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 04:12:15 PM »
I always used to struggle through, no matter what. I'm kinder to myself now.

In the past couple of years, I've abandoned:
American Gods
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Cloud Atlas (though I may go back to this one)
Night Watch
Gardens of the Moon

There are so many good books out there that I'm not going to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying.
night watch?! Maybe the best Pratchett book there is?


Aside from Garden of the Poon he's namechecked some of my all time favourites!
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Re: AW: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2014, 05:55:15 AM »
Really? One of our most successful and loved book club reads?

Wasn't The Folding Knife by KJ Parker another really successful book club read? ... I didn't finish that one either  :-\

That's okay. I think I abandoned all but three of the book club reads I tried last year. :P

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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2014, 03:54:05 PM »
Well, I seldom put books aside, but there are a few cases of struggling to finish them.

The one case that pops into my mind is Peter V. Brett's The Desert Spear. I loved the first book, but this one felt like the story wasn't moving forward at all. Got halfway through, and decided to put it aside. I still keep the bookmark inside, and expect to one day go back and finish it, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

I continued through The Desert Spear. I had more problems with The Daylight War.

I also struggled through The Desert Spear but felt like it got a little better at the end giving me some hope for The Daylight War.  At least now I won't get my expectations up too much.

I can't ever recall completely abandoning a story, no matter how much I didn't like it.  I always figured if I had x amount of time invested into it then I should finish it (this even goes with series, The Inheritance Cycle was a big example of this for me).  I've often debated with myself why I continue to read if I don't like something, surely the time could be better used to read something I do like, but I just keep doing it.

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Re: AW: Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2014, 04:13:39 PM »
I always used to struggle through, no matter what. I'm kinder to myself now.

In the past couple of years, I've abandoned:
American Gods
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Cloud Atlas (though I may go back to this one)
Night Watch
Gardens of the Moon

There are so many good books out there that I'm not going to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying.
night watch?! Maybe the best Pratchett book there is?

Nope, the Sergei Lukyanenko novel. But I don't like Pratchett either, so shoot me. I've tried 3 Discworld novels, so I reckon I've given him a fair go.

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Re: AW: Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2014, 04:16:22 PM »
I always used to struggle through, no matter what. I'm kinder to myself now.

In the past couple of years, I've abandoned:
American Gods
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Cloud Atlas (though I may go back to this one)
Night Watch
Gardens of the Moon

There are so many good books out there that I'm not going to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying.
night watch?! Maybe the best Pratchett book there is?


Aside from Garden of the Poon he's namechecked some of my all time favourites!

She, actually.

Care to let me know some more of your all time favourites so I can avoid them? ;)

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Re: Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2014, 06:41:52 PM »
Ancillary Justice has got me confused about gender!

KJ Parker and Nick Harkaway might not be up your Diagon Alley then...
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