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« Reply #180 on: April 19, 2015, 07:03:47 PM »
It's good. It just isn't a novel and people won't get what they expect from a novel.
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« Reply #181 on: April 19, 2018, 08:44:14 PM »
Think I’m the only one here who doesn’t like The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers reminds me of  the Star Trex Tv series and I’m not fond of that either ????
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« Reply #182 on: April 19, 2018, 09:39:07 PM »
I wasn't a fan of Long Way . . . either. It's one of those books where nothing seemed to happen.

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« Reply #183 on: April 20, 2018, 07:07:15 PM »
Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn. I had just finished Way of Kingds and it felt like the same characters all over again and done poorly. I only finished it because a friend of mine would not let DNF, and kept checking up on me.

Offline Rostum

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« Reply #184 on: April 20, 2018, 07:40:55 PM »
Anything by Thomas Pynchon

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« Reply #185 on: April 20, 2018, 08:31:48 PM »
The Copper Promise is a book I really wanted to give a chance. The required pieces are all there and there aren't any glaring flaws, but I just never felt the spark for it.

Same with The Lies of Locke Lamora. Though with this one I also failed to see what the actual plot is.

I did not finish either.
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« Reply #186 on: April 21, 2018, 01:45:39 AM »
Malazan. I don't hate it or anything. I just find it a bit of a chore to read at times.

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« Reply #187 on: April 21, 2018, 05:28:50 AM »
*Everything I've tried to read by Sanderson
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles  I had to read it for English in 10th grade and it was so monotonously dreary, no point where anything good happens just a endless spiral of negativity.

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« Reply #188 on: April 21, 2018, 05:51:07 AM »
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles  I had to read it for English in 10th grade and it was so monotonously dreary, no point where anything good happens just a endless spiral of negativity.

Agree, you have just described every single novel Hardy ever wrote. the worst of his is Jude The Obscure. That makes you wish  the main two characters had been strangled at birth to save them from their pointless lives of complete misery.
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« Reply #189 on: April 21, 2018, 11:38:26 AM »
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles  I had to read it for English in 10th grade and it was so monotonously dreary, no point where anything good happens just a endless spiral of negativity.

Agree, you have just described every single novel Hardy ever wrote. the worst of his is Jude The Obscure. That makes you wish  the main two characters had been strangled at birth to save them from their pointless lives of complete misery.

Yeah he didn't get that memo about audiences needing relief in there somewhere.

Orwell is one of my heroes, and 1984 is unquestionably visionary, but I sorta felt that way about that book too.