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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old July 13th, 2005, 12:06 Thread Starter
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The books you never ended

This is a thread about those cursed books that, by any reason, won you; that you never ended them.


The War of the Worlds. I was too young when I started reading it, the book bored me. Maybe someday I'll retake it.

Viaje a la India (by Ramiro Calle). A great travel book written by a true expert in indian culture. However, I appear to be always too busy to read it.

I'll be posting more, the way I'll remember more lol.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old July 17th, 2005, 23:11
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From recent time...Ian McEwen's Amsterdam comes to mind. I had read two brilliant books by him (Cement Garden and Atonement) so I had big hopes. But the first 20-30 pages were so plain and boring that I had no desire to continue.

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i don't remember such a book. I remember I had troubles to come through the first 30 pages of Umberto Eco's "The name of the rose" and i was close to put it away. Good, i didn't, turned out to be a great and interesting one.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old July 20th, 2005, 13:05 Thread Starter
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Well done lili!

I'm playing these days the 1987 videogame based in it, but it's hell hard!
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100 years of soltititude...... :embarass:
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100 years of soltititude...... :embarass:
Is this a book or....a lifestyle?
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this is supposed to be a simple thread. Answering a question like that is anything but simple

....or is it?
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La Queste del Sant Graal. I had to read it for a Medieval Literature class, and my God, it's dull, dull, dull...

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Too many to list. When I go to a bookshop I buy any book that looks reasonably interesting, which means I pick up quite a few duds.

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Oliver Twist. Couldn't get interested in it. I read David Copperfield and Martin Chuzzlewit easily enough though.

Stupid White Men as well. Too much of Michael Moore gets very annoying.
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Ah, another one! Anthony Beevor's "Berlín 1945: The Fall".

Great book, great documentation, great everything, but too extended! It is supposed to be a book about the fall of Berlin, but more than a half of the book consists on how ran the war since Stalingrado. Pretty cool, but 600 pages is too much.
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actually quite a lot of books i've bought over the years i never finished reading, but a standout author for me is Anne Rice.... I've bought Witching Hour, Taltos, Interview With A Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen Of The Damned, and i've never finished ANY of them... I try REAL hard to like Anne Rice's books, but always when i get halfway through, i get disinterested in continuing reading on, coz one simple fact remains of her books... Nothing actually happens in her stories!!!
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Ah, another one! Anthony Beevor's "Berlín 1945: The Fall".

Great book, great documentation, great everything, but too extended! It is supposed to be a book about the fall of Berlin, but more than a half of the book consists on how ran the war since Stalingrado. Pretty cool, but 600 pages is too much.
Yeah, I agree on this one. I tried reading it normally and just lost interest at the time when the the Russians were about to storm the hills to the east of Berlin (sorry forgot the name). It's also a hard book to read since it's such a miserable story with Germans executing prisoners as they withdrew and the Russians raping the German women as they arrive. You feel kind of relieved when the books over.
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Too many to list...even by authors I really like. Like "Almayer's Folly" by Joseph Conrad. Or "The Green Hills of Africa" by Hemingway, and I adore him...too much safari...
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I recently took a compilation of Isaac Asimov's short tales. I've read over a half of the book; but past week somebody gave me a gift. A book of Sudokus...
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i coud never seem to finish 'tulku' by peter dickinson

or...'The plague' by albert camus...even through i adore the book something always comes up which means i end up not finishing it

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Dostoievski´s The eternal husband is the last one.

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Some book by Robert Ludlum. So boring I can't even remember the title.

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post #20 of 26 (permalink) Old July 31st, 2005, 02:59
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Its usually a heavy and too serious that that are the easiest to not finish and find boring(even if you find them to be great).

But for me,I must say for now that it is the Da Vinci Code.Its somewhat exciting and interesting with its small history lessons.But Somehow,I cant care for it and finish it (Maybe because Dan Brown writes so boring and awful?).I have finished reading 6 books sence I started reading it(and funnily enough,3 of those books are heavy books that you can easily find to be boring on some parts,but I still read through them more vigorously then a supposedly intertainment kind of book that is Da Vinci Code)..
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