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MahlerSymphony
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 4:36:24 PM

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RumpleForeskin wrote:

Melville, Moby Dick: (see, GE/BH) There's a reason it was a huge flop when first released. Should be approached only by Eng. Lit majors and then with caution..



Ah, Moby Dick is one of my favorites. I think it is a great novel, and there is much more humor in it than what I expected. The only parts I got bored with and skimmed over were the technical parts about the ship.
Didi
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 2:34:47 PM

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The DaVinci Code. One of the most boring pieces of crap ever published. I weep at the number of trees that must have perished to make it.
Revolution
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:29:26 AM

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Twilight, it was crap. I wanted to read it before I judged it, but I couldn't finish the first book.

"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it you can either run from it...or, learn from it." - Rafiki, The Lion King
PirateKitty
Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010 7:27:39 AM

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Revolution wrote:
Twilight, it was crap. I wanted to read it before I judged it, but I couldn't finish the first book.


I'll agree on that. Except I actually finished the book. Felt I had to as it was a gift.
Another I agree with is Lord of the Rings. Enjoyed the movies, enjoy the idea, just hard to read.
I got about halfway through the Obernewtyn series by Isobel Carmody and got distracted. I plan to finish it though. Someday.
The Crooked Letter by Sean Williams was just too strange to get through.
There's been a few I couldn't get through but I forget most of them.
sprite
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 7:25:47 PM

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ReallyHard wrote:
"Ulysses" by James Joyce. I trudged my way through it, but the writing style seemed designed to block the thing from my long-term memory.


ha! you stole my thunder! that said, the last few pages, Molly Blooms speech, was an amazing peice of writing, but it took me a year of struggling with the damn book to reach that part. :)



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Ravyn
Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 1:38:23 AM

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WellMadeMale wrote:
J.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Shelley's Frankenstein and Stoker's Dracula.

All three of their writing styles put me to sleep before I could finish more than 40 pages.



I would have to agree on the Lord of the Rings. I've tried several times and I just cannot finish the books. I have read the first 6 of the Harry Potter's and they were all far superior to the movies, but book 7.....I just cannot get past chapter 8. She was in far to much of a rush whether be personal or publisher pushed to finish the series and I think it shows in the last book.

Guest
Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 5:12:15 AM

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sprite wrote:
[quote=ReallyHard]"Ulysses" by James Joyce. I trudged my way through it, but the writing style seemed designed to block the thing from my long-term memory.


ha! you stole my thunder! that said, the last few pages, Molly Blooms speech, was an amazing peice of writing, but it took me a year of struggling with the damn book to reach that part. :) [/quote

I started reading Ulysees with Mahlersymphony and I'm also struggling. I like the inner thoughts of Mr Leopold Bloom he makes me laugh. I'm still at chapter two and I still am unsure what this book will be about???? I did a bit of research on this book and apprently James Joyce put lot's of criptic clues in the book. I also dislike the stop start of the short sentances that drives me mad as you can't get into the story as much.
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 4:11:06 AM

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Anything by Ernest Hemingway...reason: sheer boredom.
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