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Discussion in 'SouthWest Region Discussion' started by kreleia, Dec 19, 2001.

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  1. EmprsHandMick

    EmprsHandMick Jedi Padawan star 4

    Dec 7, 2001
    kreleia, I love the Odyssey and can't stand Huck Finn. Of course there is the fact that I'm a fan of mythology in general. Oh, did I recommend the Conqueror's Saga by Timothy Zahn? Awesome trilogy! Zahn rocks!
    Oh, but avoid Crime and Punishment, I swear those Russian authors sit down at the beginning of winter and start writing til the end, and they have LOONNGG winters.
  2. jupitertronic

    jupitertronic Jedi Youngling star 3

    Feb 10, 2002
    here are the worst books i've ever read:

    idoru, by william gibson.[/u]

    i really really thought i'd like william gibson but LORD is he a bad writer. this was one of those books i'd always wanted to read, then i finally did. and i've been regretting it ever since. to the plot i say, "oh RIGHT," and to his descriptions of locations i say, "you, sir, need to stop taking so many prescriptions." when someone went to a new place, i had to reread the description at least five times to have any clue what he was talking about. ack.

    the pearl, by john steinbeck.

    when i read this, my teacher asked the class what word came to mind to describe the mood of the book. so i said, "opiate," and, after the class stopped gawking at me (i guess most 10th graders don't know what word, heh), my teacher agreed. i never thought i could hate reading, but this book made me hate it for an entire semester. boring, stupid, things happen to boring, stupid characters i don't care about, and for such a short book, it dragged on so much i was begging for death. :p

    of mice and men, by john steinbeck.

    i guess i just don't like his style, because i have to say everything i said about the pearl applies to this, too. but i never finished this book.

    the catcher in the rye, by j.d. salinger.

    well this one started out good and i would have liked it, but about half way through i just couldn't stand the main character complaining anymore.

    the great gatsby, by f. scott fitzgerald.

    never finished this one either, so maybe i shouldn't be talking, but this is another one of those, "*now* i see why most people don't like to read..." books.

    hmm, i can't help it, i need to mention writing style real quick.

    frank herbert, anne rice and clive barker. they're the type of writers that even if the story is boring, i keep reading because i enjoy how it's being told anyway.

    now j. r. r. tolkien i think was a little nutty at times the way he decided to word his books, but he really grows on you. when i first started reading the hobbit i thought it was crap, and suddenly three-quarters through it i decided i really loved it. and now his writing style is one of my favorites.

    not that any of you care, of course. ;)
  3. Idiots Array

    Idiots Array Jedi Knight star 5

    Jan 3, 2000
    jupiter, have you read Neuromancer by William Gibson? I think his earlier stuff is better than his newer books.

    Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden. If you liked the movie, you'll definitely like the book.

    -> IA
  4. Diesel_Dave

    Diesel_Dave Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 16, 2002

    Read any good books lately?
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