xquiq (xquiq) wrote in bookshelves,

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Worst Books

Despite their inherent subjectivity I enjoy looking at lists of the 'best' or 'most read' books, however today I'm intrigued by the truly bad.

Inspired by my current attempt to read 'The Celestine Prophecy', I'd be very interested to see your comments on the worst books you've ever read.

I'm not going to do a poll or anything like that, however some possibilities could be:

1. Truly awful fiction.
2. Worst non-fiction.
3. Most overrated book I've ever read.
4. So bad I didn't finish it.
5. I really wanted to like this, but...

For the record, my own answers and somewhat blunt opinions are under the cut:

1. 'Walking to Mercury' by Starkhawk - sanctimonious hippy nonsense. The main character manages to be silly, selfish and almost entirely unsympathetic. To top it off, the writing's rubbish.

2. I really didn't like 'Dude, Where's My Country' by Michael Moore. I might agree with some of the sentiments, but I still don't like to have unsubstantiated opinions yelled at me in print format. This is why I subscribe to very few mailing lists.

3. This has to be 'The Blind Assassin' by Margaret Atwood. I like Atwood and I know that it won the Booker but it's just so slow. It gets better by the end, but it was a struggle to get there.

4. I finish most books, so this is a difficult one. I seem to remember wanting to defenestrate my mother's copy of 'Diana: Her True Story' by Andrew Morton. Clearly picking it up in the first place was something of a schoolboygirl error and possibly indefensible.

5. Kerouac's 'On The Road' just didn't do it for me. I read it and promptly forgot it.

Thoughts? Comments?
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