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