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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
    For the most part, I finish a book even if I'm really not enjoying it. I feel like I have to. Then if you stop halfway through or whenever, you're always going to wonder if it got better right after you stopped. But chances are it didn't.
    I think the last time I forced myself to finish a book I didn't like was The Scarlet Letter. That book taught me that, if you think it's going to get better even though forcing yourself to read it is torturous, headache-inducing, and quite frankly, NOT FUN, you are wrong. I told myself after that: "Never again, Amanda. Just stop while you can. "

    Quote Originally Posted by WeDealInLead View Post
    50 pages max, a lot of times less. If you don't like the writing or the dialogue or the characters or whatever else, it's better to pick up something else. It's not even that it's a bad book necessarily but I'd rather be reading something I really like. Books are a big time commitment.
    Exactly! I hate wasting time on a bad book when there's a great unopened book waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.


    Quote Originally Posted by fernandito View Post
    The maximum defective allowance I've ever given a book is 100 pages, and that's because I really wanted to like the book.

    As others have mentioned, sometimes you know right away. I think I got about 30 pages in to The Lovely Bones before I said "lol, NOPE"
    How many pages into The Fault in Our Stars did we get before saying "Nope" ?
    But seriously, if I can tell right away that I really don't even care for any of the characters, what's the point, right? I don't like people in real life, why the hell would I want to waste my free time reading about people that I also don't give a shit about?

    I do wish there was a box in my mind I could put all those unfinished books in, set them on fire, and somehow erase them from my memory. That way they would stop haunting me for never having been finished.

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    On the few occasions where that has happened to me, I just go to WikiPedia and look up the rest lol.
    Let's get a little crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladysai View Post
    I havent read that one, Fall. I have read the Baroque Cycle, and enjoyed it a lot.
    Stephenson's writing is thick with words...it can either be overwhelming or highly detailed, depending on your perspective.
    I agree, I was overwhelmed. I keep the book around in case I ever get further along in it. I also have the first two Baroque books and Anathem, so I haven't given up on him yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by WeDealInLead
    I lasted about 1/3 of a page in The City of the Dead by Brian Keene before I flung the book across the room. I've never been so disappointed with something a writer has done...I'm getting mad just thinking about it. The City is the sequel to The Rising. The Rising ends slightly open-ended but not really. It's pretty obvious what happened and it was bleak and it depressed the hell out of me. After being pressured by fans he wrote the sequel which changed the ending of The Rising completely. I felt cheated and robbed of the emotional impact The Rising had on me. I've read many of his books since then but never with enthusiasm I've had before The City of the Dead.
    Not sure what to think of this as I am reading Rising now.
    In Digitized Remorse


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    Quote Originally Posted by fernandito View Post
    On the few occasions where that has happened to me, I just go to WikiPedia and look up the rest lol.
    Hahaha. That's a great way to get rid of the nagging feeling when you don't know how it ended, I guess.

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    I'm notorious for starting books and putting them down right away. It depends on the book, some I'll toss aside before I even finish the first chapter. Others I'll force myself to read and finally quit much further in when it doesn't get any better. But for the most part the story really has to grab me from the get go.

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    Just finished Odd Apocalypse. It's as good as Odd Thomas. Starting Deeply Odd in a few minutes.

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    Just finished Full Dark No Stars for the first time. I couldn't help but wish for a little more variety. Every story was pretty much the same thing: Woman good, Man bad. And with Under the Weather, I called the twist literally two pages in. Meh.

    Next ill be reading/experiencing S. By J.J. Abrams and someone else. Excited.

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    Full Dark No Stars was fucking abysmal.
    Let's get a little crazy.

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    Just watched the movie for hearts in Atlantis, how does it compare to the book?

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    The movie takes one of the stories and makes a half-hearted attempt at it. The book has 5 separate but loosely related stories. Two are amazingly awesome; two are very very good; and one is sortof weird but interesting in its novelty. The story Low Men in Yellow Coats (which the movie is mostly based on) is one of the "amazingly awesome" stories.

    You should read the book.

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    Weaveworld by Clive Barker and The Ruins by Scott Smith, tried reading Consumed by David Cronenberg but I didn't get very far, maybe I will try again before the 14 day loan period is up

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    Quote Originally Posted by divemaster View Post
    The movie takes one of the stories and makes a half-hearted attempt at it. The book has 5 separate but loosely related stories. Two are amazingly awesome; two are very very good; and one is sortof weird but interesting in its novelty. The story Low Men in Yellow Coats (which the movie is mostly based on) is one of the "amazingly awesome" stories.

    You should read the book.
    As a Vietnam vet, I like Hearts quite a bit. King's chapbook, The New Lieutenant's Rap, is an expansion of one of the stories.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhanic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by divemaster View Post
    The movie takes one of the stories and makes a half-hearted attempt at it. The book has 5 separate but loosely related stories. Two are amazingly awesome; two are very very good; and one is sortof weird but interesting in its novelty. The story Low Men in Yellow Coats (which the movie is mostly based on) is one of the "amazingly awesome" stories.

    You should read the book.
    As a Vietnam vet, I like Hearts quite a bit. King's chapbook, The New Lieutenant's Rap, is an expansion of one of the stories.

    John
    I loved the book as well! I actually thought the movie did a good job of the first story (Anthony Hopkins rarely does bad movies, IMO), although it changed a few significant things. Don't want to give any spoilers!
    "God punishes us for what we cannot imagine." - Stephen King, Duma Key

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    I liked the movie too. They changed the crucial part of the book but they had to to make the movie work.

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    I can tell you what I'm not currently reading.
    The Winds of Winter.
    Not sure what GRRMs deal is, but at this current rate, he's going to be dead before he finishes.

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    Since Bethany, and a few others suggested it, I've been reading book one of The Dresden Files.
    I had no idea there were 15 books in the series before I started. Fifteen!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Zurov View Post
    Just watched the movie for hearts in Atlantis, how does it compare to the book?
    Quote Originally Posted by divemaster View Post
    The story Low Men in Yellow Coats (which the movie is mostly based on) is one of the "amazingly awesome" stories.

    You should read the book.
    Agreed. Low Men in Yellow coats is one of my favorite King creations.

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    Reading Dan Simmons' A Winter Haunting. I've had this around for a long time and decided it was time. A strange book indeed.

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    What do you think of it? I had a hard time with it. I loved Summer of Night so much that it was probably inevitable that I wouldn't like that one. I was just disappointed with the direction he took with some of the characters.

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    Douglas Clegg - Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters. I like it a lot.

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    Reading Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach Trilogy
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    Dark Tower S/N LE's 171 or 203
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    A Storm of Swords #218 or 346
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