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Worst books you've ever read.

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3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 1:18:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
Don't count the ones you put down in disgust after page three. These have to be books you actually read right through.
My worst to date would be Treasure Island by Justin Scott. He says right up front that it's just a rewrite of the RLS classic of the same name. Unfortunately, he left out everything that made it a classic. If you're looking at it on the bookshelf, leave it where it is.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 2:19:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not sure if it was the "worst ever" but some of Scott Adams non-comic "Dilbert" books were not very good. He was basically an unfunny (and non-random) version of Dave Barry. Dilbert Future was one of those.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 2:42:36 AM EST (GMT-5)

The Alchemist: Holy sh-t, this book. What do I say about this book? It's quite the moralistic book, which would be fine I guess if it din't confuse morals with the cliches you find on inspirational posters. Beginners' luck is an actual metaphysical concept in this book and if that possibly sounds interesting, it isn't. It, like every other nugget of "wisdom" is just a common cliche dressed up in fancy words. What more do I say about it? Do I talk about the completely tacked on romance? (The "lovers" exchange less than a page worth of dialogue and then get married). And the ending, one of the worst I've seen in any medium. The protagonist could have woken up and found out the whole book was a dream and it'd be less f-cking insulting.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 5:50:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
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Yes, I read it.

He's in Italy a long time ago, therefore he meets everyone from Italy, regardless of it being even historically possible. I'm sure it it carried on he would have met mario.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 8:01:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/15/14 - 5:50:06 PM 314159 wrote:
[link] [image] Yes, I read it. He's in Italy a long time ago, therefore he meets everyone from Italy, regardless of it being even historically possible. I'm sure it it carried on he would have met mario.

Haha
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/14 - 11:10:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't say it's a horrible story but the English translation of Battle Royale is absolutely horribly written. It really has a lot to do with the translation, though.

Also, some of my mother's werewolf erotica (which I read for laughs).

But 99% of books I've personally picked up or had to read for class have actually been good.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 9:09:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/15/14 - 5:50:06 PM 314159 wrote:
[link] [image] Yes, I read it. He's in Italy a long time ago, therefore he meets everyone from Italy, regardless of it being even historically possible. I'm sure it it carried on he would have met mario.


Isn't it just a novelisation of the game?

In the game, his uncle is called Mario and they do a 'It's-a-me, Mario!' joke.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 10:33:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I never got that far in the game, but oh dear.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 8:03:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
A lot of teen fiction is crap, so I won't list the books I've read from that genre that would qualify.

Aside from that, I've managed to avoid really terrible books. Though I am finding "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens to be tedious, but there's still some merit in it I guess
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 9:25:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Any book bad enough to be a "worst book" is one that I didn't bother to finish. Not sure why those can't be included...
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 11:35:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/16/14 - 9:25:40 PM CowDung wrote:
Any book bad enough to be a "worst book" is one that I didn't bother to finish. Not sure why those can't be included...

I'm interested in the ones whose awfulness was supreme. So unimaginably awful that you absolutely had to keep going to see just how bad it could be.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 8:01:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse.
How much of a whiney teen do you have to be to find this acceptable literaure? Ok, he's the lone wolf. I get it. Now shut up and stop repeating it for another 100 pages.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 12:32:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/16/14 - 9:25:40 PM CowDung wrote:
Any book bad enough to be a "worst book" is one that I didn't bother to finish. Not sure why those can't be included...
On Sunday 3/16/14 - 11:35:16 PM aldod wrote:
I'm interested in the ones whose awfulness was supreme. So unimaginably awful that you absolutely had to keep going to see just how bad it could be.


I guess I'm not that type of reader. If a book turns out to be bad, I have no worries about quitting it and moving on to something else.

Life is too short to get bogged down trying to get through bad books when there are so many good reads out there...

3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 1:54:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm like cd. The only books I could put here were horrible mandatory readings from hs and college, and I don't want to make them the honor of remembering them.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 2:02:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
There were some things that were mandatory for me that I disliked...even very strongly...

We read Call of the Wild in middle school and I absolutely hated it. However, in terms of quality, it's not the worst. Again, while I enjoyed the content more, the English translation of Battle Royale was worse as far as quality goes.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 2:07:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 3/17/14 - 8:01:55 AM Matthias wrote:
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse. How much of a whiney teen do you have to be to find this acceptable literaure? Ok, he's the lone wolf. I get it. Now shut up and stop repeating it for another 100 pages.


This is one of two books that I had to study for uni and just never bothered finishing.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 2:13:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
and fwiw, I also used to be a 'must finish everything even if I hate it' type of person and now I just don't give a f*ck. Reading books isn't my job, I do it for pleasure and if something is not pleasing me, it gets dumped.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:03:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
i liked steppenwolf

um, isn't the point that he's kind of a dick at the beginning? like he's pretentious and egotistical and suicidal and in a really bad place and then later he changes and stuff
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:07:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 3/17/14 - 4:03:05 PM skyfish wrote:
i liked steppenwolf um, isn't the point that he's kind of a dick at the beginning? like he's pretentious and egotistical and suicidal and in a really bad place and then later he changes and stuff

If he changes (and that's an IF with capital letters) then he changes about 109 pages too late.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:10:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
well obviously i can see how spending your time with a character with serious flaws and troubles might not be everyone's taste, but i would say that i really didn't think that the point of the book that hesse was trying to make was that this guy was a lone wolf
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:13:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now I want to read Steppenwolf.

Is it anywhere close to Catcher in the Rye?
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:14:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 3/17/14 - 4:10:15 PM skyfish wrote:
well obviously i can see how spending your time with a character with serious flaws and troubles might not be everyone's taste, but i would say that i really didn't think that the point of the book that hesse was trying to make was that this guy was a lone wolf
No, no, not the POINT Hesse was trying to make. Just what Haller tells himself all the time. For me - and of course that's very subjective - the point Hesse might have been wanting to make got totally lost in the whining.
There's a lot of protagonists with serious flaws that I enjoyed reading about. Harry Haller was not one of them.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:18:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 3/17/14 - 4:13:51 PM Abzurd wrote:
Now I want to read Steppenwolf. Is it anywhere close to Catcher in the Rye?

Good example for a character with serious flaws that I loved to read about. I loved Catcher in the Rhy.
And Holden is just as self obsessed and whiney as Haller but at the same time he's whitty.
And Harry Haller is much more of a "teen" than Holden could ever be.
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:19:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
*Rye (auto correct the rest)
3 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 4:21:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
they are kinda similar come to think of it
personally i empathised more with haller, plus i really liked the more fantastical elements

it's been a while since i read either to be fair, i should reread them both

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