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Title: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on September 14, 2007, 03:45:46 pm
A fairly self-explanatory thread.  Tell us the worst book you've ever had the misfortune to read, and what made it so bad.

I didn't actually read this book, it was a book on tape CD.  I was helping take my aunt and younger cousins back to the airport, and they insisted on listening to these books in a series about a mouse called Geronimo Stilton.  Granted, it was supposed to be a silly little chapter book for young readers, but it was the most condescending, painful tripe I've ever heard.  Every sentence made at least two bad cheese-based puns, the main character was pitiful, cowardly, and had absolutely no redeeming value, and it was just poorly written in general.  I gave myself a headache on the ride to the airport by cranking my mp3 player up as loud as possible in a vain attempt to drown it out.

But enough about that, what's your worst book?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: The Time Traveller on September 14, 2007, 03:48:23 pm
Definitely Bridge to Terabithia.  I read that when I was young, and it was RIDICULOUSLY tragic.

A fairly self-explanatory thread.  Tell us the worst book you've ever had the misfortune to read, and what made it so bad.

I didn't actually read this book, it was a book on tape CD.  I was helping take my aunt and younger cousins back to the airport, and they insisted on listening to these books in a series about a mouse called Geronimo Stilton.  Granted, it was supposed to be a silly little chapter book for young readers, but it was the most condescending, painful tripe I've ever heard.  Every sentence made at least two bad cheese-based puns, the main character was pitiful, cowardly, and had absolutely no redeeming value, and it was just poorly written in general.  I gave myself a headache on the ride to the airport by cranking my mp3 player up as loud as possible in a vain attempt to drown it out.

But enough about that, what's your worst book?
Wow, could I agree with you more?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Brandonazz on September 14, 2007, 04:17:27 pm
I do believe I have a problem. The worst books I've ever read, are ones I never completely read.

If the first chapter of a book is horrible I put it right down, so I've never had to read a bad book.

Just a bad chapter  ;)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kaizer on September 14, 2007, 04:29:16 pm
ugh worst book of all time is hatchet he spends the entire book clueless that he has a bloody hatchet on him!

reenactment: finally after 3 nights of work I made fire with sticks and tinder!..huh whats this hey lookie a hatchet!

then since I was forced to read it he goes and makes the story worse by dropping the hatchet in the water...

if you ask me this book was simply retarded the kid in it supposedly was intuitive and resourceful but who cant even see that he has a very useful tool for survival on his back pocket.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: The Time Traveller on September 14, 2007, 04:31:23 pm
I do believe I have a problem. The worst books I've ever read, are ones I never completely read.

If the first chapter of a book is horrible I put it right down, so I've never had to read a bad book.

Just a bad chapter  ;)

Well actually, Bridge to Terabithia is a great book until the end, and out of being compelled to see if it ended happily, I read the last chapter, which reflects on how sad the end was without resolving it.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on September 14, 2007, 05:20:47 pm
Ah, I expected several books required for school to show up here.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Brandonazz on September 14, 2007, 05:55:08 pm
*snaps fingers in realization*

That reminds me!

7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens. It was so full of lies and contradictions I wanted to burn it.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: stuck on September 14, 2007, 07:04:27 pm
It's close between The Scarlet Letter and Frankenstein. The Scarlet Letter I had to dredge through because it was just so tedious. The stark prose was my main concern, because I'll admit that its content and ideas were superb. The prose was stark for a reason, and it served its purpose, but I hated, absolutely hated, having to read it. Give me an essay about the issues discussed instead. Please

I hated Frankenstein because, while it was a great book in its time, the ideas in it have become so cliche it's become outdated.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cow on September 14, 2007, 07:07:26 pm
My First Bible Stories. I was 4. Yuck.


P.S. I'm going to name one of my favourite books too. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read it in middle school, and I loved it.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Little on September 14, 2007, 11:13:01 pm
The Bar Code Tattoo

That book was crap.  I really liked how nobody complained about the dystopia until the main character does that eberyone does.

Plus, when the main characters boyfriend gets the tattoo off him.

'Oh, I just burnt it off with acid.'

Like it was the most casual thing in the world.  :P

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on September 15, 2007, 02:49:56 am
I try to stay away from bad books, though I have been forced to read some I consider crappy in school. I try to ignore them though and I can't remember half of them.

Most recently I really hated The Cement Garden by Ian Mcewan. It's a book about incest. That's it. Incest. The main theme.
Sure there is a lot of physiologic and freudian theories in there but that doesn't change the fact that the overall theme is incest. That seems to be the only reason why the book was written.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: 762 on September 15, 2007, 07:35:14 am
Don't kill me, but I really hated Dune. The characters were two dimensional, each playing the archetype of their person. Either the jedi-like good guy, the strong woman who sticks by his side, or the child-molesting fatass bad guy. I just read it last year, and I can barely remember what happened. Spoilers: As far as I recall, Paul began superman training when he was a kid, their family moved to mine spice from an f-ed up planet, Paul's father was murdered and he was forced to flee. He became a Freman and had to live off the desert, all while Baron Von Harkenin is trying to hunt him down for a reason that I forgot. At the end, I think there's a battle between the Fremen and the henchmen and I'm pretty sure everyone dies and Paul starts crying. End Spoilers I'm sorry, but this book is one overused cliche after another, just put together in a different way.

Overall, I'd give it a C, only because its big fanbase might mean that there's something I missed
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on September 15, 2007, 08:19:37 am
I thought The Lord of the Flies was boring and unrealistic. Yeah I know it is suppose to symbolize that children aren't born good and that barbarianism lurks just beneath our culture but I just didn't find it to be very good.

Also, I agree a bit with 762 that the characters weren't all that good in Dune. But I still think they are good books.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kaizer on September 15, 2007, 08:24:30 am
i change my mind the worst book i read would be gift of the magi it's just so boring -.-...yea on second thought its still hatchet
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on September 15, 2007, 10:15:22 am
Don't kill me, but I really hated Dune. The characters were two dimensional, each playing the archetype of their person. Either the jedi-like good guy, the strong woman who sticks by his side, or the child-molesting fatass bad guy. I just read it last year, and I can barely remember what happened. Spoilers: As far as I recall, Paul began superman training when he was a kid, their family moved to mine spice from an f-ed up planet, Paul's father was murdered and he was forced to flee. He became a Freman and had to live off the desert, all while Baron Von Harkenin is trying to hunt him down for a reason that I forgot. At the end, I think there's a battle between the Fremen and the henchmen and I'm pretty sure everyone dies and Paul starts crying. End Spoilers I'm sorry, but this book is one overused cliche after another, just put together in a different way.

Overall, I'd give it a C, only because its big fanbase might mean that there's something I missed

....that book was frickin awesome though!

Lord of the flies..didn't like that.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on September 15, 2007, 02:12:51 pm
Dune isn't cliched as it was written before those things were cliches.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Plank of Wood on September 15, 2007, 02:20:32 pm
Mondays are Red.


I had to read it back in Year 7 in English, its about this kid with extreme Synesthesia, it's argueable one of the most depressing and stupid book ever written. It's full of hate, stupid metaphores and makes no sense whatsoever.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kcronos on September 15, 2007, 02:35:08 pm
I loved both Dune and Lord of the Flies.


Sure, the first time you read LOTF, you think that its about these whiny kids who need to get a life.

But if you immerse yourself more in old literature, like paradise lost, and you read the book more carefully with a cynical viewpoint, looking for symbols, you start to see what the author wants you to see.

On a side note, did you know that Beelzebub's name means "Lord of the Flies"?




Anyway, my most hated book was the Jar of Dreams.  No plot, no story, just this emo japanese kid who helps with the laundry.


Rising Climax Falling:

Normal book's: /\     Jar of dreams: __________________________________________________________________________________________
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on September 15, 2007, 02:47:43 pm
P.S. I'm going to name one of my favourite books too. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read it in middle school, and I loved it.

I whole heartedly agree!

Least favourite - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It was so bad, so awfully bad. The writing was terrible, the characters were extremely stupid* and the plot set in more then halfway through the book, and there was STILL virtually no plot anyway.

*The books is about the son of a Nazi general who befriends a jewish boy. Firstly, for some reason the author seems too scared to refer to nazis or hitler, so he just uses the title fuhrer, but then again, he never even says fuhrer. Instead, the boy refers to him as "The Fury" The problem here is that if the boy spoke German (which is says he does, obviously) he would know of the word fury (it actually says he doesn't know any english) and what it means (because he knows what fury means)

The boy is panfully oblivious as to what happens in Auschwitz (or Out-With, as, once again, the author never says Auschwitz) and has no idea why his Jewish friend is so thing and sad. He even thinks the concentration camp is just a village on the other side of a big fence.

The books ends with the boy willingly (okay, so he thought they were just rain shelters they were being forced into) walking into some gas chambers and dying. Wow.

EDIT - One more thing. The newspapers and most other people I know think it is amazing. I don't understand why. It's a big book of war cliches and stupidity.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on September 15, 2007, 10:13:20 pm
Oh, a door in the wall was pretty bad...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on September 16, 2007, 12:33:12 am
In school, pretty much everything I read prior to starting my GCSE courses was terrible.

We read 'Skellig', which was a stupid, patronising book. It's about some of angel that lives in a kid's attic or somewhere and eats Chinese food. Soudn interesting? It wasn't. It was evidently designed for eight year olds and I hated it. It was a long-stupid rip-off of all the other books where children find some bizarre animal.

Then we read 'Holes', which also sucks, paticularaly considering I'd read it myself, several years before. This book is really famous so I won't give you the plot.

I think my major problem was that, at home, I was reading 'intelligent' books, or at least books aimed at adults from around age 11 or 12. I commonly read Stephen King, for example. Whilst I didn't understand all the references I did get to grips with all the fear of it, and whilst most people I knew's favourite book woul be Harry Potter or, God forbid, something written by Jacqueline Wilson, my favourite book was Pet Semetary.

Knowing that my class was whining over patronising reading material, 'Talking in Whispers', When she gave me a synopsis of the book, I was excited. It was about 'political strife' and 'subversive terrorist activities'.

No, it wasn't. It was based aroung Pinochet's regime in Chile, but called the General something else. The murdered President was not Allende, but some other name. It was terrible. The characaters, far from the hardened revolutionaries I had envisioned, were a bunch of kids who stumble their way through and always manage to 'Run away' without being shot at by the Military Junta. People were taken away but it did not explain anything; the idealology behind Pinochet's regime, the reason and method of siezing power, American CIA involvement and the support of Mageret Thatcher. None of the shocking facts that would ram the message home. It was just an attempt to turn a Fascist state into a nice little 'Swallows and Amazons'-esque parable. No grittiness at all. Huge amounts of dialogue are given over to a terrible romance sub-plot, which was so poorly written I considered burning my copy rather than allowing school to give that terrible Aesop-style drivel to another student.


But, once I got into Year 10, things hotted up. I thoroughly enjoyed The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol. I only hope this year's novel is up to scratch. IE 1984 and not Of Mice and Men, which everyone seems to study and despsise.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on September 16, 2007, 03:09:16 am
We read 'Skellig', which was a stupid, patronising book. It's about some of angel that lives in a kid's attic or somewhere and eats Chinese food. Soudn interesting? It wasn't. It was evidently designed for eight year olds and I hated it. It was a long-stupid rip-off of all the other books where children find some bizarre animal.

Ugh! Don't remind me!

God forbid, something written by Jacqueline Wilson

I agree. Every book is the same story of a whiny girl.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on September 16, 2007, 05:03:45 am
Dune isn't cliched as it was written before those things were cliches.

I may spoil something about Dune, be warned

Yeah but one thing I didn't like about the characters in Dune were, that they never seem to be taken aback by anything. Harkonen attack? Pffth that's normal. Be stranded in the dessert with no sign of help or water for thousands of kms'? Did that last week what's new? Another harkonen attack in a secret underground lair? Nah. Drink some posion and experience a entirely new dimension of knowledge and feeling and communication with your child who is still in a foetus? Bah. At most they seem a bit schocked that something doesn't go according to plan but they always keep a level head. Yeah I know most of the characters are trained something or other but still.

This may just be because it has been a while since I read it but still.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Met on September 20, 2007, 11:51:10 am
Man, i really disliked Dune. A teacher wanted me to read it for extra credit. She just assumed i'd "Love it" because its science fiction. But I got to say, it really wasn't that good...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on September 20, 2007, 01:29:17 pm
I liked Dune.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kazzor on September 21, 2007, 02:05:12 am
The last guardian...
A warcraft Novel about the time when the orcs first came to Azeroth, and Medive betrayed the hole lot of them...

It got it all, orcs, war, magic, demons, death, funny char. n' stuff...

BUT, when it's like it's building up for something that NEVER comes up!
At the end i really didn't notice i was in the ending of the book and then when it started to sound like it was going somewhere: The end

WTF!

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kcronos on September 22, 2007, 06:21:15 am
Thats what you get for reading a warcraft novel...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: 762 on September 22, 2007, 07:08:52 am
I liked Dune.

I can see how people would like it, but it wasn't for me.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on September 22, 2007, 07:21:19 am
Thats what you get for reading a warcraft novel...

Lord of the Clans (http://www.blizzard.com/books/lordoftheclans-excerpt.shtml) was awesome though.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Person21 on September 22, 2007, 07:50:21 am
Yeah, Lord of the Clans was awesome.


And a terrible book that comes to mind is the Starcraft book "Shadow of the Xel'Naga". The author took game mechanics literally (Talked about resources, a lot), the ending was terrible and made no sense what so ever, and the Zerg were so badly done that I wanted to hunt down and beat the author to death with a stick.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on September 22, 2007, 07:59:54 am
I have posted this before (most of probably have seen it too) but still:

(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/3582/20070427ua4.jpg)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: huggkruka on October 07, 2007, 01:26:34 pm
I really haven't read any horrible books...First Harry Potter is pretty awful but I was a kid at the time. I think the title has to go to Dreamcatcher by Steven King. Decent writing but such a ridiculous set-up.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on October 07, 2007, 01:28:15 pm
I hated Dreamcatcher too.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on October 07, 2007, 09:24:30 pm
To be honest, I would be suprised if a book based on a video game was actually good.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kazzor on October 08, 2007, 01:28:28 am
To be honest, I would be suprised if a book based on a video game was actually good.

Then you haven't read any :O
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kishmond on October 24, 2007, 09:10:05 pm
To be honest, I would be suprised if a book based on a video game was actually good.

Then you haven't read any :O

Haaaalo. Seriously, I think the books were better than the games. If I, uh, remember correctly. I read them in like 7th grade.


About bad books... I can't seem to remember reading any because they were, ah, bad. I do remember reading a few that just seemed to end suddenly, I don't like that.
There is one that isn't bad, not by a long shot, but I couldn't bring myself to read it all the way through. The second Lord of the Rings. It just seemed to drone on and on. Maybe the movies spoiled it for me.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on November 05, 2007, 03:50:17 pm
Haaaalo. Seriously, I think the books were better than the games. If I, uh, remember correctly. I read them in like 7th grade.

agreed
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: huggkruka on November 07, 2007, 11:14:43 pm
Scratch that! I read Anthony Horowitzs "Point Blanc" and I HATED it! It's terrible writing and ridiculous setups. Of course there are movies made of it... >:(
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: SBD on November 08, 2007, 03:18:51 am
The Sacred Balance
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on November 08, 2007, 09:40:53 am
Scratch that! I read Anthony Horowitzs "Point Blanc" and I HATED it! It's terrible writing and ridiculous setups. Of course there are movies made of it... >:(

That was the worst of the series by far, and the movies are terrible.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on November 15, 2007, 11:47:05 am
Scratch that! I read Anthony Horowitzs "Point Blanc" and I HATED it! It's terrible writing and ridiculous setups. Of course there are movies made of it... >:(

Agreed. The others were interesting and well, good. This was greatly lacking.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: pfellah on December 13, 2007, 08:45:33 am
Setting aside books that were forced on me by the public education system (yes, I'm looking at you, Silas Marner) and sticking with books I actually chose to read to completion, I gotta go with (I believe) Crown of Swords from the Wheel of Time series. Don't get me wrong... overall, I like WoT, but CoS (if it's the one I'm thinking of) was just repetitive and tedious, and nothing of true substance happened until the final 2-3 chapters. Meh.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on December 13, 2007, 12:11:25 pm
Setting aside books that were forced on me by the public education system (yes, I'm looking at you, Silas Marner) and sticking with books I actually chose to read to completion, I gotta go with (I believe) Crown of Swords from the Wheel of Time series. Don't get me wrong... overall, I like WoT, but CoS (if it's the one I'm thinking of) was just repetitive and tedious, and nothing of true substance happened until the final 2-3 chapters. Meh.

Wheel of Times books seem to get progressivley more devoid of actual happenings as time goes on.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: BlueBottle on February 02, 2008, 07:20:53 am
Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.

Awesome premise: human boy, raised by aliens, returns to Earth; the boy and his fellow Earthlings struggle to 'grok' each others' bizarre cultures.

But by the time I finished the book I was completely disillusioned. I no longer cared about nor identified with any of the characters. I felt as though I were the butt of a cruel haze or practical joke played by the author on his readers; I imagined Mr. Heinlein lounging in his easy chair, pointing his finger at me and laughing "sucker!" while his publisher snickered approvingly behind him.

Fortunately, I also read one of his earlier works, Starship Troopers, which was sufficiently superb that I can forgive him for his awful Stranger.

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on February 02, 2008, 08:43:21 am
Blue, Stranger in a Strange Land is considered one of the best science fiction books ever. I am not saying you are wrong (haven't read it yet, it is on my nightstand) but, to me, it seems odd especially since you liked Heinlein's earlier work.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: HG-Alex on February 03, 2008, 08:34:22 pm
A book called "You Don't Know Me." Ugh, it still haunts me.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: HolsteinCow on May 13, 2008, 07:37:00 pm
My dad recommended that I read Mission Earth, a 10-part series by L. Ron Hubbard(the guy that created Scientology).

The first book was mildly interesting, but the rest of the series dragged on and on like an insane rant. I blocked out my memories of reading it, but I remember I got as far as book five before stopping. He wanted me to read Atlas Shrugged next, but I just decided never to trust my dad's taste in literature again.

On a completely unrelated note, is schizophrenia passed down genetically?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on May 13, 2008, 08:11:27 pm
I'm reading Stranger right now....


I didn't like the Dune I read. But I'm gonna read the first one after I read Stranger. I'm willing to give it a second chance.

Worst book: Any "Hugo" Books. THOSE PEOPLE HAVE NO TASTE!!!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Jagon on May 13, 2008, 10:40:36 pm
Dianetics by El Ron Hubbard
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on May 14, 2008, 07:26:08 pm
I'm reading Stranger right now....


I didn't like the Dune I read. But I'm gonna read the first one after I read Stranger. I'm willing to give it a second chance.

Worst book: Any "Hugo" Books. THOSE PEOPLE HAVE NO TASTE!!!
Ender's Game? That was really good..
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on May 14, 2008, 07:27:46 pm
No, just... "Dune"
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on May 15, 2008, 12:59:42 pm
No, I mean, Ender's Game won a hugo.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 15, 2008, 06:42:40 pm
Now THAT book was overrated. It was confusing and dry and mostly pointless. But if I have to say thee worst book I have ever read, it has to be "Remnants: the Mayflower Project". It was supposedly a young adult science fiction book but it was filled with thee absolute most disturbing things I have ever read. The author graphically described, in complete and horrid detail, how a rabid fetus went and tore a guys leg off.  He described the scene so graphically that I almost threw up all over the book, and probably would have if I hadn't stopped reading and took a 30 minute computer break.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on May 15, 2008, 06:47:29 pm
Rabid fetus?

RABID... FETUS?!




I like that author.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on May 15, 2008, 07:41:07 pm
wow. Sounds..gruesome. And EG was not overrated! (Ok, I know, you're entitled to your opinion, but..I still disagree.)

Anyway, have you guys heard of this Twilight book? It's some vampire romance thing by stephenie meyer. She's being called the American J.K. Rowling. Now, I haven't read this book...but it sounds like it's cheesy. The little I know of it sounds kinda bad.

I'm more of an Anne Rice vampire person..
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sub on May 24, 2008, 09:16:48 pm
Sarah, Plain and Tall.

I was forced to read it in school in like 3rd grade.  This book single handedly turned me off reading until like one year ago
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Little on May 24, 2008, 10:52:38 pm
Now THAT book was overrated. It was confusing and dry and mostly pointless. But if I have to say thee worst book I have ever read, it has to be "Remnants: the Mayflower Project". It was supposedly a young adult science fiction book but it was filled with thee absolute most disturbing things I have ever read. The author graphically described, in complete and horrid detail, how a rabid fetus went and tore a guys leg off.  He described the scene so graphically that I almost threw up all over the book, and probably would have if I hadn't stopped reading and took a 30 minute computer break.

 :D

That made me laugh. It's just...a fetus?

Isn't that by K.A. Applegate?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 24, 2008, 11:19:26 pm
Yep, went and killed the space ships only doctor. And did I mention it had no eyes!  :o
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on May 24, 2008, 11:26:32 pm
Ok, technically it's not a book, it's a play..but Romeo and Juliet was pretty bad. Even worse, my classmates didn't realize that it was a story about two horny teenagers, not a true love story.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on May 25, 2008, 02:23:10 am
Ok, technically it's not a book, it's a play..but Romeo and Juliet was pretty bad. Even worse, my classmates didn't realize that it was a story about two horny teenagers, not a true love story.

They think they're in love. Thats the point. Juliet is only 13, so it's clearly only a whimsical thing.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on May 25, 2008, 02:57:31 pm
Ok, technically it's not a book, it's a play..but Romeo and Juliet was pretty bad. Even worse, my classmates didn't realize that it was a story about two horny teenagers, not a true love story.

They think they're in love. Thats the point. Juliet is only 13, so it's clearly only a whimsical thing.

I am sorry, but did Mr. Consideration just call one of the most revered plays ever, bad?

Why? So it's about two horny teenagers, I thought that was the point? What is the complaint, other than your classmates are morons (something which I can sympathize with), but that is hardly a complaint against the play?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Brandonazz on May 25, 2008, 06:09:18 pm
I am sorry, but did Mr. Consideration just call one of the most revered plays ever, bad?

No, Gungnir did.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on May 25, 2008, 06:13:45 pm

Ok, technically it's not a book, it's a play..but Romeo and Juliet was pretty bad. Even worse, my classmates didn't realize that it was a story about two horny teenagers, not a true love story.

They think they're in love. Thats the point. Juliet is only 13, so it's clearly only a whimsical thing.

Omg, suicidal 13 year olds. What a shocker!!!!  ::)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on May 25, 2008, 06:28:15 pm
I just didn't find it entertaining. I mean, sure, the poetry was genius, I'm not saying it wasn't, but the story didn't really grip me or anything.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: The Time Traveller on May 25, 2008, 06:30:10 pm
Pride and Prejudice.  BLECH!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on May 25, 2008, 08:38:34 pm
I...mildly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultramarine on May 25, 2008, 08:40:05 pm
Of Mice and Men....
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 25, 2008, 09:19:38 pm
NO!!!  :o :o :o

Really, I thought the book was great.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultramarine on May 25, 2008, 09:52:23 pm
It's not all that bad but right now it's mandatory book work for school.
I'd rather read it on my own time let alone in a 100 degree room full of slack jawed idiots other than myself  >:(. Plus some of the best parts of the book is skipped over during the oral reading part of the class period.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 25, 2008, 09:54:33 pm
Let me guess, CP level class?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultramarine on May 25, 2008, 09:58:48 pm
 :o

Yes actually, and it's swelteringly hot in that small menial classroom of hell.
Luckily the book is short and sweet, but the whole atmosphere (literally and figuratively speaking) of the room and the skipping of crucial parts of the book to replace it with movie form (which isn't all that bad if you think about it) makes the experience of reading the book very tedious.

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 25, 2008, 10:05:14 pm
My solution...

Get better grades so you can transfer to an honors class, where they actually care about teaching instead of shuffling you through your mandatory school hours. Hell, it worked for me.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on May 26, 2008, 01:05:10 am
I hated Of Mice and Men until my Literature exam, in which I was so proud of my essay question answer that I had a renewed desire to read the book again and enjoy it.

I think the reason I hated it was because I had to listen to large portions of it read aloud. Some people have the voice to read aloud, some really, really, really do not.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cool AN on May 26, 2008, 01:35:16 am
I really liked Of Mice and Men, one of the better books we have read in class.

Then again I read the book to the first class, when should have only read the two first chapters.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on May 26, 2008, 09:47:55 am
I loved Of Mice And Men...Grapes of Wrath too, I should probably find some more Steinbeck...anyway, I'm just glad I got to read it on my own (what a way to spend a friday night)  :D
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on May 26, 2008, 01:19:34 pm
wow. Sounds..gruesome. And EG was not overrated! (Ok, I know, you're entitled to your opinion, but..I still disagree.)

Anyway, have you guys heard of this Twilight book? It's some vampire romance thing by stephenie meyer. She's being called the American J.K. Rowling. Now, I haven't read this book...but it sounds like it's cheesy. The little I know of it sounds kinda bad.

I'm more of an Anne Rice vampire person..

Um, yeah. I made a topic for that book that was completely ignored. They're well written, but a large amount of the book is luvvy-duvvy and quite cheesy. It gets good in all 3 books when all the vampire-werewolf action starts up. :)

She's written a new book called The Host which is also a bit luvvy-duvvy but I recommend it, it's got a very interesting plot.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: The Time Traveller on May 26, 2008, 01:22:50 pm
Wait.  There are werewolves in the books too?  She really jumped the shark there.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: PikMini on May 29, 2008, 08:45:04 am
The Big Sandwich Book

Almost all of the recipes called for random stuff i never heard of.. well it is not really a book either.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Psilontech on June 29, 2008, 01:58:25 am
Colony Fleet by Susan R. Matthews

Ye Gods, did that book piss me off. It had potential up until the point of where it was written by a woman.

The beginning was actually not half bad, but the middle and the especially the end just... I can't even articulate how bad it was. The only thing that had me get all the way through it was the fact that I pretty much have to finish a book I start... Speaking of which, I regret to this day starting War and Peace ;)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on June 29, 2008, 05:16:33 pm
Hows it being written by a woman bad?

I mean, sure, most of the books I like are written by men, but still.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Legodragonxp on October 08, 2008, 01:30:42 pm
I just found this again cleaning out some old boxes.

Worst book ever read by me would have to be 'Virtual Mode' by Piers Anthony, given to me by a friend who thought I would really like the whole dimensional travel bit.

The story (now it has been 16 years since I've read it, but it still burns) is about an 14yr old girl lost from her current dimension finding weak spots in space time to jump of parallel universe to parallel universe and boinking any older guy she can find. When she can't find a guy, her telepathic horse is her boink-mate. The whole story has the feel of a beastiality/pedafile's wet dream, but that isn't even the worst part...

.. after suffering through this mess for like 375 pages, I was looking forward to just getting to the end (with 50 pages to go) you turn the page to a chapter titled 'Author's notes'. It was the beginning of a series and it didn't even present a hint of closure at all, with the next book slated for 8 months out.

I just put it away.

-Lego
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Mr. Consideration on October 12, 2008, 08:49:16 am
The whole story has the feel of a beastiality/pedafile's wet dream, but that isn't even the worst part...

Piers Anthony in a nutshell.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Harlander on October 13, 2008, 06:05:08 pm
The book I probably enjoyed the least while still finishing it was Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men. It's basically a future history (starting in the 1930s or something - well, it was the future for when the book was written) of the human race and its descendants. Sounded like a cool premise, but.. it's so dry, it's like reading a particularly uninspiring history textbook.

The books that annoyed me the most despite being quite good in most respects are from Neil Asher's sci-fi series about the Polity, an interplanetary government administered by a series of superintelligent AIs. Interesting ideas and some good explorations of weird issues, but with an annoying tendency. It's not rare for books to have a snippet of an in-fiction text at the beginning of their chapters; a lot of said texts in these books run along the lines of

If you don't support the death penalty you're a coward who fears personal responsibility. - Jeff McGuyface

I don't mind a story making a case for a political viewpoint in general - but it has to be a little more subtle than an inter-chapter heading just calling me a whiny commie loser. And I will not be lectured on personal responsibility by a person who thinks the best way forward for humanity is to cede all power to a cadre of thinking machines..
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: SBD on October 14, 2008, 06:06:26 am
I remember some time in high school, we had to read this really bad fantasy book. It was about this lazy kid and his crazy grandma who go on some quest and end up finding that the kid's dad became the emperor or king or something of some place. It was really bad.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on October 14, 2008, 07:45:33 am
Still can't be as bad as my rabid fetus monster.  :P
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: shadowlord18 on October 23, 2008, 08:17:04 pm
i read a book called hatchet once but think its a different one the one mentioned earlier i liked it.

umm this book was called  garys idea i just never got it
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Glacies on November 01, 2008, 01:37:10 am
I had to read a short story called "On the sidewalk, bleeding." near five times. I hated it so much. It's about some guy who gets knifed by another gang and then bleeds to death. It's not actually all that bad, but the repitition pissed me right off. Thank you, education system.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kenobro on November 01, 2008, 02:03:18 am
Worst book...  Hatchet.  Damn you, School.  They make you read boring dumb books that teach you a life lesson or some crap like that instead of good interesting books.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kratok on November 18, 2008, 11:03:50 am
Now THAT book was overrated. It was confusing and dry and mostly pointless. But if I have to say thee worst book I have ever read, it has to be "Remnants: the Mayflower Project". It was supposedly a young adult science fiction book but it was filled with thee absolute most disturbing things I have ever read. The author graphically described, in complete and horrid detail, how a rabid fetus went and tore a guys leg off.  He described the scene so graphically that I almost threw up all over the book, and probably would have if I hadn't stopped reading and took a 30 minute computer break.
Haar. Liked it. Got to read it in the last year or so in middle school for something or another.

It wants a sacrifice, Andrew >_>
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on November 18, 2008, 05:42:51 pm
AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  ;)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on November 19, 2008, 07:39:48 am
Dunno about the rabid fetus book, but I liked Hatchet.  It's like Man vs Wild in book form.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Draugr on December 04, 2008, 01:39:18 pm
Every Steinbeck novel... ick! :-X
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Met on December 04, 2008, 01:42:06 pm
Really? Didn't like Of Mice and Men?

We recently read The Oresteia in English. I must say, I didn't care for it in the slightest.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on December 04, 2008, 02:59:53 pm
Every Steinbeck novel... ick! :-X

NO, BAD DRAUGR!!!

BAD!!!

Go to your corner!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Met on December 04, 2008, 03:01:35 pm
That was really unnecessary.

Do you care to explain your opinion rather than posting random stuff which is essentially spam?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on December 04, 2008, 03:06:22 pm
If you mean to report me, then report me already.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Neoadept on December 04, 2008, 05:32:50 pm
Lord Foul's Bane.  Now, it might just be because I think a hero is only as good as it's villains, but any author who thinks the line "Know this, and be dismayed!" is something that the physical embodiment of all evil should say in it's first appearance is an idiot.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Draugr on December 06, 2008, 06:36:57 pm
My disdain for everything Steinbeck started back in like Junior High, when I was asked to read The Red Pony. The book sucked and the Pony in question died on the second page. About a year later, I was forced to read The Pearl, it was like running my scrotum along the side of cactus for a few hours and part of the climax involved a baby being shot in the head. Mind you I was in 6th grade. After being traumatized by these to novels, I began associating the name "John Steinbeck" with dead babies and dead ponies. Then in the 9th grade, I think, I had to read Grapes of Wrath, and once again found my scrotum placed precariously on the side of a cactus. Now, at the start of Junior year I was asked to read East of Eden. I tried to read it, but ended up Spark Noting it. Perhaps I would enjoy Of Mice and Men, but I don't think my mind or scrotum could take the chance.

Okay Steinbeck, I get it! Humanity needs compassion and empathy, but lacks it greatly, You've made the point just like EVERY other western writer! NOW GET OFF MY READING LISTS YOU OLD &*$#%@(^$#*%#$!!!!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on December 06, 2008, 11:25:43 pm
I suggest you read some Victorian Romance novels before you start complaining. Steinbeck is downright exciting by comparison.

Pride and Prejudice, kiss my *ss!

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on December 07, 2008, 06:21:00 am
I like Steinbeck too, but...I mildly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice  ??? (that face is for why I liked it)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Draugr on December 07, 2008, 06:28:17 am
I suggest you read some Victorian Romance novels before you start complaining. Steinbeck is downright exciting by comparison.

Pride and Prejudice, kiss my *ss!



that's like seeing someone complaining for being sick with flu, and responding with "You get colon cancer before you whine!" putting "bad" next to "worse" doesn't make "bad" "good"
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Connor on December 14, 2008, 08:43:13 am
I actually haven't read many books that I don't like, I consider myself to be quite good at judging books before I have the grace to offer them my time. The only book I didn't really enjoy was Shadowmancer...it was just so tedious and long. Hell, I was reading it every night because I just wanted it to be over already.

I still have my copy, but I'm probably not going to keep it much longer.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: smjjames on December 31, 2008, 08:08:10 am
Voyage of the Space Beagle by something Vogt (forget the exact name). The first several chapters are actually okay, but after about halfway, the plot suddenly turns on its head (actually not a bad thing when used right) and very quickly it ended up with the main character taking control of the ship through what the author called Nexalism. I didn't like that part because it sounded like the author was trying to push scientology on the reader.

The title itself was also misleading in a way because I expected something else.

I don't remember the worst book ever that I read, but this is just a recent one that I remember.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Little on January 29, 2009, 02:29:47 pm
I think we should all try writing something before we complain, and see how hard it is.

Okay, done.

Now, onto a book I didn't like. Please don't kill me...

I didn't like Twilight.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: omegatripod on January 29, 2009, 03:23:05 pm
I didn't like Twilight either.
And I absolutely HATED Moby Dick. There must be like, twelve people in the world who liked Moby Dick, tops. And they're all Oxford professors. I suspect that Herman Melville wasn't quite right in the head...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Brandonazz on January 29, 2009, 03:39:03 pm
The Awakening

Ugh.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on January 29, 2009, 07:10:49 pm
Although I haven't read Twilight, and I plan not to, after hearing the premise and some stupid sections from a friend of mine who has read it....I've decided it sounds really pointless. After expressing this to someone who is completely addicted to Meyer's works, I was threatened with death. Via desanguination.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Krakow Sam on January 29, 2009, 07:27:33 pm
Just get a confidant to feed you some of your killer's blood after you die and you will rise as a glittery adowable wampire >:3
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kcronos on February 12, 2009, 08:06:26 pm
Ugh.  I'd rather get beaten to death with a copy of Twilight!

The Awakening

Ugh.

This is Jane.
See Jane be opressed.
Rebel, Jane, rebel!
See Jane commit suicide.

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Blarg on February 14, 2009, 05:23:14 pm
"The Girl and the Goat."

It's a kid's book. But by golly, if you're going to write a kid's book at LEAST make it funny. I mean, it was the absolute WORST children's book EVER WRITTEN. With crap like that, how the heck are kids ever going to want to read?!

ARGH.

Okay, I'm better now.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Shadowgandor on February 15, 2009, 09:50:25 am
And I absolutely HATED Moby Dick. There must be like, twelve people in the world who liked Moby Dick, tops. And they're all Oxford professors. I suspect that Herman Melville wasn't quite right in the head...

Yea, it was a terrible book. I was looking for some english books for school and noticed Moby Dick in the racks. I had high expectations but all the book gave me was a vague description of how whale hunters live -_-
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on February 15, 2009, 01:48:31 pm
meh, twilight was ok. NOTHING happens for most of them, though

a vampire comes to hunt you down! in a quest for your blood! and now he's dead. mauled. by a pack of  vampires.

another vampire comes to hunt you down! in revenge for his lost leader! and now he's dead. mauled. by a pack of wolves.

a third vampire comes to hunt you down! in revenge for her lost mate! with an army this time! and now their dead. mauled. by a pack of vampires AND wolves.

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cobra on February 16, 2009, 09:05:12 pm
From what I saw in the movie is anything to go by they cover them selves in diamond glitter before going out in the sun. I hear the witches in left 4 dead are girls who didn't get to see the ending of the movie.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: eropS on February 18, 2009, 08:50:38 pm
Ha.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on February 23, 2009, 09:56:45 pm
meh, twilight was ok. NOTHING happens for most of them, though

a vampire comes to hunt you down! in a quest for your blood! and now he's dead. mauled. by a pack of  vampires.

another vampire comes to hunt you down! in revenge for his lost leader! and now he's dead. mauled. by a pack of wolves.

a third vampire comes to hunt you down! in revenge for her lost mate! with an army this time! and now their dead. mauled. by a pack of vampires AND wolves.


and finaly:

a huge army of vampires comes to hunt you down! and then they go home. they just changed their mind.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sinfulwolf on February 24, 2009, 06:46:27 am
The only book I didn't really enjoy was the Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring. Not to say its horrible before a flame war starts, I just simply didn't enjoy the writing style, or some of the content like the singing. I enjoyed the movies more.

Also, I've never read Twilight, nor do I intend to, i didn't even really enjoy Dracula, again writing style opinion.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 24, 2009, 08:50:23 am
God, yeah, Tolkein had some nice ideas but he wasn't exactly a master of the written word. I got through the Fellowship and half way through The Two Towers before I gave up from sheer boredom.

One of the rare cases of the movie arguably being better than the book.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on February 24, 2009, 12:01:53 pm
I could never read Tolkein past about 6 pages, I just found it so boring. :P
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cobra on February 24, 2009, 03:00:39 pm
God, yeah, Tolkein had some nice ideas but he wasn't exactly a master of the written word. I got through the Fellowship and half way through The Two Towers before I gave up from sheer boredom.

One of the rare cases of the movie arguably being better than the book.

I liked Fellowship but thats about all I forced my way through two towers but gave up early in Return of the king.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on February 24, 2009, 09:06:28 pm
it took me about six months to read the hobbit. then I gave up around were the where eating bear honey.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on February 24, 2009, 10:18:45 pm
Incidentally I finished that book in six hours.  :P

Oh and, I don't agree with you guys on Tolkien. I'm on my seventh re-read of the Hobbit and it still isn't old.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sinfulwolf on February 24, 2009, 11:21:06 pm
The above post is why I never said Tolkien wrote the worst books. He has plenty of fans who really enjoy his prose, and to still be popular so far after he's written his stories you know they've been enjoyed world wide. I personally don't like the writing style, and I know many who don't, but my comment two sentences earlier is proof that he is still an excellent writer.

I also don't like Stephen King too much. Don't like the way he works, ironically enough, I like Richard Bachman. Before anyone points it out, I know who Mr. Bachman really is, which is why I find it funny that I like his works, and not King's.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kcronos on February 25, 2009, 05:52:53 pm
Tolkien's stories are good when he actually focuses on the story!

One of the main problems I found with Tolkien is the overly-large backstory.


That, and the fact that after him, all fantasy novels known to man used the exact same setting (elves are tree dwellers with pointy ears, kobolds are lizard-like things, orcs, etc.)


For once, can't they write a fantasy novel that actually uses true Celtic folklore?  Fir Bolg?  Trolls (Ugly humanoids, not hulking monsters)?  Redcaps?  Goblins (Of the non-green variety)?  Seelie court?

Kobolds are actually a type of goblin, found in mines.  They look like goblins.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on February 25, 2009, 07:11:34 pm
That, and the fact that after him, all fantasy novels known to man used the exact same setting (elves are tree dwellers with pointy ears, kobolds are lizard-like things, orcs, etc.)

which is exactly why I don't read fantasy

well, I like Deathgate...the first one seemed to be moderately different from the average fantasy offering...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sinfulwolf on February 26, 2009, 06:34:08 am
That, and the fact that after him, all fantasy novels known to man used the exact same setting (elves are tree dwellers with pointy ears, kobolds are lizard-like things, orcs, etc.)

which is exactly why I don't read fantasy

well, I like Deathgate...the first one seemed to be moderately different from the average fantasy offering...

This is really unfair. Have you really only looked into Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms as fantasy then to really make this opinion? George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series does not even have elves or other such races and is full of political intrigue. James Marco's the Inhuman trilogy was great fantasy and was quite original (even if the back of the first one sounds really close to Lord of the Rings, it really isn't), Conan is fantasy and is all barbarians. The Sleeping God is a book about Mercenaries and backstabbing without involving elves goblins and such. Bernard Cornwell's King Arthur series is Arthurian fantasy and quite different from the norm as well. Any of the Diablo books are quite good as well.

There are plenty of fantasy books out there that don't completely rip off Tolkien and are actually really good, and so an entire genre shouldn't be ignored because some of the most popular out there seem like Tolkien.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on February 26, 2009, 07:05:14 am
well then...I guess I just don't like fantasy in general...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 26, 2009, 07:12:58 am
Opera, check out books by Neil Gaiman. They're technically fantasy, but not the swords and sorcery stuff.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cobra on February 26, 2009, 02:51:08 pm
Tolkien's stories are good when he actually focuses on the story!

One of the main problems I found with Tolkien is the overly-large backstory.
I'm not sure if I mentioned it on thsi forum but my issue with Tolkien was a page of moving the story forward then 2 chapters of Legolas and Gimli saying "your my best friend, I love you, I love you more, no I love you more". Have you ever had to suffer a friend talking with his girl on the phone arguing over who will hang up 1st it was like reading that. Most Tolkien bashers pretty much accuse half the characters of being homosexuals and with dialouge along the lines of that it's hard to defend. I couldnt care less what elves dwarves and hobbits do to each other behind closed doors. Get back to the story!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on February 26, 2009, 03:01:36 pm
I like Tolkein's work, therefore the rest of you are all wrong and I hate your guts.

Nah, I'm kidding.  Tolkein's style definitely isn't for everyone, and I haven't read the books in a long time.  But I would like to mention that I don't remember anything called a kobold in his books.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on February 26, 2009, 03:48:34 pm
Opera, check out books by Neil Gaiman. They're technically fantasy, but not the swords and sorcery stuff.

oh, you're right, excellent point...American Gods and Anansi Boys are up among my favorite books...oh, Good Omens, too, does that count?

any other books similar to his?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 27, 2009, 09:33:21 am
Damn, you've read more than me then Opera

I've only read American Gods and Good Omens  :-[
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on February 27, 2009, 11:02:07 am
I've heard good things about those books, I should read them some time.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kcronos on February 27, 2009, 08:06:12 pm
Does this book... Dragonlance, involve dragons?

Does it involve elves, dwarves, etc too?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on February 27, 2009, 08:53:41 pm
Damn, you've read more than me then Opera

I've only read American Gods and Good Omens  :-[

Anansi Boys is really good, too...very different tone from American Gods though, reminds me a bit more of Hitchhiker's Guide (although I'm apt to say that for nearly any humorous novel)


Does this book... Dragonlance, involve dragons?

Does it involve elves, dwarves, etc too?

you know, I actually read that a while ago at the suggestion of a friend, and I don't remember a damn thing about it...except for, yes, it involves aforementioned species-type things
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sinfulwolf on March 07, 2009, 10:21:26 am
Dragonlance was similar to Forgotten Realms, it was close to a Dungeons & Dragons scenario.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kcronos on March 10, 2009, 01:13:06 pm
...which is based upon Tolkien's work.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Yannick on March 10, 2009, 01:53:51 pm
Twilight, Breaking Dawn.


I mean, **** do people read this crap?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on March 10, 2009, 04:09:37 pm
I finished ma poetry and am now reading Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on March 10, 2009, 04:20:17 pm
I actually enjoyed Gulliver's travels...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sinfulwolf on March 11, 2009, 07:57:29 am
I refuse to read Twilight or the sequels.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: LadyM on March 11, 2009, 08:38:41 am
Twilight, Breaking Dawn.


I mean, **** do people read this crap?

Yes they do. I've read them.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on March 11, 2009, 08:51:48 am
....
-10 respect points.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on March 11, 2009, 02:57:42 pm
I guess it depends on the reader, but the amount of people who give me death threats after I mention what I think Twilight seems like...is insane. At least 4 people have. Oh, and then there are the ones who go around complaining that their boyfriends aren't like "Edward" enough..that strikes me as very odd.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on March 11, 2009, 04:38:24 pm
my synopsis of the series from earlier (yea, I read it)

twighlight
a vampire comes to hunt you down! in a quest for your blood! and now he's dead. mauled. by a pack of  vampires.

new moon
another vampire comes to hunt you down! in revenge for his lost leader! and now he's dead. mauled. by a pack of wolves.  

eclipse
a third vampire comes to hunt you down! in revenge for her lost mate! with an army this time! and now their dead. mauled. by a pack of vampires AND wolves.

breaking dawn:
another army of vampires comes to hunt you down! and then they change their minds and go home.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: LadyM on March 11, 2009, 05:01:18 pm
....
-10 respect points.

Doesn't bother me at all. I still have two more to read and I will because I like to finish the series. It's just a story.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on March 11, 2009, 07:12:00 pm
You know what's a really boring story? Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron." Wow...that story was just...well actually I don't even know if it was the story, or the annotations I ended up having to do for it.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on March 13, 2009, 12:24:19 pm
Not really on topic, but I thought I'd put this in:
Yesterday, my mom and aunt decided to buy me some new pants, and a book too.
So after I had gotten my clothing, I went to the bookstore. I couldn't really find anything interesting, until I found some books by non other than the King :D
Before I could pick a book, the manager ask's If I should buy Twilight. I told him no, and as I was rethinking what just happened, a girl walks in, and ask if they have any twilight books for sale XD
I mean, Wth is the attraction? Why are they so good, huh?




Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on March 13, 2009, 05:11:22 pm
its a chick book, but people get their heads ripped off and stuff....

that actualy isnt all that generic..
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Yannick on March 13, 2009, 05:17:34 pm

Before I could pick a book, the manager ask's If I should buy Twilight.

I'd tell him to get glasses. Do I LOOK like a girl (the only gender emotional enough to buy this crap)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Sinfulwolf on March 14, 2009, 12:30:55 pm
There are some guys who are emotional enough to enjoy the book, and some girls who are not. Its also a very popular book right now so why not offer? Also, if the bookstores only approached girls and asked they could be stamped as sexist and that's not something they want at all. So what if you were asked, its just a book. No need to judge anyone else for reading something they enjoy.

Frankly I think the popularity is good, as its proving that youth still avidly read which is something that a majority of the populace dosn't really believe. Oh well.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Little on March 15, 2009, 02:28:58 pm
I read the first one and the second one.

The first one seemed too dry. Nothing really major happens, in my opinion. I mean, she finds out he's a vampire, and that's about it.

The ending was totally tacked on.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on March 16, 2009, 11:02:30 am
I know a little about the Twilight books from one female friend who is really into normal vampire stuff and hates the series, and from quizzing another girl who I am free to make fun of as much as I want.  I've really had to hold my tongue, because to me the books sound rather silly, but I don't want to make most of the girls I know who like the books angry at me.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: LadyM on March 17, 2009, 03:50:57 pm
The books are written for young teen girls, like age 14/15. It's not adult material but she writes about feelings that a lot of girls have and as sappy it sounds, they can relate. I considered it light reading, it was interesting enough that I finished the book. I don't really care about the vampire part though.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on March 17, 2009, 09:06:34 pm
Yeah, that's the thing, all these 'girls' I don't want to make angry at me are in their 20's.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on March 28, 2009, 07:58:28 am
Lulz it's happened again.
Apparently, every bookstore manager in Egypt thinks that all teenagers of both sexes love twilight.
Wtf.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on March 28, 2009, 11:29:50 am
Man, I really want to go book shopping in Egypt now.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on March 31, 2009, 01:20:21 am
Good luck lol.
I reallt want to start The Dark Tower series, are they any good?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on April 02, 2009, 06:18:38 am
Ughhh.
The Taking-Dean Koontz
.....The first half was really good, the second half was just lame, and the ending....
Dear god.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Little on April 02, 2009, 11:28:57 pm
Ughhh.
The Taking-Dean Koontz
.....The first half was really good, the second half was just lame, and the ending....
Dear god.

So so true :'(
As soon as it started getting into 'Divine Mission/Save the Children'...
The ending was a big meh.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 15, 2009, 07:44:33 am
i dont remember the title but it was a book about this girl and her sick hyperintelligent brother who travelled through space to bring light to planets... it was so ridiculous bringing in alot of christian propaganda in here and there, and the main plot was awful...

also i didnt like inkheart by cornelia funke, my uncle gave it to me, as it was hyped for a while... it was simply childish and girly, and also a product of the big harrypotter-lookalike-bandwagon...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 15, 2009, 09:37:04 am
Was the first book you're talking about A Wrinkle in Time?  I liked that one, but then I read it in elementary school and didn't quite catch everything.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 16, 2009, 12:23:04 am
Was the first book you're talking about A Wrinkle in Time?  I liked that one, but then I read it in elementary school and didn't quite catch everything.
yes it was a wrinkle in time... it was so ridiculously stupid... oh well...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 16, 2009, 09:13:15 am
It may or may not be stupid, it's been too long for me to say.  I liked it, but to each his own.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 18, 2009, 01:55:54 pm
It may or may not be stupid, it's been too long for me to say.  I liked it, but to each his own.
indeed
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Grangan on May 18, 2009, 10:13:26 pm
Anyone who doesn't like A Wrinkle In Time clearly has no knowledge of literature whatosever.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: martyk on May 19, 2009, 11:18:18 am
also i didnt like inkheart by cornelia funke, my uncle gave it to me, as it was hyped for a while... it was simply childish and girly, and also a product of the big harrypotter-lookalike-bandwagon...

I liked Inkheart at the time, but I"m over it now.  Personally I think it's stupid that they're only making a movie about it now, as anyone who read the book would be too old for the movie now and many kids won't get it.

I don't really have any books I've read that I didn't like because, frankly, if I don't like it I don't read...

Stone Angel!  Remebered that one halfway though writing that sentence.  Read it for English class.  God awfull book about a whiny old woman living on the praries who shoves away anyone who tries to help her because she is too proud and then complains that they're all against her.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 24, 2009, 08:06:12 am
Anyone who doesn't like A Wrinkle In Time clearly has no knowledge of literature whatosever.
youre a moron and youve got an issue with me! So settle this issue directly or be quiet...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 24, 2009, 12:53:34 pm
Bahaha.  You two either discuss the merits of your views on the book, or grow up.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: UFO King on May 25, 2009, 07:41:24 pm
I'm not so fond of Madeline L'Engle either. I read it quite a while ago and I'm a little sketchy on the details, but I remember the basic plot. I thought of A Wrinkle in Time and its sequel A Swiftly Tilting Planet as being okay, but the one after that made no sense whatsoever, was incredibly confusing and was ridiculously boring. now that I read Mrs. L'Engle's Wikipedia article, I realize that there must have been Christian propaganda in there, and I'm not too fond of religion.

But the worst book I've ever read? Well I recall back in grade school reading four novels that were Indiana Jones-style adventures with this guy and his two kids, except with enough idiotic Christian propaganda in there to fill five churches. I tell you, every time one of the main characters tripped over their shoelaces they yelled at the top of their lungs for Jesus to save them. Ugh. I wish I could track down the author of those horrible books and punch his lights out.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on May 26, 2009, 07:05:32 am
Please remember the titles of those books! They sound funky!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 26, 2009, 08:47:45 am
I just wanted to point out that Christian allegory and imagery does not equal Propaganda.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 26, 2009, 04:15:14 pm
I just wanted to point out that Christian allegory and imagery does not equal Propaganda.
why, if its purposedly put to bring christian beliefs to you
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 26, 2009, 04:34:42 pm
Maybe I should have said not neccesarily propaganda, as I don't remember how overt Christian messages are in A Wrinkle in Time.  When I think propaganda I think an overt praising or attacking of a certain thing or idea with an omission or stretching of fact, not a work of fiction reflecting the worldview of the author.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 26, 2009, 04:46:59 pm
maybe im sensitive to christian things
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Grangan on May 26, 2009, 05:46:33 pm
Don't worry, there are plenty of mean atheist bastards on this forum, you're certainly not the first.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 26, 2009, 08:09:25 pm
Take me for instance...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Grangan on May 26, 2009, 08:14:41 pm
Wait Detox hates Inkheart too?
Now he's just a clear troll.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on May 27, 2009, 04:46:53 am
hey does anyone of you know the island of blue dolphins?

I had to read it for class, it was so horribly boring. Come to think of it many books read for class were annoying and boring.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Grangan on May 27, 2009, 08:01:24 am
I can agree with that one, though I didn't think that it was boring so much as depressing.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on May 27, 2009, 12:50:09 pm
^
That sounds like an Indian version of Robinson Crusoe. As for Worst book? Pat Robertson, The End of The age.
Crap Crap Crap Crap Crap.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 27, 2009, 03:00:23 pm
hey does anyone of you know the island of blue dolphins?

I had to read it for class, it was so horribly boring. Come to think of it many books read for class were annoying and boring.

Island of the Blue Dolphins? A Wrinkle in Time? WHAT GRADE ARE YOU IN!?!? GET SOME MAN BOOKS LIKE HEART OF DARKNESS OR BRAVE NEW WORLD!!!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 27, 2009, 03:30:38 pm
Detox can't help what the teacher puts on his reading list.  Also, I didn't like Heart of Darkness that much, though reading a book for class always made it duller.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 27, 2009, 03:42:18 pm
Try reading it on a dark and depressing day. That always made it much better.  :P
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Yannick on May 28, 2009, 10:39:31 am

Island of the Blue Dolphins? A Wrinkle in Time? WHAT GRADE ARE YOU IN!?!? GET SOME MAN BOOKS LIKE HEART OF DARKNESS OR BRAVE NEW WORLD!!!
I don't think you got the right to decide what is made for men Andrew.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on May 28, 2009, 11:08:44 am
Add to the fact that your a Fictional Character makes you less of a man than Chris Crocker.
(No offense)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 28, 2009, 04:54:48 pm
 >:(

Andrew Ryan was a true man! HE BUILT RAPTURE FOR GODS SAKES!!!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 28, 2009, 09:43:13 pm
Yeah, but didn't Rapture fall apart and ended up being run by mutant girls and giants in diving suits?  I'm only guessing because I never played the game.  So unless Rapture was supposed to be a rusted out deathtrap, sounds like Andrew Ryan kinda failed.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 28, 2009, 10:03:12 pm
At least he tried.  :'(
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Grangan on May 28, 2009, 11:17:00 pm
Well, he was objectivist, so he must be good to some extent.
Was he the atheist kind or the christian kind?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultimatum on May 29, 2009, 04:56:44 am
On topic.

The worst book I've ever read was probably 'The Go-Between'.What is worse is that I had to write an essay on it.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 29, 2009, 07:35:28 am
Well, he was objectivist, so he must be good to some extent.
Was he the atheist kind or the christian kind?

Theirs only one kind of Objectivist numbnut!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 29, 2009, 08:05:33 am
Yes, back on topic.

What was the book about, Ultimatum?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultimatum on May 29, 2009, 08:27:17 am
Yes, back on topic.

What was the book about, Ultimatum?



Well.A boy named Leo,becomes a 'Go-bewteen'(Ie. he passes messages back between them) for two people who are having an adulterous affair,the women named Marian is meant to be marrying a upper class man named Lord Trimmingham,instead she has it off with the farmer called Ted,they get found out after being discovered in a barn,everyone has breakdown,Ted kills himself with a shotgun.

I'm sure there was more but I can't remember.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Saganmaineiac on May 29, 2009, 12:24:04 pm
whattabout jabberwocky?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultimatum on May 29, 2009, 12:35:04 pm
whattabout jabberwocky?

Thats a poem,not a book  ::)


Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on May 29, 2009, 02:11:23 pm
Jabberwocky is an awesome poem...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Veraal on May 30, 2009, 04:33:39 pm
How to kill a mocking dog.

WORST
BOOK
EVER
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Tesla on May 30, 2009, 05:38:02 pm
That's a book?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on May 30, 2009, 09:28:30 pm
Umm, do you mean "To Kill a Mockingbird?"
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on May 30, 2009, 11:03:39 pm
How to kill a mocking dog.

WORST
BOOK
EVER

Reminds me of the "Blues ain't no Micki'n bird" story I read back in Freshmen year...

Dear god... I wanted to gouge my eye's out and shove that book in a ****ing furnace.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Skyward on May 31, 2009, 04:31:49 pm
Oh wow, I read a small excerpt of that! OH. MY. GOD. I felt like ripping off my arms and bludgeoning myself to death with them...somehow...
I had always assumed the full book was used as method of extreme interrogation! :o
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on June 01, 2009, 03:48:06 pm
I'd like to see how bad this is.
Links?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: UFO King on June 06, 2009, 09:49:45 am
Please remember the titles of those books! They sound funky!
Well, my memory isn't exactly the best. Let's see... The first was "Behind the Dragon's Gate" or something like that. The plot was where the be-a-Christian-or-you'll-go-to-Hell spewing family travels to Egypt to investigate a big fancy old gate in a cave. Some evil corporate businessman cliche wants to open the gate because there's treasure behind it or something, but for some stupid reason the family doesn't want him to. A slight cave-in occurs, and the annoying bratty sister yells loudly "JEEEEEESUUUUS!!!" as if that will make her "savior" come back to life, teleport over to the cave and use his messiah powers to destroy the evil, evil rocks and banish them to hell where they belong. Unfortunately no one dies, and the family get split up while investigating some strange mystery that came as a result of some translated ancient writing and an overanalyzed-to-death Bible verse that has something to do with "a star falling from heaven." The sister gets separated from the brother and father, and she meets this crazy hermit guy who is apparently a Muslim but the sister converts him to Christianity, the one true faith, and the hermit guy is crying at his wonderful newfound religion. Wow. Just...wow. If that's not blasphemous I don't know what is. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. So the family and the crazy hermit guy are reunited and translate the Bible verse correctly, which somehow makes them understand that the Dragon Gate MacGuffin actually leads to Hell and Satan. They rush back to the Gate only to find that the evil businessman cliche has opened the gate just a bit and is lying on the floor, paralyzed by the overwhelming evil. All he can whisper is "Satan..." So the family and hermit guy close the Gate and save the day. The hermit never appears again, and the family goes around the world spreading their stupid extremist beliefs.

The second book is one I can't remember anything about except the climax. Apparently the stupid family have discovered that the 2000-year-old giant six-fingered son of Goliath has been living in a cave, kidnapping people to make them worship him. Ugh. How stupid can you get? These books turn the idiocy level up to eleven, where the Good Burger movie resides! Anyway, there's a big chase scene and the giant gets killed. End of story.

I'd absolutely love to post more, but I need to go wash the stupidity from remembering those books out of my brain.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: operaghost21 on June 06, 2009, 10:38:38 am
These books turn the idiocy level up to eleven, where the Good Burger movie resides! Anyway, there's a big chase scene and the giant gets killed. End of story.

I like that movie...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gunner on June 06, 2009, 12:41:33 pm
These books turn the idiocy level up to eleven, where the Good Burger movie resides! Anyway, there's a big chase scene and the giant gets killed. End of story.

I like that movie...
...Orange soda?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on June 06, 2009, 08:53:46 pm
Who loves orange soda?

That first book sounds vaguely familiar, I may have read it a long time ago.  If I remember correctly, it was a bit silly.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: huggkruka on July 08, 2009, 09:52:59 am
(http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/766/5dkgc.gif)

Moon People, by the very talented mr. Dale Courtney. I want to read it, but I sure as hell don't want to pay for it.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: /lurk on July 08, 2009, 02:08:15 pm
Moon People, by the very talented mr. Dale Courtney. I want to read it, but I sure as hell don't want to pay for it.

Holy crap.

That was actually published in an actual book.



Next time your manuscript gets knocked back, send the publisher a copy of that as a present.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Krakow Sam on July 09, 2009, 05:46:38 am
Its all down to the Vanity Press phenomenon. As long as you're willing to make a loss you can get anything published :P
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cow on July 09, 2009, 07:11:31 pm
The lack of punctuation burns so badly! Why?! Why?! *Face melts*
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Andrew Ryan on July 10, 2009, 11:54:01 am
Moon People, by the very talented mr. Dale Courtney. I want to read it, but I sure as hell don't want to pay for it.

Dear god...

That was actually published?!?!? The editor for that book should be shot and if it was lacking an editor (which is probably more likely considering the horrendous quality) then the publisher should be shot.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Raz on November 28, 2009, 09:28:00 pm
-Not Necro.

My eyes bled at looking at the first page of that Moon People image... I think the author was foreign and hated commas...

I don't think I've ever read a bad book, I never finish them, always stop after a page or two if it doesn't 'hook' me.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kaizer on December 13, 2009, 05:28:02 pm
The book Divina Trace,

I can sort of understand why the book uses swears like every other sentence but when you spend a good 3 pages describing how a man was able to sustain an erection for 3 days...yea....Did I mention I'm reading this for school?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kitkat on December 13, 2009, 05:38:12 pm
Dear god, where do you go to school? O_o
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on December 13, 2009, 06:10:31 pm
The ghetto, obviously.


>______>


Okay, I'm kidding.


He goes to school in Amsterdam.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kaizer on December 13, 2009, 06:12:37 pm
it was actually an error by my school they gave us a list of authors who they decided not to research what their books were about

I was going to take stephen king but got tricked into reading this garbage
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on December 14, 2009, 03:56:51 am
Funny, it won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first novel. :P
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Eagle on December 14, 2009, 07:11:06 am
Funny, it won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first novel. :P
Isn't that like what a toothpick is to a tree?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on December 14, 2009, 10:23:47 am
It still won something so your argument is invalid.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Eagle on December 14, 2009, 12:43:20 pm
Hey I won the Loser Price In Writing, thus I have won something thus I am awesome.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on December 14, 2009, 02:17:18 pm
Your argument is valid.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: dndfreak on February 26, 2010, 08:19:39 pm
Hmm...

The worst that I can remember having to read was To Kill a Mockingbird.  I get what it was supposed to be about and all, but the majority of the book just seems like pointless filler.  I mean, in the middle of the freaking climax in the courtroom the kids decide they're bored and walk outside, and the narrator f***ing follows them.  I'm sorry, but a story about a black guy getting the f*** lawyered out of him should focus on that aspect, even if it is supposedly seen through the eyes of the kids.  If they're going to leave, do it when nothing significant is going on.

The runner up would be, sadly, Romeo & Juliet.  I mean, I understand the old english perfectly, but that's not my problem with it.  Sure, it was good for its time, but nowadays it's so predictable it's almost hilarious.  Not to mention the lack of realism, no 14 year old kid would do so much in order to get married, Elizebethan times or not.  Of course, there's also the fact that the play was based off an old folktale that was popular at the time.  It was even old when it was new, and that's saying something.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 27, 2010, 05:06:47 am
Its predictable because its a CLASSIC. Silly.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on March 04, 2010, 07:06:03 pm
TKAM was decent, IMO. As for romeo and juliet, I think of it as more of a story showing how lustful sin can lead to tragic endings.

They don't love each other.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on March 04, 2010, 08:15:09 pm
I thought it was about how kids are stupid, and family feuds are bad.

And I did like To Kill a Mockingbird.  The story is about more than the dad's trial, it's also about the kids growing up and their interactions with certain people in town.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on March 05, 2010, 07:32:49 pm
...What?  You're going to need to elaborate on that.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Haseri on March 06, 2010, 09:27:11 am
Say goodbye to your afternoon as we take a jouney of learning into TV Tropes! (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SeinfeldIsUnfunny)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: dndfreak on March 14, 2010, 12:31:34 am
Fortunately, I was saved by a download completion alert from Steam.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Snork on March 14, 2010, 01:57:03 am
I no longer care about Tvtropes after I realized how much they tend to exaggerate certain scenes. It's is a wikia of sorts yeah, but still.
So, not clicking it, nope. Not clicking.
....
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: dndfreak on March 14, 2010, 03:24:30 am
Wait... I thought the exaggeration was the point.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gnoll on August 25, 2010, 02:54:26 pm
- NOT NECROBUMPING
Getting back on topic...

Ok, so... I have to admit, I actually don't despise Twilight. I've seen worse. A LOT WORSE. For instance, this e-book called "The Bible Abridged." I will not expose you to the evil of it, but it's a cynical interpretation written by angry radical atheists that isn't even true to the original book! That's right, I've actually read almost the entire Bible! There is no punctutation AT ALL in the abridging.

Now, as for a great book, I recommend that everyone here read the "What Life Was Like" series. A lot of historical accuracy in there. Also, read "Mythology: The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Legend." It's nonfiction, but very informative.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Leonard_Church on August 25, 2010, 05:35:15 pm
I'd say the worst books I've ever read was a group of them. Forced by the dictatorship that is the school systems, I've read Summer of My German soldier and Out of the Dust. Two of the most boring poorly written and dull books I've ever had the misfortune to read. The story line was for girls only and I was FORCED to read of fail the class.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: sporelord on September 26, 2010, 06:01:25 am
The dubliners by james joyce, its not a book its a collection of terrible short stories....Please kill me now (im still reading it :( )
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on September 27, 2010, 02:03:36 am
the island of the blue dolphins!!!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Lush City on September 30, 2010, 05:30:15 pm
Isn't that a play?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kenotai on October 01, 2010, 04:14:53 pm
I really hated Ender's Game with a passion.
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Post by: Gnoll on October 01, 2010, 04:19:26 pm
I really hated Ender's Game with a passion.
Blasphemy.
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Post by: Lush City on October 01, 2010, 07:09:30 pm
Madness.
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Post by: Rysworld on October 01, 2010, 07:55:17 pm
I really hated Ender's Game with a passion.
Say, Keno, would you tell me if this rag smells like chloroform to you?
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Post by: Gungnir on October 04, 2010, 07:04:20 pm
I really hated Ender's Game with a passion.
Care to explain?
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Post by: Doctor Z on October 04, 2010, 08:21:54 pm
I'll admit that Enders Game is not for everyone, and a little odd... But the books that came after were great, at least to me! :Dc
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Post by: Lush City on October 05, 2010, 10:39:16 pm
Original was the best; sequels were just unnecessarily pomo
.
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Post by: Rysworld on October 06, 2010, 05:09:21 pm
I love Ender's Game.

And all the sequels.

So nyah.

:P3
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Post by: Hydromancerx on October 12, 2010, 05:02:24 am
Now, as for a great book, I recommend that everyone here read the "What Life Was Like" series. A lot of historical accuracy in there. Also, read "Mythology: The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Legend." It's nonfiction, but very informative.

I have a book called "The Illustrated Book of Myths: Tales & Legends of the World" Retold by Neil Philip.

Its a good book. I am not sure if its the same book your talking about but I assume they must have some similar stories. Note this book has a story from just about every culture on Earth. And the illustrations are very nice too.

the island of the blue dolphins!!!

I loved that book! It was what inspired me for all my caveman games. The whole concept of her surviving on the island was so cool. I also live nearby those islands where story took place.

I really hated Ender's Game with a passion.

For the longest time my best friends would bug me to read the book. For like 4 years i refused to read it and then I finally gave in and did. It was a great book and I felt bad for not wanting to read it all that time back then.
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Post by: Watcher in the Puddle on October 22, 2010, 01:41:51 pm
The book forum has sorta died... :(

I don't know  if this is a bump so:
I'm a fan of Artemas Foul and I was waiting eagerly for the fifth extension;Atlantis Complex....it as awful...
The beginning was ok but Artemas' Atlantis started to get unrealistic when he got to the conclusion that a giant space probe plowing down on him was an illusion. And final was HORRIBLE. He also killed thousands of noticeable characters for LOVE?? And in the end, he and her lovers drove of into a wall with a ton of explosives..... ???
That's what you get for writing a pair of children's fantasy chronicles....
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Doctor Z on October 22, 2010, 02:08:28 pm
The book forum is always slow, same as the others down here.


Anyway, worst book? The Bible.


/loltroll
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Post by: Gnoll on October 22, 2010, 03:18:29 pm
Ummm... you do know there are people who actually think that, instead of it just being trolling.
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Post by: Doctor Z on October 22, 2010, 03:24:29 pm
Well it is a terribly long-winded, non-original book of fairy tales that people take way too seriously!~
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Post by: Gungnir on October 22, 2010, 04:03:46 pm
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier.

Such a boring, drawn out, dense book. I can't stand it when people abuse books, be it throwing them or opening the cover too far, but this is the one exception. It's really quite fun to hurl it at things.
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Post by: Crazen on October 27, 2010, 06:49:58 pm

The book forum is always slow, same as the others down here.


Anyway, worst book? The Bible.


/loltroll

I think it's a pretty cool book. I mean, the protagonist is an invinsible titan who shoots fire and lighting and creates a world, but one of his most powerfull creations (his name alludes me) turns against him. he strugles in order to save his creations from what he views as a threat (he may be mistaken, I think it's more man vs. self) a malevolent force he unleashed.

its like a classic hero story where the hero's action lead to the creation of a problem, and he must atone for it to save the day.

 the parts about Yeshua are based on what many (half of people) belive to be a true story. they turned him into a superhero in the book though, and changed his name to Jesus. He even had a supporting role in a spinoff novel, The Qur'an, cept they changed is name again to Nabi Isa.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: fishex99 on December 24, 2010, 10:52:51 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on December 25, 2010, 05:08:40 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
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Post by: Brandonazz on December 25, 2010, 06:26:07 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)

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Post by: Flamester_ on December 25, 2010, 06:42:49 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
(http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/8755/8c6r.jpg)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Celdur on December 25, 2010, 06:59:47 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)

(http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/4674/herp.gif)
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Post by: Krakow Sam on December 25, 2010, 10:03:18 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)

(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n125/Krakowsam/Macros/spockorly.gif)
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Post by: gec05 on December 25, 2010, 10:41:11 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)

(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n125/Krakowsam/Macros/clap.gif)

Darn it you guys. I cant find my own similarly themed image so I can join in on the mockery.

Disregard that I herp derps.
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Post by: Rysworld on December 25, 2010, 10:54:23 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
(http://sadpanda.us/images/322369-1M9N57P.gif)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Cyst on January 04, 2011, 09:27:02 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
(http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb89/Badger_Man_22/2mascotf027.png)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: UFO King on January 16, 2011, 08:15:14 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
(http://i56.tinypic.com/e6bnd0.jpg)
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Post by: martyk on January 16, 2011, 09:51:48 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1255/berta.gif)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Galactic-Warrior on January 16, 2011, 10:14:02 pm
Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham. The sheer amount of racism and sexist comments in World War 2... I just can't stand reading it anymore.
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Post by: omegatripod on January 17, 2011, 03:56:49 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)
(http://i54.tinypic.com/2kpva0.jpg)
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Post by: Galactic-Warrior on January 17, 2011, 05:25:50 pm
Sorry for breaking it. ;D
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Post by: Cow on January 18, 2011, 04:12:33 pm
I have never read a book that you have posted the topic. But I have heard too that the book is a rather dangerous. The mention or persuade a person to fall in the wrong teachings or doctrines of Arts and fairly unreasonable. ::)

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj178/Cowless_bucket/magnets.jpg)
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Inkling on January 20, 2011, 02:18:00 pm
Okay, I think it's about time that this return to being a book thread.
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Post by: Plank of Wood on January 21, 2011, 11:41:20 am
Okay, the stupid bandwagon has become stupid.
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Post by: Person21 on January 21, 2011, 11:42:48 am
Is pointing out the stupid bandwagon went on too long the stupid bandwagon? 'cause I was doing it before it was cool
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kishmond on January 21, 2011, 09:07:26 pm
The worst thing I've ever read from start to finish was a short story called 'Weeping Walls' by some nobody.

I've also read a few chapters of a book called 'In the Court of the Sun' or something like that. Utterly unlikeable.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on May 15, 2011, 05:22:07 pm
The unabridged version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The most boring book I have read in my ENTIRE. LIFE.
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Post by: omegatripod on June 20, 2011, 07:56:40 pm
The unabridged version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The most boring book I have read in my ENTIRE. LIFE.
YOU TASTELESS -
I'LL BREAK YOUR -
I -
GRAGHLFRAGHL
KUFTUMATZPEDASAG! ELIFAIRABDINIKH! ALLAHUAKBAR! BLARG!

Ay voy...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultimatum on June 21, 2011, 10:12:43 am
DUDE, CALM THE DUCK DOWN.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on June 21, 2011, 11:15:15 am
I just haven't read that many boring book in my life. If the only book I ever read was the MOST EXCITING BOOK IN THE WORLD, it would still be the most boring AND least boring book I've ever read.  Boringness is relative. I kind of liked 20,000 Leagues.


P.S. To make you mad, I changed my mind. The most boring book I've ever read is Foundation.
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Post by: Tesla on June 21, 2011, 02:19:54 pm
P.S. To make you mad, I changed my mind. The most boring book I've ever read is Foundation.

YOU TASTELESS -
I'LL BREAK YOUR -
I -
GRAGHLFRAGHL
KUFTUMATZPEDASAG! ELIFAIRABDINIKH! ALLAHUAKBAR! BLARG!
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Ultimatum on June 21, 2011, 02:25:38 pm
Making people mad on purpose is the calling card of a troll.

Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on June 22, 2011, 08:14:11 pm
The unabridged version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The most boring book I have read in my ENTIRE. LIFE.

yes
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on June 24, 2011, 08:59:18 am
Making people mad on purpose is the calling card of a troll.



I was kidding.  ;D
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: dndfreak on June 30, 2011, 05:17:27 am
Trolls don't have calling cards.  Trolls have bans.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Detoxicated on June 30, 2011, 09:02:17 am
Foundation was awesome in my opinion, who is this slinky dude anyway. I saw him trolling in the evolution thread too...

Did any of you read effi briest. I doubt it, it's a german realist novel from 1820, had to read it for school.
The guy spends 20 pages on describing a balcony etc.
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Post by: Gnoll on June 30, 2011, 07:32:18 pm
Never heard of it.

But MEIN GOTT, do NOT read the LOLCat Bible unless you're like me, and can both tolerate and understand the words. BOTH OF THOSE THINGS.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on July 04, 2011, 02:32:55 pm
Foundation was awesome in my opinion, who is this slinky dude anyway. I saw him trolling in the evolution thread too...

Look, in the evolution thread, I just said something stupid without thinking it over. Everyone does that sometime.

I'm not trolling this thread either, I just think that Foundation was a bit dull. I love most of of Asimov's works, particularly his non-fiction, but Foundation just focused too much on politics for me. Sorry, Tesla.

Oh, and omegatripod, I actually reread 20,000 Leagues and liked it.

Anyway, I'm not trolling.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Person21 on July 04, 2011, 02:41:24 pm
Wait, when you say Foundation, do you mean the whole trilogy, or just the first book?
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Post by: Slinky on July 04, 2011, 02:42:55 pm
Just the first.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Gungnir on July 07, 2011, 08:32:34 pm
First one may have been my favorite.

Different tastes...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Clayface on July 08, 2011, 12:02:52 am
i started reading this book called "The cat who sniffed glue" a few years back,
was upset because I thought it would be about a cat that sniffed glue, but NO, it's a stupid murder mystery book

:link:
http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Who-Sniffed-Glue/dp/0515099546
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kitkat on July 08, 2011, 09:20:43 pm
Because you wanted to read a book about a cat sniffing glue.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Clayface on July 09, 2011, 12:51:50 am
yes.. yes I did,.. you have a problem with that?
and also does that really not sound like an interesting topic for a fiction novel ?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Plank of Wood on August 16, 2011, 06:45:48 am
You guys are all pussies.

This is a romance novel about roller-coasters. (http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Miranda-Leek/dp/1452006210/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1300888499&sr=1-1)

I wish I was ****ing kidding.

Alternatively, the best book ever written in the world. (http://www.amazon.com/Pregnesia-Harlequin-Intrigue-Carla-Cassidy/dp/037369413X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313502244&sr=1-1) How can it not be good with a name like that?
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: UFO King on August 16, 2011, 08:58:03 pm
The review pages for those are hilarious.
Quote from: Five-Star Review Guy
After reading this I now realize that I'm truly not a human; that I, too, am an anthropomorphic roller coaster! I just know it!

I'm going to go live with my brethren at the State Fair in hopes they'll accept me!
I also love how in the book, Roller Coaster Land has been taken over by a tyrannical ride called "Ironwheel", and the hero is a red roller coaster called "Railrunner". So what's the prophecy foretelling Ironwheel's downfall entitled? "The Red Will Defeat the Black." If I didn't know any better, I'd think the Iroquois were invading Uganda from the sound of that.

How the hell would a roller coaster act as a dictator, anyway? Would it deliberately sabotage itself so that carts would fly off the tracks and into dissenters, like a catapult? If the author managed to write a whole book about that, she must surely be the next great literary giant.

Now I've got an itching to play some Roller Coaster Tycoon...
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Post by: Plank of Wood on August 16, 2011, 09:11:39 pm
It's a romance novel, though.

That means it includes nasty roller coaster porn.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on August 17, 2011, 11:09:43 am
How exactly does a roller coaster make children, anyway?

I mean, it's not exactly like its lift chain can stay straight for that long.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: UFO King on August 17, 2011, 11:14:36 pm
The females have vertical loops...
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on August 18, 2011, 02:02:14 pm
Maybe Railrunner can put some oil in his girlfriend.


By the way, UFO King, are you mocking my sig?
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Post by: UFO King on August 18, 2011, 02:36:56 pm
Mmmmmmmmaybeeeee
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Slinky on August 19, 2011, 11:38:14 am
:P
Nice.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Plank of Wood on August 20, 2011, 10:48:36 am
I haven't read these, but holy crap Romance novels are comedy goldmines.

I've found some (http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Cargo-ebook/dp/B001RCTFGA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1313857521&sr=1-1) way worse ones now. (http://www.amazon.com/Bound-Honor-Men-Book-ebook/dp/B004IK8GV8/ref=pd_sim_kinc_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2)

Quote from: Bound in Honor's Synopsis
"A man still in mourning, he’s not happy when Tanner appears at his BDSM club"

Well that line came way the **** out of no-where.


And yes this is essentially gay porn.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Kaizer on August 20, 2011, 01:21:00 pm
google for dummies
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: Crazen on November 09, 2011, 03:56:46 pm
you know what? I take it all back. I'm going to say, even though many of these books are terrible, let them be read. we are living in a world where enjoying literature is a faux pas . let's cherish people's ability to read full sentences for the little while longer that it lasts.
Title: Re: The worst book you've ever read
Post by: shadowlord18 on May 24, 2014, 02:52:42 am
dragon master  by  chris bunch
the whole thing is just redlicous the first sort of chapters was ok it quickly got very bad they were just draging on the story for no good reason the plot twists were just punishing the main charcter who by the time they happened you didn't care what happened to them.