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Worst book you've ever read

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  1. Chidori602

    Chidori602 Well-Known Member

    What is the worst book you've read or worst piece of literature?

    For me it has to be the metamorphosis. I just didn't like the beginning or end. Its kind of stupid when the main character dies, and how he magically turned into a vermin.

  2. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Hmmm good question... i have authors i can't stand but can't really think of any 1 book i really just hate... Maybe The Return of the King.... Mordor was destroyed like 150 pages in and the book was 400+ or so... one of the only books i started and never finished
  3. Napalm

    Napalm Well-Known Member

    WOW, great question. I think I must block the bad books from my memory, I'm sure I don't finish them.

    Maybe Anna Korenina (SP?) by Leo Tolstoy (again, SP?). 6 pages to describe a coffee table in a room of a palace, really. Apparently you need to be an opium addict like the author.
  4. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. gallandof

    gallandof Well-Known Member

    Twilight series, Eragon series. those two books annoyed me to no end, wether its the poor writing style, cliche subjects, or the overuse and destruction of popular stereotypes. Twilight took a great theme for novels and abosultely destroyed them. Ann Rice needs to go smack a bitch :p Eragon was just as bad. I do give the authors credit for creating succesful franchises at such a young age especially in a field that isnt as popular as it used to be(no one reads as much anymore everyone is all into movies and TV)

    another really bad book was the sword of shannara by Terry Brooks, I love all his other stories, but his original Sword sucked, it was a complete rip of LOTR and didnt bring anything new. although I love his newer books and series.

    oddly enough Return of the king was the best movie of the 3
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  6. SlowRain

    SlowRain Well-Known Member

    Assumed Identity by David Morrell
    The Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
    Prey by Michael Crichton
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  7. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    I ranted about shanara series in author rant thread but don't remember specific book... probably the same one you are referring to. Also i love return of the king(the movie) but book i couldn't finish
    Jedi Academy Trilogy?? Really? While that wasn't one of the best TEU books I personally wouldn't put it on this list. Thats just me of course, what about you hate??
  8. SlowRain

    SlowRain Well-Known Member

    I put it there for Anderson's complete inability to develop motive, understand a character, create a mature setting, carry the flow of a novel, use intelligent language, or plot an engaging story. I realize this sounds harsh and insulting, but I read it when I was in high school and passed it off as tripe even back then. For a decent Star Wars story, look no further than Timothy Zahn's original trilogy.
  9. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    I agree no one does it as good as Zahn, but i still enjoyed JA. I feel that a couple of the stand alone ones were the worst... Dark Saber for one (the one with the eye of palpatine in it)... hmm that might of been children of the jedi... either way I'm not as critical of JA but will agree that is one of the worst multi book series in TEU
  10. Btros

    Btros Well-Known Member

    The worst book I can remember reading is Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. Just ridiculous.
  11. SlowRain

    SlowRain Well-Known Member

    Agreed, yet there are some who list it as their favorite Tom Clancy novel. I felt it was basically a guy who does action quite well trying to pull a tear out of some guys, and maybe appeal to some women. I think it was a poor fit, kind of like casting Jason Stratham (sp?) as Newland Archer.
  12. flowers4u

    flowers4u Member

    The worst book I ever read is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront
  13. Darkwarrior006

    Darkwarrior006 Well-Known Member

    Ethan Frome, had to read it in high school. Its depressing and had no point.
  14. Napalm

    Napalm Well-Known Member

    Eragon series is just a re-wording of the StarWars series. I mean you have a blond haired blue eyed orphan that is supposed the be the baddest MF'er in the realm.

    Sorry just couldn't get past the first book. Not the worst thing I have ever read by far though.

    For example, The Moses Stone by James Becker. Pretty useless and un-engaging. Still not the worst book I ever read.

    maybe Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Granted again, I probably hated it due the requirement to read. I sure didn't pick it for fun.
  15. iCE.v2

    iCE.v2 New Member

    The Stranger by Albert Camus - Reason: I didn't particularly enjoy reading half developed thoughts (even if their briefness was to create a sense of apathy) and after reading all the emotionless inner thinking of the main character (there was little actual dialog) it all ends in his martyrdom to glorify his undertones of atheism. Most pointless book I've ever read.
  16. Remordere

    Remordere Well-Known Member

    Twilight. I actually bought it when it wasn't even popular, I love vampire stories so I might give it a try.

    Gah, worst book ever. Flat characters and very fan-fictiony. I hate Mary Sues.
  17. Agape

    Agape Active Member

    I was given Twilight as a christmas gift and I read them and they have sat on my bookshelf since. I hated it... it was the most poorly written piece of trash I've ever had the misfortune of reading and women love them. And the movies-- Robert Pattinson reminds me of a lemur with the squints. And Kristin Stewart or whatever her name is, is a troll and I've seen better emotional acting from my goldfish.

    Eragon series is proof of what happens when mummy and daddy have connections in the writing world and hurdle over the heads of editors who are worth their salt. Because whoever edited or even told the kid that this was a good idea should have had his head checked.

    And to add to those, the Anita Blake series past book 9. This is proof what happens when the author has a midlife, identity or whatever type of crises, in the middle of the series. It starts out as an amazing concept and then just gets progressively worse from there.
  18. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    I am forced to mention the last book of 'The Dreamers'
    I enjoyed the series but the way it ended was.... BUNK!!!
    Was SOOOOO disappointed with the way the story wrapped up
  19. Borat38

    Borat38 Well-Known Member

    I absolutely detested The Rule of Four--written by Ian Caldwell & his boyfriend Dustin Thomason (two college punks who think they can write)

    Was tricked into buying it by the promising prologue: a Renaissance setting, a messenger delivering a message in the dead of night, and getting killed because he had peeked at the scroll, a mysterious text that emerges and reemerges throughout history. Then fast forward to the present—where the real garbage heap of cliches, dumb plot carriages and inane language barely manage to slog the reader from one dead chapter to the next.

    That it made the New York times bestseller list is depressingly laughable, and that Warner Bros. picked up the film rights to it makes the entire situation even more laughable.
  20. SlowRain

    SlowRain Well-Known Member

    Actually, since about 1990 this should be a given. The 1980s seems to be the last decade where the majority of people were discerning readers.
  21. LousyNoGood

    LousyNoGood New Member

    In the Woods by Tana French. It was one of those books that lived in the bathroom for a while. I read it while on the crapper and it really belongs in the crapper.
  22. Borat38

    Borat38 Well-Known Member

    If this were the 1980s, Stephenie Meyer wouldn't even have made it past an acquisitions editor's desk.
  23. Napalm

    Napalm Well-Known Member

    I thought it was just me. Very few good reads since about 94
  24. poneeboy53

    poneeboy53 Member

    "The Ruins" by Scott Smith was by far the worst book I have ever read in my adult life.
  25. tfek70

    tfek70 Well-Known Member

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. We called it As I Die Reading when we were forced to read that drivel. Thanks Duane! Kinda like seeing grandma naked, you just can't un-see it.

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