Disappointing Reads

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I tried to read Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on two separate occasions. The first time I only made it to page 24, and this second time I got to page 40. And I’m really upset about it!

It had a lot of great reviews, and I really wanted to be another of those who raved about it. But what they all loved is what I hated. The writing.

The writer often spoke directly to the reader, which I hate! I’m like “don’t tell me what to feel and think!” And the descriptions were so long and convoluted. I would forget what we were talking about because we would get so wrapped up in things that don’t really matter. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love the creation of world and vivid imagery, but not when its to the point when I find my eyelids drooping. I mean, I don’t fall asleep reading, and this had me fighting to keep my eyes open.

And another thing – she kept spelling choose as “chuse” I mean, I lived in England for a year, I picked up some of the spelling and pronunciation – but I don’t remember this being one of those unique spellings. And if you are going to write things in Victorian jargon, then at least stay consistent.

I just hated it, to the point where I couldn’t even imagine fighting through the 800 and some odd pages to continue it. I’m sad about it. I mean I love my YA books, and I think most of those show a really good level of writing and creativity (no matter how many people bust on them!), so when I move back into “grown-up” books and hit something like this, it just pushes me back to my preferred genre of Dystopians and Adventures, which isn’t a bad thing, but I like to try and read a little of everything.

What was the last book that just really disappointed you, and what made it do so?

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2 thoughts on “Disappointing Reads

  1. I have a few (and by few, I mean a fuck ton), but one I remember pretty distinctly was Audition by Ryu Murakami. It was supposed to be this cult horror classic, so amazing and whatever else, and I couldn’t get halfway through it before I decided to call it quits. It was just so mundane and meandering and it made me wanna ask all those other people if I was reading the same book they loved so much.

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    • Ya I wonder that too! Sometimes I wonder if people rave about those kinds of books to make themselves seem smarter/more cultured. I go to some of the “classics” occasionally, and I enjoy some, but as I didn’t study literature I don’t find a ton of pleasure with those types of books.

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