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« Reply #90: June 27, 2011, 03:38:35 pm »

There's nothing worse than teenage angst love "novels" that are so badly written it hurts my head. Ok, and books like The Secret, as mentioned upthread. Sure, my dad just didn't wish hard enough to stay alive... *goes and fetches her axe*

I actually would like to put the writer of The Secret in a Chinese Water Torture device and say "Do you want it to stop?  You can make it stop if you just wish hard enough."  And then sit back as s/he totally cracks hours after realizing that her bs wish magic doesn't work in real life.
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« Reply #91: June 27, 2011, 03:51:24 pm »

I actually would like to put the writer of The Secret in a Chinese Water Torture device and say "Do you want it to stop?  You can make it stop if you just wish hard enough."  And then sit back as s/he totally cracks hours after realizing that her bs wish magic doesn't work in real life.

Oh, please please .. can I randomly kick hir at the same time?
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« Reply #92: June 27, 2011, 04:05:55 pm »

Oh, please please .. can I randomly kick hir at the same time?

Wouldn't that ruin the purpose of Chinese Water Torture?  It would be much more fun to watch hir become a quivering, psychotic mess.

The day is just not complete without completely shattering another person's sanity Grin
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« Reply #93: June 27, 2011, 04:12:53 pm »

I actually would like to put the writer of The Secret in a Chinese Water Torture device and say "Do you want it to stop?  You can make it stop if you just wish hard enough."  And then sit back as s/he totally cracks hours after realizing that her bs wish magic doesn't work in real life.

Ah, that image just made my day  Grin
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« Reply #94: June 27, 2011, 04:27:59 pm »


So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?


I was going to say Twilight, but I did read it. Lost a few brain cells on the way, but I actually had fun scribbling down what was wrong with the story in the margins of the book. The library probably wasn't too happy about that, though. Or the person who got it after me. Plus, there's some stupid drinking game you can play with that book.

I tend to avoid teen fiction in general and religious fiction as well. Of course, if I'm bored enough, I'll read anything. Most mystery type stuff bores me as well, although some are quite good. I can't remember the author, but I once read a book where the main character was obviously based on the author (just going from the About the Author paragraph) which is normally bad enough, but the fact that at one point in the book, the author actually wrote himself in just made me die a little inside. I see his books in the store all the time and I cringe whenever I see them. I'd have to be extremely bored to read one of his books again.

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« Reply #95: June 27, 2011, 04:34:41 pm »

but I once read a book where the main character was obviously based on the author (just going from the About the Author paragraph)

You're not talking about Stephen King, are you? I find that a lot of his main characters bear a strong resemblance to the man himself. But then again, I love his style, so he could be writing a telephone directory and I'd still read it  Grin
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« Reply #96: June 27, 2011, 04:58:14 pm »

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?
Trying to think of anything I actively avoid. 

Got one:  Twilight.  Like the freakin' plague.  Actually, that includes the entire angsty-teen-romance "stalking is love" genre.

I'll confess that I've read and enjoyed one or two bodice-rippers in my day, but I don't read them as a rule.  Actually, romance novels in general have no appeal whatsoever - unless I'm in a very strange mood.  Same with westerns - I love western movies, and that is reflected a bit in my reading habits, but I really have to be in the right frame of mind.  Normally I avoid them.

I have a facination with the Left Behind series, though I haven't read any yet and am not sure I will.  Don't want to give those people money and not sure I even want the title associated with my library account.  But apocalypse stories, even fantastically bad ones - maybe especially fantastically bad ones - have always been kind of a guilty pleasure* for me.  Thus the fascination, like watching a train wreck.

I'm a lot more picky non-fiction-wise.

I hate celebrity biographies.  Don't need to know the life story of Justin Timberlake thank-you-very-much.  Even if I enjoy the person's work, I'm completely uninterested in all their dirty secrets.

I avoid most of the New Age/Occult section these days.  Back in the 80's I'd buy any book on witchcraft or paganism I could get my hands on.  (Even owned SRW's first.)  But this was before the great publishing boom and while a lot of it was still crap, it was rarely the same crap over and over like it is now.





*Speaking of guilty pleasures and dirty secrets...  I liked the DaVinci Code.  I found it entertaining fiction.  I liked Angels and Demons better.   So, um, am I a pariah now? Wink
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« Reply #97: June 28, 2011, 04:06:17 am »

You're not talking about Stephen King, are you? I find that a lot of his main characters bear a strong resemblance to the man himself. But then again, I love his style, so he could be writing a telephone directory and I'd still read it  Grin

No, that wasn't the name. I only remember it when I actually see the name. I must have blocked it out. I just remember that reading the author's "About Me" thingy was like reading the exact description of the character. I'm not surprised if a character is similar to an author, but at least disguise it a little bit. Don't have the exact same car.
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« Reply #98: June 28, 2011, 06:23:31 pm »

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?

J.R.R. Tolkien's crap.
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« Reply #99: June 28, 2011, 06:46:38 pm »

Trying to think of anything I actively avoid. 

Got one:  Twilight.  Like the freakin' plague.  Actually, that includes the entire angsty-teen-romance "stalking is love" genre.

I'll confess that I've read and enjoyed one or two bodice-rippers in my day, but I don't read them as a rule.  Actually, romance novels in general have no appeal whatsoever - unless I'm in a very strange mood.  Same with westerns - I love western movies, and that is reflected a bit in my reading habits, but I really have to be in the right frame of mind.  Normally I avoid them.

I have a facination with the Left Behind series, though I haven't read any yet and am not sure I will.  Don't want to give those people money and not sure I even want the title associated with my library account.  But apocalypse stories, even fantastically bad ones - maybe especially fantastically bad ones - have always been kind of a guilty pleasure* for me.  Thus the fascination, like watching a train wreck.

I'm a lot more picky non-fiction-wise.

I hate celebrity biographies.  Don't need to know the life story of Justin Timberlake thank-you-very-much.  Even if I enjoy the person's work, I'm completely uninterested in all their dirty secrets.

I avoid most of the New Age/Occult section these days.  Back in the 80's I'd buy any book on witchcraft or paganism I could get my hands on.  (Even owned SRW's first.)  But this was before the great publishing boom and while a lot of it was still crap, it was rarely the same crap over and over like it is now.





*Speaking of guilty pleasures and dirty secrets...  I liked the DaVinci Code.  I found it entertaining fiction.  I liked Angels and Demons better.   So, um, am I a pariah now? Wink

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« Reply #100: June 29, 2011, 03:34:25 am »

J.R.R. Tolkien's crap.

Style-wise he is, but IMO he's got a darn good story to tell.
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« Reply #101: June 29, 2011, 03:37:43 am »

*Speaking of guilty pleasures and dirty secrets...  I liked the DaVinci Code.  I found it entertaining fiction.  I liked Angels and Demons better.   So, um, am I a pariah now? Wink

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« Reply #102: June 29, 2011, 02:58:30 pm »

It's not done you any favours! Cheesy
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« Reply #103: June 29, 2011, 03:33:17 pm »

Style-wise he is, but IMO he's got a darn good story to tell.

The whole thing puts me to sleep. I'm sure the story was great, but he's just. so. boring.
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« Reply #104: June 29, 2011, 03:45:20 pm »

The whole thing puts me to sleep. I'm sure the story was great, but he's just. so. boring.

I found the movies to be incredibly dull, so I can only imagine what the original that has everything intact is like.
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