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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Catmando » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:02 am UTC

Catcher in the Rye. I got like a third of the way or halfway or something into it and just gave up. Strangely, though, it's still sitting in the top of my locker at school.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby VectorZero » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:46 pm UTC

The Windup Girl. Liked the opening, was looking forward to a biotech thriller about GM and cyborgs and stuff but ... the (characters) misanthropy and misogyny just got to me; stopped caring.

Also never finished catch-22, so I guess that makes me a member here
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby dubsola » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:20 pm UTC

Tofer wrote:I almost didn't finish A Confederacy of Dunces, but the sense that I had to be missing something forced me to keep trudging onward. I should have just gone with my instinct. I hated the book. I was more interested in the story of how it was published, to be honest. Too bad that "story" ended in the first few pages.

Same here. I really want to like the book, my friend bought it for me saying it was his favourite, and the publishing story made me think 'This is going to be awesome'... but no. I have a lot of patience for weird things but this book just didn't do it for me.

The Baroque Trilogy are some of my favourite books, but I liked them a lot more once I'd re-read them. Some parts are really, really tough going, but he's building a world and I think it's necessary. When you go to those places (like central London, for example) you realise he really made a big, big effort to set the scene.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby distractedSofty » Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:39 am UTC

I never finished Maskerade, and thus have only read 17.5 of the mainline Discworld books. I actually have a copy of Feet of Clay that I purchased at the same time, and haven't even opened it (Which, come to think of it, is disappointing, because I liked the two earlier city watch books).

I stopped due to external reasons (starting my job 4 years ago), but I think the reason I've never been able to pick it up again is because I ran out of patience for Pratchett's writing style: I find it really hard to "get up a good ryhthm" with Pratchett, and am constantly pulled back to "you are reading a book". (I had the same issue with Adams in HHGTTG, but that has the benefit of being shorter)

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby raike » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:14 am UTC

I've yet to finish the third Wheel of Time book, or the latest Dresden Files (their names escape me at the moment). As much as I really like both series, this is unlikely to change in the near future.
I've a book-mark in Road to Reality by R. Penrose, probably around the half-way mark. That's probably not moving.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby delfts » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:38 pm UTC

Just started The Fountainhead. Got really into it, but after about 100 pages, I just had to set the book down. After reading Atlas Shrugged, I got the whole philosophy -- the story doesn't seem to have picked up yet, and I could be spending my reading time better. Sorry, Rand.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby reluctantsaints » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:59 am UTC

Never finished The Stand. I started it when I was literally like twelve or thirteen and tried to pick it up again over and over through my teenage years and could never manage to get back to it.

Has anyone found Stephen King hard to finish? Fun to start, but impossible to finish?

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Kewangji » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:56 pm UTC

reluctantsaints wrote:Has anyone found Stephen King hard to finish? Fun to start, but impossible to finish?

My rule for King books is 'stop at about 80 or 90% and imagine an ending yourself. It will be ten times better than whatever shit he put in.'

Disclaimer: I am not exactly a fan of him, but I do find him a very technically skilled writer. I admire his ability to make prose flow. Also I sound like I've read more than three books by him, but I haven't.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Mambrino » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:01 pm UTC

reluctantsaints wrote:Never finished The Stand. I started it when I was literally like twelve or thirteen and tried to pick it up again over and over through my teenage years and could never manage to get back to it.

Has anyone found Stephen King hard to finish? Fun to start, but impossible to finish?


Well, there's not a specific book, but I never finished The Dark Tower series. I did read Wizard and Glass, but then I never bothered to read Wolves of the Calla.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Nylonathatep » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:50 pm UTC

"A Brief History of Time" By Stephen Hawkings.

I think I got lost in the middle of Chapter 3... sure they say there's only one equation in the whole book (e = mc^2), but he cheated. All he did was put those equations in words instead and tried to explain it.

I think It would actually be an easier read if there's actual equations... or maybe I just find equations easier to understand.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Black Dynamite » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:26 am UTC

I never finished 1984. :oops:

Because I don't own a copy of it, and I was never assigned to read it. Each time I found a copy of it lying around my junior English class, I would spend the entire period reading it instead of doing work (so, around 40 minutes). I never left the classroom with it, I just left it where I found it, and it would be gone the next day. It would show up again a week or two later, and I would start reading it again.

I've read the first twenty or thirty pages several times, but I've never finished it.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Kisama » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:15 am UTC

Black Dynamite wrote:It would show up again a week or two later, and I would start reading it again.

I've read the first twenty or thirty pages several times, but I've never finished it.
Why didn't you continue from where you left off the previous time instead?

There are many books I've never finished, but the ones that come to mind right now are The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas, and Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin. The former because I just put it down one day and never felt like picking it up again, and the latter because it felt too sad, although I do intend to finish it one day. I'm also ashamed to admit that I'm still on the introduction to Gödel, Escher, Bach despite having had the book since last September - it's not that I have stopped reading it, it's just that I struggle to make a decent chunk of free time to actually concentrate on it, so I'd rather read something a little more pulpy in the spaces I do get.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Black Dynamite » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:47 am UTC

Because when I'm reading a book, I want to read the entire thing without having any interruptions. By interruptions I mean large breaks in time or starting other books. So, each time I am interrupted I feel compelled to start from the beginning again. I think I do this because I feel like the experience of the book is ruined when the beginning is forgotten or foggy and I start it somewhere in the middle. That makes me feel incomplete in some way, or that I didn't actually read the entire book because I skipped something.

This is probably an awful reason, huh? It's also why I haven't finished the fifth Wheel of Time book, or A Game of Thrones. I was interrupted, and I really don't feel like starting over.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby nemui10pm » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:21 am UTC

I've attempted War and Peace and The Silmarillion three times each and still haven't finished either, but each time I get a little further than the last time, so maybe someday I will. I also tried to read Twilight to see what all the (positive and negative) attention was all about... It was mind-numbingly boring. More boring than the first two books I've mentioned. I've decided that the funny looks from the librarian wasn't worth it, and gave up about a quarter of the way into the first book.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby LaSargenta » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:31 am UTC

Crime & Punishment. Tried twice. Got to the same page each time, when seeing his sister and mother after the crime and find my knuckles are white and hands are shaking and I'm sweating. I look up, realize i'm in my own home, in a comfy seat, with a (now cold) mug of tea next to me. Second time it happened, I decided I really had nothing to prove, acknowledged it is a powerful book, and went on with my life. Pretty sure I included the book in my next bag o books to the used shop.

Now, other end of the spectrum: That first 'sleeping beauty as erotica' piece of crap by Anne Rice...so dull, duller than dishwater...and being porn is NOT an excuse for dullness...could not fathom why so many people I knew went for it.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Oryx » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:46 pm UTC

I've never been able to finish john krakauer's "Into the wild" book (yes it's related to the movie)... I thought the movie was excellent, and decided to buy the book, hoping to get more details about the story; i don't think i even read two chapters. The book is just boring :( , relating, not the story itself, but how the writer managed to put the book together etc... All in all, i don't even think it's a crappy book, i just can't manage to motivate myself into reading it.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Biliboy » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:57 pm UTC

I almost always finish books, even the silmarilion, but a few have slipped by. I've gotten about two pages into atlas shrugged, the great gatsby and anything by Ursala K Leguin. Something about them just doesn't click. I also stopped about halfway through book three of the Bourne identity books when I was younger, couldn't handle the constant intense suspense then.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Nem » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:36 pm UTC

Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice. Got about a third of the way in went - screw it, I've no more idea what his overall argument is and I don't think he's supported it any more than he had at the start of the book, this is just a waste of my time. It's just... really poorly written. No central point to provide structure to the book, meandering anecdotes with horribly over-inflated prose drawing on a wide range of often unrelated topic areas. Some people really like it, for reasons I doubt I'll ever know. Certainly reading the summaries of it that others have put online it doesn't appear to be worth reading in any more depth.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:10 am UTC

reluctantsaints wrote:Never finished The Stand. I started it when I was literally like twelve or thirteen and tried to pick it up again over and over through my teenage years and could never manage to get back to it.

Has anyone found Stephen King hard to finish? Fun to start, but impossible to finish?


I finished The Stand and loved it, but I can definitely see how it would put some people off. Have you read other stuff by him? I've heard comments that his short stories seem to be much more accesible and even better than some of his (much) longer stuff. I personally recommend Night Shift.

And I have to agree with Kewangji, his endings aren't bad, and I've never felt like they ruined the story, but after reading a lot of his stuff I certainly got to a point many times when I said "I hope it ends here, because it just works".

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Vieto » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:09 pm UTC

The Catcher in the Rye: I got halfway through this book in high school (it wasn't required reading for us, but I wanted to read it anyways) before I just couldn't stand it anymore.

Dune: Hear me out. As a kid, I played Dune 2000 by Westwood studios, then a few years later I watched Dune (not sure if it was the movie or the miniseries, I suspect it was the latter because it was in three parts and was long as heck), and then I read the book. Needless to say, I couldn't finish it.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby astrekmaster » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:12 am UTC

I'm yet another person that never finished Mostly Harmless. For me, it just wasn't as good as the first three books.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby ahammel » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:29 pm UTC

Infinite. Goddamn. Jest.

It's sitting on my bookshelf now, taunting me. I'll try again someday.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby no-genius » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:46 pm UTC

ahammel wrote:Infinite. Goddamn. Jest.

It's sitting on my bookshelf now, taunting me. I'll try again someday.

It starts to make a bit more sense when you find the bit that tells you the order of the different years - helps to keep a bookmark there, and in another bit which I forget.
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and if you finished the first chapter, technically you finished the book :P
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby addams » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:11 am UTC

The Bon Fire of the Vanities A bunch of adults acting weird. I did not like it.
I was not interested in the drama of people I don't care about.

Atlas ShruggedAgain, uninteresting.

Happiness by the Dali Lama. Nothing wrong with the book.
I lost it, before I finished it. Not very Mindful of me.

The Communist Manifesto. Worse than wading though a policy paper.
I did not finish it. Too boring and often wrong.

The Bridges or Madison County.

I could not read that book.
I Had To read that book for some reason.
I said, "No."

I was given or I bought, "The Bridges of Madison County Made fun of.
I read that one. It made perfect sense. It was even funny a time or two.

Then I was able to go back and read the original. Then they made it into a Movie!
ech. The Cinematography was nice. I did not finish the Movie, either.

I thought that shit was boring. My life is More boring than that, these days. That sucks!
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby serutan » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:31 am UTC

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I mostly like Heinlein's pre 1970 stuff, but for some reason
(I've tried twice) I get around a quarter of the way through and stop because it just doesn't
engage me at all.
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Postby ahammel » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:39 pm UTC

serutan wrote:The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I mostly like Heinlein's pre 1970 stuff, but for some reason
(I've tried twice) I get around a quarter of the way through and stop because it just doesn't
engage me at all.

Mike really kills any suspense there might have been.
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Postby Dissident Love » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:10 pm UTC

Add me to The Stand failures. After the four hundredth badly-written dream sequence, I just want to go read something fun and easy and rewarding, with cleavage on the cover.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Yablo » Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:38 pm UTC

I pride myself on always finishing a book I start even if it takes me a while. I loved the fist few chapters of Crime and Punishment, and the last few were great, but the entire middle of the book was excruciatingly difficult for me to get through. It took me six months of forcing myself to read a little bit here and there, but the end of the book was worth it, I guess.

I'm having trouble getting through The Count of Monte Cristo, not because it's a bad book (it's actually very good), but because it's getting harder and harder to find reading time lately. Still, my wife loves to point out that I was reading it before we started dating three years ago, so I really should get through the last hundred pages or so.

There's only one book I can think of that I actually did give up on. I kinda liked the movie version, but trying to read Interview with the Vampire made me want to cry. I tried. I really did, but in the end ... screw that book. I can't remember now why I couldn't do it, but I'm not going to go back to find out.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby poxic » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:51 am UTC

Movies (or plays) and books can be very different experiences. I couldn't read Wicked past the first few chapters. The writing style was brutally bleak and reading it made me feel terrible. The musical, on the other hand, sounds amazing. I wish it would have come to town so I could see it.

I haven't seen the movie of Interview with a Vampire, but I can't imagine the tone being the same as the book. In the book, the narrator is depressed and intellectual and passionate and self-loathing. Tom Cruise just can't act well enough to convey that, I think.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:26 am UTC

Interesting.
Interview with a Vampire and the Bridges of Madison County showed up on my reading list at about the same time.
That Bridges of Madison County was impossible for me.

I was thinking about books I had not finished and Why?
Portnoy's Complaint. jeeze.
I tried.

I gather it is an important book about how Class and Money effect a man's potency.
I was getting tired of that guy's dick. He never lost interest in it. Such a Man.

I read the book, 'IT' by King to the bitter end.
In hard back that was a Huge Book. (shrug)

Bridges and Portnoy were small books.
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Postby emceng » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:01 pm UTC

poxic wrote:Movies (or plays) and books can be very different experiences. I couldn't read Wicked past the first few chapters. The writing style was brutally bleak and reading it made me feel terrible. The musical, on the other hand, sounds amazing. I wish it would have come to town so I could see it.

I haven't seen the movie of Interview with a Vampire, but I can't imagine the tone being the same as the book. In the book, the narrator is depressed and intellectual and passionate and self-loathing. Tom Cruise just can't act well enough to convey that, I think.


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Re: Books you never finished

Postby poxic » Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:57 am UTC

... is that how it was cast? It might not have sucked, then.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:17 am UTC

Hm...

The Odyssey

The Arabian Nights

Autumn of the Patriarch

The American Sphinx (Jefferson biography)

..probably a Shakespeare play or two.

Plato's Republic

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby chris857 » Sun May 18, 2014 11:13 pm UTC

The only one I remember is Greg Bear's Eternity (second book of series). I got part of the way in and was like "I have no idea what's going on, and these made up terms don't make sense...at all". I later got through Eon (first book, easy) and Legacy (third book, prequel of Eon, bit of a struggle). Might try again, but that series drags SF into a bit of a fantasy that doesn't easily engage me.

PS - All six books of the HHG2G trilogy were a hoot, and I read all the way through all of them.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby addams » Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:16 pm UTC

I am never going to finish this Book.
It is too depressing.

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Low Horizons.
You may enjoy the Book.

It does tell the story in a way that takes a person, There.
Not all change is Good.

Future Shock?
Future Shock meets Helpless Ignorance?

Entertaining little read?
Not for me.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Bloopy » Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:05 pm UTC

The Catcher in the Rye. I read about two thirds I think, though I wasn't hugely into it. I wrote an essay on it for school which was due before I'd finished reading. Used Cliffs Notes to help me, and after I'd analysed it I couldn't be bothered to finish the book.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby EMTP » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:22 am UTC

I suppose reading 2/3 of the Catcher in the Rye, only because it is assigned, then giving it up as boring and useless, is kind of theme-appropriate. It's meta-alienation!

I am reading Russell's "History of Western Philosophy." I like it, but it's one of those books you pick up, read the first 50 pages, and forget about until you pick it up and have to start at the beginning again. But I'm going to get it this time, I swear!
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby Djehutynakht » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:55 am UTC

Pride and Prejudice.


I can't stand most novels dealing with Victorian society or courting routines.

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Re: Books you never finished

Postby emceng » Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:24 pm UTC

Brent Weeks The Way of Shadows is going on this list. The writing was terrible. Story was interesting, but after 350 pages I couldn't stand the childish writing anymore.
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Re: Books you never finished

Postby josewong » Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:38 am UTC

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
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