Comments on: FFM: Books I Couldn’t Finish http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776 A rough draft of my thoughts... Tue, 07 Mar 2006 19:31:19 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.5.1.2 by: Arguing with signposts… » My Tolkien confession http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-172669 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 03:25:15 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-172669 [...] Dr. Taylor: Books you know you should read that you can’t seem to finish. Oh, wait. It already has been. ¦ Trackbacks (0) [...] […] Dr. Taylor: Books you know you should read that you can’t seem to finish. Oh, wait. It already has been.

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by: Jan http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-166301 Sun, 14 Aug 2005 03:16:20 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-166301 Steve actually considered doing his dissertation on Joyce. I've only ever read "The Dead" by him. I liked it okay, but it was only a short story. Steve actually considered doing his dissertation on Joyce. I’ve only ever read “The Dead” by him. I liked it okay, but it was only a short story.

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by: Dr. Steven Taylor http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-165999 Sat, 13 Aug 2005 16:01:13 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-165999 I've read Metamorphosis, but egads, I can't stand Joyce. I’ve read Metamorphosis, but egads, I can’t stand Joyce.

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by: Jan http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-165995 Sat, 13 Aug 2005 15:37:58 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-165995 Well, the only two that jump to mind are: 1. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka 2. Run Away Jury by John Grisham There are certainly others that I didn't finish for one reason or another, but those come to mind as one I "couldn't" finish. My husband teaches Portrait of the Artist is you ever want any pointers on it. lol But then again, he teaches Metamorphosis but he couldn't make me like it. Well, the only two that jump to mind are:
1. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
2. Run Away Jury by John Grisham

There are certainly others that I didn’t finish for one reason or another, but those come to mind as one I “couldn’t” finish.

My husband teaches Portrait of the Artist is you ever want any pointers on it. lol But then again, he teaches Metamorphosis but he couldn’t make me like it.

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by: The Kudzu Files http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-156243 Sun, 07 Aug 2005 01:20:07 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-156243 <strong>Books I Couldn’t Finish</strong> From Steven Taylor at Poliblog, a Friday Fun Meme.... Books I Couldn't Finish. Doing as he did and leaving out textbooks, and in no particular order: Books I Couldn’t Finish

From Steven Taylor at Poliblog, a Friday Fun Meme…. Books I Couldn’t Finish. Doing as he did and leaving out textbooks, and in no particular order:

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by: The Bemusement Park » VENI, LEGI, CONCIDI http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155368 Sat, 06 Aug 2005 03:36:26 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155368 [...] sty.com"> 8/5/2005 VENI, LEGI, CONCIDI From Steven Taylor comes his Friday Fun Meme: ‘Books I Couldn’t Finish.’ Forthwith, here are mine: The Lord of the [...] […] sty.com”>

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From Steven Taylor comes his Friday Fun Meme: ‘Books I Couldn’t Finish.’ Forthwith, here are mine: The Lord of the […]

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by: Gary and the Samoyeds http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155208 Sat, 06 Aug 2005 00:41:42 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155208 This will probably get Me banned, but I was not able to get into <i>Dune</i>. Everyone said how great it was, it sold and sold, and there were many sequels, but I couldn't get more than 1/3 the way through it. This will probably get Me banned, but I was not able to get into Dune. Everyone said how great it was, it sold and sold, and there were many sequels, but I couldn’t get more than 1/3 the way through it.

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by: Dr. Steven Taylor http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155065 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 20:49:12 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155065 Funny--your post reminded me that I tried to start <i>Timescape</i> but just couldn't get started. Funny-your post reminded me that I tried to start Timescape but just couldn’t get started.

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by: pianoman http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155061 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 20:30:03 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155061 I had the same problem with Lord Foul's Bane my first time through. I just couldn't get into it. The second time I forced myself past page 100 or so...and that's when the book took off. My college friends and I enjoyed the series (all six books), and I think we all read the whole thing twice each. Donaldson's problem is that he obsesses over the feelings of the characters way too much; if he focused on moving the story along rather than on how much emotional pain everyone was suffering, his books could shed 40% of their weight. My rule now is if a book doesn't grip me after 100 pages, I'll give up and throw it against the wall. Doesn't happen often, but the last time it did was "TimeScape" by Gregory Benford. Yeah, I know it won a bunch of awards, but the plotline is stale and the characters were one-dimensional. Isaac Asimov's "The Gods Themselves" is a much better example of the "talking backwards through time" genre. I've got Battlefield Earth at home; I'll definitely have to try it soon. Thanks for the tip, Admiral. I had the same problem with Lord Foul’s Bane my first time through. I just couldn’t get into it. The second time I forced myself past page 100 or so…and that’s when the book took off.

My college friends and I enjoyed the series (all six books), and I think we all read the whole thing twice each. Donaldson’s problem is that he obsesses over the feelings of the characters way too much; if he focused on moving the story along rather than on how much emotional pain everyone was suffering, his books could shed 40% of their weight.

My rule now is if a book doesn’t grip me after 100 pages, I’ll give up and throw it against the wall. Doesn’t happen often, but the last time it did was “TimeScape” by Gregory Benford. Yeah, I know it won a bunch of awards, but the plotline is stale and the characters were one-dimensional. Isaac Asimov’s “The Gods Themselves” is a much better example of the “talking backwards through time” genre.

I’ve got Battlefield Earth at home; I’ll definitely have to try it soon. Thanks for the tip, Admiral.

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by: Jay http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155056 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 20:05:46 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=7776#comment-155056 Funny, Deb mentioned this post as a good meme and I immediately said "Thomas Covenant; I couldn't even get through the first book!" Funny to see it's on your lis, now that I've seen the post myself. Funny, Deb mentioned this post as a good meme and I immediately said “Thomas Covenant; I couldn’t even get through the first book!” Funny to see it’s on your lis, now that I’ve seen the post myself.

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