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    Do not go near "Temple" by Matthew Reilly...
    it is utter drivel
    On the back it says
    "Some doors are meant to remain unopened"...
    the same applies to this book
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    Anything by Dan Brown
    Anything by Clive Cussler
    "13, Rue Therese" by Elena Mauli Shapiro
    Just simply awful books, all of them; how Dan Brown has sold the number of books he has amazes me.
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    Nice idea for a thread!

    I'm not a compulsive book-finisher so if I dislike a book I will just stop reading it - this means I can't remember the names of any really bad books I've read as I've stopped after a couple of chapters.
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    The Selfish gene.. urgh, I'm sure the entire book could easily be summarised in two pages. I didn't really enjoy it and couldn't wait to put it down, which is a shame because a lot of the concepts and theories discussed are very interesting, but he just goes on and on rambling.
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    Twilight, eurgh.
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    (Original post by GeneralOJB)
    The Selfish gene.. urgh, I'm sure the entire book could easily be summarised in two pages. I didn't really enjoy it and couldn't wait to put it down, which is a shame because a lot of the concepts and theories discussed are very interesting, but he just goes on and on rambling.
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    Middlemarch- it makes Pride and Prejudice seem fast-paced and exciting.

    In fact, it is Pride and Prejudice- except that nothing happens. For 700 pages.


    Pillars of the Earth is also very poorly written. But the storyline is gripping so I'm not sure where I stand on it...
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    Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf - Nothing short of mind-numbing.
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    (Original post by Chumbaniya)
    Nice idea for a thread!

    I'm not a compulsive book-finisher so if I dislike a book I will just stop reading it - this means I can't remember the names of any really bad books I've read as I've stopped after a couple of chapters.
    i feel morally obliged to finish a book once i have read the first chapter... until now.
    This piece of rubbish requires you to believe that

    i)the Incas made an idol with special powers from a "thyrium" meteorite

    ii)german terrorists have stolen the key text for finding this idol from a monastery... killing all the monks of course

    iii)fortunately a partial copy in Latin survived to be translated by mild-mannered expert William Race

    iv)the idol is needed by the USA to produce the ultimate planet destroying weapon

    v)the idol is guarded by giant jaguars which have been living in a cave for hundreds of years....

    sorry life is too precious to continue
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    (Original post by the bear)
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    (Sorry, I couldn't help myself :innocent:)
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    Any book that is turned into a movie - why waste dozens of hours reading them when you can watch them in a 2-hour movie?
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    (Original post by Vixen47)
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    (Sorry, I couldn't help myself :innocent:)

    We need cheering up !!
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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

    Just so boring. I can't believe I actually forced myself to finish it.
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    (Original post by RolyBholi)
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

    Just so boring. I can't believe I actually forced myself to finish it.
    Oh dear god I watched the movie. Me and my friends felt like cutting our wrists when we left the cinema.
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    (Original post by RolyBholi)
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

    Just so boring. I can't believe I actually forced myself to finish it.
    what!!?? I love that book, totally disagree.

    (Original post by neverlander¾)
    Oh dear god I watched the movie. Me and my friends felt like cutting our wrists when we left the cinema.
    I'll give you that one, the movie is ****. Focuses too much on the depressing events that take place without paying attention to the relationship of Father and son.
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    Atlas shrugged.
    The whole thing is like a massively over long polemical fairystory full of unbelievable, simplistic characters. Also terrible dialogue and sex scenes.
    You should openly snigger at anyone recommending this book imo.
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    (Original post by the bear)
    We need cheering up !!
    Stare at this: :ahee:
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    (Original post by RolyBholi)
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

    Just so boring. I can't believe I actually forced myself to finish it.
    I agree and his punctuation irritated the hell out of me.
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    War and Peace. Too long and too dull.
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    Ulysses by James Joyce. I had to read it for university, and even with multiple guidebooks I couldn't make head or tail of it. Perhaps if I'd spent longer puzzling it out I would have got more from it, but if you just want a decent book to read I'd suggest that you steer well clear.

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