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Luftschlosseule
19 hours ago, fuzzipueo said:

That kind of thing can be fun, because you're not under pressure for a grade or to impress the teacher, but to enjoy the story and to hear other peoples opinions about what you're reading. And it's fun to speculate the 'what if?' scenarios. I would love to have someone to discuss the Magnus Chase books, also by Riordan, which visit Norse Mythology, for similar reasons. Or Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising Sequence - which predate Harry Potter by a good 30+ years.

Well, if you have Discord, I am sure I could share the link with you. Won't do that here out in the open, though, it would come via pm.

 

Another book everybody seems to like but I didn't: Anna Karenina. I didn't like the random tangients of more than 100 pages about one character helping on a farm. And the horse race? Ridiculous.

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NordicNoir

Madame Bovary. Hated her. 

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Amethyst Raven
On 8/12/2019 at 3:05 AM, SkyenAutowegCaptain said:

@Amethyst Raven, I agree with you about books being forced upon school children putting them off that author. Especially as most books they call "literature" I call "over-analysed to find things the author probably never intended and we can't ask them because they're dead" 

Exactly!

Just because it is mentioned that the curtains are red does not mean that they stand for anything.

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daveb
1 hour ago, Amethyst Raven said:

Exactly!

Just because it is mentioned that the curtains are red does not mean that they stand for anything.

But that clearly stands for communism... :P 

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fuzzipueo
On 8/12/2019 at 1:05 AM, SkyenAutowegCaptain said:

@Amethyst Raven, I agree with you about books being forced upon school children putting them off that author. Especially as most books they call "literature" I call "over-analysed to find things the author probably never intended and we can't ask them because they're dead"

I believe this is why I am resistant to many so called literary "classics". I also believe the teacher was trying her hardest to turn us off to science fiction by having us read the most depressing of Ray Bradbury's short stories...

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PolgaraTheSorceress

Definitely, Lord of the Flies (any adaptation as well), the characters are annoying to begin with and progressively get more irritating. However, I'm guessing this was the author, William Golding's, original purpose for the book as the ending contradicts other books of the time that have the same premise. It's just not an enjoyable read.

 

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mariopepper

Fake honor

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NordicNoir

On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It’s been required reading for a couple of different literature or writing classes I have taken.  It’s awful. 

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nijikazegirl

The Catcher In The Rye

 

Made no sense and was just some brat wandering around and lying to people. When I got done with it I just left it in the waiting room of the doctors office I was in with a note saying "Free book, Your welcome" cause I didn't want to even take it back home with me.

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Evobessive
On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 10:11 PM, KuraTheChibiCrystalKitty said:

 

The Handmaid's Tale. :evil: 

 

Agreed. I had to read it for my A-level English and hated. The main character is just so passive and I would much prefer if it was told from the perspective of Moria, her best friend or literally anyone else in the book, they seem to have much more interesting stories than her. I would say Hunchback of Notre Dame, great concept but the book spends so much time on unnecessary details, I read 60 pages and it all seemed to be about this completely irrelevant party! Same with Frankenstien, it spent 5 chapters detailing the main charecters schooling and childhood and I was screaming the whole time "Just get to the F***king monster already!". 

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Evobessive
On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 10:16 PM, Lichley said:

 

The original Jekyll and Hyde if you were looking for a cool story about transformations and murder this isn’t for you. Instead it’s about his buddy trying to investigate without actually asking him or actively doing much at all, and then trying to cover it up afterwards. 

Awww! Really? I had that book when I was little and gave it away because I did get bored of it, but after watching the ITV series again (I know it's only loosely based but it just made me think of the book) and I wanted to see if the I would be more interesting to me now I'm older. Thanks for warning me off, that kind of reminds me of Frankenstein, I only read 5 chapters because it wouldn't get to the monster. 

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Visenya

The Kite Runner. :evil:

The story is quite silly, but what I hated the most was feeling like I was being given moral lessons. This part was one of the main things that I remember of the book, because I hated it so badly (I couldn't find the exact quote, but someone summed it up):

 

Spoiler

Another example of Hassan's integrity comes when Amir decides to 'toy' with Hassan. Amir and Hassan are sitting under a tree together when Amir asks Hassan if he would would ever lie to him. Hassan comments that he would rather eat dirt. Instead of accepting this as display of loyalty, Amir asks Hassan if he would truly eat dirt if Amir asked him. Hassan responds with, ''If you asked, I would.''

Amir admits that he was shaken up by this and he drops his eyes to avoid looking at Hassan. Throughout the story, Hassan is portrayed as being unintelligent because he cannot read or write, however, after telling Amir that he would eat dirt, he asks him, ''Would you ever ask me to do such a thing...?'' With this question, Hassan puts the ball back in Amir's court and forces him to think about whether or not he is the kind of person who would make someone eat dirt just because he can.

 

It reminded me of when I was a small kid and complained about not wanting to eat something. My mom (as most moms, I imagine) would lecture me about how many people were starving in Africa, say that I should be grateful and thank God that we had food on our tables, and blah blah blah. :rolleyes: I read the book so fast just so I could be done with it as soon as possible. A few years later, I lent it to one of my friends, and she and her mom loved it. I didn't even bother to get the book back, tbh.

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On 8/8/2019 at 1:23 PM, Ardoise said:

What books did you dislike so much that you would advise others not to read them?

 

I would say the majority of books I was forced to read in high school would fall into that category.

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Lichley
1 hour ago, Evobessive said:

Awww! Really?

I know, I was so hyped that we might actually study something interesting at school, and we got Jekyll and Hyde, I was so disappointed when I actually read it. That being said, the copy I had came with some short stories, and there was one I absolutely adored called Markheim, and honestly just read it - it’s really short but really really good!

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Evobessive
1 hour ago, Lichley said:

I know, I was so hyped that we might actually study something interesting at school, and we got Jekyll and Hyde, I was so disappointed when I actually read it. That being said, the copy I had came with some short stories, and there was one I absolutely adored called Markheim, and honestly just read it - it’s really short but really really good!

That is disappointing, thanks for the recommendation though. I would watch the ITV series of Jekyll and Hyde if you can, it basically just takes the intresting concept (a guy turning into someone else) and basically make it into a kind of period superhero/ fantasy T.V. show. The show's actually from the perspective of the grandson of the original Dr Jekyll and has him have to deal with his other side (who isn't completely evil) and all these other monsters and evil organisations try and fight over him. I don't know where you live, so I'm unsure if you'd be able to see it, since it was shown on English t.v., but if you can I would definitely recommend it 

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Well I would recommend Brave New World to any and everyone, except those who are sex repulsed. I read it the first time with a mixture of disgust and interest. It is a great book. Just a bit gross in my opinion

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SkyenAutowegCaptain

If people don't want gross books then don't read American Psycho by Brett Eason Ellis, it's so graphic that the original version fell foul of the Obscene Publications Act in Britain and had to be censored 

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Taival

Ready Player One. Worst book I've ever read. It's basically just the author trying to prove his worth by throwing random bits of nerdy trivia into somewhat cohesive format. The main character is an annoying know-it-all who also happens to be the wittiest and most popular social outcast ever. I have no good things to say about this book except how much fun it is to rant about it.

 

The Witcher short story collections. I think that every second novel is really good, and every second is meh, but the first two collections are just so bad. They're basically stories about how Geralt travels around the Northern Kingdoms boning women and repeating the story's name on every single page. He kills a few things on the side, because that's what he's kinda supposed to do. They just felt so juvenile and pointless to me.

 

The Road! I made it into 13% according to my Kindle. I read one page at a time, as I just couldn't handle more boring pretentiousness with nothing happening, but I really wanted to read something besides fantasy for a change, and this won a Pulitzer, so I thought it was going to be good. A bad idea. And speaking of bad ideas...

 

Call Me By Your Name. He fucks a peach. Yeah... good stuff.

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Crazycrazycultist

All that A Raisin In The Sun contained was a family arguing!

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