Thoughts and other Miscellany

Books I’ve given up on recently

I thought I should do a little wrap-up of a few books I’ve given up on recently.

My policy is to try to make it to 25%/100 pages and review the book, making clear I didn’t finish it. However, there are plenty where I’ve had to give up long before that recently:

@TyrusBooks kindly bought me A Prayer for Dawn by Nathan Singer after raving about it on Twitter – unfortunately, I struggled to get to page 20; the subject matter was so depressing and the language relatively poor, coarse and ugly, that I couldn’t carry on.

Astor & Blue kindly sent me a review copy of Theodore Weesner’s The Car Thief, as the “modern American classic is relaunched for a new generation”. Unfortunately the protagonist suffered from WMSOL syndrome (white male self-obsessed loser), not a character type with whom I get on. Bye bye Car Thief.

I downloaded A Winters Night (inauspicious beginning, that missing apostrophe) by Valerio Massimo Manfredi from Edelweiss’ Above The Treeline program; I’m 9% in and I can’t figure out how the various characters are related (some are brothers, then one of the brothers turned out to be female and be their mother, then there was a random umbrella mender…) or what the point of the story is except there’s a fabled golden goat who appears in snowstorms.

I’ve owned three of Lynda LaPlante’s novels for at least 18 months now; 25 pages into Cold Shoulder I decided all of them were headed for the bin. Unsympathetic characters, overdone “fall from grace” for the police officer… not my cup of tea.

So there’s the sad little round-up, now I can delete them from the Kindle in good conscience…

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7 thoughts on “Books I’ve given up on recently”

  1. I hate giving up on books, yet it can be so liberating. Thank you for talking about it (I wish more people would) — it makes it easier to do when you know you’re not alone. I’m on page 3 of Car Thief — I won’t say I’ve given up on it yet, but I keep being distracted by more interesting books.

  2. I always admire your ability to put books to one side when they are not working for you.

    As we say life is too short when there are too many other books out there waiting to be read.

  3. What I find more depressing is when you like a book but can’t get into it and then it sits there reproaching you for your lack of interest but they’re to good to send to charity…

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