Book Meme: Day 11

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Day 11 – A book that disappointed you

A book will disappoint me if:

  • It does not live up to the hype
  • It is poorly written
  • It is overly simple or, heaven forbid, boring
  • Its voice drives me bonkers

The biggest literary disappointment of late has been The da Vinci Code. It seemed to have everything in order: action! Conspiracy! Arty artefacts! Suspense! A possible romance! And then I read it. I was annoyed at the way too many art history theories were presented as facts, by the choppy writing style, and by the lacklustre suspense and info dumps. I honestly don’t think I’ll pick up another Dan Brown book unless there’s nothing else to read – sorry Mr. Brown, but you and I just aren’t compatible.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was another disappointment. I was expecting something a little more…polished. I got a poorly written hack ‘n slash instead. This was sad on two counts – one, the premise is brilliant, and two, I kind of look like the zombiefied Elizabeth on the cover (enough that when I changed my fb profile pic, I actually fooled people into thinking it was me) and I’m sad that my face is on such a stinker.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield and Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti also disappointed. I love steampunk and both the worlds were wonderfully imagined and exciting to read about, but…meh. Leviathen’s two main characters were stereotypical and irritating, and I’d guessed the plot of Clockwork Heart within the first quarter of the novel.

But every book that doesn’t do it for me will be the most exciting, brilliant thing ever to be inked onto paper for someone else. There’s just no accounting for taste!


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