Books I didn’t finish

Here are some books I started reading but didn’t finish. There might be others I’ve forgotten about — these are mostly ones that showed up on someone’s list of best SF or fantasy books.

  • Manifold: Time by Stephen Baxter
    • It might be a good book, but it was too science-y for me.
  • Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
    • It’s a long book, and I wasn’t going to read it all if it didn’t seem to have anything to offer me.
  • Dayworld by Philip José Farmer
    • After reading To Your Scattered Bodies Go and some of this one, I decided Farmer wasn’t the author for me.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    • Despite my enjoyment of some of Gaiman’s other works, and despite other people’s love of this book, I didn’t find it interesting.
  • Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
    • It’s poorly written, and the story and characters are mostly reminiscent of other books you’ve read before.
  • Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard
    • This isn’t a bad book. But if I’m going to read a book that’s 1000 pages long it has to be brilliant.
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
    • It’s just for kids. Adults will find the events inconsistent and unbelievable.
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    • It’s just for kids. Adults will throw it across the room before they finish it.
  • Resurrection Man by Sean Stewart
    • Similar to my reaction to American Gods, I just didn’t find this story very interesting.
  • Hunter’s Oath by Michelle West
    • It’s not a bad book but it didn’t do it for me.
  • The Once and Future King by T. H. White
    • It didn’t grab me. I’ve decided that my version of the story of King Arthur is The Mists of Avalon.
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
    • Although I’m interested in the Star Wars universe, and other people like it a lot, it didn’t grab me.

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2 Responses to “Books I didn’t finish”

  1. Dave Switzer Says:

    I read a fair amount of “The Iron Dragon’s Daughter” by Michael Swanwick — lots of people think it’s great, but it wasn’t for me.

  2. Dave Switzer Says:

    Although I’m fond of its 2 predecessors, the middle of “Long Hot Summoning” by Tanya Huff was a bit boring.

    Lots of people like “The World of Null-A” by A. E. van Vogt but I found it baffling.

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