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25 May 2004 @ 10:10 pm
I rarely actually give up on books - no matter how bad there's normally some reason to carry on and finish it, like wanting to know what happens, or if the author can pull off any sort of ending, or liking the characters even if the plot sucks, or something. But I've just given up on "The Physiognomy" by Jeffrey Ford after about 50 pages. I find the protagonist tedious, the plotline dull and the prose style torturous. I did flick through to see if it improved, but it didn't seem to, and nothing even caught my attention enough to make me read another page. I'm really quite astonished that it won an award (it proclaims that it was the winner of the 1998 World Fantasy Award on the front cover), but I suspect it's clever in a way that simultaneously annoys and escapes me ;)
Current Mood: confusedperplexed
Mrs. Christie: <sardonic>shineyquarter on May 25th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
I really don't like to give up on books either but there have been a few that I could find no reason to push forward with because they were so boring.
Robdreema on May 25th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
I came very very close to giving up on Stephen King's IT (I think, it was either that or tommyknockers). It took me about 3 months to finish. I just couldn't get into his writing style at all, so much so that I didn't even bother starting the other one.
Onyxonyx_uk on May 25th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
I am very strange when it comes to books, very few I just can not read, one example however, that springs to mind is Louis De Bernieres - Captain Corelli's Mandolin. However, I do have this funny thing about finishing books that I have enjoyed. I have a terrible habit of leaving the last chapter/last few pages for months, it is very strange and I do not consciously do it, but it must be some subconscious way that I prolong the book ending. Very strange.
Jolly Boots of Doomtiggrrl on May 25th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Have you ever tried reading any Stephen R Donaldson? My suggestion is, don't. Both the_misha and I have been driven to throw books of his (different books, at that) across the room in frustration.
Margaretpling on May 26th, 2004 01:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, we own 6 of them - the Thomas Covenant ones (I think that's the right name). J thinks they're great. I did read them all, I shan't be bothering again and when the next trilogy comes out (which apparently they start doing this autumn) I shan't be reading those either. They do have the advantage (over The Physiognomist) that they're not written in a style that automatically sets my teeth on edge otherwise I think I'd've not bothered finishing ;)
Phlebasphlebas on May 26th, 2004 02:34 am (UTC)
The title sounds like a parody of Christopher Priest...
Margaretpling on May 26th, 2004 11:47 am (UTC)
I don't think I've read any Priest, though the name triggers vague recollections of something surreal (eating fruit seeds that are actually larvae?) but the recollections are so vague that I'm not convinced I read whatever it was, but just skimmed the back and a couple of pages.