June 26, 2018

Bookshelf of Shame (Abandoned Fiction)

Over the years I’ve rarely abandoned fiction books, but the past year has been a shameful display of towel throwing. What made it strange was how some of these sounded just amazing when I decided to pick the up.

I present my current bookshelf of shame:

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Great world and disaster story/history, sprinkled with dumb and uninteresting characters.

  • Artemis by Andy Weir. I kept imagining a fake sitcom laugh after much of the dialogue. Will probably make a fun movie, but as a book I got really bored by page 100.

  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. I was not in the mood for the restless writing style, no comas, long paragraphs — so many jokes strung together. A new H2G2 it’s not, but I may revisit.

  • Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci. Will likely revisit if in a YA novel mood. I wanted to slap the rascal main character too much — maybe I’m getting old.

  • The Nix by Nathan Hill. Very likely to revisit. Most likely a victim circumstance — read it during the move to Costa Rica, and my mind needed something a bit faster.

Luckily the streak has ended with Stephen King’s The Gunslinger (The Dark #1). Can’t wait to get back to it after publishing this.

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