The books we didn’t finish…

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Earlier this week I took part in a roundtable event over at The Semiotic Standard hosted by Andrea.  I’m so pleased I had the chance to take part.  This was interesting and fun with some brilliant contributions.  Go and check it out here.

And, if that wasn’t enough, check on over here and read Little Red Reviewer’s latest post – much fun.  You’re welcome 😀

What makes a book putdownable for you??  Enquiring minds need to know.

 

 

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5 Responses to “The books we didn’t finish…”

  1. S. C. Flynn

    Thanks – I loved the Collective

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Mmmm… it’s a more difficult question than it looks on the surface…
    The usual “suspects” could be bad or absent characterization, too many clichés, uninspired writing, and so on – we all encountered them one time or another. But I think that what makes me abandon a book more than anything else is the lack of feelings for the story, and the characters: I need to feel invested in that journey, to leave the real world and immerse myself in the “elsewhere” that the author creates. If that immersion is not complete, if I find myself removed from it and able to nitpick away at the slightest opportunity, I know that’s not a book for me. That I’d better move to greener pastures…

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s precisely it for me too. I like to feel invested in the characters and if that doesn’t happen then even if the writing is good and the story interesting it won’t win me over.
      Lynn D:

  3. medievalotaku

    I’ll second maddalena’s reasons and add that I will put down a story which feels meaningless. If the characters have no goals or inspiration behind their actions or if the writers seems to lack ideals himself, I’ll probably put the book down. Ryuunosuke Akutagawa’s Snow Country was the last book I put down for those reasons.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, great characters are what keeps me hooked to the page – the one thing I really dislike is not understanding somebody’s motivations for their actions or when it feels like they’re acting out of character simply to move a plot point along.
      Lynn 😀

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