What is the worst book you’ve ever finished? My new #1…

I’ve always been fascinated by this concept. Some books, which aren’t even all that bad, get forgotten or ignored and you never finish them. And I’ve been known to throw down a book with stilted dialogue on page 2 and never go near that author again.

But some books, which I’ve loathed I’ve kept on reading. Some I may have had a grudging respect for, but others I knew were bad and just forced my way on through.

And I’ve just finished one that was really and truly atrocious. I’ll post more about it later – maybe around Halloween – but I won’t keep you in suspense.

Bram Stoker’s Lair of the White Worm.

Sure I knew it had been turned into one of the worst movies ever made, but the original text couldn’t be that bad, could it? Yes, yes, it could be.

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3 Responses

  1. Worst book I ever actually finished?

    Hmmmm … I think it was “3001” by Arthur C. Clarke. The truth is, I hated the entire “Space Odyssey” series, but I really felt like I should read them, just as part of maintaining my geek cred.

    But the fourth book of the “trilogy” was almost too much to bear. I came really close on several occasions to quitting.

    I’m struggling through my fourth attempt to read “Dune.” I’ve started it several times, and find it far too tedious.

  2. Funny you should mention Dune. I loved it, but the sequel was one of the books I gave up the fastest. I found it incomprehensible.

  3. The worst book I’ve ever finished was Breaking Dawn. No, I have to take it back… there were some books I reviewed for SLJ that I had to finish reading, and I detested them. But the worst book I ever finished reading of my own volition? Yeah. Breaking Dawn.

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