Inspired by Sarah the Bookworm's thread
I'd like to nominate "Birdsong" (just couldn't care about the characters) and anything by Hilary Mantel.
End of thread.
Where the Wild Things Are
Would have to agree about Birdsong; liked the war bits, but otherwise it was dull and self-indulgent.
Was completely un-moved by The Kite Runner too...
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The first of that series of books by the Swedish bloke - Girl with the somethingorother
Anything by Jane Austen .... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
Persevere with the Milleneum trilogy Parky, first 100 pages of the first is confusing and dull, the rest is excellent!
Ohh! I love Jane Austen.
Overrated: anything by Dickens. Especially the stupid comedy names he gives people.
Stangely enough, Dickens was my second choice MF.
Both make a good basis for a telly series though.
The Da Vinci Code - WTF??? It's a very average book so why did everyone rave about it? At least in his subsequent books Dan Brown managed to lift his writing from average to terrible.
Millenium Trilogy - Good books but not at all great. I've no idea why everyone thought they were so good.
Dano, the Bible is actually a number of books. Is there a particular one you think is over-rated?
I recently read Breda by Paulo Coelho.
I'd not read any hype about it (I think it's been around a while), but it was, apparently, an international bestseller.
It was, in fact, really rather dull.
M.ister W wrote (see)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Had to read that recently for my book club. I didn't finish it though (only one of the group did). Extreme tedium.
I loved Kiterunner.
Little Ninja wrote (see)
+! to Dan Brown.Harry Potter - not that I've actually read any. Just can't believe the hype. Emma and Wuthering Heights. Overhyped to the maximum by my English Lit teacher.
I love HP!!! I was determined to dislike it because I didn't believe the hype, but now I'm hooked
Dan Brown - urgh. What a bad, bad writer. Terrible writing style, ridiculous plots and absurd characters.
Twilight. I just don't get the appeal. I've tried to read it, but the hyperbole of it all was just nauseating
danowat wrote (see)
I've read enough of it to make a snap judgement on it
The Blind Assassin - apparently it won a bunch of awards but it's rubbish.
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