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Name a book you didn't like--

geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
--even though the rest of the world seemed/seems to love it--

and/or--

Name a book you loved but thought was underrated or not publicized as much as it should have been.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    Wicked. I thought it was terrible, but almost everyone I know who's read it loved it. I thought it was seriously overrated.
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  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    I am going to say "The Time Traveler's Wife." I really loved the idea behind the story, but overall it was a disappointment.

    I can't think of an underrated one right now.
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Catcher in the Rye is the first one I can come up with. And I like Salinger.
    Along the same lines, I like William Faulkner, but The Sound and the Fury makes me just a bit angry.
    The Scarlet Letter. Meh.
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Wuthering Heights. Blah, love story my ass.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    "Eat, Pray, Love." I got through the first chapter and decided the author was self-absorbed, shallow, and wouldn't know hardship if it bit her on the a$$.
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  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Posts: 2,017Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    "Eat, Pray, Love." I got through the first chapter and decided the author was self-absorbed, shallow, and wouldn't know hardship if it bit her on the a$$.

    Heee! A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read that, and I've been resisting it because I fear it will be just as you've said! Now I'm free to let it go. Thanks!

    I thought "Summer" by Edith Wharton was a great book that nobody ever seems to talk about.

    "Atonement" was a book that lots of people seemed to love -- I got irritated and put it down about a third of the way through.

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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Towelhead is another I didn't care for that much. It was a good enough read, but I found the writing to be rather average and the story not particularly special or eye-opening.

    Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence. Boring.
    Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Same.
    The Great Gatsby. Pointless reading.

    I think Villette is pretty underrated since Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's classic.
    I know there are other books I've read that are underrated, but I can't come up with them.
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  • shorticurlzshorticurlz Posts: 1,056Registered Users
    I started reading Lolita and it was so well written but the subject matter was just too much for me.

    Also I found that Terry Pratchet and Patricia Cornwell got old pretty quickly, I liked the first two from each author that I read but after a while it just seemed repetitive. Does it count as a new book if you just change around some names and insignificant details?
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    The Emperor's Children. Won lots of awards but I couldn't get into it at all.
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    I second "Wuthering Heights." And "Atonement." And "Wicked."

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  • stacyann1stacyann1 Posts: 6Registered Users
    Atonement.. thought it would never end.
  • CurlyEyesCurlyEyes Posts: 2,983Registered Users
    wuthering heights was so depressing! just when I thought it would get better...it got worse! there was no ending!
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  • Fluffy4evaFluffy4eva Posts: 156Registered Users
    The Lord of the Rings books.... Just couldnt get into them, they might as well have been written in a different language!

    On the flip side, there is a terry pratchett book (yes yes I know, Im juvenile. hehe) called good omens which I thought was a work of comedy genius, but it was lost amidst his discworld novels.
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  • hauptajhauptaj Posts: 122Registered Users
    The first thing I thought of was Wicked. Ugh. Hated that book and hated the musical too, even though everyone loves it.

    I didn't care for Time Travelers Wife either, I liked it at first but it go so boring, I couldn't wait for it to end.
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  • WavyVetWavyVet Posts: 9Registered Users
    Didn't like:
    - The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides...I couldn't wait for it to end (but I thought Middlesex by the same author was intriguing).

    - Franny and Zooey by Salinger...maybe I need the Cliffs Notes or to just reread this at some other point in my life. I didn't get it.

    - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez...this was a long and painful read, but I did it.

    Underrated:
    The River Why by Duncan...love it!
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    An author that I find completely overrated: Haruki Murakami. I read A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I didn't dislike them so much as think they were kind of meh. Maybe something got lost in the translation.

    2666 by Roberto Bolano. Another one that might have had translation issues. I found the first few parts of the book only alright- and a bit too pretentious- but I gave up during the part that described all of the murders in the small Mexican border town. Very grisly. After looking through some reviews at Amazon I realized that a number of people had the same impression of the book as I did, and I gave myself permission to put the damn thing away.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    "The DaVinci Code".

    I'll catch flack for saying this here but I couldn't stand "Outlander". I got about half way through the first book and just gave up.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    The Sookie Stackhouse series. I read the first three- after the first book I figured I'd give it another try. I would have given up after book #2, except I'd purchased 2 and 3 together! I wasn't exactly expecting anything deep, but I didn't realize they would be quite so insipid.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    "Eat, Pray, Love." I got through the first chapter and decided the author was self-absorbed, shallow, and wouldn't know hardship if it bit her on the a$$.

    I honestly did a double-take when I read this post, wondering if I'd written it myself. I loathed this book, and now it's going to be a movie.

    Elizabeth Gilbert's success defies quality, imo.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Vows by Peter Manseau.

    Duller than death.
  • hauptajhauptaj Posts: 122Registered Users
    Gemini13 wrote: »
    The Sookie Stackhouse series. I read the first three- after the first book I figured I'd give it another try. I would have given up after book #2, except I'd purchased 2 and 3 together! I wasn't exactly expecting anything deep, but I didn't realize they would be quite so insipid.

    Oh boy, you stopped before you reached book 4, the best one!!
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    hauptaj wrote: »
    Gemini13 wrote: »
    The Sookie Stackhouse series. I read the first three- after the first book I figured I'd give it another try. I would have given up after book #2, except I'd purchased 2 and 3 together! I wasn't exactly expecting anything deep, but I didn't realize they would be quite so insipid.

    Oh boy, you stopped before you reached book 4, the best one!!

    Eh, I'll just take your word on it. :tongue5:
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  • hauptajhauptaj Posts: 122Registered Users
    Gemini13 wrote: »
    hauptaj wrote: »
    Gemini13 wrote: »
    The Sookie Stackhouse series. I read the first three- after the first book I figured I'd give it another try. I would have given up after book #2, except I'd purchased 2 and 3 together! I wasn't exactly expecting anything deep, but I didn't realize they would be quite so insipid.

    Oh boy, you stopped before you reached book 4, the best one!!

    Eh, I'll just take your word on it. :tongue5:

    Well, I can certainly understand someone not liking it. It's not exactly a thought-provoking read! I just think they're fun and I loved #4 the most! ;)
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    Eat, Pray, Love. Hate, Hate, Hate.

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  • automaticflowersautomaticflowers Posts: 3,465Registered Users
    The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I have mixed feelings about it actually, but leaning more toward dislike.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I have mixed feelings about it actually, but leaning more toward dislike.


    Oh, I liked that one. I just finished it the other day. It's one of those books that stays with you for a while...although not in a good way. I have an elderly PITA mother whom I have had lifelong control issues with, so maybe that influences my review.
  • automaticflowersautomaticflowers Posts: 3,465Registered Users
    Oh, I liked that one. I just finished it the other day. It's one of those books that stays with you for a while...although not in a good way.

    Exactly! I was a bit disturbed for a few days after finishing it. :lol:
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Oh, I liked that one. I just finished it the other day. It's one of those books that stays with you for a while...although not in a good way.

    Exactly! I was a bit disturbed for a few days after finishing it. :lol:


    Yes, very disturbing, but I usually take that as a sign that the book was good, even though it made me feel bad. It meant I "believed" the story because it was relevant and well written.
  • amt949amt949 Posts: 56Registered Users
    The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I have mixed feelings about it actually, but leaning more toward dislike.

    I agree. Not my fav by her.

    I also wasn't a huge fan of Twilight. I read all of them and I just wanted to punch Bella in the face lol. She seemed so desperate! I know, I know...it's a teenage love thing, but I wasn't THAT desperate back then!
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    I have never been able to finish War and Peace. I can't say that I dislike it. I just can't get through it. I try and try. But the names of people and places get so confusing to me. My brain just can't keep everything straight. I will finish that book one day, mark my words! : )
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