All in all, I’ve had a marvellous reading year, but there were a few disappointments along the way. Of course a book that was meh or a DNF for me, may be just the ticket for another reader, but I hope I’ve explained in the full posts on these titles what I didn’t like about the books. You are very welcome to disagree!
I’m finally starting to overcome my compulsion to finish every book I read, posting about three DNF titles which I abandoned a way in but merited a mention here. They were:
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris.
- The Tower by Alessandro Gallenzi
- The Brethren by Robert Merle
I found it quite liberating to abandon these books – especially the Ferris which had all the Booker interest… I won’t be revisiting any of them in the future.
But there are another couple of novels that I read all the way through and posted about which were just about okay…
The main character in Frog Music by Emma Donoghue just wore me out with her fussing and cussing.
Similarly, Johanna in Caitlin Moran’s first novel How to Build a Girl, despite Moran’s insistence that Johanna is not based on her own life, appears too close to be not her. Apparently aimed at older teens, this novel is full of swearing, wanking, sex and drugs and rock’n’roll. You have been warned.
The Mindless Thriller Award
… goes to The Nemesis Program by Scott Mariani.
I was lured into reading this book by the mention of the genius Szerbian scientist Nikola Tesla, who in his later years developed an oscillator that he reckoned could be scaled up to knock buildings down etc.
The sub-Bondian baddie in this thriller has developed such a weapon and ex-SAS soldier turned vicar(!) Ben Hope, in his tenth outing, is the man to stop him.
Just too absurd and too long, and the sense of humour bypass made this a bit of a slog.
Reading Flop of the Year
The biggest disappointment in my reading year however was Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Western A Million Ways to Die in the West – which with passing time I recall as ever more puerile and just full of toilet jokes.
Originally, I had thought to go and see the film – but it absolutely tanked! I’m glad I didn’t get to waste my money. I even managed to resell my copy of the book too, so only ended up a couple of quid out of pocket.
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I was in two minds whether to write this post or not, but given that I have written a post about each of the books mentioned, saying what I thought about them thought it fair enough.
Am I being too snarky?
What do you think?
Have you read any of these books?
Tomorrow I’ll be back with some of the best
new to me authors I’ve discovered this year.