BlogJunta editor’s choice pick for 30th Jan 2011.
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AVADA KEDAVRA’S blog has always been a personal favourite. Visit her blog to know why. We will let you sample a post to assess her caliber. Here she writes about five books she loves to hate and you will enjoy reading this post for sure.
Recently I had lot of bad experiences picking the wrong kind of books to read. Having read reviews and after some friends suggested me to read, I picked these books and hated them 🙂 Well they were okay but I could have skipped reading these books nevertheless. People always write reviews of good books, so here I am talking about some books that I did not like reading along with the reason for that. You can consider this as a warning to all those people who were thinking of reading these books.
1. The girl with the dragon tattoo
Each and every person has been raving about this book for quite a long time now. My close friend loved this book and she made me read this. This is the first book in the Millennium series, which have been translated from Swedish. The starting was very boring and I expected it to pickup after some chapters. The only thing that was good was the investigation part and how they try to find a murderer. But then again the book got really boring towards the end. My first impression while reading was that the writer was a pervert. I mean, how else can you explain someone describing rapes over and over again, throughout the book. Most part of the book has sex and rapes. It was so gross and after finishing it, I wondered how women liked the book?! I could not connect to the main characters in the novel. The girl with the dragon tattoo did not get an iota of sympathy from me even till the last page. Mikeal who plays a main character in the book is so cheap. He is ready to sleep with any woman, any time. And it is filled with some journalism rivalry blah blah.. not of my interest. I am not going to read the rest of the books in the series and I regret reading this part too.
2. The White Tiger
I picked this book up thinking it will have some nice humor and after seeing it win the Man Booker prize. Many people liked this book, but I simply hated it. I did not even finish reading the book and now I am thinking of selling the book (I feel it is unnecessarily occupying space in my cupboard). The tone of the author is what I did not like. Firstly, it was boring and then the author tries to make fun of India and expects Indians to like it. I love India the way it is. I would not enjoy if someone wrote a letter about corruption or population in our country to Chinese PM.
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
I picked this book up when a friend said this is one of the best books she has ever read. I gifted this book to a friend and he just hated the book. Even after him warning me, I read the book. I like Greek mythology so would not say I hated the book. But it sounded little silly for Greek gods to make NY their headquarters. This was an okay read but would not come anywhere close to Harry Potter for sure! But I did not feel like reading rest of the series.
I read this book because some colleagues of mine commented that this book was better than Harry Potter. I was curious to know if it really was that great. As I started the book, I realized that all the plots and settings were like in Lord of the rings. Having read LOTR book, I could relate all the forests, mountains described here to those in LOTR. And the story? It looked more like Star Wars story. There was nothing new storywise or plotwise so discontinued reading the series.
5. Artemis Fowl
This was supposedly for children but after hearing lot of good reviews, I picked it up thinking it is another fantasy book. I did not like the boy Artemius Fowl himself. I mean, he is a crook and criminal and all that. Then why is he a hero? Are children supposed to learn that being a criminal is cool? The story looked really silly to me and I did not like it one bit. But it was humorous at places, no doubt. I discontinued reading this series too!
Can anyone direct me to some good books? Every other book that I pick up have been bad. And I dont read Indian authors, since I had very bad experiences with few in the past 🙂