Can you believe it’s September already?
Regardless of my efforts to be mindful about the books I decide to read, sometimes there are duds. Some of the time, perhaps most of the time, it’s because I’ve made a poor choice, but sometimes it’s the book. Lately I’ve had several Did Not Finish (DNF) experiences, so I thought instead of telling you what I’m reading this week, I’d share those fails.
Chasing A Blond Moon by Joseph Heywood – mystery. I already discussed this one on August 5th (here), so no need to repeat. Subject matter didn’t work for me.
Gate Crashers by Patrick Tomlinson – science fiction. Though I love the work of Christopher Anvil, Fredric Brown and Eric Frank Russell, most of the time “funny” SF just doesn’t work for me. The premise in Gate Crashers held strong promise, but there wasn’t a page that didn’t have the author or a character trying to be clever, “funny” or cute about something, even when the situation hardly warranted it. No, thanks. I quit after a couple dozen pages.
Terra Incognita by Connie Willis – science fiction/fantasy. This is a collection of three novellas, but I only got halfway through the first one. When a writer makes up words to make the story more “science fictioney”, that’s when I quit, and that was the case here. Also there was no character I cared a hoot about, everyone was objectionable in some way. Phooey.
A Fire In the Deep by Vernor Vinge – science fiction. This one is all on me. This is generally considered to be a classic, and it was a Hugo winner, but for me it was convoluted to the point of being indecipherable. The author begins with an illustration of his galaxy (region of space? universe?), with various layers, each labeled. I studied it and could make no sense of it. I started reading and could make no sense of that either. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood, but it seemed Vinge was making me work way too hard to get into this one.
How about you?
Have you quit any books lately?