What is the worst book you have ever read?

United States
February 11, 2007 6:27pm CST
Are there books you have read, that, when you got to the end you were mad at yourself for having wasted the time? You just wish you had the ten bucks (or so) back that you had spent, and you also wish you had back the time you wasted reading it? I feel that way about some of the trashy romance novels I've read in my lifetime. There are also novels I've started, like A Million Little Pieces, that I just plain never finished because they were so bad. Tell me the absolute worst book you have ever read!
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12 Feb 07
I never finished the Hobbit, because I was bored 5 pages into the book. One of my friends never finished the first book of Lord of the Rings!! But the worst, worst, most pointless book I've ever read is the Well of Echoes series. The first book had a good story, so you want to read the second one... and by then it just falls through. There are four books, and they get more and more tedious, so that you read just to be over with it. There is a story to it, but it takes forever to unravel. And once you get to the end of the fourth book (each is about 600-700 pages), all happy because you'll finally know how it ends, it basically gives you a half ending. Some stuff happens, and then it blatantly says "if you want to know the rest, buy my next three books!". So you've read nearly 3000 pages of rubbish to NOT know what happens in the end. The author is selling their books in the worst possible way and SHOULDN'T EVER be read/bought. A waste of time and money. That happened a year and a half ago and I'm still unhappy about it.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
I actually loved the Hobbit, but could never finish the LoTR. . . that is so funny! I keep saying that I will go back and finish the LoTR, but we will see :) Wow - the Well of Echos sounds like it really leaves you hanging. I hate it when that happens! Wonder if soon a book number 5 will be out, promising to explain all, just so people will buy even more...
12 Feb 07
I think he wrote 3 more books of another series that are meant to finish this one. I don't understand why though.. It'd be much simpler to say they're all from the same series so that you'd get used to the diea of reading seven bad books from the start.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Sounds way too confusing to me :) I don't like having to look things up to figure out the order I should read them. This series sounds like I would need to. And you are correct in that it should not be called two separate series if you need to read them all together to get the plot! It should just be on series, so you know what is going on!!
• United States
12 Feb 07
So far the worst book I can think of is called "The Pearl". I remember reading it while I was still at school and it was my worst reading experience ever. The story was very slow paced, hardly nothing happened while you kept on reading it. It seemed like an absolute waste of time to me. Unluckily I coludn't quit reading it, because it was part of a literature class. Other than that I can't think of another book. If I don't like it, I just quit reading it.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
You know what? I think I remember The Pearl... I honestly don't remember what it was about though. Isn't that strange? I remember the title, and I remember it wasn't that long. It was pretty short. But I didn't like it, so it seemed to take forEVER to finish. I can't for the life of me remember the author. Was it "The Black Pearl," or just "The Pearl?"
• United States
12 Feb 07
I can't remember the author either, but the name was "The Pearl". It's true, it's quite a short book... we've worked with it for a couple of months on that class, but it seemed to be forever to me... That's interesting, we might be talking about the same book!
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@cripfemme (7719)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Empire, it was supposed to be this great book on the global justice movement. I spent $40. I was so looking foward to it. It sucked; I never finished it.
• United States
19 Feb 07
I actually haven't heard of that particular book. But then, I'm not really into global justice, or things like that. That is a lot of money to spend on something that you ended up hating though! That makes it a much bigger disappointment than a five or six dollar paperback! Have you considered selling it on Amazon?
@astroo13 (965)
• India
12 Feb 07
The worst book I have ever read is Jane Austins "Pride and Prejudice".I wish I get all all the time reading and studying that horrible book. It was one of my papers for an exam.I have studied other novels but this one was horrible
• United States
19 Feb 07
I've actually never read that one. I suppose I should have at some point or another, having been an English major, but I just never got around to it. My roommate LOVES the movie version (the BBC one.) I keep saying that I really should read Jane Austin's book, but I have never really been "in the mood." What about it was so horrible? The language, the plot, the actual characters themselves? You might convince me to take it off my "eventually" list :)
@zenmachado (1619)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I first read a crime fiction novel called "The Poet" by Michael Connelly and it was splendid, a fantastic read. Then he wrote a sequel called "The Narrows" and I was phyked to read it.. and then when I actually read it... It was Horrid! Because of the expectation, it felt even worse.. all the great things about the original ended up being completely unexisting in the sequel.
• United States
19 Feb 07
I know what you mean. I can't stand it when I read one book I love, and then the sequel/continuation just doesn't live up to my standards! I love something, and then its ruined. Tainted. Some movies are like that too :) For instance, I loved the first three Lethal Weapon movies, and then number four just plain did not live up to my expectations. It was trying too hard what with all those big names, and then no real plot...
• United States
16 May 07
So far - I either have to say "The Hobbit" which took me months to read because it bored me to tears and I threw it at the wall so many times - or "1984" which I thought was just lacking... so many things.