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I was stoked about Guy Kawasaki’s book, “Enchantment,” which for me read like a collection of well-written slogans and faux-cool concepts masquerading as “deep marketing solutions.”

I abandoned the book mid-way through.

Have any of you experienced similar “biblio abandonments?” If so, what was the book and what turned you off?
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Moby Dick.

I was riveted by the first few pages. All that wonderful atmosphere! But the book gets really bogged down in places. By the time I finished I really didn't care about whether the white whale would be caught or not. I just wanted the book to end.
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In high school I tried to read "The Hobbit". After a few chapters, I was bored silly. But that hardly qualifies as "lately".

(Interestingly, I devoured the Harvard Lampoon's parody, "Bored of the Rings".)
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I was half way through The Koran when Moby Dick came out of the blue and harpooned me.
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Not lately but I couldn't get into "Cujo." It was just so completely overly detailed. I couldn't find the story between all of the scenery.
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I couldn't get through "Carter Beats the Devil" His mis-characterization of Houdini, his weird blending of historical figures with fictional characters that were just thinly veiled historical figures made the book unreadable for me.
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"Hop on Pop".

It just seemed so cruel.

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LOL!

Still, I bet you finished the book, Mary.
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Yes, I am tenacious.
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"The Hunt for Red October".

I loved "Red Storm Rising" - read it first - then read some of his others and liked those, too.

Then I finally decided to try the one that started it all, and gave up halfway through. Just didn't hold my interest.

I worked at a book story ("Taylors" in Dallas) and borrowed "Red Storm..." and brought it home, and - I still remember this vividly - after the first few pages came the line, "Truly, they were doing Allah's work!" From that point I was hooked on that book. Read it at least 6-7 times.
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Blood is a Rover by James Ellroy. I love the guy's writing, but from American Tabloid onwards he seems to have lost himself in a stylistic cul-de-sac. I abandoned it after less than a third.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is another I just don't get. I have read it a few times, but fail to see how it is so highly regarded.

But I have to say I loved Moby Dick - I reread it every couple of years.
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In high school I tried to read "The Hobbit". After a few chapters, I was bored silly. But that hardly qualifies as "lately".

(Interestingly, I devoured the Harvard Lampoon's parody, "Bored of the Rings".)


Have you ever tried The Lord of the Rings? Not like The Hobbit at all.
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On 2012-05-31 20:18, TonyB2009 wrote:
Blood is a Rover by James Ellroy. I love the guy's writing, but from American Tabloid onwards he seems to have lost himself in a stylistic cul-de-sac. I abandoned it after less than a third.


I don't remember which Ellroy book it was that I couldn't finish, but I know exactly what you mean. At some point I found myself being annoyed by his prose--in spite of the fact that in his early books it was precisely his prose (rather than his elaborate plotting) that had me so riveted. I blame his editor.
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Do any you fellows speed read?
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On 2012-05-31 21:21, Michael Baker wrote:
The phone book. Steve Martin was wrong.


I hope your memorizing it because there is going to be a test later.
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On 2012-05-31 10:39, S2000magician wrote:
In high school I tried to read "The Hobbit". After a few chapters, I was bored silly. But that hardly qualifies as "lately".

(Interestingly, I devoured the Harvard Lampoon's parody, "Bored of the Rings".)


I tried reading that when I was in FOURTH GRADE, and that was before I really knew what LotR was about. I quit it about halfway through. However, a few years ago I became obsessed with LotR, so I read all the books, including the Hobbit--I was a freshman in high school. I loved all of them.
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In high school I tried to read "The Hobbit". After a few chapters, I was bored silly. But that hardly qualifies as "lately".

(Interestingly, I devoured the Harvard Lampoon's parody, "Bored of the Rings".)

Have you ever tried The Lord of the Rings? Not like The Hobbit at all.

Nope.
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On 2012-06-01 06:14, tommy wrote:
Do any you fellows speed read?


Depends if I can get any crank. Smile
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But seriously- I speed read technical manuals etc. But never fiction or poetry. I like to savor what I'm reading and pause to reflect on it. Not cram it down like a Big Mac on a five minute lunch break.
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