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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

MSH Blog Tour: Week 5 - 10

This week's blog tour theme is: "What are your Top 10 favorite and most hated books?" This was a tough one to do, especially the hated books. There have been very few books I have hated, mostly there ones I didn't like or didn't finish for one reason or another. This list mostly reflects books that have stuck in my mind. I have read so many over the years I am sure I am forgetting some. We are also supposed to comment on at least two fro each category. And here we go...

The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver

Star Trek: Titan: Orion's Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett - Excellent science fiction world building and a moral dilemma about outsiders coming into a society and telling them what to do.

Firestarter by Stephen King - Not the best Stephen King book and not my favorite by him, but it holds a special place for me because it was the first King book I read and started my fandom with this author.

Manifold: Time by Stephen Baxter

The Shining by Stephen King

The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Shadow Family (original Japanese title RPG) by Miyuki Miyabe

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

On Unfaithful Wings by Bruce Blake

Don't Like 
Skinned by Robin Wasserman - Never before have I hated a main character as much as I did Lia Kahn. Protagonists are supposed to be relatable and someone to cheer for, even if they are flawed or an anti-hero. Not this one.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

From A Buick 8 by Stephen King

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy The second book by Clancy I tried to read. After 100 pages a man found a bomb and Jack Ryan went to Germany. That was it. I don't read Clancy any more.

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audery Niffenegger

Star Trek: Strangers From The Sky by Margaret Wander Bonanno

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift


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  2. It is bold of you to mention classics amongst your dislikes. Often high brows find it a cardinal sin to dislike a classic anything. I know that in theater you are expected to either like Shakespeare or leave theater. I hate Shakespeare and am no longer in theater. As a reader, I am terribly bored with anything Twain, I have read it all and disliked it all. I cannot tell you how many self important literary people have called me a traitor for saying such, but it is the truth. So, good for you.

  3. To me, classic doesn't always mean good. I have a hard time with old science fiction because sometimes the science is so wrong or out-dated. I find reading Sherlock Holmes to be difficult because of the style Doyle uses. I guess I'm too much a product of the modern age. There have been old classics I have read and liked, The Phantom of the Opera and Treasure Island, for example. Sometimes I try to read the classics and I just don't see what the hoopla is all about. Thanks for commenting, Thunderchicken!

  4. Anything that hasn't been updated to a version better understood by the 21st-century mind is difficult to those not schooled in it. I love Edgar Allan Poe, but reading the more archaic versions of his books makes me dizzy.