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    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
    For me it's Shogun by James Clavell. Nothing wrong with the book per se, and when I have a crack at it I always enjoy it. The problem is with my memory. The dialogue in that book starts out as just having a few japanese phrases, along with a translation. As you progress, the japanese becomes more and more prevalant, to the point where nearly all conversations are in japanese, and he assumes you can remember the translations. Unfortunatley for me, I always get distracted and/or drunk, and end up not picking it up for a while. This leads to me having no clue whatsoever what the dialogue is about, so I give up.

    Next time I try it, I'm keeping a notepad by me, and writing down every translation!
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    There's this old big (huge) brazilian writer named Machado de Assis. He's among the top 3 of any list of the top 3 brazilian writers of all time. No ecxeption! Many put him among James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Leon Tolstói and what not.

    I can't stand his work. It's just awful to me. Garbage. Undiluted shit.

    And now I'm gonna pray for no brazilian fan to read this or there will be a price for my head in two seconds...
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008

    Have you seen S.P.Somtow's movie that he made, The Laughing Dead? It's hilariously bad.

    Whoever mentioned Foucault's Pendulum, I'm reading that now, not finding it too bad. Name of the Rose was pretty heavy going though.

    Just remembered another one, Black Dogs by Iain McEwan. Much as I like him usually, both me and my girlfriend just can't get anywhere with that one.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Austen... could never stand the ardent trees...

    To this day, I have yet to finish anything by Virginia Woolf, and I plan to keep it that way.

    I keep telling myself that if I master HTML i'll be able to read Kenji Siratori's BLOOD ELECTRIC, but somehow, I doubt it. Every few years I take another look, and... go to cry for a bit.

    LORD OF THE RINGS... 50 pages about a mountain...
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    Have you seen S.P.Somtow's movie that he made, The Laughing Dead? It's hilariously bad.

    No, I'll have to keep an eye out. My wife loves his stuff, so if I can find it, we'll definitely watch it.
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    For some reason, I am absolutely unable to actually finish Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake. It's not that I don't want to; it's just that I keep trying to read it and not making it very far, then getting distracted by something else.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
    I had to give up on Things that Never Happen by M John Harrison. I don't know if I'm just thick, but it seemed to me it should've been called Nothing Happens... Mind you, I've read a few of his books and I'm always left feeling I've missed something fundamental.

    For the person who found Gaiman difficult, I have some sympathy. I read Anansi Boys and really don't understand why it got so much positive coverage. Then I read Neverwhere, which was OK and finally my sister got me his short story collection, Smoke and Mirrors, and that pretty much bored me. I had to skip the final story because it was too long to just quickly finish off.

    I love Sandman, though, currently reading book 9.
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    You are all weaklings.