The list author says: "I'll probably get a lot of people hating me for this list, but there are two reasons why I feel it should be written: 1. There must be other people out there with similar taste to mine, who are not interested in wasting their time reading crap. 2. If your taste is opposite to mine, you might find some interesting ideas here. I always like to know the worst thing about a book before I read it, in order to decide whether I can get past it. So I hope this list is helpful in that regard, as well. Also, if you're looking for something fantastic to read, please see my other list! If you have a question, comment, or recommendation, please email me. My email's on my profile page."
"People will hate me for this, but I hated this book. The story is completely unrealistic and also highly repetitive. We get the zero gravity, we get that his brother's a nut and his sister's a wuss and Ender's the best thing ever. Jeez."
"Not two pages into the main character's introduction, we find out that he's a jerk who considers humans to be useless and despicable. Thanks, but I need to feel some sympathy for my characters, and I can't in that case."
"One of the most predictable books I've ever read. Only if you're completely ignorant to the darker workings of society will this be a surprise. It's also very unimaginative, adding nothing new to sci-fi."
"Reviewers warned that the societal structure in this book could be stiff. That didn't bother me. What did was the stiffness of the writing and the cardboard characters. Also, Pinto doesn't seem to have a firm grasp of the comma."
"Disclaimer here: I'm not a prude by any means. I enjoy sex in a book as well as the next person. But with this book, it seems the author wrote solely in order to get from one sex scene to the next. Very distracting, and no real story besides."
"I read one of these- I think it was this one but I really can't recall because it was so g.d. boring. Nothing really happens AT ALL until the very end, and then it's over. Try Ms. Shinn's 'Summer's at Castle Auburn' instead. It's worth it, unlike this."
"Admittedly, I didn't get very far into this book. This author is prolific, so maybe he got better with time. This story, however, seemed to do a nice mirroring of the bible, and when I flipped to the end I found that, indeed, 'religion will save the day!' Yuck."
"A lot of people like this series, but I found it to be a complete rip-off of the Lord of the Rings. Not only that, but it's a bad rip-off. Poor writing, unoriginal plot and cardboard characters make this a hellishly dull read."
"This book drew me right in, so it was a disappointment when I realized I didn't like it. Flaw after flaw here that should have been researched- and I don't mean 'time' flaws, but silly things that add up. Hated the characters, too. All of them. Please see my review."
"The romance was not well-written enough to support the story, and the story was too weak to support the romance. The author wanted us to believe things, but never put any backstory behind them. It felt like I was continuosly being told to suspend disbelief, but it didn't work."
"Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure this was published only because it had a gay love story. And with all the great gay books out there, that's a shame, 'cause this isn't great. I actually thought Callan was a backstabber through most of the book- great character development!- he's actually the good guy. Poor writing as well."
"I actually read all three of these books, hoping they would get better, but they never did. I didn't like the idea behind this. Things were hinted at here that could have made it better, but never fully explained. Nasty books."
"This actually started off really well- the characters were fully developed and interesting, the writing was good. However, all of the emotional scenes (romance or otherwise) felt cheesy and contrived to me. The dialogue and writing went south fast. Blech."
"Ms. Williams is very skilled at creating believeable worlds. I read about 1/2 way into this before realizing that I was completely bored. Also, Ghairen seems to do a weird character change after they move to his world. Uncomfortable."
"I read more than half of this book before putting it down. The concept was interesting, but that was all it was- a concept. Which was dragged on and on for pages and pages, with absolutely nothing happening."
"Like 'Little, Big', this book started off beautifully, but the plot and characters eventually drowned in the overly-heavy prose. The mists of Faerie were a little to misty here, making it hard to see anything of importance."
"The reviews for this were amazing, and since it wasn't at my library, I bought it. What a disappointment. Couldn't get into it, and found that I really didn't want to. Didn't like the main character, weird story... uck."
"Boring. So boring. This story has a fantastic premise, and I did start to become interested, but I quickly lost interest in the characters. I found I just didn't care, since they weren't holding my attention, and the plot wasn't either."
"I couldn't get into this. I don't usually mind books that are initially confusing, letting myself gradually slip into the story and learn the 'ways' of the character. But I didn't care do that here. Didn't like the character or writing, didn't see much point in continuing."
"This started off really well. I was intrigued and was getting invloved, when a seriously boring chapter came up with a new set of unlikeable, boring characters. I forced my way through it, but the thought of reading more like that made me put the book down."
"If you're going to dis one classic, you might as well dis them all- all the bad ones, that is. I tried to like 'Dune'... OK, I didn't try that hard. But the writing and character development were so DRY that I just couldn't do it."
"I didn't dislike this until I got almost to the end. Then I realized there was a lot missing here. The author wanted this to be an eye-opener, but these people are all happy-go-lucky, even though their world is over. Despite near-nuclear annhilation, nothing truly bad happens. The worries are small. Unbelievable."