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Initial post: Nov 22, 2011 4:04:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2011 4:13:09 AM PST
I'll go first. The Da Vinci Code. Gluten free writing by numbers, written during an extreme dose of lactose intolerance. Still, it could have been saved by editing. It never would have been good, but at least it would have hit the bowl solid. What's yours and why?

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:15:19 AM PST
Enigma says:
Anything that Jordan wrote ( well the ghost writer) What a load of tripe!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:17:29 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
The Horse Whisperer - trite mush

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:18:50 AM PST
Jordan who? First name or last? I'm not sure who you're referring to.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:20:29 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
A Shore Thing would be in the same category...

How about machine-"translated" Fragmenti Zemlja - 001 - S.S.H.U.T. (and other editions)?

Competition is fierce, and Brown has no chance of being even near the top (however lame he might be).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:20:53 AM PST
Ah, now, isn't this funny. When first I read The Horse Whisperer I was so enamoured. I thought it was just so refreshing to read something a bit different. I went back to it years later for a long overdue re-read... and couldn't stand it. It was just so badly written. A testament to our willingness to suspend disbelief in the pursuit of entertainment.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:22:59 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I'm presuming Enigma means Robert Jordan

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:24:55 AM PST
I looked up A Shore Thing, couldn't get through three paragraphs of the blurb.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:27:36 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
and of course any Barbara Cartland book

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:28:27 AM PST
I'd thought that may have been the case. My former partner was very into Robert Jordan. His books lined so many of our shelves that I finally got around to trying to read one. I was seriously ill at the time, confined to bed with little movement, desperate for a good read and too sick to sit up and watch television. For all of that, I found I'd rather stare at the ceiling than persevere in trying to read the book. Lots of horses, I remember. That's about all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:28:39 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:29:56 AM PST
Oh man, you're not seriously such an optimist that you even attempted a Barbara Carland book? I salute your half full glass! Go on, tell me... what was it like?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:31:32 AM PST
Right. I'll give it a go. I'm going to blame you if my head explodes.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:33:32 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I knew someone with a lot of them when I was in my teens - I was desperate for anything to read and so I read quite a few of them

she was a formula writer take one from the heroine selection, one from the hero column, one from the villain, and add a situation, toss, mix and regurgitate - she had the most helpless heroines I've ever come across

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:33:52 AM PST
Okay, I'm struggling to get through the blurb. But the important thing is that she "uses her knowledge of trees and roots." The Hills Are Alive.....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:35:42 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Ah, yes, that one is priceless....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:36:12 AM PST
I think I know what you mean: so bad it's funny. Your comment reminds me of Grandpa Simpson saying "a little from column A, a little from column B".

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:37:20 AM PST
Vanished says:
Shirley Conran's Savages. Also read it when I was book starved. Probably the worst thing I have ever picked up, besides of course the Barbara Cartlands.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:40:03 AM PST
"You've eaten my beans. Less legumes for me too." All rights reserved. I see no problem there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:41:40 AM PST
I'll look up Shirley Conran. Never heard of her before. Sounds like I was blessed.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:43:15 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
later Michener books are pretty bad too (formulaic) - the last one I made it all the through was Chesapeake and that was just because my family comes from that are and I saw a lot of my ancestors in the book - could not make it through Texas at all

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:43:32 AM PST
Vanished says:
She wrote "Lace" which in my time as a teen was the naughtiest thing we girls could get our hands on. I owe a lot of my education to Shirley Conran ;-)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:45:31 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:45:46 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
heh, my library had Peyton Place which was fairly graphic for back then

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:47:26 AM PST
I attempted the blurb of Shirley Conran's Savages. I regret to inform you that my brain sufferred a self-inflicted enema.
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