I feel like I’m stuck in another loop of DNFing titles lately. I just can’t seem to find anything that scratches my reading itch. Two or three review books didn’t work for me and I decided to not review them. Then I was so excited to try listening to the first book in the Cat and Bones series by Frost and had to abandon that one pretty quick. Not that I don’t enjoy the series but the narrator just did not work for me. Her British accent for Bones was going to ruin the character for me. Instead of a sexy accent, it came off sounding creepy and pretty fake. Now I know I could not pull off a foreign accent, with the exception of my husband’s on occasion, so I don’t fault the voice artist for trying I simply didn’t want to have that voice in my head any time I decide to return to the series and its spin-offs.
Busy week as I am working the city elections tomorrow and will not be posting a Top Ten Tuesday. I need to get laundry, dishes, and everything I need for a 15 hour day tomorrow and I wouldn’t mind getting some reading in today as I have a book talk at work next Monday and I’ve not even started the book yet. It is only about 180 pages so not a big deal but it would be nice to get it read. I should be back the following week but not really a topic for me as I don’t have kids. I have thought up a spin on the topic so I won’t be skipping two weeks in a row.
Well have a great week and don’t forget to vote in your city elections tomorrow. Depending on where you are it will most likely be a slow day for your poll workers. Going to vote, even if you have uncontested races, gives them something to do and makes the day go faster for them.
Earth is an environmental disaster area when humanity gains new hope: a star gate is discovered in the solar system, built by a long-gone alien race. Earth establishes extrasolar colonies and discovers alien races–including the warlike Fallers, the only spacefaring race besides humans. Mysterious, uncommunicative, and relentlessly bent on humanity’s extinction, the Fallers have mastered the star gates, and are closing in on earth.
Dr. Bazargan commands the scientific team sent to a newly discovered world to study its humanoid natives: beings who literally perceive only one reality. To lie is to be unreal–and condemned to death. The humans must flee for their lives across the unknown planet when they and the aliens learn the scientific mission is a lie. It’s the cover for a secret military exploration of the moon Tas, which is another artifact of the gate-makers: a superweapon capable of annihilating all life in a star system, and already known to the Fallers.
I’m going to do something I rarely do. Review a book that I did not finish. I made it all the way to page 172 in this one and just couldn’t go on even though I already own all the books in the trilogy. It simply wasn’t working for me and I’ll tell you why in a minute. I’m a bit disappointed, however, as I’ve really been enjoying the books I’ve read by this author. This one simply isn’t for me and I’m going to walk away before it turns me against the author and prevents me from picking up another book by her.
So what happened? Not a whole hell of a lot actually. That was my biggest problem. I spent much of the book waiting for something to happen. Or to learn more about this conflict with the Fallers, by the time I left there had been only one brief scene with the ‘bad guys’ in the whole book and it fell flat. We kept learning how awful they were but by all indication, there seemed to be little interaction between the two species. Instead much of what I read was read was about a scientific exploration team on this new planet as they learn about the lives of Worlders who perceive reality differently from humans. It is a less developed race technologically and I had to suppress my desire to quote Star Trek’s prime directive in regards to interfering with a less developed race. Anyway. The book was just picking up but the death of two characters soured me for reading on. They didn’t seem to have much to add to the plot beyond being sacrificial lambs that spur the remaining characters into action.
After finishing more than half of the book there simply wasn’t anything or anyone keeping me connected to the story. The characters felt stiff and I never learned their names properly. The book did start promising but simply fell apart for me. I do look forward to reading more books by this author but will not be continuing with this trilogy.
Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
September 5: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down
I decided to take a slightly longer break from Top Ten Tuesday than the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. I also seemed to take a break from reading and blogging but I’m back this September and thought this week was a fitting TTT post as I’ve DNF a ton of books over the last few months, most of them audio books. So listed below are 10 books that I just couldn’t get into and decided to put down.
Ten books that I just couldn’t finish.
I’m both surprised and disappointed to find a John Scalzi book on this list. I just did not care for his latest release and ended up giving it a much longer try than I do most books I DNF. I think I made it well over 150 pages, maybe even over 200. I’m too lazy to look it up right now. I just came to a point where I said to myself if this wasn’t an author you like would you be struggling to read this or would you have moved on by now. The answer was pretty simple I wouldn’t have continued past page 50 so I returned it to the library and moved on to greener pastures.
This is one of the many audio books that I have DNFed. The title drew me in but I was quickly turned off by the text. Not usually a fan of NF anyway and this book just seemed obnoxious to me. So I returned it pretty quick.
This was a book talk pick for my library. My boss really enjoyed it and had hoped to get a group together to go watch the movie when it comes to a local theater. I will not be joining them. I made it to page 38 and when the dad bags up a bunch of kittens and throws them into a water reservoir I was out. I just can’t. That was horrible and I don’t want to read about people who would do such a thing. I don’t care how fucked up their lives or how interesting they might be. That. Was. Horrible.
I was recommended this book as one to try for a graphic novel. So I decided to inter-library loan it recently and decided it was not for me. I couldn’t find a character to latch on to and what makes a graphic novel interesting is finding clues and deriving plot from the illustrations and I simply don’t pay attention to them. I read the dialog and then every once and a while go back and absorb the pictures. I think I’ll stick to regular novels…
A review book that I requested and thought might be interesting. I tried it and it got a little too preachy for my taste. DNF.
I’ve wanted to try this book for ages. It was finally my turn at the audio book version and made it through a good chunk and decided it wasn’t for me. Too religious and not enough science. I actually don’t see how it is a science fiction title. In my opinion, it is straight fantasy set on another planet. No science involved in what I read.
I’ve DNF this book twice now. Once in print and once in audio format. It is definitely not for me. I did enjoy Ready Player One though.
This was a review book that I don’t remember much about besides it failed to capture my attention.
Another audio book that didn’t work for me didn’t remember much beyond that.
This one I’m fairly disappointed in. I thought it would be more interest but ended up simply being weird. Maybe if I had more background with the radio show it would have worked better.
Well, there is my list for the week. Any titles on there that you enjoyed? Feel free to share in the comments but it probably won’t mean they make it back on to my reading list.
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…
When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.
The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…
No, just no. This book was not for me. I like my supernatural/paranormal creatures to be the ‘good guys’, not monsters and especially not creepy monsters. I am also not into this whole zombie or necromancer theme. This book reminded me a lot of the Anita Blake series and while I stuck that one out for like five books this is where I leave this world. I know it will not work for me no matter how long I stick it out.
I know that this is a popular series with many of you so please no hate mail but I just don’t get the appeal. I don’t mind gritty but this was disturbing in places near the end. I actually ended up DNFing the book but am counting it since I listened to all but an hour of it. I just didn’t care and the plot kept getting increasingly more twisted and dark. So I decided to tap out.
The main character also rubbed me the wrong way. I just couldn’t get behind her in the plot. She was too self-deprecating at times which I find super annoying. One of my bookish turn offs is characters that don’t like themselves. She also felt like she had a chip on her shoulder much of the time. I will tolerate it for a few books usually but throw in the creepy factor on top and I’m done.
If you are a fan of the Anita Blake series than this one will probably be right up your alley. For me there just isn’t anything I enjoyed enough to finish the first book or bring me back for another.
The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man’s War.
Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible — until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.
Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war — and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.
The Flow is eternal — but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency — are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
I can’t believe I’m actually doing this but I’m DNF a Scalzi book. I am on page 178, for future reference if I decide to try again, and am just struggling to get into this story. I made it halfway through the book and just don’t care. I don’t want to read another page and it is dragging down my reading groove so this is where I part ways with this book. Not the author because I still think he is brilliant but this book is simply not what I’m looking for. I know that many of you love it so please don’t send hate mail/comment, let’s keep the pitchforks to ourselves, shall we.
The book started off slow with not enough background information to help you figure out what was going on. Like another reviewer stated it was if you were picking up a story already in progress and nobody was going to catch you up. Also, way too political for me right now. A government controlled by corporations IS our reality! I read to escape and this was no escape. Of what I read it was about the haves lording over the have-nots and I just don’t want to read that right now.
I’m sure Scalzi is making some great parallels to our society which is what great fiction does but I don’t have the patience to wait for the come-up-ins. I also struggled to identify with any of the characters or even find one to root for. They felt flat or wishy-washy. I wanted someone to grab me and give me a reason to keep reading. None of the characters managed that. Quite frankly I don’t care what happens to any of them. I would be curious to learn how humans ended up in this multi-planet system but it was never explained thoroughly and it didn’t feel like Scalzi was going to bring us back to why we left Earth in the first place.
Kind of disappointed but oh well. I wish I had figured out sooner that it wasn’t a good fit and given up a week ago. I’m not giving up on Scalzi, however. There are still books of his I want to read but this series… I think I’ll pass. Thanks.
Source: I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review
DAMON – For twenty-five years he’s served as a plaything for the gods. With no memory of his past, he has no way of knowing if this is his ultimate fate, but he senses there has to be more to life.
Damon’s hope for more comes in the form of the Sirens’ newest recruit. Elysia is unlike any trainee he’s ever met. Not only can she remember where she came from—an ability the Sirens block—but she has an instant connection to Damon, one he’s never felt and doesn’t understand. Soon Damon is willing to do anything to have Elysia. Even risk the wrath of the gods to break her out of Olympus so he can keep her for himself.
But Damon’s past isn’t a mystery to everyone. Evil forces are at work beneath the surface, and before long, Damon realizes that the connection he shares with Elysia isn’t a random coincidence. His fate—and the darkness it brings—was cemented long ago. And when it is finally revealed, no one will be safe.
I am going to do something I don’t normally do. I am going to review a book I’m DNF. My reasoning is that I had made a valiant effort to finish this book…kinda, and have stuck with this series for seven stories thus far. I’m afraid this is where I part from this world as I believe I am done with is series.
Don’t get me wrong it isn’t that they are bad books or that I haven’t enjoyed them so far, but I believe I have simply lost interest. It happens. This is a case of it’s not you it’s definitely me. I did enjoy this world but was never terribly excited about it. I started this series when I was consuming books at a faster pace and I had plenty of reading time to spare for this series. Now that I’m busier and seem to be struggling to even read the books I am over the moon for I feel it is time to let this series go.
As to what I thought of the 13o some odd pages of this story. I enjoyed the beginning quite a bit. I thought it a fun twist on a Hunger Games like theme with the female lead having to survive a series of tests she didn’t choose to participate in. Being this was an adult novel though there was plenty of “adult” games to spice up the mix. I think where the story lost me a bit though was with the time jump. Not that it was too confusing but too much of a break and too many new characters to become vested in. I was totally into this story until they reached the seduction training part and it suddenly became too much. Too much sex (if that is even a thing…) I felt like I was fighting to stay in the story so I decided to walk away this time. Now I did have a problem with my personal life getting in the way and I started this book weeks ago, perhaps it is a case of too much time had passed and I really needed to start over again to stay focused on the story. Or. I have simply grown apart from this world and it is time to move on.
So thank you for the enjoyable series that entertained me for some time, but this is where I part. Perhaps I will revisit this world or try one of this author’s other series as she does know how to write a good story.
In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough bestseller, you’ll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You’re not stuck with the brain you’re born with. Renowned neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes cutting-edge reseach and the latest surprising, effective “brain prescriptions” that can help heal your brain and change your life: To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle
To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the “get unstuck” writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises
I’m afraid this book is not for me. I requested it on a whim thinking it might help me with my issues with worry, anxiety and depression. While it still might, I’m afraid it is a much more technical book than what I was looking for. This is more of the type of book that my husband would be interested in, so guess who is getting a late Christmas gift… I’m sure this book is chock full of all kinds of helpful information, but being a reader of mainly fiction it is far to dry for my taste and I’m not going to slog through it to dig out the little nuggets that pertain to my situation. I guess I’m looking for more of a CliffNotes version instead of something that reminded me of a 9th grade biology class. Granted it is far more advanced, but it felt too much like homework to me. I’m still going to skim through the sections pertaining to my own personal struggles and hopefully I’ll be able to find some helpful information, but I’m not holding my breath. I need to find an author on this topic that has a more conversational tone and doesn’t talk over my head. So for me this is a DNF.
Harry Dresden–Wizard Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work–magical ormundane.
But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses–and the first two don’t count…
That’s it. I give up. I just can not continue… I am obviously not a Dresden fan. When I rather figure out what is smelling in my kitchen than sit down and read a book it is time to wake up and give up on that series. I’m sorry to all the fans, but I just don’t like this series and I am not going to continue on. I made it 136 pages in and took a look at how many more there was to go and I couldn’t read another page. I gave this series a shot, a whole book and a quarter but this is where I leave it before it ruins the fantasy genre for me.
So why didn’t this one work for me. I am not a fan of how women are written in this series and I simply don’t like Harry. It is like being inside the head of a twelve-year-old boy and I am not interested in exploring what is up there. Now as far as paranormal characters go witches are my least favorite, there are exceptions of course, but this is not one of them and I consider wizards to be another form of witches. This story also couldn’t capture or keep my attention, at 130 some pages I wasn’t excited about what was going on in the plot or the characters involved. I even set this one down for some required work reading last week and didn’t want to pick it back up again. Life is too short to read what you don’t like and I was giving this book far more opportunity to impress me than most. This afternoon I woke up and said to myself I would have put other books down by now, so now I do this one as well. I was holding out because of the love this series garnishes from its fans, but I just couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.
In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.
Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
I was so excited when this book came in at the library. I have heard so many good things about it and glossed over all the glowing reviews (by many respectable readers I follow) and read an online article recommending this book for grown-up fans of Harry Potter. I even read the first chapter at a local book store before recommending it for purchase for my library.
Then I started it and it all went to crap. The first chapter and premise did grab me, hell even the second chapter still had my attention but by page 50 I could tell I was in trouble. The book was not living up to expectations. Still I had recommended it for a reading group I belong to (thank God they didn’t pick it!) and was determined to wait it out, surely it would get better. After a week of struggling and suffering all the way to page 250, almost half way, I am out. I’m DNFing this puppy and moving on to something that doesn’t bore me so much I start looking for things to clean or surf over to Netflix. I tried, well past I would with most books, but I have to face facts this series and author are just not for me.
Alright, since I wasted so much time and read so much of this I am going to do something I rarely do, I’m going negative and sharing what didn’t work for me in this DNF read. First off this is no Harry Potter for adult fans of the series. Not even close. I would say that this book is a mix of The Avengers or X-Men set in a James Bond like government agency. The premise is promising, but the execution just didn’t work for me. The only character that is even memorable is the lead and half the story is told past-tense in the form of these huge info-dumping letters that she uses to catch her amnesiac self up to speed. In the beginning it works, but by the fourth chapter it has become a crutch for the author to tell us information and has become tiresome.
Another problem I had is that I kinda liked the new version of the character with an unfortunately difficult name, but we spent so much time in the head of her former whiny self that I started to dislike both of them. I think she could have been really kick-ass and fun to read about but the author got in the way. I felt like the character and he were battling and the end result was this strange mix of a person that I just didn’t want to read about.
I also had issue with the plot did not follow the one that was sold to me, of this lead character’s search to discover who she is and who is out to get her. Instead she slips into her former life and we follow her as she has meetings… The second plot of this invasion could have been interesting too, but it just never developed. Then another and another plot threads are piled on all the while being interrupted by letters to self that sometimes add valuable information, but most of the time not and it just got really, really boring. I kept waiting for something to happen and by page 250 I felt that nothing worth continuing had. A few of the other characters were interesting, but we never spent any time with them, so they stayed pretty one-dimensional. We would get the info-dump of their relevance in another letter and then she would have a meeting with them and move on.
I so wanted to like this book, and I have a hard time believing so many people did. Was I even reading the same story as them, because I feel like I wasn’t. There were parts I did like, and I even laughed out loud from time to time, but the humor wasn’t what I was lead to believe it would be either. I just didn’t find it clever, though I could tell it was meant to be. I also didn’t appreciate the derogatory terms that were being used either. For those that loved it, I’m happy for you. I did not and will not be trying anything else by this author in the future. Life is too short to read books you don’t like. Sorry.
The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.
Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.
Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.
How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.
DNF. I gave this title my 50 page try and decided I’m fine being finished with this world. I really enjoyed the first series, but this one just didn’t catch me. I guess I just don’t care anymore, but really it felt like something was missing.
This book is supposed to be for an adult, or new adult, audience, but it just didn’t feel like it. I think she should have keep the world in the YA level reading. Just because the characters are older doesn’t mean the story has matured. Vampires of Manhattan, like the original series, is told from rotating points of view that give the reader different perspectives of what is going on. Two of them, in this book, are from characters brought over from the other series. Not that I liked them much in those books in the first place… I guess with out Jack and Schuyler the world just doesn’t hold much interest to me. I also did not care for the new main character of Ara Scott, but perhaps I just didn’t give the story long enough to get to know her.
Another problem I had is that I felt like I was missing out on a lot of back information. There were other spin-off series in this world that I did not read, maybe that would have helped, maybe not. I just didn’t want to slog through half a book being caught up, I wanted to hit the ground running. I think it might have been better to just start fresh with all new faces instead and just having cameos of past favorites.
I tried, but for now I’m setting this one aside to read something that isn’t such a struggle to get into. Maybe I will check it out again sometime, but I really think I’m ready to let these characters and world go to move on to new places to explore.