Oh gosh. This is easy. "Shanghai Baby" - Picked it up in Tokyo airport with the "large" selection of English books and hated every bit of it but i was determined to read it so I could blog about it and tell the world NOT to read it. :) LOL. I have matured a lot since then........... http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/2007/01/01/zhou-wei-hui-shanghai...
I loved your review... Isn't it sad when you try so hard to grasp something in a story and can't find a handhold or even a toe-hold? I feel the same about Barbara Kingsolver - what in the world (or universe) is she writing about?
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I'd have to say I can't stand Jules Vernes' "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". I've had to read it soooo many times and really hate it. And I know, I know hate is a strong word but I really can't describe it any other way. Who decided that this book was a classic. I know it's old as dirt but jeesh it's a snore-fest and so long winded. I'm pretty sure I'd give "The Time Travelers Wife" a go (hehe), before I ever pick this book up again.
I tried several times to get through Shantaram (can't remember author) at the recommendation of a friend. A story about an Australian convict's adaptation to life in India where he professed to be a doctor. It was so over the top, so self-aggrandizing. I heard Johnny Depp was optioning it for a movie but it was really an intolerable read.
A few weeks ago I read A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Is he a good writer? Technically yes as you can see his talent in the writing style. But as far as the story itself? Awful! I skimmed a lot of the book without even losing any real major part of the story and the ending was just as horrible. The only reason I can think of as to why it was on a Best Seller's list is because of being a known author and the plot summary of the book sounded good. It had so much potential but it ended up being entirely different than I'm sure most readers would have thought. Wish I had read the reviews before I bought it.
That's tough to say...I can't think of one off the top of my head, but I know there are plenty that I never finished. I tend to find that even some good can come out of bad. When I read something I don't love, it helps me reaffirm what I do like!