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    Quote Originally Posted by Badhairday View Post
    If I was an author I'd be terribly sad if someone skipped parts of my books.
    Well, if you were Jordan you would be 1) Dead, and 2) probably acknowledge the fact that lots of people hate Ninny.

  2. #142
    Quote Originally Posted by obdigore View Post
    Well, if you were Jordan you would be 1) Dead, and 2) probably acknowledge the fact that lots of people hate Ninny.
    Haven't read the book(s) this person made, but I was talking in general anyway. And realizing that people hate a character I made would make me terribly sad, unless it was intended to make the character very unlikeable

  3. #143
    Quote Originally Posted by Badhairday View Post
    Haven't read the book(s) this person made, but I was talking in general anyway. And realizing that people hate a character I made would make me terribly sad, unless it was intended to make the character very unlikeable
    I can't really think of any way to describe Ninny as a stuck up person who thinks everyone around her is wrong and too stupid to breathe without her interference.

    So... I mean... I really can't believe that Jordan didn't intend people to at least dislike Ninny.

  4. #144
    I had to read "Old Man and the Sea" in high school. Let me sum up the whole book for you:

    *MAJOR SPOILERS INC*

    ** Old Man fishes a lot
    ** Old Man goes fishing far out to sea in a boat
    ** Old Man catches a shark and it drags him through the water for about half the book
    ** Old Man kills shark and has to fight other sea creatures to keep his shark "Kill" for roughly the second half of the book

    The End.

    I zoned out so many times reading that book I think I re-read every page at least twice. I have never struggled to get through a book like that in my life.

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    Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, like a couple of other people already stated.

    Very hard to read by also very rewarding when you finally finish the book.

    First time I read it I semi-skipped the hard passages, thinking "This probably means this or that" and it worked out ok.

    Second time I tried to look up every foreign word I didn't understand fully, but it was too time consuming, and just understanding the single words didn't help that much in the sometimes very convoluted sentance construction he uses, and now two years later, I'm still stuck around hundred pages in

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambivalence View Post
    The most difficult I've read isn't necessarily a book, but was tough to read. I've read most of Shakespeare's plays in their original (old English) language. I did enjoy them, but I found myself having to re-read many parts just to understand exactly what was going on.
    Shakespeare plays were not written in old English. This is old English:
    Þa wæs Hroðgare heresped gyfen,
    Shakespeare's work is early modern English.
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    House of Leaves... I have started it at least four times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasierith View Post
    When rereading Wheel of Time books, I skip every single chapter that's from the perspective of Nynaeve. And I'm overall far happier for it.
    i usually skip any chapter thats from one of the 3 super girls perspective (Egwene/Elayne/Nynaeve) too much tugging of braids and folding hands under breasts etc etc etc for me. that and its just so...bland reading about them...when the books mainly revolve around Rand/Mat/Perrin.

    oh and i cant stand Faile either.

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    3rd grade science textbook

    nah, just wanted to introduce a little randomness to this before revealing my personal choice of worst book ever: Star Wars - Splinter of the Mind's Eye. NOW granted, it was written in between the original movie and Empire, so nobody knew all the character relations yet (aside from maybe George, yet he still had them kissing in the movie...) but, it's basically 250ish pages of Luke having wet dreams about Leia, then he kicks the snot out of Vader to the point that Darth Vader, the most powerful evil character in the known universe (at the time) goes whimpering off into the night...
    22 miles of hard road
    33 years of tough luck
    44 skulls buried in the ground
    Crawling down through the muck
    Ah yeah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alenarien View Post
    Most Norwegians I know beyond Oslo, my Norwegian girlfriend included, hate Nynorsk with a passion and see it as pointless/useless.

    As for me:

    Most difficult: The Canterbury Tales, given that I also had to translate them.

    Most boring: I think i've a good eye for books, because none of what i've read is particularly boring; save perhaps, for Lord of the Flies.
    I never read all of it but I never really had a problem with the Canterbury Tales. I don't think that it is too difficult is it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Zafire View Post
    I had to read "Old Man and the Sea" in high school. Let me sum up the whole book for you:

    *MAJOR SPOILERS INC*

    ** Old Man fishes a lot
    ** Old Man goes fishing far out to sea in a boat
    ** Old Man catches a shark and it drags him through the water for about half the book
    ** Old Man kills shark and has to fight other sea creatures to keep his shark "Kill" for roughly the second half of the book

    The End.

    I zoned out so many times reading that book I think I re-read every page at least twice. I have never struggled to get through a book like that in my life.
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    Farenheit 451....... Out of every book ive ever read, I hate this the most. I don't know why, it may be associated with the fact my teachers forced us to read this, but I despise this book and the movie with every fiber of my being.
    I had problems reading that book also, The Golden Compass is also another book I could never seem to finish. I absolutely hated the magic circle, worst book I have ever read. The most difficult must be most of Nietzsche writing's, I swear the dude has no idea what a period or paragraphs even mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcelos11 View Post
    i usually skip any chapter thats from one of the 3 super girls perspective (Egwene/Elayne/Nynaeve) too much tugging of braids and folding hands under breasts etc etc etc for me. that and its just so...bland reading about them...when the books mainly revolve around Rand/Mat/Perrin.

    oh and i cant stand Faile either.
    Egwene and Faile don't bother me much. Elayne didn't . . . until Crossroads of Twilight was all about what color fucking dress she should wear.

    But Nynaeve . . . gah, how can Lan or any man stand a woman like her? She's such a self-righteous, bossy, prissy character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orissa View Post
    Egwene and Faile don't bother me much. Elayne didn't . . . until Crossroads of Twilight was all about what color fucking dress she should wear.

    But Nynaeve . . . gah, how can Lan or any man stand a woman like her? She's such a self-righteous, bossy, prissy character.
    ill say this. i Like Egwene, and to a lesser extent Elayne, but seeing as how any of the super girl chapters tends to have Nynaeve...i just tend to try to ignore those.

  13. #153
    Quote Originally Posted by apepi View Post
    I never read all of it but I never really had a problem with the Canterbury Tales. I don't think that it is too difficult is it?
    If he translated it, he was reading it in Middle English, I assume. There are cognates, to be sure, (or would they be considered doublets in this case?) but plenty in there for second-guessing. I remember having to recite some of it for an entry-level etymology course:

    WHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote
    The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
    Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
    The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
    Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
    And smale fowles maken melodye,
    That slepen al the night with open ye,
    (So priketh hem nature in hir corages:
    Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,


    I remember the professor docking me a point for using a French pronunciation of 'engendred' because the vowel shift hadn't occurred yet, which in itself was bogus as he gave us the recording from which we were to practice but didn't tell us he wasn't that satisfied with it until after we gave our recitations.

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    The Glass Bead Game ( also released as Magister Ludi) from Hermann Hesse.
    I tried reading it 4 times, and never got through it. I always noticed that I was a certain amount of pages into the book, and couldn't figure out what I read already.
    Very challenging.
    I really wanna try it to finish it one day.

    Hesse won the Literature Nobel Price for the book in 1946.

    Synopsis:
    The Glass Bead Game takes place at an unspecified date, centuries into the future. Hesse suggested that he imagined the book's narrator writing around the start of the 25th century. The setting is a fictional province of central Europe called Castalia, reserved by political decision for the life of the mind; technology and economic life are kept to a strict minimum. Castalia is home to an austere order of intellectuals with a twofold mission: to run boarding schools for boys, and to nurture and play the Glass Bead Game, whose exact nature remains elusive and whose devotees occupy a special school within Castalia known as Waldzell. The rules of the game are only alluded to, and are so sophisticated that they are not easy to imagine. Playing the game well requires years of hard study of music, mathematics, and cultural history. Essentially the game is an abstract synthesis of all arts and sciences. It proceeds by players making deep connections between seemingly unrelated topics.

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    Yeah, I never managed to finish the Glass Bead Game (or even get very far into it, I don't think) despite loving Steppenwolf and Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund in college.

    Thomas Pynchon: I really wanted to read Gravity's Rainbow, and maybe someday I'll try again, but it didn't work out for me back then.

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    I found The Hobbit hard to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dystin View Post
    The first quarter of each WoT book is pretty tough.
    You go from reasonably high octane action and lots of plot developments at the end of the previous one and then you get to recap everything that has ever happened in the series for the next 300 pages. Oh and the character idiosyncrasies get a bit much... *tugs braid*
    Yeah I got to the point where I wanted to punch a baby if another female folded her arms under her breasts. damn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciroryder View Post
    House of Leaves... I have started it at least four times.
    For real. This is on my list. The premise was pretty good, but damn all the avant garde shit just got in the way. I wanted to like it...i Just couldn't.

    War and Peace. Another one I've started several times but just can't get into. It's gotten to the point where I don't even know why I want to read it. Maybe so people think I am smart or something. Definitely not good motivation to read something.

    Gardens of the Moon by Erickson. I've heard so many good things about this series, but damn the first book is a hurtle. Tried it about 3 times. Get about 4 chapters in and literally throw it down with an exasperated "fuck this."

    Loathe anything by Dickens.

    Lots of people mentioning Tolkien and seeming worried about flaming. the truth is Tolkien was NOT a good author. One doesn't read Tolkien for the action of the prose, so much as to experience to rich world he created.
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    Orientalism by Edward Said.

    Homeboy likes to just randomly drop large quotes in foreign languages into his book with the expectation that everyone is fluent in them. He also references a lot of other works, assuming that the reader has read them too, without enough information to glean what he's trying to say from his writing if you haven't.

    I am an avid reader and normally revel in what most people consider tedious nonfiction, but this is the only book I've ever encountered in my life where I felt like the whole thing was over my head and I was just too stupid to handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tziva View Post
    Orientalism by Edward Said.

    Homeboy likes to just randomly drop large quotes in foreign languages into his book with the expectation that everyone is fluent in them. He also references a lot of other works, assuming that the reader has read them too, without enough information to glean what he's trying to say from his writing if you haven't.

    I am an avid reader and normally revel in what most people consider tedious nonfiction, but this is the only book I've ever encountered in my life where I felt like the whole thing was over my head and I was just too stupid to handle it.
    I hate this. I read a lot about 18th century French history and it pisses me off to no end when an author quotes something in French. Ok so I am reading a book about France, that doesn't mean I speak the damn language.
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    I'd have to go with the Silmarillion by Tolkein. I love the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but the Silmarillion reads like a fantasy history textbook, not a novel.

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