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  1. #161
    Ask the Dust by John Fante in university. God, what a slog of a read. My professor (who was/is an extremely awesome human being, despite this malarkey) had some kind of giant, raging literature-boner for Fante and this book, and we spent almost the entire semester on it.

    It's a slow, slow, slow, slow, slow look at the false idealism faced by many people who moved to Southern California at the end of the Great Depression seeking a sort of 'paradise' that didn't exist.

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    Honestly, the book I found the most boring to read was the Wizard of Oz. Granted, I had to read it in grade 4 for school, but I ended up almost throwing it in the recycling bin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrch5618 View Post
    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.
    That would be... because that is exactly what it is

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dwarf Lover View Post
    Honestly, the book I found the most boring to read was the Wizard of Oz. Granted, I had to read it in grade 4 for school, but I ended up almost throwing it in the recycling bin.
    This made me giggle actually. Never read it but I would imagine I'd have a hard time with it for similar reasons that I found Dr. Jekle and Mr. Hyde to be a really boring book... I already knew they storyline by the time I read it so I really just couldn't get into it.

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    Lord of the Rings/Silmarillion.

    I've read Lord of the Rings in bokmål (norway's most widespread language). I bought in in English. Not read it.
    Three years ago, I bought it in Nynorsk (our other language) and it contains different dialects. I really want to read it, but so far I've only gotten to page 110 or something. It is so slow. I have to force myself to read it, whereas with Game of Thrones, time and pages just flew by. In four-five days or so, I read two of the books (two remaining) and I'm eager to continue. Lord of the Rings? Not so much.

    Silmarillion was just boring don't remember any of it

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, that book was a nightmare to read :[
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    But seriously, the Silmarillion is a pretty difficult read if only because it is a history book rather than a story in itself.

    Most boring cannot go wrong with The Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe or Tom's Midnight Garden, oh and Macfuckingbeth if you want to count it as a book.

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    A lot of people are mentioning Silmarillion, I began reading it not long ago and it isn't very hard so far, probably it's the polish translation? And as for boring well it's a history book so yeah it's a bit boring but I like history.
    Again I'm not far into the book but the way he introduced the elves and their tribes when they where on their journey through Middle Earth was hilarious, he puts a dozen of elves, then a dozen of tribes, tells where they are with landmarks you don't know at all and tells you to deal with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by raddry View Post
    A lot of people are mentioning Silmarillion, I began reading it not long ago and it isn't very hard so far, probably it's the polish translation? And as for boring well it's a history book so yeah it's a bit boring but I like history.
    Again I'm not far into the book but the way he introduced the elves and their tribes when they where on their journey through Middle Earth was hilarious, he puts a dozen of elves, then a dozen of tribes, tells where they are with landmarks you don't know at all and tells you to deal with it
    i remember checking the maps like a hundred times each chapter to keep track on where things were happening.

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    Like so many others, The Silmarillion.

    Good grief that was a difficult book to get through. Took 10 attempts to get through it, and even now I can't for the life of me tell you anything from it.

    Also The Mayan Prophecy Trilogy by Steve Alten. Just an awful awful set of books. It just got worse and worse and worse as each book went on.

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    I recall Night feeling like an incredibly miserable chore to read, along with Fallen Angels. Required reading almost never falls conveniently in the same category as your casual reading you would have picked out of a library. It did once though, The Hobbit book was awesome.

    Yet oddly I couldn't make it through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I felt bogged down by the number of characters and just generally keeping track of what was going on. I should give it another try at some point.
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    Most of the books in here are great. You want a truly awful book, try Ivanhoe. Historical novels suck. Or at least that one did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poser765 View Post
    Yeah I got to the point where I wanted to punch a baby if another female folded her arms under her breasts. damn.[COLOR="red"]
    Nynaeve sniffed disdainfully, tugging her braid and then folding her arms under her breasts.

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    the great gatsby. though that probably had to do with the fact that I was reading it for school, and every time i would read it it would be around 3 o'clock in the morning, and I would be incredibly tired and couldn't understand anything.

    though seriously, the two towers. I know i will get shit for this. I love lord of the rings, and I have read fellowship, and return of the king. but I cannot finish two towers. it is just so incredibly dry and uneventful.

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    I have read some terribly boring books. Pilgrim's Progress is probably one of the worst, then I also remember that I have read Jude the Obscure. Jude the Obscure seemed to be about a thousand pages of this guy wishing he could go over this hill....awful. I don't really care for highly romanticized longings for rural life, and as far as I can tell that's all that Thomas Hardy ever wrote about.

    The two most difficult books I've ever tried to read were probably Maldoror by Lautremont and Finnegan's Wake by Joyce. Never finished either, both are too far into the surreal for me. I don't know why anyone ever recommended I read Maldoror, but the first part was sickening and I couldn't find any meaning in it. Finnegan's wake is just incomprehensible, I love Joyce; but even I had to take a pass on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orissa View Post
    Nynaeve sniffed disdainfully, tugging her braid and then folding her arms under her breasts.
    Ahhh.... there's that feeling of immense burning hatred and disgust....

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    Quote Originally Posted by orissa View Post
    Nynaeve sniffed disdainfully, tugging her braid and then folding her arms under her breasts.
    you forgot to throw in an "ear Boxxing" comment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcelos11 View Post
    you forgot to throw in an "ear Boxxing" comment...
    A wool-headed thing to do.

    OT:
    Shadowmarch by Tad Williams, especially the first book. One of my favourite series is Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn", so when I saw the Shadowmarch series by him in a bookstore, I immediately bought them. It took me a full month to force myself through the first book (my first time reading a book usually only takes 2-3 days). The second book was nearly as bad, although some character's chapters were kind of interesting. The third and fourth were much better, but still far below my expectations.

    Also, "Toll the Hounds", the 8th book in the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series by Steven Erikson. The final hundred pages or so were amazing, a trait shared by most Malazan books thanks to convergences. The majority of the book however was pretty disappointing. Pretty much every storyline related to Harllo and Gorlas in that book was completely pointless and did nothing to the plot of the series. Harllo frees an undead warrior, who immediately gets sucked into an Azath before he can do anything. Harllo's first rescuer from the slave mines, a minor character no one cares about, gets killed by Gorlas for pretty much no reason. The plotline revolving around Gorlas ends with pretty much everyone involved either getting killed or committing suicide, with the exception of the one main character involved in the storyline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoma View Post
    A wool-headed thing to do.

    OT:
    Shadowmarch by Tad Williams, especially the first book. One of my favourite series is Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn", so when I saw the Shadowmarch series by him in a bookstore, I immediately bought them. It took me a full month to force myself through the first book (my first time reading a book usually only takes 2-3 days). The second book was nearly as bad, although some character's chapters were kind of interesting. The third and fourth were much better, but still far below my expectations.

    Also, "Toll the Hounds", the 8th book in the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series by Steven Erikson. The final hundred pages or so were amazing, a trait shared by most Malazan books thanks to convergences. The majority of the book however was pretty disappointing. Pretty much every storyline related to Harllo and Gorlas in that book was completely pointless and did nothing to the plot of the series. Harllo frees an undead warrior, who immediately gets sucked into an Azath before he can do anything. Harllo's first rescuer from the slave mines, a minor character no one cares about, gets killed by Gorlas for pretty much no reason. The plotline revolving around Gorlas ends with pretty much everyone involved either getting killed or committing suicide, with the exception of the one main character involved in the storyline.

    oh god not the wool-headed! only some muley stubborn man would forget that!

  18. #178
    The Virgin and the Gypsy, by DH Lawrence. Had to read it for my English A-level. I fell asleep before the end of the first chapter, and struggled all the way through it - I found it absolutely terrible.

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    Surprised Ulysses hasn't been mentioned much/at all.

    I've heard a lot of people have struggled with that one.

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    The Scarlett Letter.
    HOLY FUCK.

    If I had a time machine that I could use twice and I had a choice of either going back in time and punching Nathaniel Hawthorn in the face, or shooting Hitler, I would use it to punch Hawthorn in the face twice.
    Seriously, what the fuck was that man thinking? The whole first fifth of the book in an introduction (seriously, exactly 18% of the book is introduction, and all the narrator does is bitch about how boring his life is and how his family is a bag of dicks or something), and the thing is written in such an infuriating and out of whack style any sane high school student wants to immediately throw the thing out the window. And I know he could have written it better to, the time period is not an excuse. Oliver twist was written more than ten years earlier, and even today it is still perfectly readable for most people.
    The premise and overall arc is excellent, but he just doesn't translate it well to paper. I love to read, and I pride myself on how much I read and that I never don't finish a book. Unfortunately The Scarlet Letter is the one blemish upon my record. I tried getting through it in high school, couldn't do it, tried doing it in college, couldn't do it. Tried last year, still couldn't do it. It's just so boring and painful you either want to fall asleep, or go do something else after reading more than three pages.

    I remember in high school when we had it for a reading assignment no one scored above a mid C on the test over it, not even the super bookworms could stomach it. The teacher, who was normally very strict, had a brief moment of mercy and ended up grading us on a curve.

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    The swiss family Robison Was really bad too. I read through that corny unrealistic POS when I was 6 and even back then I knew it was flaky childish garbage.

    Also more recently I read through the City of Ember trilogy. I know their kid books, but sometimes I like stuff thats a bit on the light side and that I can get through quickly. The first one, City of Ember was surprisingly good. The second, The People of Sparks (I think thats what its called), was decent, but not as good as the first book. And finally I read the third book, The Prophet of Yonwood (a prequel to the first book)... Holy hell, I have never seen a series take that big of a nose dive in quality, EVER.
    The dialogue was garbage, the story was pathetic and unrealistic to the point of laziness and absurdity. I mean seriously, an entire town thought a bear was a terrorist. Aliens are discovered but no one somehow gives a shit, two children solve all the fucking mysteries, and a world war apparently happens over nothing, also some crazy bitch says she can see the future or something and the whole town believes her. This is set in the 21st century.
    If the first book had been anywhere near as bad I would not have continued on with the series after finishing it. No excuse. Blatant money grab on the writers part and extremely poor work by the editor.
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