This week’s question asks us to ponder those books that we will never read. I’ll try to come up with a couple but I may not make it to ten this week.
1. Anything by John Norman
I read Timeslave a couple of years ago as part of a book club and was completely unimpressed. I did a bit of research into Norman and found out that this book was pretty much indicative of his style and themes. So, I’m done and won’t be reading any more of his offerings.
2. The Fifty Shades books
As the Twilight popularity was ramping up, I was curious enough to download the digital audio editions from my library’s web site and listen to them. The series is one of diminishing returns and it made me realize that some books just aren’t for me. Enter this series, which has been immensely popular. And I’ve decided these aren’t for me and I don’t have any inclination to read them.
3. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Part of my hesitation to start the series is that I’m at least a million or so pages behind and the prospect of trying to catch up seems a bit daunting. And part of it is that I’ve heard from people I trust that the books get more and more muddled as you go along. That adds up to a series I most likely won’t get around to reading in this lifetime.
4. The Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony
I had friends in high school who raved about these books and encouraged me to pick them up. I picked up the first one and I’ve tried to read it several times, never making it past the first chapter. I couldn’t get into the book and I’ve determined that the series isn’t for me.
5. The Dune spin-offs from Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert
I read the first two or three spin-offs that Anderson and Herbert wrote and each time I found myself getting frustrated with the books. Part of it was what I felt was an unnecessary amount of summarizing everything that’s happened up until now that seems to take place every three or four chapters. The original Frank Herbert Dune novels asked readers to pay attention and recall details from earlier in the book without the need to have characters sum it all up every twenty pages.
6. Any more of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
I read Lord Foul’s Bane earlier this year and was entirely underwhelmed. I tried to read the Gap series a few years ago and was not a fan. I’m done with Donaldson.
Well, I think that’s it. I’m sure I’ll think of four more once I hit post. But these are the ones that spring to mind.