Following up our previous discussion of books we’ve read more than once, I was curious to know what science fiction and fantasy books our readers have not finished.
Here’s my list, along with the reasons why I couldn’t finish them.
- 253 – The Print Remix by Geoff Ryman – This was more literary experiment than a story. I though the piecemeal ficlets would be so consumable in whatever spare moments I could find that I would whip through this. Sadly, it failed to keep me interested.
- Blindsight by Peter Watts – I’m not entirely sure why I failed to get into this one. I was just not immersed in the material for some reason. I made it halfway through the book then decided to stop. This was the book, in fact, that led to The 33% Rule of Reading.
- I read Poul Anderson’s Fire Time and as part of our 1975 Do-Over Reading Project. I though it was slow-moving and I stumbled over the awkward prose. I didn’t even last through the first 33% of this book (which I read before I formulated the rule, so there).
- Half Past Human by T.J. Bass – Another book that I just couldn’t get into. I had issues with the writing style and the plot logic. People came out in droves to defend the book after I posted this review.
- Return of the Emperor (Sten) by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole – I was reading these books like I was popping M&M’s and I think at this point I was just burned out.
- Speaking of overexposure, Spin State by Chris Moriarty was last in line of a series of posthumanism stories I read in quick succession. I had a serious Been-There-Done-That reaction to this one.
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – I read this long ago, in the pre-Blog Era, and so have no exact recollection of why I stopped reading. But I do seem to remember stumbling over the super-long passages and tiny type of the old paperback copy I had. I’ve since read other LeGuin stories set in the Hainish universe and found them to be much better…so much so that this is one of the much classics I’d love to revisit one day.
- The Merchants’ War – This one just bored me to tears, which was wholly unexpected after reading the awesome prequel The Space Merchants.
What SF/F books could you not finish? For what reasons?