Books that left a bad taste in your mouth.

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When was the last time you read a book that had an ending that just had you feeling miserable afterwards,like the ending was a gut punch of melancholy. Mine was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Pretty much all of them, I just don't get why people eat paper.

OT: Mockingjay (3rd Hunger Games book), felt like a rushed ending to a good trilogy.

I have all my books re done on this stuff....

http://www.cakescookiesandcraftsshop.co.uk/acatalog/Rice-Paper.html

That way no book has ever left a bad taste in my mouth....

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. I thought I would have liked it 'cause it was one of Tupac's favorite books and Machiavelli seemed like a cool guy (In Assassin's Creed, that is).

After reading it, I felt horrible. As if the book was slowly trying to transform me into a jerk.

I attempted to read a twilight book once, I got three pages in before I got very enraged and had to be escorted out of Waterstones. Good times.

The Lovely Bones.
I read it because I was wasting time in a library and I had heard it was good.
It was just generally unpleasant and left me feeling vaguely irritated.

The Scarlet Letter. It wasn't so much the book but the way I was forced to read it in class. For every single chapter, I had to do a Fritag pyramid showing the intro, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the chapter and SIFTT pointing out from that chapter a Symbol, an Image, a Figure of speech, and the tone and theme of the chapter. The CHAPTER. And there are 24 chapters in that book. One is a page and a half long and all it's talking about is a rosebush outside a prison door. How do you do a Fritag pyramid for that? We were just pulling stuff out of our asses. It was horrendous. I don't think anybody who took that class left and could say they enjoyed the Scarlet Letter.

Rawne1980:
I have all my books re done on this stuff....

http://www.cakescookiesandcraftsshop.co.uk/acatalog/Rice-Paper.html

That way no book has ever left a bad taste in my mouth....

You put a whole new spin on "devoured that book". And I like it.

OT: I don't remember what would be the last one. I do remember one, though. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Twighlight. I still wince when I think about my time reading that horrible series.

Also..for some reason the Brothers Karamazov left me with a very poor feeling. It was an amazingly well written book. but... I just can't bring myself to say I liked it.

Well, Twilight didn't leave me with a bad taste exactly... It was just as boring as fuck and I dropped it on page 110 of book one.

Now, Maximum Ride: The Final Warning on the other hand...

The writer sacrifices all character development and characters actually behaving in-character (is there a specific word for that? Character drop perhaps?) to make a really terribly presented statement that global warming will destroy teh warld...

Get this, the main character is incapable of trusting people who aren't in her "flock," she is super paranoid about everyone and anyone and she occasionally gets physically ill when surrounded by people throughout the first few books.

At the end of this book he writes her delivering a speech to fucking Congress on her own.

Fuck you sir!

Also the romance was retarded. Just throwing it out there. XD

EDIT: Perhaps as well The Wise Man's Fear. In the best possible way if that makes sense... The writer pulls off the "hero that's not that heroic" stuff so well I can't keep reading about how he either A. Does something stupid/rash and fucks himself over or B. Lies about something idiotic and sets himself up for an amazing fall later on.

And C. does something decent but gets fucked over by Asshole number 1, 2 or 3

I like the character too much DX

It's like the book version of Clannad Afterstory all over again! Why Nagisa!? Why?!

*sobs*

Rawne1980:
That way no book has ever left a bad taste in my mouth....

Well... too much 'bland' can end up leaving a bad taste in your mouth, surely...

GobbieGoldchain:
After reading it, I felt horrible. As if the book was slowly trying to transform me into a jerk.

Well, Il Principe was what lead to 'Machiavellian' being defined as 'manipulative bastard', so I wouldn't really be surprised. Anyway, that book was a little too context sensitive to be particularly applicable, methinks.

OT: A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan... man, I love that book, but I struggle not to cry a lot of the time when reading it, whether wistfully or otherwise.

The third book in the 'Hunger Games' trilogy, I finished it and felt like I'd just read a piece of fan fiction based upon the series.

Wizard's First Rule
I only ended up finishing the whole book out of spite for it. "I was not about to let a book beat me." I should have just put it down and walked away.

Harry potter 7

The first part just felt more or less like "Let's go camping" where the weirdest plotpoints just drop out of the sky. The second half with the battle was at least a bit interesting. The epiloque just felt like a bad fanfic.

TheBobmus:
Pretty much all of them, I just don't get why people eat paper.

OT: Mockingjay (3rd Hunger Games book), felt like a rushed ending to a good trilogy.

Personally I felt like the 2nd and 3rd books were both a rushed effort to make a trilogy out of a mediocre/decent-at-best book which has already been done before anyay.
But whatevs

Lord of the Flies. It was a beautifully written book, and it made some great points, but it was a pain in the ass to annotate it for class (my teacher even checked ours to make sure they were good), and it's just generally unpleasant to read.

trty00:
When was the last time you read a book that had an ending that just had you feeling miserable afterwards,like the ending was a gut punch of melancholy. Mine was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Mine is also Brave New World. Although, Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima probably gave me more of that feeling than Brave New World did.

Twilight
Hunger Games
The last Harry Potter
Beyond the Shadows (They came so close dammit, so close to an awesome ending)
Any last book in a series by Darren Shan

Garry Potter Seven. Ending was shit.

1984. Ending was one of the most depressing pieces of media I ever came into contact with.

Cat's Cradle, because I've been chewing on the same chewing gum for a very long time. Liked the ending though. Depressing as fuck, but still liked it (because I'm a fanboy).

Mine wasn't about the ending, it was about the premise. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Looking back, I chose bad circumstances under which to start reading it. I was in the early part of a four-hour flight during the first long-distance phase of my first long-term romantic relationship (lotta hyphens, I know).

The first few chapters horrified me. It stirred up a bunch of irrational fears regarding my relationship, which was further agitated by the fact that I couldn't get away from all the people around me to get some fresh air. It was hell.

That's a book I'll never pick up again. I don't even want to so much as look at a copy.

I distinctly remember cursing at the stupidity to the ending of the last Eragon book, it threw all logic out the window to

Most recent one that comes to mind is Mockingjay. That book was so strange (in a bad way) and missed so many opportunities to be a fun read. Also, in that whole trilogy, what was the point of Gale??? It seems like the only significant character trait he had was 'potential love interest,' and he didn't really get developed beyond that. I liked the first book in the trilogy, but was really disappointed by the time I finished the last one.

GobbieGoldchain:
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. I thought I would have liked it 'cause it was one of Tupac's favorite books and Machiavelli seemed like a cool guy (In Assassin's Creed, that is).

After reading it, I felt horrible. As if the book was slowly trying to transform me into a jerk.

Well, there is quite a difference between the Machiavelli family in a game and the real sons of bitches.

Well, I've read quite a few books that haven't had happy endings (because frankly, we don't need happy ending, right?) But I would say one of the biggest was Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

I did not like the way that ended at all.

Things Fall Apart. - Blames every problem in Africa on white people bsicaly(What I got out of it)

And

Heart of Darkness - just plain shit.

GobbieGoldchain:
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. I thought I would have liked it 'cause it was one of Tupac's favorite books and Machiavelli seemed like a cool guy (In Assassin's Creed, that is).

After reading it, I felt horrible. As if the book was slowly trying to transform me into a jerk.

I remember that dudes quotes in Medieval II.

He had some useful tips to help you run a kingdom, I tell you that much.

"Men should either be treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot. "

"Since love and fear can hardly coexist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved."

The first one helped me get Milan under control. Nasty buggers, but we utterly crushed them and their sissy crossbowmen. No match for English knights and Yeomen.

*Ahem* Yeah, what was this thread about again? Books. Ok.

OT: His Dark Materials. Teen fiction my fucking arse. What a depressing ending. I wonder how many children cried themselves to sleep after that one.

Roganzar:
Wizard's First Rule
I only ended up finishing the whole book out of spite for it. "I was not about to let a book beat me." I should have just put it down and walked away.

Pfft, i took that attitude to the entire series. It gets much worse from there, trust me. Its getting particularly bad now that Goodkind is trying to run it into the ground to get out of being clapped in chains by his publisher.

Also, Ethan Frome. Ive never thought a book could contain only one significant event, but obviously i was mistaken.

Everything after the birth in Breaking Dawn seemed completely unnecessary at best and downright stupid at worst. Why would any author introduce a dozen new characters at the end of a saga?!

One of the worst books I ever tried to read was 'Vampire Hunter' by Micheal Romkey. It was about a vampire who was on the Titanic (inside his overly large coffin) when it sank and was trapped underwater for decades before being released during a salvage opperation. The vampire accidentally killed two or three people while feeding and was depressed about it. I stopped reading after he started going to see a therapist to aleiviate his guilt.

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead sort-of did that for me as I found myself strangely agreeing with some of Rand's points regarding selfishness. Made me feel a bit dirty. Other than that she's crazy though, though the book was still an interesting read.

The Wykydtron:

EDIT: Perhaps as well The Wise Man's Fear. In the best possible way if that makes sense... The writer pulls off the "hero that's not that heroic" stuff so well I can't keep reading about how he either A. Does something stupid/rash and fucks himself over or B. Lies about something idiotic and sets himself up for an amazing fall later on.

And C. does something decent but gets fucked over by Asshole number 1, 2 or 3

I like the character too much DX

It's like the book version of Clannad Afterstory all over again! Why Nagisa!? Why?!

*sobs*

I have to disagree, to a point. I found that if it weren't for Kvothe's ego and foolishness constantly resulting in him getting knocked back to earth, the whole series would be nothing but a case of "Wanna know how awesome my character is? He's SO awesome." masturbation.

That said, I enjoy the hell out of the series, and Rothfuss better damn well not wait 3 more years to publish the 3rd book, considering he supposedly had it fully written before TWMF came out.

Lets see:
Breaking Dawn's ending irritated me.
Mockingjay's ending was unsatisfactory.
Harry Potter 7 was too "meh".
Midnighters book 3 (Can't remember the name) was a punch in the gut.

Descent of Angels, from the Horus Heresy series. It started off as a pretty interesting look at a world pre-Imperium, but was let down by a really terrible, cliched, rushed ending. Fortunately the sequel to it improved things substantially, but it was definately the weakest book in the series so far.

I could also make a case for Outcast Dead too, since it completely messes up the timeline established in previous books in the series, but the actual story in that was pretty good despite the confusion, so I'm not sure it counts.

Captcha; Mickey finn, talking of bad taste...

templar1138a:
Mine wasn't about the ending, it was about the premise. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Looking back, I chose bad circumstances under which to start reading it. I was in the early part of a four-hour flight during the first long-distance phase of my first long-term romantic relationship (lotta hyphens, I know).

The first few chapters horrified me. It stirred up a bunch of irrational fears regarding my relationship, which was further agitated by the fact that I couldn't get away from all the people around me to get some fresh air. It was hell.

That's a book I'll never pick up again. I don't even want to so much as look at a copy.

to bad, that book was one of the best books I've ever read, but I can understand the whole fear to read the book thing.

OP: Twilight, and the hunger games. Twilight was just bad all around, no interesting characters or anything, to quote Yahtzee "it's like someone threw-up with a pen," the hunger games because it was such a good premise let down with poor writing and character development.

The Game of Throne's ending was depreeeeeeesing. Or maybe it was the final 3/4, i'm not sure.

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