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BlackFox
Half-elven


Nov 15 2014, 6:43pm

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What was the last book you started, but didn't finish? Can't Post

Or do you always finish a book, no matter what?



Magpie
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Nov 15 2014, 7:11pm

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a few young adult or late children's novels I picked up for various reasons.... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but, even with good intentions, I couldn't get engrossed in.

One was set somewhat locally (and was a somewhat local author).

Another I think had Tolkien as a character but I didn't think much of the writing.

I also tried briefly and couldn't engage in Little Big by John Crowley (given to me by a friend) and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

But that's all anywhere from 5-10 years ago and I couldn't say which was the 'last'.

And I'm not counting non-fiction that I might read parts of but not the whole thing.

Why is this on the Pollantir board and not on Off Topic? Just curious. This board is set up for the vote on choices poll structure so I'm curious why people choose this board with no poll rather than just starting a discussion on Off Topic.


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BlackFox
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Nov 15 2014, 7:59pm

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I don't often give up on books [In reply to] Can't Post

But some I just haven't been able to finish, most recent having been, if I recall correctly, Thomas More's Utopia a few years back. A classic, yes, but so unbearably dull. *hangs head in shame*



SirDennisC
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Nov 15 2014, 8:29pm

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The Man in the Mirror [In reply to] Can't Post

A chapter in, not only did I not finish it, but it's the only book I've ever thrown across the room...



Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Nov 15 2014, 9:51pm

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The Black Sheep [In reply to] Can't Post

I got pulled away to other things and didn't get it started until it was almost due at the library. Tried to renew and there was a hold on it so they wouldn't let me. I had to take it back. But I will return to it



Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings






Starling
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Nov 15 2014, 9:55pm

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What was the last book you started, and actually finished? [In reply to] Can't Post

Would be a better question for me. Crazy


Elizabeth
Half-elven


Nov 15 2014, 11:13pm

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Christianity: the first 3,000 Years [In reply to] Can't Post

Absolutely fascinating book. Lest the title surprise you, it starts with an extended history of the Greeks and Hebrews, because those two cultures had such a profound effect of Christianity as it developed. It covers the history of the early church, development of the various branches of Orthodox Christianity as well as the Roman Church. I was in the middle of the Reformation when Jill Hansen tried to run over me last Spring, and have just never gotten back to it. The material I covered had many fascinating things I never knew before, and I thought my historical background was pretty good!








Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 15 2014, 11:32pm

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Hmmm. Moby Dick, I think. [In reply to] Can't Post

I decided to give it a shot a couple of years ago, and got two-thirds of the way through and decided I'd had enough.


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Dwarewien
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Nov 15 2014, 11:48pm

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Game of Thrones... [In reply to] Can't Post

I was getting bored with it. Especially since you have to constantly look in the back of the book to see who's part of which house. Tolkien makes this much easier. So and so is part of this race and they follow (or oppose) this person for whatever reason. The only thing I look in the back of the books of Tolkien's works is to look on the map (depending on where it is). When a book you're reading is getting to be more of a chore, it's time to give it up, and this way, I won't have to suscribe to HBO, since if I find any of the books dull, I don't think I'll enjoy the TV series either. I'll stick with Tolkien, Stephen King (I'm currently reading Under the Dome. In between seasons is the perfect place to read the actual book, and since I'm no purist, I don't mind that it's different from the series, as long as it's interesting and I can follow the story), the occasional Clive Cussler (since I love tales of the sea) and Michael Crichton novel, as least those I won't get bored with.Smile


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Magpie
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Nov 16 2014, 1:03am

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in terms of tv shows... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd personally have to say that Game of Thrones is like 700% better than Inside the Dome.

I can't compare the books but ItD was just a novella, wasn't it? Or short story? And as far as I hear, it bears little resemblance to the tv show.

I've watched both seasons of Inside the Dome but it's basically a joke as far as I'm concerned. It's kind of what some people call 'hate watching'.

And although the GoT tv show can be challenging in terms of sexual and violent content... it has me completely hooked and it does a much better job at just about every facet of production than ItD.

À chacun son goût and all that... but if you haven't seen the GoT show, it might surprise you... regardless of what you thought of the books.

And I don't have a subscription to HBO, either. I have a subscription to Netflix. :-)


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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Nov 16 2014, 2:07am

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A book by Tony Hillerman I think [In reply to] Can't Post

I usually only start a book if I think I'll like it enough to finish and I usually like Tony Hillerman mysteries, but A whichever novel of his it was, I just couldn't get into it enough to finish for some reason. I think it was one where a politician had been murdered and the political side of the mystery wasn't doing it for me so I moved on to else.

That was a couple years ago. I think I've finished every book I've read since then as far as I remember. Especially since I started reading Tolkien.Smile

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But I've heard rumors, of true reality.
Whispers of a well-lit way.

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Starling
Half-elven


Nov 16 2014, 3:22am

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That was a pretty major reading interruption! [In reply to] Can't Post

You just reminded me that I was reading 'Street Gang', a history of Sesame St, and had it beside my bed when the first earthquake hit. I have never managed to get back to that book, which feels a little bit tainted.


Elizabeth
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Nov 16 2014, 4:27am

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Maybe that's my problem, too. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 








Elizabeth
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Nov 16 2014, 4:31am

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You need a strategy to manage... [In reply to] Can't Post

...the extended chapters on whale anatomy, physiology, and feeding habits. Skipping is highly recommended, except for marine biologists.

Likewise, War & Peace is great if you have a strategy for managing the discourses on the theory of war.








Elizabeth
Half-elven


Nov 16 2014, 4:35am

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In terms of managing characters.... [In reply to] Can't Post

...Tolkien has his problems in the Sil. LotR and TH have manageable casts of characters, but the Sil requires (and, happily, provides) genealogy tables. When people ask about reading the Sil in the Reading Room I always recommend printing out nice, big copies of the genealogy tables and putting them in sheet protectors that you can keep handy for keeping track of the F-Elves. Might work for GoT.

I avoid GoT because of too many good characters killed off.








Annael
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Nov 16 2014, 5:32am

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The Winding Stair [In reply to] Can't Post

a biography of Sir Francis Bacon by Daphne du Maurier. Surprisingly dull.

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Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Nov 16 2014, 10:41am

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The Heaven Tree by Edith Pargeter [In reply to] Can't Post

She is also the author of the Brother Cadfael stories under the name, Ellis Peters.

I love the Cadfael stories and The Heaven Tree is also set in the Middle Ages. I couldn't finish it because it was one chapter of fighting after another and seemed like a soap opera set in Medieval England.

I usually don't start a book I won't finish eventually. I tend to look books over carefully before I buy them. This was not a purchased book, but had been the book of a friend.




sherlock
Gondor


Nov 16 2014, 1:57pm

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I stopped reading the second book in [In reply to] Can't Post

The Discovery of Witches series. I also tried Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. I may be kind of an exception because I've had a hard time reading since my husband died almost five years ago. It's gotten better but very gradually.


Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 16 2014, 1:59pm

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I read "and Peace" when I was a teenager. [In reply to] Can't Post

I skimmed the war chapters and just focused on all the ballroom and drawing room scenes.

And when I re-read Anna Karenina recently, I loved it all, except the chapter on the joys of mowing.

I think the place where Moby Dick struck me as really dreary was the chapter on Why White Things Are Scary.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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sherlock
Gondor


Nov 16 2014, 2:14pm

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I read Crime & Punishment [In reply to] Can't Post

as a teen mainly just to prove I could do it. I've never read War & Peace. I read a lot of Dickens as a teenager, too. I've always enjoyed him and try to read A Christmas Carol every year. I used to read it aloud to my husband.


sherlock
Gondor


Nov 16 2014, 2:17pm

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I have [In reply to] Can't Post

Netflix, too. When are we going to get to see the latest season? I'll probably get HBO next year when it's available without a cable provider.


sherlock
Gondor


Nov 16 2014, 2:20pm

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That's a good idea for [In reply to] Can't Post

The Sil. I've only read it once but have been thinking about reading it again . I will try that.


dormouse
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Nov 16 2014, 3:32pm

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Either 'Game of Thrones' or 'The Hunger Games'... [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't remember which was last, but in both cases I read the first page and couldn't find a single thing that made me want to turn to the second. If I can get onto the second page, I'll usually finish the book.

The last book I read and wished I hadn't bothered was J K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' .....


Magpie
Immortal


Nov 16 2014, 3:32pm

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if you mean the latest season of Game of Thrones [In reply to] Can't Post

It's my observation that the previous season gets released a few weeks before the new one will start airing. And then many are delayed for availability on Netlfix because the distributors of the show want to push/prod people into buying them so they don't make them available for rental right away.

So next spring sometime.

If you're talking about Into the Dome, those are available immediately (with a week's delay) on Amazon Prime. I don't know if Netflix carries it.


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Magpie
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Nov 16 2014, 3:33pm

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I considered making something akin to baseball cards for the Sil, once... [In reply to] Can't Post

with a card for each 'player' and their stats on the back. :-)


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