Books I Couldn

From Steven Taylor at Poliblog, a Friday Fun Meme…. Books I Couldn’t Finish. Doing as he did and leaving out textbooks, and in no particular order:

1. West Of Eden, Harry Harrison. It started pretty good, as I remember, but I put it down somewhere around mid-book and just never bothered to pick it up again.

2. Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard. Steven says he got seveeal hundred pages into this book; I didn’t make it that far. But as bad as the book was, it didn’t prepare me for how chillingly bad the movie would be.

3. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner. I really need to try Faulkner again. As a Mississippian, I feel this reverential duty to say nice things about Faulkner. But this was the first, and so far only, Faulkner book I’ve tried to read, and it just never got my interest up.

4. A New Age Now Begins: A People’s History of the American Revolution, Paige Smith. I love history. I read history books constantly. I once read both volumes of The Glory And The Dream in a long weekend. But I’ve started, and stopped, Paige Smith’s first volume at least 4 times.

5. The Chronicles Of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. I know, this is seven books, but I think of them as one. I started this series at some point many years ago, and just didn’t finish. I like Lewis – I read his science fiction trilogy in college. I don’t know why I never finished reading these, I just didn’t.

6. The Isles, by Norman Davies. I really, really want to someday finish this book. I’ve been looking for a good, comprehensive book on the history of the British Isles for many years. This one is comprehensive, I think. It’s also seemed ponderous the two times I’ve started it.

August 5, 2005 В· Harry В· 3 Comments
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3 Responses

  1. Dave - August 5, 2005

    Two words: Blue Mars

  2. Harry - August 5, 2005

    Was Blue Mars the 2nd or 3rd book? I read Red Mars, then started the next one but didn’t get far.

  3. Brian S - August 8, 2005

    I finished “Battlefield Earth”, you didn’t miss anything. About the only thing I can say about it is that it wasn’t QUITE as bad as the movie.

    Personally I’ve started and stopped reading Carl Von Clausewitz’s “On War” a couple of times now. I get tired just trying to follow the way he writes much less actually undersand what he’s saying.

    Oh, and I don’t plan to EVER read any Faulkner. It’s all just one long run-on sentence to me.