I thought I should do a little wrap-up of a few books I’ve given up on recently.
My policy is to try to make it to 25%/100 pages and review the book, making clear I didn’t finish it. However, there are plenty where I’ve had to give up long before that recently:
@TyrusBooks kindly bought me A Prayer for Dawn by Nathan Singer after raving about it on Twitter – unfortunately, I struggled to get to page 20; the subject matter was so depressing and the language relatively poor, coarse and ugly, that I couldn’t carry on.
Astor & Blue kindly sent me a review copy of Theodore Weesner’s The Car Thief, as the “modern American classic is relaunched for a new generation”. Unfortunately the protagonist suffered from WMSOL syndrome (white male self-obsessed loser), not a character type with whom I get on. Bye bye Car Thief.
I downloaded A Winters Night (inauspicious beginning, that missing apostrophe) by Valerio Massimo Manfredi from Edelweiss’ Above The Treeline program; I’m 9% in and I can’t figure out how the various characters are related (some are brothers, then one of the brothers turned out to be female and be their mother, then there was a random umbrella mender…) or what the point of the story is except there’s a fabled golden goat who appears in snowstorms.
I’ve owned three of Lynda LaPlante’s novels for at least 18 months now; 25 pages into Cold Shoulder I decided all of them were headed for the bin. Unsympathetic characters, overdone “fall from grace” for the police officer… not my cup of tea.
So there’s the sad little round-up, now I can delete them from the Kindle in good conscience…