Sep 19 2008

Book Request

Published by at 3:03 am under Book Review

What are some well-known books that have major flaws?  We’re looking for books to use to help our readers improve their writing, so I’d especially appreciate books that are superhero-related, fantasy or sci-fi.

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4 Responses to “Book Request”

  1. Cadet Davison 19 Sep 2008 at 8:46 am
    1. Harry Potter 2 and possibly 5.
    2. Any of the later Dresden Files books.
    3. Anything Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy has written in the last 5 years.
  2. Garreton 19 Sep 2008 at 11:21 am

    Lord of the Rings. The characters are extremely bland, the writing is longwinded and occasionally aggravating, and the flaws of practically every character are blamed on a ring; no one seems to have flaws of their own accord.

  3. B. Macon 19 Sep 2008 at 11:54 am

    Good call on LOTR! I had considered it, but initially demurred because I feared that a negative review would anger its fans. Still, what you said about its insufferable long-windedness and characterization is dead on. I’d lay at least half of the terrible fantasy writing out there at Tolkein’s feet… particularly those scenes where people sit around and eat.

  4. Jacobon 19 Sep 2008 at 12:01 pm

    One of Christine Feehan’s books. Anyone whose readers are that defensive is obviously up to no good.

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