A book you hated by an author you love?

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    A book you hated by an author you love?

    For me it would be Hannibal by Thomas Harris. He took one of the best antagonists in history and tried to make him a hero. Harris Dexterized Lechter by having him do his gruesome work on only bad people. For me Hannibal Lechter doesn't work as a sympathetic character, he is, and should remain, the embodiment of sociopathy.
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    Sea Of Cortez...pains me to say it...i think my expectations were to high after Travels with Charley...don't get me wrong it's worth a read for sure...but since his friend Ed Rickets
    was the inspiration for Doc..who was for me Steinbeck's best character...
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    Under the Dome by Stephen King. Such a long read that lead up to a horribly unsatisfying ending.
    “On the chest of a barmaid in Sale, were tattooed all the prices of ale. And on her behind, for the sake of the blind, was the same only written in braille"

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    Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick.

    The first, and to date only, PKD novel that utterly disappointed me. It should have stayed as the short story The Unteleported Man.

    The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy.

    After the incredible Executive Orders and Rainbow Six, this is where it all really started going downhill for Clancy.

    The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth.

    It should have been written under a pseudonym. This is not Forsyth's finest hour.

    The Evil That Men Do by John Brunner.

    After reading Stand on Zanzibar, anything would be a let-down.
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    I won't say I 'love' James Patterson, but he wrote some pretty good thrillers back in the day. The books he's currently publishing under his name, but which are actually written by other authors, are universally wretched.

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    I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I read the first book in the new Wicked Series. The characters were implausible, the plot was implausible, the magical powers seemed random, and the book had few if any redeeming qualities. A waste of time and money and a disappointment.
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    I'm a big Roald Dahl fan but I didn't like The Witches. I don't know what he was thinking with that ending, it's got horrible implications and it's supposed to come off as happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateMarie999 View Post
    I'm a big Roald Dahl fan but I didn't like The Witches. I don't know what he was thinking with that ending, it's got horrible implications and it's supposed to come off as happy.
    Haven't read that one, but I thought Esio Trot was absolutely horrid, especially given that it is for kids.

    Patrick Rothfuss has a rather entertaining review of it on Goodreads.
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    Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. I just couldn't get into the style he wrote that in. I love Chuck Palahniuk, though.

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