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Mentioned it elsewhere, but I reckon Ken Follett would be the worst author I've read.
i've a vague memory of reading a book when i was 14 or 15, of some all round good guy action hero implausibly saving the implausibly glamourous director general of the UN in some massively implausible scenario, and them going on to locate the lost library of alexandria.
anyway, i think it was a ken follett book.
 

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It's an amazingly divisive book, that. I need to read it again tbh.


This popped up on twitter this year as well

I got a couple of hundred pages through Samuel R Delaney's 'Dhalgren' and I've basically just given up, because even though the writing is actually really good for the most part, I feel like I've got the idea after 200 pages and don't need another 600 pages of the same shit over again to ram it home (It's a 'circular' post-modernist novel that is basically society being stuck in one ruinous place)
 

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Have you ever read Moby Dick though? I'm not the most learned person on the planet when it comes to English, but I felt like almost every 2 pages I read I needed to look up the definition of a word.

It's a good book... but I didn't find it easy to read.
 

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i've a vague memory of reading a book when i was 14 or 15, of some all round good guy action hero implausibly saving the implausibly glamourous director general of the UN in some massively implausible scenario, and them going on to locate the lost library of alexandria.
anyway, i think it was a ken follett book.


Sounds like the sort of shite he'd crank out alright. Was there a horrible riding scene with a local girl ? Where you felt a bit dirty afterwards? Like an older man inappropriately touched you?

Because that would be a Ken Follett specialty.
 

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Have you ever read Moby Dick though? I'm not the most learned person on the planet when it comes to English, but I felt like almost every 2 pages I read I needed to look up the definition of a word.

It's a good book... but I didn't find it easy to read.
LIT ERA TURE

It's not supposed to be easy, it's supposed to change you.





But anyway, in answer to your question no I have not read it yet.
 

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LIT ERA TURE

It's not supposed to be easy, it's supposed to change you.





But anyway, in answer to your question no I have not read it yet.
I never finished the bastard. It's good though... it has this kind of weird old school magic reality vibe going through it.

I probably liked learning all these old words too if I'm honest, loads of them were designated as "archaic" in the dictionary, which felt a bit cool.
 

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I've been meaning to get to it for years.

There's been a funny uptick in loudly "leftist" twitter people reading it this year because of a few what are basically socialist influencers reading it. Not gonna pretend I haven't been influenced myself.
 

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I've been meaning to get to it for years.

There's been a funny uptick in loudly "leftist" twitter people reading it this year because of a few what are basically socialist influencers reading it. Not gonna pretend I haven't been influenced myself.
Ah, they could pick worse books to read to be cool.

Thankfully I was cool before it was cool to be cool.
 

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I enjoy Stephen King's stuff for the most part but thought IT was fucking dreadful. Such a shitty shitty book. Fucking hated it.

AND it goes on for ever.
 

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wow! I wouldn't have had the guts or even the knowhow. Fair play, fair play.
I got an A2 and did paper two in 45 minutes 😎

Mentioned it elsewhere, but I reckon Ken Follett would be the worst author I've read.

Initially I picked up some book from a bookshelf when I was desperate, and flipped through it. It was memorably bad, about Afghanistan, I think it was called Lie Down With Lions. I didn't notice the author though.

Years later I was reading something else and I was thinking something along the lines of "man, this is as bad that terrible Afghan book", looked up the author, and it was the same guy.

Later I picked up something called The Pillars of Earth, and I read the intro which set out something along the lines of "This is TRULY Ken Follett's masterpiece", and it went on and on about what a great piece of work Ken had created, epic, etc. So... I fucking took the bait, and started reading. Sure enough: terrible shite.

So, I had a look back at the forward. How could this be considered a masterpiece? Who the fuck thinks that? And I realised that Ken Follett had written his own review... of his own book... and attached it as the book's forward. At that point the penny dropped.
I always wanted to read Pillars as I liked the mini-series but not so sure now...

I think The Catcher In The Rye is still the shittest book I've read
Oh god, how did I forget to mention that one? Awful rubbish.

Have you ever read Moby Dick though? I'm not the most learned person on the planet when it comes to English, but I felt like almost every 2 pages I read I needed to look up the definition of a word.

It's a good book... but I didn't find it easy to read.
Moby Dick is brilliant. I need to read it again.

Possibly my favourite authour is Jack Vance, who mostly used a vocabulary that is quite 19th century sounding at times, but not hard to read really
I read a Jack Vance story last night (Turjan of Miir), it didn’t do a lot for me.
 

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I got an A2 and did paper two in 45 minutes 😎


I always wanted to read Pillars as I liked the mini-series but not so sure now...


Oh god, how did I forget to mention that one? Awful rubbish.


Moby Dick is brilliant. I need to read it again.


I read a Jack Vance story last night (Turjan of Miir), it didn’t do a lot for me.
Think that's from The Dying Earth. The Dying Earth is great, but the two Cugel novellas in it really blow the shit out of everything else in the book. Cugel is fuckin amazing, total scum that you constantly end up rooting for.
 

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