SecondTalon wrote:See, I would still recommend Eye of the World (the first Wheel of Time book) to just about anyone.
Granted, I'd tell them to ignore everything that came after it and to just sit back and imagine an awesome story, and that whatever they come up with will have ten times the plot advancement of what really happens... but it's still a good book.
I almost had a knee-jerk reaction to your first post, but I agree with this. I read the whole series and I did enjoy myself on the first reading, but now if I want to revisit the story I only read 2-3 books out of the whole series (the first one, the one with the Aiel, and one other one that I'd have to look up to remember). I almost wouldn't recommend reading the first book, as good as it was, because I'm a sucker for wanting to know endings and now that the author died, I'll never get to read his ending.
Although I seriously doubt he was one book away, based on the pacing issues he had . . .
PAstrychef wrote:The DaVinci Code.
Trite, an unoriginal mash-up of anti catholic stories (and I'm not big on the Church!), bad pacing, horrible dialog, etc. etc. The very fact that so many people loved it is enough to make me worry about it. Nothing truly great can be loved by the semi-literate masses.
Don't forget terrible character development, wild, unexplainable and unexplained, unentertaining conspiracy theories, and the type of story that needs to be one that's hard to put down and is intead one that's hard to pick up. But then, all of his books are like that.
I'm going to get flamed for this but I wouldn't recommend 1984 (found the lead character to be a soggy, boring, spineless sack of crap), A Separate Peace (I think that's the name? Had to read it in high school and wanted to shove every character out of a tree at the end), and the Once and Future King (read like a schizophrenic was writing the story in large chunks at a time, plus I think there are better tellings of the legend out there).