30 Day Book Challenge – Day 11

Today’s Prompt: A book you hated

There were a few reasons I hated John C. Wright’s War of the Dreaming novels that began with this book.

1. Some of the characters and dialogue felt “cartoonish” to me. The back cover blurb and the cover itself made me think this was going to be a serious fantasy novel, and sometimes it is, but most of the time, I could picture it as a children’s cartoon TV show.

2. The book seemed like it was written more to display the author’s writing style than anything else. Some of the imagery was rather lovely, but the plot leaped around between the dream world and reality too many times for me to feel grounded.

3. I couldn’t sympathize with any of the characters and I didn’t really care what happened to them. Nothing about the novel gripped me, so I can honestly say that I finished it to get it over with.

In short, I’d recommend a different fantasy series.

10 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 11

  1. Thanks, Maggie.

    Fantasy is fine . . . but not when populated with cartoonish characters and dialogue. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the book.

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  2. “The book seemed like it was written more to display the author’s writing style than anything else.”

    That really bothers me. In a movie or a book, everything should be in service to the story. Same with singing, don’t show off all the trills and runs you can do if it takes away from the song.

    I sometimes want to go back to my younger self and convey this message. I wasn’t extreme in that direction, but looking back it bothers me in a few places.

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  3. I think that’s true, but we’ll never know if we don’t go back to the books later with a different perspective, to see what we missed the first time.

    OTOH, some books are just not that good. 🙂

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