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text 2017-06-12 00:40
DNF at 19%
Poison Pills: The Untold Story of the Vioxx Drug Scandal - Tom Nesi

I only read part one of this book, but I feel I got the basic outline on what happened. The writing is not really compelling in narrative; rather than unraveling the story in a coherent manner, the author throws all the different plot points at the reader all at once in a badly written newspaper-like tone. Dry, incoherent, and disorganized adds up to a boring read.

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text 2017-06-03 23:58
DNF at 38%
Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo

The first two books I read in the series were good. But not this one and I won't be reading further into the series. One reason for the DNF is that the child physical and sexual abuse and human trafficking are the big crimes in this story. I can't handle those, either on the page or hinted at for 306 pages. The other reasons is purely based on the MC, Kate Burkholder, and her going undercover when in previous books it is established that she can't responsibly handle dangerous situations just reeks of Burkholder getting assaulted over and over again for 200 pages; also, she has no experience ever in undercover work and she is already going about things the wrong way. Cutting my losses now to prevent nightmares and lost reading time.


Tried to read for BL-opoly

Read 116/306 = $2 to the bank

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review 2017-06-02 21:27
DNF at 25 percent; Too Bored to Continue
Original Sin - P.D. James

Since I liked the collection of short stories by PD James the other day, I thought I pick up a big starring Adam Dalgliesh. Big mistake. Huge.


I don't know if I should have read this in order (this is the 9th book in the series) but I just could not get past the 25 percent mark.


I was so bored reading about the murder and what was going on. Life is too short to keep reading a book that is boring you to tears. I don't see this character becoming a favorite with me like Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. 

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text 2017-05-29 20:32
DNF at less than 10% in
Death by Tiara (A Jaine Austen Mystery) - Laura Levine

I can't do a whole book with this MC. Being in her head is exhausting and the usual tropes in the cozy mystery genre are taken to really stupid extremes.

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text 2017-05-16 06:06
Fast Track – DNF at 30%
Fast Track (Buchanan / Renard / MacKenna Book 12) - Julie Garwood

Everyone says that to learn writing you have to read bestselling authors and analyze what they are doing. Julie Garwood is a bestselling author, with millions copies of her books sold in various languages. I tried to read her book. Unfortunately my analysis didn’t help me learn anything useful for my writing development, except maybe what NOT TO DO.

Her story was boring, and her writing was terrible, banal and descriptive, utterly amateurish. It was painful to read even as much as I’ve managed. I’m not sure how she got her book past an agent or an editor, much less why she is a bestseller. I don’t know who could like this garbage. If I were an editor I wouldn’t let such a manuscript anywhere near a printing press. I would’ve have been ashamed to sign off such a sloppy, unprofessional work.

But she is a bestseller anyway, despite my negative opinion. Maybe she was better in her earlier works. Or maybe other factors were in play besides the quality of her writing. Maybe I should look for those factors instead of concentrating on my narrative, on story structure and character depth, on pacing and suspense. Maybe there is a secret ingredient to being a bestseller other than the writer’s ability to craft a solid piece of fiction.

What is it?   

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