Unread (for now)

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Books that I couldn’t finish:

Dragonsbane – Barbara Hambly: This one fell to the wayside because by the end of the first chapter, I had no sympathy or empathy for any of the characters introduced to that point nor any commitment to the conflict.

Lord of the Fading Lands – C. L. Wilson: This one was highly recommended and might have been appealing but again the characters didn’t grab me and/or make me “want” them to win or even care about the conflict.

The Lions of Lucerne – Brad Thor: I didn’t even make it through the first chapter. With Lions what put it in the “not now” pile was a statement that was SO impossible (attributing certain power/influence to a character) that I just closed the book and shook my head.

Perhaps I was just not in the mood, so they are going on the pile to sample again in a month or so because I’ve found that frequently my mood and/or current life events can impact my enjoyment of a story.

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8 thoughts on “Unread (for now)

  1. Gasp! Thor’s The Lions of Lucerne has reached the top of my TBR pile. I can’t wait to start it and see if I can identify the line you referred to.

    • Danielle
      That one I will probably try to read again before the others. I may have over-reacted to that line because I started reading that book when the “great upset” about the NSA was at its highest.

      Susan

      • I finished Thor’s The Lions of Lucerne. I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of the prologue – it wasn’t inspiring. The prologue has a dirty politics feel to it that is a turnoff. However, once the main character is on stage, the book instantly improves. The middle of the book is outstanding, and it has the expected ending. The story is 80% action. Considering the book is 507 pages, it makes for a lot of scrapes and near misses. A favorite line comes at the end of C41. The main character has made a promise to a dead friend to get the people responsible. At C41, the main character realizes a colleague has betrayed him. Informing the colleague that he’s started a list to get those responsible, the MC tells him: “You’re now on that list. Have a nice day.”

        • Danielle
          Will have to give it another read. I’ll start tonight since I’m fresh out of reading material. Thanks for the update/info.
          Susan

          • On a sidenote, as I was reading Thor’s book, my current audiobook is Tami Hoag’s The 9th Girl. Wow–two amazing authors, but totally different styles. Hoag’s book seems like it’s 80% characterization vs. Thor’s 80% action.

          • Danielle,
            Haven’t read any of Tami Hoag’s books – will have to look them up and try them. Thanks for mentioning them.
            Susan

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