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Should I finish it?
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I never finish a book if it's poorly written and I'm not enjoying it.  What would be the point? Life is too short to spend irretrievable hours on the self-punishing exercise of reading bad books!

Alas, many "Gothics" written in recent years are the worst type of hackwork: trite, predictable, amateurish, written without skill and with shockingly poor mechanics, and (my pet peeve) often trying to make up for it with cringe-inducing sex scenes that are neither sensual, nor erotic, nor even interesting.  Moreover many of them lack atmosphere and a convincing sense of the time period, obvious where the author has failed to do proper research and commits anachronistic blunder after blunder.

Usually, I can tell I'm not going to like a book within the first couple of pages -- indeed often within the first paragraph.  If it doesn't give me a reason to continue or if I find the author's ineptitude invites my contempt, I'll cheerfully toss it aside.

Paige, I heartily recommend this practice to you.  You can't imagine how liberating it is to throw a terrible book over your shoulder and say to yourself, "I just saved myself quite a few hours of disappointment and boredom!" Then you can spend that freed-up time on *good* books, which (thankfully) are not rare.  Big Grin
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Should I finish it? - by paigenumber - 11-06-2017, 09:06 PM
RE: Should I finish it? - by GothicLover - 11-13-2017, 03:00 AM
RE: Should I finish it? - by Penfeather - 11-14-2017, 12:35 AM
RE: Should I finish it? - by Penfeather - 11-14-2017, 02:17 PM
RE: Should I finish it? - by GothicLover - 11-14-2017, 02:24 PM
RE: Should I finish it? - by paigenumber - 11-19-2017, 12:17 PM
RE: Should I finish it? - by Penfeather - 11-25-2017, 07:17 AM
RE: Should I finish it? - by Night Wanderer - 11-21-2017, 04:01 PM
RE: Should I finish it? - by paigenumber - 11-21-2017, 07:04 PM
RE: Should I finish it? - by paigenumber - 12-02-2017, 08:57 PM

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