May 19th, 2014

This is Terrible

30 Day Book Meme - Day 11

Day 11 – A book you hated

I have, alas, been forced to discard books on occasion. Water damage. Spilled drinks. The glue on the spine giving up completely (though some wound up rubberbanded or ziplocked). The one I loaned out and the guy dropped it in the creek. But intact books stay or are sent to good homes.

With two exceptions.

Alan Drury's The Pentagon went into the trash when the Marine Corps refused orders to invade an island until the development of a new generation of landing craft was complete. This was after the affair between the Chairman of the JCS and the Chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and naming the plan "Operation Frio" because the Spanish word for "cold" would keep anyone from realizing they were targeting the tropical island that was the current top crisis.

Mother of Storms by John Barnes I actually finished. And regretted it. The main plot didn't bother me much, it was the recurring instances of death-voyeurism, pedophilia, and other perversions that made me never want to see any of those characters again.

To give you an idea of how hard it is for me to make such exceptions, I still have my copy of 1491 despite the cat knocking it into the diaper pail. Did have to cut a chunk out of some pages to make it fit to go back on the shelf. I might not have made the effort if I didn't want to be able to back up my nasty review with page cites though.

(This is counting as Sunday's post because I haven't been to bed yet)

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Bandaged Maggie

30 Day Book Meme - Day 12

Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore

David Drake's Hammer's Slammers and sequels, particularly The Forlorn Hope. Carnography doesn't appeal to me as much as it did in my younger years. I don't know if that's the effects of parenthood making me feel the impact of the human devastation more or just that I'm not as depressed as I used to be.

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