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Initial post: 7 Feb 2011 16:05:13 GMT
Stewart Dean says:
which author has had the most negative response from you.
mine is graham sharp paul
virtually none of his side characters die,every thing is a bot, legbot drinkbot cargobot foodbot learn to writebot

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 02:58:44 GMT
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Posted on 8 Feb 2011 08:16:15 GMT
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J.Yasimoto says:
The two Terrys; Goodkind and Brooks.

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 12:21:03 GMT
annie frame says:
Had to laugh at the bot bit! Don't think I'd enjoy reading such graphic language.....
But do think that every author has something to say to someone in their work, even if it isn't for everyone. (not sure about the bot word though it might suit somebody) Can't say that any one author has had a dire negative response from me.

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 14:54:15 GMT
I am no doubt alone in this but I hated The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (5) - The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever: "Lord Foul's Bane", "Illearth War" and "Power That Preserves" I simply couldn't sympathise with a character who rapes his healer then spends the rest of the book whining about it.

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 15:35:49 GMT
Terry Pratchett. How can someone so unfunny fool so many people (Stig Larsson, Dan Brown - they fall into the same category). I am though very sorry about his illness.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2011 15:47:58 GMT
Can't agree with this, LOVE Terry's books, have read every one of them - the earlier ones made me laugh out loud and the later ones a bit darker in their humour but very acutely observed. Do agree about Dan Brown though sooooo boring with cardboard characters, managed to read the Da Vinci one - only because it was bought for me, but have tried and discarded the others without making it past the first chapter. The films even worse!

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 15:57:47 GMT
Ayn Rand.

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 20:49:27 GMT
Alyson Noel.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2011 21:19:34 GMT
FantasyFan says:
@Beth Vaughan:
You are not alone - I hated Lord Fouls Bane so much that I didn't finish reading it, despite the fact that I had actually bought the trilogy (based on many recommendations). I never give up on books once I've started them, but this was just such a miserable read I couldn't force myself to read any more.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2011 04:30:40 GMT
I'm with you Beth, I didn't like Thomas Covenant either and for the same reasons. I also didn't like Terry Brooks, Sword of Shannara. It was too repetitive. His later works aren't as bad.

N. R. Williams
The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Posted on 9 Feb 2011 12:39:15 GMT
I don't like panning writers as they're doing what they can and each to his own.

Will make an exception for Terry Goodkind. after a good start the books became repetetive, formulaic and just plain dragged on. I gave up at book 5; kudos for perseverance I believe!

Robert Jordan falls into the same category for me.

So lets praise Gemmell, Hobbs (for Assassin etc and the character of the Fool; sublime stuff) Pratchett and Abercrombie

Posted on 1 Aug 2011 23:34:48 BDT
Katy May says:
Todd McCaffrey -he's ruined my childhood memories of the fantastic PERN series with his two dimensional, poorly characterised, plot-holed dragon stories. I'm so cross with him!

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 00:38:51 BDT
joe L says:
Agree with most of the posters; Terry Goodkind was painful, David Eddings was dull, The Wheel of Time series was incredibly dull. I forced myself through a few of these, in the belief that since they were big sellers they were bound to get better. Terry Pratchett's latest stuff is going rapidly downhill, but at his best he was terrific.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 12:23:46 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Guy Gavriel Kay. I can't get into his books at all

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 20:42:20 BDT
Fiona Mcintosh and the Myrren's gift trilogy was truly dreadful. Terry Goodkind for me did one great book, then a good book then an average book then completely lost the plot!
I bought the first three Thomas Covenant trilogy's in a second hand book shop on the back of their legendry fantasy status. Hauled myself through the first trilogy in an act of unmitigated self harm, but could not face the other two so they went back to the charity shop (don't worry I didn't ask for money back)
Read 3 of the wheel of time series, well written but didn't seem to be moving towards any kind conclusion though I see it did 7 books later!

Posted on 3 Aug 2011 09:54:04 BDT
poplarman says:
Brandon Sanderson - Eliantris OK and seems to be doing a good job finishing Robert Jordan's work but, the rest, I struggle to finish.

Posted on 3 Aug 2011 16:43:49 BDT
Interesting, but not surprising that different people respond to different books in different ways. I am (or have been) a fan of some of those named above (Eddings, Pratchett), I dislike others (Donaldson, Jordan). Beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder, which is why we need to be careful when we condemn others for not sharing our preferences, as so often happens in Amazon reviews.

Posted on 8 Aug 2011 12:01:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2011 19:03:39 BDT
Michael says:
Trudi Canavan - Black Magician Trilogy was superb and refreshing to read. Age of the Five - just plain awful and nondescript. I foolishly bought The Magicians Apprentice but it felt like she hadn't evolved as an author and had to go back and cash in on the success of her first trilogy.

Goodkind - Lost it
Jordan - Dragged it
Pratchett - Churned it

All three of the above I really loved as authors and their series have been a joy to read at their peaks but somewhere along the line they just went a bit . . .

Posted on 9 Aug 2011 13:44:09 BDT
N Walker says:
I found Thomas Covenant incredibly annoying as a character, yet somehow I quite liked the books. I've only read the first trilogy so far, but wouldn't rule out the others.

Dan Brown is definitely the worst author I have encountered; I didn't even get half way through the Da Vinci Code before losing all interest. Even by that stage it was painfully obvious where the story was going and the writing was attrociously bad.

I've yet to come across a fantasy/sci fi author whose work I have hated.

Posted on 9 Aug 2011 20:25:23 BDT
Garscadden says:
Burtenshaw - vanity publisher who spams these forums under a number of sock puppet accounts. She isn't even subtle about it.

Worth noting that Richard Brook (the current sock puppet account), used to go under the name of DD70 - changed the name on the account presumably to put people off.

Apart from spammers - Tolkein. I find his writing turgid.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2011 20:41:27 BDT
Amy says:
YES!! I have been reading the Immortal series cause I thought they'd be good and I knew there were a few books (I like to read series rather then one offs) and the characters frustrate me to no end!! Three books in and Ever is still the same as when you started reading!! I've been trying to make myself read the fourth one but I just have no motivation. I don't really wanna read Ever make yet again another stupid choice. Sorry I just had to vent at how awful this series is. I was really dissapointed with it.

Posted on 10 Aug 2011 16:52:26 BDT
Wil Ogden says:
Sorry to speak Ill of the dead but..
definitely Robert Jordan.
The only explanation I can imagine as to why the Wheel of Time series lasted so many volumes: Bob got his first royalty check for Eye of the World and a huge advance on the second book and decided to stick a dozen books where nothing significant happened between book two and the conclusion. In other words: Greed.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2011 11:22:09 BDT
DEFINITELY! I read the first one and have never before come across such a relentless Wet Hen as this "Ever" character.

Posted on 12 Aug 2011 12:26:33 BDT
P. Griffin says:
Martin is quick to don Jordan's mantle judging from his last two filler books
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