Aug. 16th, 2010

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Okay, it's a day late (and possibly a dollar short, who knows) but here's:

Day 05 – A book or series you hate

Okay, here's one I can get a relatively clear answer on. The list of books I don't like is far shorter than the list of books that are amazing.

For a series (excluding the obvious sparkly choices), I have to go with the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, by Stephen Donaldson. Attempting to read through this series is one of the few times I've just ended up closing a book and giving up without finishing it. I'm given to understand that the unsympathetic main character is some sort of clever and intentional thing which indicates all sorts of deep and meaningful things through sheer douchebaggery. Is it also intentional that the dislikable protagonist moves through one of the most tediously written pieces of prose I've ever seen? Who knows. 

For an individual book, I have to go with The Politics of Friendship, by Jacques Derrida. I'm sure there may well be some very clever ideas contained within, but Derrida's writing style is like being smacked in the face with a brick. Also the brick is on fire and constantly screaming words in a language you don't speak. Fuck you, Derrida. 

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