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    What is the book you have started the most times but couldn't finish?

    For me, it's Dune. I would get 100-200 pages in and then just not care about the characters at all.

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    I have never tried to read Dune. (Nor have I seen the movie.)

    For me it's BLACK HOUSE by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I loved THE TALISMAN so I was expecting to be similarly engaged by BLACK HOUSE. I have started it twice and I just can't get interested in it at all. I found it very lackluster and boring and couldn't finish it either time.

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    Dune has been on my list for years. I'll probably pick up the audio book. I've never seen the movie, but a long time ago there was a mini series on SyFy called "Children of Dune" which I really really liked. I also remember playing a Dune real time strategy game in the either late 90's or early 2000's.
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    There have been very few mainstream books that I couldn't finish. Plenty of POD and self published books that were real turds though.

    The last big name book that I couldn't get into to and never finished was The Fireman by Joe Hill. I thought it was boring from start to wherever I stopped.

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    To add to the actual topic, it took me something like 2 or 3 tries to get the whole way through The Gunslinger. I found it to be terribly dull. That said I'm glad I made it through eventually as I really like the series as a whole.
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    None. If I put down a book that I didn’t care for and don’t finish, I don’t give it another try. For me, it gets one shot, and that’s it. There may have been a few exceptions to this rule, but none leap to mind at the moment.

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    Ughh. Dagger right through the heart. Love The Gunslinger.

    To be honest I have heard that many times though. I think I am in the minority in my love for this book.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    To add to the actual topic, it took me something like 2 or 3 tries to get the whole way through The Gunslinger. I found it to be terribly dull. That said I'm glad I made it through eventually as I really like the series as a whole.

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    I'm like Ron, I usually only give a book one shot. But I did try three times with Tom Deady's HAVEN.

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    Jane Hitchcock's The Witch's Hammer. Great book, took me 3 tries and five years LOL! Glad I pushed through. I re-read Dune every few years, but not the sequels which I didn't care for at all.
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    For me, it has been Cormac McCarthy's "Suttree". I've loved everything else I have read by him; however, I cannot seem to make it past quarter of this book. Maybe I'll give it another go one day...

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    I rarely give up on a book. I generally push through on the rare occasion I do surrender I do not go back and try again. I do have one author who I tried repeatedly because so many people love her work. I tried several Ann Rice books and just could not finish them. I even tried her erotic fiction and there is something about her writing style that just rubs me wrong. I have not finished one of her books and have decided I am unwilling to try any other titles by her.

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    Weaveworld by Clive Barker . I have tried several times but can’t get more then 50 pages into it before I give up.

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    I did finish this book, Geoff Cooper's contribution I found extremely hard to read for some reason. The book? And Hell Followed With Them by Brian Keene, Brian Knight, Geoff Cooper, Tim Lebbon from Solitude Publications. I still remember that story.

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    I have this unfortunate need to finish a book, regardless of how I feel about it, so I can't say that I've never not finished one . . .

    BUT I can at least offer that I struggled with was Michael Chabon's Summerland. I believe when I first tried reading it (it take me a few attempts so maybe my first statement isn't entirely correct) I had only one read one other book from him (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - which I remember loving!) Couldn't finish it.

    I'm sure it was years later, and while I eventually got to the end, I wish I had my time back. I even spoke to an author friend (of sorts) who LOVES everything from Chabon and he said he could see how I struggled with it, especially my distaste of baseball.

    Currently I've been reading N. K. Jemisin's How Long 'til Black Future Month? since February (!!) and it's been rough.

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    I’m with a few others here in the sense that I almost always finish books I start, even those I find infuriating (here’s looking at you, 68 KILL). One book I didn’t finish was RAGE by Steve Gerlach, though I might swing back around at some point.

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    Oh, "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy. It's huge. I tried to read it to the end 5 times, but never finished

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    Stephen King's IT. I know, I know I know. Tried three times, was a hardcore King fan so daunting fat suckers from King no problems.
    But never finished IT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyree View Post
    Stephen King's IT. I know, I know I know. Tried three times, was a hardcore King fan so daunting fat suckers from King no problems.
    But never finished IT.
    I'm with you Tyree. I have read IT but didn't like it at all. My wife on the other hand loved IT. I guess it's an 80's thing.

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    AMERICAN PSYCHO by Brett Easton Ellis.

    I tried to read it 3 times and threw it against the wall, threw it in the garbage, bought another one and cursed as I threw it across the room, then picked it up one day read every page from beginning to end, often howling with laughter.

    Loved it!

    It finally drove me nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njhorror View Post
    AMERICAN PSYCHO by Brett Easton Ellis.
    This was one I worried a little bit about reading on the train. People's eyes wander (mine do too so I'm not all high and mighty here . . .) and I was just afraid someone would glance over and see something a little disturbing on the page.

    There was another book that while I didn't have this problem, an acquaintance on the train did - I was reading Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, and she came over and said it's a great book, but beware she got "lectured" by a rider one day on how it was filth and pornography and you should be ashamed for reading it.

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