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What I've been reading for fun

Well I did something that I almost never do. DNF. That stands for "did not finish" and yes halfway through, I gave up on the book I was reading. No, I won't reveal the title because I've no desire to sabotage sales for this self-published book. Needless to say, it seemed obvious that the author didn't bother with having it edited as sentence structure and technique were all over the place. It was written by a gay man but read more like a housewife's fantasy of gay porn. Furthermore the description and the cover were very misleading, with the insinuation that this was a story about a homophobic father dealing with his gay son. Not so. The father only serves the story to kick his son to the curb and then is never seen again. Meanwhile the son ends up in New Orleans where he is taken in by a rich kid and the two of them spend chapter after chapter after chapter of explicitly-described sex all the way through Hurricane Katrina. Just horrible. I've probably just given away enough clues to lead a savvy person right to the book.

Oh well, now I'm going to read something that I've heard people raving about for years: Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books. Can't go wrong there.

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kcwarwick
Dec. 3rd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! The dangers of self-publishing! But I agree with you about Ursula le Guin. My favourite is 'The Left Hand of Darkness' which has some very interesting ideas about gender.
markprobst
Dec. 4th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I actually have read "The Left Hand of Darkness" and did like it though I've been told that it pales in comparison the the Earthsea series.
lee_rowan
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
I`ve seen similar awfulness in edited stories. But LeGuin ... Earthsea wasn`t my favorite but she`s so far ahead of the pack it hardly matters.
markprobst
Dec. 4th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
Lee, you are the first person I've ever heard say anything negative about the Earthsea books. Everyone tells me that it is Le Guin's best work.
lee_rowan
Dec. 4th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Hm. I didn't mean it to be negative, simply that I've read things of hers I enjoyed more. Pure fantasy has to be exceptionally good or I get bored--I don't think there's anyone yet that, for me, matches Tolkien and Pratchett.
markprobst
Dec. 4th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Can't argue with you there. Tolkien is the master. I haven't read Pratchett.
lee_rowan
Dec. 4th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
I envy you the discovery. Harlan Ellison's description of Sir Terry Pratchett is "The kindest, funniest teacher you'll ever have." He's absolutely right. "Mort" is a good one to start with, or "Equal Rites."

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