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#26 Freddie'sMum

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:47 PM

Just thought of another one.

It's called "The Husband's Secret" and it's written by an Australian woman - lady in Sydney.  It's actually set in Sydney too.

Apparently both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon want to make it into a movie and there's all this talk of who will play which character .......

I won't spoil the ending but I truly hated it.  It was one of those books that you read and at the end, you wish you hadn't.

#27 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:48 PM

As PPs have said "the Slap" and anything by Jodi Piccoult, "the Sea The Sea" by Iris Murdoch and ......

THE RIDERS (sorry - I needed to shout that) - Tim Winton - WTAF?????


#28 Lou-bags

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:49 PM

View Postimmismum, on 12 November 2014 - 03:28 PM, said:

The Slap,
No more to be said....

Yessssss. This. A thousand times.

#29 seayork2002

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:49 PM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 12 November 2014 - 03:48 PM, said:

As PPs have said "the Slap" and anything by Jodi Piccoult, "the Sea The Sea" by Iris Murdoch and ......

THE RIDERS (sorry - I needed to shout that) - Tim Winton - WTAF?????

There was not one character I liked (or even hated) in Cloudstreet

#30 Neo Aerith

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

Anything by Nicholas Sparkes. W@nky, epic romance is not my thing. Plus they all sound the same after a while.

#31 babatjie

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

Why do PP not like Jodi Picoult?

#32 Reader

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

Gone Girl

The Slap

The Rosie Project

#33 dad2two_

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:51 PM

Fifty shades of grey - pretty much every woman I know has read it. I picked it up and read 2 pages. I've never read such utter sh*te.

"His lips part, like he's taking a sharp intake of breath, and he blinks. For a fraction of a second, he looks lost somehow, and the Earth shifts slightly on its axis, the tectonic plates sliding into a new position."

Seriously...

#34 tothebeach

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:52 PM

View PostFreddie, on 12 November 2014 - 03:47 PM, said:

Just thought of another one.

It's called "The Husband's Secret" and it's written by an Australian woman - lady in Sydney.  It's actually set in Sydney too.

Apparently both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon want to make it into a movie and there's all this talk of who will play which character .......

I won't spoil the ending but I truly hated it.  It was one of those books that you read and at the end, you wish you hadn't.
I didn't wish that I hadn't read it but I really didn't care about any of the characters at all.  I thought that it fell into complete caricature and used stereotypes, whenever possible.   It seemed to me to be a book by someone who has 'made it' and is therefore writing what they think the audience will like, rather than writing a good book.

#35 Kavity1

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:52 PM

The hunger games, interesting in theory every single character irritated me. Hate the movies too

#36 Feraldasherie

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:53 PM

Anything by Nikky Gemmell

#37 got my tinsel on

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:53 PM

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


I'm hoping it lost something in the translation from Spanish to English - like a plot.

#38 seayork2002

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:54 PM

One about a group of religious people living on an Island I think (very popular a few years but it was on my then bookclub list)

#39 au*lit

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:55 PM

View Postbabatjie, on 12 November 2014 - 03:37 PM, said:

I don't know, maybe have different interests to you? Shock horror.

Sorry, I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with you. Maybe see a doctor?

View Postjessiesgirl, on 12 November 2014 - 03:42 PM, said:

Really?  I enjoy this book immensely every time I read it and I like her others as well.  


I haven't been able to bring myself to read anything else of hers. Maybe she has improved with time, but I had read she refuses to be edited, which makes me think even less of her!

View PostFreddie, on 12 November 2014 - 03:47 PM, said:

Just thought of another one.

It's called "The Husband's Secret" and it's written by an Australian woman - lady in Sydney.  It's actually set in Sydney too.

Apparently both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon want to make it into a movie and there's all this talk of who will play which character .......

I won't spoil the ending but I truly hated it.  It was one of those books that you read and at the end, you wish you hadn't.

Oh yes! I recently read this. Awful premise and pathetic resolution. Although the A-type housewife character was quite amusingly drawn.

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 12 November 2014 - 03:48 PM, said:

As PPs have said "the Slap" and anything by Jodi Piccoult, "the Sea The Sea" by Iris Murdoch and ......

THE RIDERS (sorry - I needed to shout that) - Tim Winton - WTAF?????
Hated the Slap. He obviously has issues with women and Anglo-Australians!

I think I'm the only person in the world who actually liked The Riders!

#40 Box of Frogs

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:55 PM

Anything by Dan Brown

I admit to absolutely loving the Dragon Tattoo trilogy so I guess everyone is different

Edited by FeralInASock, 12 November 2014 - 03:56 PM.


#41 Owliegirl

Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:56 PM

View PostMum, on 12 November 2014 - 03:23 PM, said:

The catcher in the Rye???? I don't get it. An American Classic but I was bored to tears waiting for something to happen. Lucky only a thin book book....

View Postseayork2002, on 12 November 2014 - 03:28 PM, said:

Time Travellers Wife

best thread EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!

View Postau*lit, on 12 November 2014 - 03:32 PM, said:


The Secret History by Donna Tartt. The writing is awful, bad and breaks every rule of 'good' writing, while apparently being considered literary fiction.


I concur with all of the above. Just NO.

#42 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:00 PM

View Postseayork2002, on 12 November 2014 - 03:41 PM, said:

Any books that come under the word 'genre'

You really don't understand much do you?

#43 Feraldasherie

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:00 PM

View Postau*lit, on 12 November 2014 - 03:55 PM, said:

Sorry, I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with you. Maybe see a doctor?



LOL

View Postau*lit, on 12 November 2014 - 03:55 PM, said:


I think I'm the only person in the world who actually liked The Riders!

I liked The Riders, too. But I've never read anything else of his.

#44 remlab

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:01 PM

Twilight (any)

Harry Potter (any)

50 Shades of Grey

Funnel Web by Richard Ryan

#45 clemency

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:01 PM

The Twilight series (although I only got through the first and a bit of the second, maybe the last 2 are brilliant, ha).

Anything by Jodi Picoult

The Power of One, and really anything else by Bryce Courtnay

#46 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:01 PM

Most of the above - especially Gone Girl and Time Traveller's Wife.

#47 clemency

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:02 PM

View PostThe Old Feral, on 12 November 2014 - 03:23 PM, said:

Anything by Jodi Picoult.

Snap

#48 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:03 PM

View Postbabatjie, on 12 November 2014 - 03:50 PM, said:

Why do PP not like Jodi Picoult?

I dislike her books because they are so formulaic and I can pick the 'twist' every time.  She just doesn't grab me.  One of her early ones was OKish though.  Disease of the week/bad situation of week porn.

I adored the Timetraveller's Wife but am perturbed she is writing a sequel.  Where on earth could she take it?

#49 dad2two_

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

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The catcher in the Rye???? I don't get it. An American Classic but I was bored to tears waiting for something to happen. Lucky only a thin book book....

I really enjoyed it. But I know what you mean. I felt like that about the Old man and the sea.

#50 Starrydawn

Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

I like a lot of the books people here  have stated they don't like.

I don't think anyone much liked fifty shades though that is taking things to a new low.


I could never get into the whole LOTR books. It bugged me being such a reader that I couldn't get into them.






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