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The Most Whack Writers

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by eyez0nme, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. eyez0nme

    eyez0nme New Member

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    Who do you consider the most overhyped, overwrought, overrated--the most whackest authors, who other readers love--and you just can't understand why?


    J.D. Salinger
    Kurt Vongenutt
    Dan f**king Brown
    Michael Chrichton
    J.K. Rowling
    James Frey


    Add King and Koontz on that list. :mad:
     
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    William Burroughs. Insane garbage.

    Jack Kerouac - apart from his looks and voice.;)

    Audrey Niffenger (thanks for the reminder Optimist.)

    Paulo Coelo.

    Charles Dickens - apart from his films.:) :rolleyes:

    William Shakes*******pere. Dated over-verbose verbage.
     
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    So, you didn't enjoy The Time Traveler's Wife either? I found it tedious and long-winded. After the rave reviews I heard and read, I couldn't wait to read it. A hundred pages into it, I couldn't wait to put it down! :rolleyes:
     
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    Dan Brown
    James Patterson
    Stephen King
    Anne Rice
    John Grisham
    Saul Bellow
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Mark Haddon
    J.K. Rowling
     
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    Raymond Chandler.
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    Ernest Hemingway
    J.K. Rowling
    Ken Kesey (though I only read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...)
    Bret Easton Ellis
     
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    So true

    While i have not read alot from the 'beat generation' any i were unenjoyable with the exception of charles bukowski's 'diary of a dirty old man'. It was 80% trash and 20% hilarious.

    I read the catcher in the rye and didn't find anything of interest in it so..... [SIZE=-1]JD Salinger[/SIZE]
     
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    Ms Charles Bukowski is God in my book. He's not really one of the 'beats' although his name does get linked to them.

    It's a shame because this will put a lot of people off him. Try Post Office, Factotum, Tales of Ordinary Madness. They are very good.
     
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    I used to think the same thing, until I tried one of his later works. Which book did you try?
     
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    It was called Truckers. A friend gave it to me, I really couldn't get into it. Maybe I will try another one, maybe a Discworld Novel.

    I don't tend to enjoy fantasy, just wanted to give it a go.
     
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    Ah, right - can't say I've heard of that one, but I'm not a Pratchett freak like some people around here ;) If you do end up trying a Discworld novel, I'd suggest Going Postal - this is the novel that changed my opinion of Pratchett
     
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    Any writer that uses the term "whack" is well, whack. Also, writers that use pen names, writers that publish works by others in their name - the ones with teams of writers working for them. R.A. Salvatore for example.
     
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    Isn't William Faulkner supposed to be really "whack"? My dad was telling me there's a book he wrote--As I Lay Dying, I think--where one chapter was just the boy going, "My mother is a fish!" Because she was dead or something. And then they drilled holes in her face.
     
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    Can't believe people are being so hard on the Beat writers. Them guys was real cool cats. So what if their literature was a bit cloudy from the dope they took by the shovelful?

    Faulkner is not "whack" although he may be wacko. It took me a long time to be able to get into him, but I must say that The Sound and the Fury is pure genius.

    I consider Atwood to be a bit "whack". She's great, and I enjoy her books, but having to read The Handmaid's Tale in Intro. Lit., and discuss it while holding hands and crying about the plight of women in the world, and being clever while doing so by saying things like "herstory" instead of history, is all in all enough to make a manly man heave his bloody steak. "I'm so sorry Margaret. You're sure to send me to Atwood hell now, and I'm sure I won't be able to enjoy the latest book of yours that I ordered." Actually, the stuff of hers from way back, about wilderness and all that, was ahead of its time. I wish more people would think for themselves rather than drool over her, and then I could respect them as much as I respect Atwood.
     
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    I totally agree that Faulkner is a freak. My theory on his wacky syntax is that he wrote while extremely intoxicated and lucked out with his publishers...but even though he's a wildman, I really love his work. The Sound and the Fury, for my money, is one of the best books written in the English language, and it made me cry last time I read it. (Not out of frustration)
    Authors I think are over-praised/ read/ rated are Stevie King, Baudelaire, and that sicko John Webster...
     
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    what does that mean?:confused: You silly english people? lol:p
     

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