Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Reading frustrations

I have had a series of very frustrating books lately. My first book frustration was that inadvertently I read the first book of a series that had not yet been completed. I hate doing that. I prefer to wait so that I can gobble down the entire series, one book right after another. I love reading series books and I got tired of trying to keep track of when the new books would be out, or if they even came out.

Next was a book in a very ongoing series that I had thought was over with. The author seems to want to milk it out and this book really strengthened that theory. Normally the stories are action packed and filled with intrigue. This book was not like that at all and the only reason I finished it that it was so short. After every chapter I kept hoping that action would pick up and we would have some better reading. I was very disappointed to say the least.

My next book illustrated the dangers of having the book catalog online for reserving books on a whim. This book was one that I did not remember reserving and I had no idea why I did reserve it, it was not the genera that I would generally read. The most frustrating thing is that the book could have been saved if it had been a bit longer. It was a quasi romance only it ended before the romance could resolve and the couple could fall madly in love and live happily ever after.

My final frustrating book was a medical thriller by Robin Cook. I read her now and then when I want something light, generally she delivers, but this book just drove me up the wall. The plot involved a young female doctor discovering that some doctors were conspiring to spread the Ebola virus around. The doctor worked for the CDC and thought her boss was in on the plot since he was being so rude and cold to her after she had rejected his advances. It turns out that he was not in on it, he was just a jerk and at the end this stupid stupid woman asks the boss out on a date. Argh!! Where is her common sense? First off, office relationships are a huge no no for so many reasons. Second, why would she want to go out with a guy that acted like that just because she said no to him? Third, what happened to the co worker that she had been dating that had also helped her solve the case? He apparently dropped off the face of the earth after his usefulness to her was over. Sigh. I am hoping that my next books are much more satisfying.


Gina said...

I hate it when they draw out a series too long. It's common is SF though.

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

I remember the Left Behind series. I think it was originally going to be about 6 or 7 books. Around book 4 or 5, they decided to extend it --to some crazy number like 15! It's then that the story bogged down and got boring. I never did finish the series.

Dh is reading (he calls audio books reading) a book that sounds fascinating. It's icky in some regards, but he's engrossed. It's Devil in the White City by....someone Larson. (no, not Gary Larson)

He says it's good. :)

chelle said...

I can totally relate to frustrations! I was all reading gun-ho at the beginning of summer now I am just blah. I can't seem to get into any books! Frustrating!

The Estrogen Files said...

I really hate books that can't keep my attention. I feel obligated to finish them, but so bored stiff!

mrsmogul said...

I haven't read a book in eons. Does catalogues count?

Nanette said...

Well, at least you are reading!

Read one for me would you? :D