Saturday, January 19, 2013


At times, you just have to stop reading. These are books never sparked my interest enough to complete the novel. If you have suggestions of better works by these authors, please let me know.

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman Zero Worms
Discombobulated fake memoir. Difficult to follow the story. I gave up after a couple chapters of confusion.

Lenin’s Kises by Yan Lianke Zero Worms
Terrible format for translation. Every other chapter featured background information as “Further Reading.” It would have worked better to have the translation information at the back of the novel instead of interrupting the narrative. Unable to trudge through the novel.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Zero Worms
Disturbing subject for such a gifted writer. Justification for pedophilia was disgusting. Quit reading when I learned that the child was twelve.

Silent House by Orhan Pamluk Zero Worms
Perhaps something was lost during the conversion to English. Characters didn’t compel me to keep reading even after three chapters.

The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli Zero Worms
Intriguing story until the work of fiction was ruined by subtle racism. It began with the Latino characters all in the role of servants and the only black character being overtly romanticized. When Minna was “[sic] hunched, as if enduring a strong wind, or preparing for a lash” on page 143, I quit reading. Racist banter is especially appalling when related to modern characters. I just hope the author was not intentionally discriminatory.

Just forget about it.
© 2013 Ima B. Musing

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