"Space War Blues" by Richard A Lupoff.
Yes, I read it all and I still have it. I'd throw it away but I don't like to destroy books. I haven't schlepped it off to a used bookstore because I don't want to inflict the pain of reading it on anyone else.
"Neverness" by David Zindell.
Very thick, very weird and ultimately very boring, with a large chunk that you think is going to have some point but turns out to be a total waste of time for the main characters. I don't have this book, having dumped it at some shop immediately after finishing it.
All of the "Stardance" series by Spider and Jeanne Robinson.
They're just bad. Bad science, bad plot, bad story, and suffering from the law of sequels too. I don't have them in book form but I do have all of Starmind serialized in issues of Analog and all but part one of Stardance II serialized in Analog. When I had a subscription, I had a rule to not read any of a serial until I had all the parts. I was eagerly waiting to read Starmind because I like Spider Robinson's stuff. It was so horrible that I broke my rule to see how bad Stardance II was. That was enough torture and I have no desire to try and find Stardance to read.
I can think of only three books (not including encyclopedias and dictionaries) that I've started but not finished. "Lord of the Rings", "Gulliver's Travels" (bogged down in politics I wasn't interested in during gradeschool), and the Bible.
Sometimes I just get this desire to read some really awful SF book. Why? to better appreciate the good ones!
Oddly enough, the desire and starting such a book usually happen simultaneously. When they don't, I slap a bookmark in and get back to it when I'm in a fouler mood.
August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2014
"I am a machine. I am a weapon of war. I am a destroyer of life in the service of life, the sword and shield of my human creators." Bolo Invincibilus
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