Today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is, for me at least, a rather negative one given what one reader likes another my hate, and vice versa. So to talk about books we’d love to throw across the room, set fire to, or drown in the ocean is all down to personal choice.
That said, however, there are a few books I have read in my lifetime that were so badly edited, that I would have gladly burned at the stake. But that is the fault of a number of people involved in the writing, editing, and production process of bringing a book to market. So many people could be blamed for errors and mistakes, whether in print or back in the early days of indie publishing, in ebooks, that at one time were riddled with errors (not so much these days).
So, books that annoyed me for one reason or another are listed here because of really stilted prose, no characterisation, unbelievable characters, excruciating bad dialogue, or plot holes big enough to drive the Death Star through:
- THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
- THE WHISPERER by Donato Carrisi
- SWORN TO SILENCE Linda Castello
- SANCTUS by Simon Toyne
- THE RED POLE OF MACAU by Ian Hamilton
- MY SISTER’S GRAVE by Robert Dugoni
- HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson
- THE FOURTH COURIER by Timothy Jay Smith
- FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW by Giles Blunt
- THE CUTAWAY by Christina Kovac
And there you have it, my personal choices that others may have enjoyed, happy to ignore the things that I found annoying. And you, what books would you chose to toss in the ocean, if any?