Worst of 2012: The Books… [FaN Boos]
Ernessa says: As FaN and its writers get older, I find this and the resolution question are the ones that gets answered the least on our end-of-the-year survey. And I know answering this question was particularly hard for me this year.
I just don’t death march through books like I used to. If it doesn’t hold my interest, I either turn it off or put it down. As I approach the later half of my 30s, there’s this feeling that life is just too short to waste on books that don’t hold my interest from the beginning. And I suspect I might have to replace this question on next year’s round-up. However, that all said, there was one book that thoroughly taught me a lesson about trudging through to the end, despite my better instincts.
I really, really, I mean like beyond adored BROKEN by Megan Hart, which is a very literary, yet very erotic drama about a therapist married to a quadriplegic, who starts fantasizing about being the object of a serial womanizer’s very limited affections. So I had high hopes for her book, NAKED, which follows the romance of an adopted black photographer, struggling with her identity and a bisexual consultant. This novel should have been my cup of tea: sexual politics! religion issues! Western Pennsylvania setting! an interracial relationship!, but somehow the author managed to take a lot of interesting elements and render them utterly boring. Couple that with an abrupt ending and I’ll have to label this my most disappointing read of the year. But I highly, highly recommend BROKEN, which is why I’m making it, and not NAKED, the featured image.
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Amy Robinson, Blogumnist Editor and writer of Tall Drink of Nerd
THE GOSPELS by Matthew, Mark, Luke,and John. Different groups of guys do different types of incredibly dumb things when they’re drunk. They go to Vegas, steal cars, commit hate crimes and streak. My Book Club for Dudes decided to read the Gospels According to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. What a bunch of fucking dorks (not Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, those guys are badass.)
Look — I’m not hating on the Gospels here — it’s just that reading someone else’s holy book as a non-believer is like watching Star Wars for the first time as an adult. You get it, but you don’t really GET IT. There’s no sense of wonder, so you just end up focusing on the mediocre writing, one-dimensional characters, predictable story and cheesy miracle effects (loaves and fishes? Puh-leeze. That’s so 32 A.D.). For, lo, as it is written: I am the Lamb and the Son of God. And I was going to Tosche station to pick up some power converters.” – Gospel According to Luke
Eric Sims from California Seething
THE CIRCLE: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life, by Laura Day. My husband begged me to read this, and I started, but couldn’t get past the second chapter of uber hippy dippy mystic talk. I am all about the power of positive energy, but this book was just too flowery and ridiculous. It’s rare that I don’t finish a book I’ve started; this proves just how much I did not like this book.
Jennifer May Nickel from Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips
THE STEVE JOBS WAY: iLeadership For a New Generation by Jay Elliot and William L. Simon. It’s not that this book is wholly bad, but it’s slim pickins if you’ve already read Walter Isaacon’s official biography of Steve Jobs. Plus, the title’s a bit misleading, because rather than a playbook of Steve’s management style, it’s more of a collection of intimate stories of Jay’s time working with him. Again, it’s not a horrible book, but it wasn’t what I was expecting and unforunately covered a lot of the same ground as the official biography, albeit with less grace.
Joshua Irish from Game On
THE FEAR INDEX by Robert Harris – I really wanted to like this one. Set over a tense twenty-four hours before the “flash crash,” THE FEAR INDEX follows a paranoid hedge fund owner trying to stay one step ahead of his seemingly sentient algorithm. The premise was fascinating but the execution devolves into a hackneyed thriller that misses its potential.
Joshua Mauldin from FIERCE ANTICIPATION
Matt Udvari from Gamer by Design
Didn’t really invest in reading anything awful this year… I narrowly escaped being persuaded by a friend to go back and re-read GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens, which is an awful book in my opinion. Truthfully, anything that is turned into a movie with Gwyneth Paltrow is really not something I feel a need to revisit in the literary world.
Zack Bunker from A Tall Glass of Shame and The Runway Rundown