Started / Never Finished

I was talking to one of my very good friends here @ work about books and comics (I started reading Greg Rucka’s Queen and Country which is really fantastic on many levels). Anyway, we started talking about the new Stephenson book, Anathem.

No one likes Stephenson more than me. And in fact, I believe it was me who turned most of the crowd onto Cryptonomicon. But, I’m wary of Stephenson because his novel ‘Quicksilver’ has one thing in common for David Foster Wallace’s (R.I.P) ‘Infinite Jest’ for me.

I started them both but never finished. I’d like to take a poll out there and see other books people have started but have never finished.

Also unrelated:

Happy birthday Bjurk. 34. Yay!

Comments 14

  1. theffer wrote:

    100 Years of Solitude – wasn’t a book that I started and didn’t finish, but I really wish I stopped reading it because it never got any good. I suffered thru the damn thing waiting for whatever it was that made so many people love the damn book.

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 8:45 am
  2. Mike wrote:

    I never finished System of the World, also Stephenson, after pushing through Quiksilver. I think I was getting close too.

    It was one of those leave the book out in plain sight for a few months with the bookmark hanging out, become determined to finish it (likely a rainy weekend day), then return to work and not have the energy for the next few months.

    Happy B-day Bjurk ; )

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 9:09 am
  3. tpepp wrote:

    Happy belated Birthday Mr. B!!!!

    Happy Birthday Terry!!!!

    you two are OLD! LOL!

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 9:42 am
  4. csh wrote:

    Happy Brthday peeps! I’ve started Slaughterhouse Five at least 3 times and never finished. I’ve also started Neuromancer twice and never finished – most recently I started it in the hospital after delivering James because it was a nice small book but then after I got out, I went back to what I had been reading and still haven’t gotten back to it.

    I finished all three of that Stephenson trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them – although I think to do that, you need a lot of time with no distractions – like jobs or children…

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 10:29 am
  5. von wrote:

    Happy birthday, Bjurk.

    Books I started but couldn’t finish:

    Gravity’s Rainbow & Infinite Jest.

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 5:53 pm
  6. Lara wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Mont!

    Mine is Confederacy of Dunces. I know, I know. Everyone loves that book, but I couldn’t stand it.

    That, and Life of Pi. God, that was a dry book. Never got past the first 50 pages all three times.

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 8:35 pm
  7. bridget wrote:

    Lara – I couldn’t get past the first 20 pages of Life of Pi!

    Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 10:39 pm
  8. Lara wrote:

    All that description about swimming pools. Enough already.

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 9:51 am
  9. Mike wrote:

    Your comment about Life of Pi (which I did finish, and liked somewhat) reminded me of another one I couldn’t do also set in India, although I believe Von (and possibly others) may differ.

    Ground Beneath her Feet – Rushdie

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 11:29 am
  10. von wrote:

    Mike: Spell Rushdie backwards, eliminate the E-I-H-S-U-R, and add O-G. Then flip it. What do you get? Not surprisingly, G-O-D. God. Because that’s who Rushdie is.

    Ground Beneath Her Feet? Brilliant. Just below Shalimar the Clown in the rankings. (And just above The Moor’s Last Sigh.)

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 1:16 pm
  11. csh wrote:

    I loved The Ground Beneath her Feet but I don’t think he’s God and am quite happy that his latest wasn’t nominated for the Booker Prize :)

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 1:25 pm
  12. Vince wrote:

    Make it about 200 pages into Infinite Jest, I think I quit around the part where he’s footnoting his father’s art films ad naseum.

    Also couldn’t finish Ulysses. It was around this part that I got caught: “Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” What does that mean?? He relished in eating the organs, or he ate them with a dab of relish and if so, was it that tasty green relish that graces the hot dogs of our fair city?? Seriously though, I would need a Bible, a high-speed internet connection and a lit PhD with me to even begin to understand that book.

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 3:56 pm
  13. von wrote:

    I only read Ulysses for the sex scenes. At least, I think they were sex scenes.

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 5:36 pm
  14. theffer wrote:

    happy belated burke.

    Posted 28 Sep 2008 at 9:48 am