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BTT: What’s That Bad Aftertaste?

by Ann-Katrina


booking through thursday It’s Thursday and you know what that means…another edition of Booking Through Thursday is here.

This week’s question is: What’s the worst book you’ve read recently? (I figure it’s easier than asking your all-time worst, because, well, it’s recent!)

The Well Cover I didn’t have to think too long to find an answer to this question…the prize would have to go to The Well by A. J. Whitten.

Usually I don’t finish books if I feel I will dislike them (since life is far too short to suffer bad books), but I was actually looking forward to reading The Well since I knew A. J. Whitten was Shirley Jump’s pseudonym and during the reading I kept praying it would get better. It didn’t.

The book has not yet been released, so I still have hope that it will go through at least one more round of editing.

Comments on BTT: What’s That Bad Aftertaste?

  1. # Kilina wrote on August 14, 2009 at 1:32 am:

    Just the cover scares me. Reminds me of The Ring. Creepy book – Thanks I’ll be sure not to read :)
    .-= Kilina´s last blog ..BTT – Recent Worst =-.

  2. # Lenore wrote on August 14, 2009 at 5:22 am:

    Worst I read this year was J. Mitchard’s The Midnight Twins. Yuck!
    .-= Lenore´s last blog ..Book Review: Exclusively Chloe by J.A. Yang =-.

  3. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm:

    Kilina, I never thought about that before, but you’re right–it does kind of remind me of The Ring in a sense. As for the book being creepy…not really and that was the problem. LOL

    Lenore, I hadn’t heard of The Midnight Twins before, now I’m kinda curious.

  4. # Grace Harman wrote on August 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm:

    Honestly, I think you’re completely wrong. I thought The Well was a great book. It’s on my Top 10 BEST list, not worst. It was clever and I loved the cute metaphors.

  5. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm:

    Honestly, Grace, I think you’re a shill. But in the event that you’re not, I will not invalidate your comment by saying that “I think you’re completely wrong” because I understand that everyone has different sensibilities, thus opinions are subjective, and therefore can be neither right nor wrong. With that same respect, I’m glad you enjoyed the book and that it’s on your top 10 best list, however, I still think it was sophomoric.

  6. # Grace Harman wrote on August 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm:

    Well that’s your opinion. And i think you need to understand that perhaps you were malcontent with The Well because it wasn’t your type of book. Just as I wouldn’t like a romance novel, they aren’t my taste. But you act like just because you didn’t like it, that others won’t either. Which obviously isn’t true at all.

  7. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm:

    Again, you make assumptions Grace, which is not always prudent.

    Horror happens to be one of my favorite genres, of which I’m well-read, and this book was marketed as horror–not farcical horror, not campy horror, and not mild-mannered horror.

    Frankly, I didn’t find the story frightening nor creepy. The prose was plodding, the analogies were trite and the quips became redundant–that is the reason why I was malcontent.

    Also, I would love to see where I state or even imply that because I didn’t like a book no one else would either. In fact, I stated that I was glad you liked it and in no way did I attempt to say you were wrong in having such an opinion, a courtesy that you didn’t afford me in your original comment (hence the snark).

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