Broken Pedestals - Disappointing Books By Authors You Love(d)

This list is for books which you not only found poor or mediocre, but which left you seriously disappointed, specifically because you had loved other books by the same author. In extreme cases, these books may have turned you against the author(s) in question (hence the Love/Loved at the end of the title).

"Serious disappointment" here is defined as going well above and beyond "this wasn't their best book" - we're talking "this book let me down" or "I can't believe the author of _____ wrote this dreck" or "Oh boy, I never noticed it before, but this author has serious issues".

Note that this list can cover both sequels which are let-downs compared to their predecessors, like this list, and standalones. It's up to contributors whether they want to restrict themselves to cases where the disappointing book was written after the one(s) they liked, or to also include cases where an author's early work was very disappointing to read after their later stuff.
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3.94 avg rating — 543,419 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 103,163 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 65,037 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 14,996 ratings
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3.24 avg rating — 970 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 351 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 107,287 ratings
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4.49 avg rating — 103,721 ratings
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3.19 avg rating — 102 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 48,551 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 30,273 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 53,847 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 72,189 ratings
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53 books · 14 voters · list created February 9th, 2017 by Keith (votes) .
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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen Outside of the book I added, I haven't read any of these!


message 2: by Keith (new)

Keith Karen wrote: "Outside of the book I added, I haven't read any of these!"

The ones I added are a mixture of actively bad books (Flashback, Misspent Youth, The Fear Index, The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year, Rama II, Armada and especially Cradle) and books which might be OK from another author but were serious let-downs coming from authors I really, really liked (The Battle of Evernight, To Green Angel Tower and Seveneves).


message 3: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Stanley I haven't read any of these... Yet! ;)


message 4: by Teàrlach (new)

Teàrlach The entirety of the Dresden Files falls under 'overhyped, disappointing books' for me, haha.


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