Most Disappointing Books by Some of My Favorite Authors

Please select NO MORE THAN TEN favorite authors, and vote for ONLY ONE BOOK PER AUTHOR. Works selected should be books that disappointed YOU. (PLEASE REMEMBER THAT NO MEMBER'S LIST SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN TEN BOOKS ON IT.)
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3.86 avg rating — 65,610 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 891 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 112,157 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 17,683 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 93,295 ratings
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3.44 avg rating — 29,607 ratings
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2.95 avg rating — 1,966 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 80,731 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 44,326 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 40,340 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 2,755,402 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 10,805 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 21,440 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 95,170 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 56,643 ratings
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2.97 avg rating — 27,013 ratings
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15

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3.28 avg rating — 91,592 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 1,145 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 9,417 ratings
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3.19 avg rating — 2,537 ratings
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3.51 avg rating — 183,246 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 16,119 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 1,333 ratings
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3.17 avg rating — 1,781 ratings
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3.42 avg rating — 84,272 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 2,578 ratings
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27

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3.30 avg rating — 9,880 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 7,040 ratings
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30

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3.72 avg rating — 309 ratings
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30

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4.18 avg rating — 184,770 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 165,001 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 187,375 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 17,224 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 58,069 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 693,783 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 6,375 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 11,898 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 114,666 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 49,584 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 814,222 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 6,493 ratings
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40

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4.14 avg rating — 17,613 ratings
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40

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3.72 avg rating — 11,170 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 1,904 ratings
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3.51 avg rating — 11,228 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 86,556 ratings
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40

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3.32 avg rating — 114 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 477,061 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 6,595 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 11,775 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 20,504 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 6,186 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 9,742 ratings
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3.26 avg rating — 4,286 ratings
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3.46 avg rating — 49,702 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 21,868 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 61,705 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 41,348 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 3,611 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 78,303 ratings
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3.25 avg rating — 1,036 ratings
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63

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3.64 avg rating — 83 ratings
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63

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3.36 avg rating — 20,211 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 15,145 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 18,370 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 55,395 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 128,781 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 55,726 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 88,121 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 11,416 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 1,460 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 367,527 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 50,859 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 269,254 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 9,556 ratings
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3.49 avg rating — 925 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 798 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 27,601 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 22,747 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 3,548 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 207,171 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 63,119 ratings
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3.39 avg rating — 191 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 24,608 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 759 ratings
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3.14 avg rating — 3,075 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 25,729 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 17,219 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 38,782 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 3,560 ratings
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3.38 avg rating — 2,805 ratings
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3.51 avg rating — 174 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 17,852 ratings
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3.52 avg rating — 26,015 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 36,428 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 27,721 ratings
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123 books · 71 voters · list created June 6th, 2010 by Reese (votes) .
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Problem here: I want to list Twilight, but Meyer was unknown to me when I read it but for all the hype. Perhaps we need another list ? Something like "What's all the fuss about ?" (As Truman Capote said of To Kill a Mockingbird). People who finally get around to reading a classic (Gone With the Wind, say) and are disappointed.


message 2: by Jim (last edited Jun 10, 2010 01:22PM) (new)

Jim This is one of those lists where there's not going to be substantial agreement, as I consider many of the above writers to be pure dreck -- throughout their entire opus.


message 3: by Reese (last edited Jun 10, 2010 01:24PM) (new)

Reese I get the part about the relationship between one's assessment of a work and the factors (including timing and press, etc.) that can determine expectations. But I think that "How Did They Get to Be Classics?" may be the place to list works that a reader can't fully appreciate because the build-up doesn't match his/her experience.

T, unless you correct me, I'm going to assume that I'm not supposed to think that Meyer is among your favorite authors. Your ability to keep your audience from being sure about your intentions is remarkable (in a good way).


message 4: by Reese (new)

Reese Jim,

In starting the list, I wasn't aiming for "agreement." I thought that the list might steer fans of selected writers away from books that are nowhere near their beloved authors' "finest" work.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Thom, I believe there is already a list called "Disappointing Books," or something like that. I voted on it, so if you click on my avatar you should be able to find it.


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Book Pig wrote: "Thom, I believe there is already a list called "Disappointing Books," or something like that. I voted on it, so if you click on my avatar you should be able to find it."

Reese wrote: "I get the part about the relationship between one's assessment of a work and the factors (including timing and press, etc.) that can determine expectations. But I think that "How Did They Get to Be..."

Thanks to you both. I tried with Meyers, really tried, but she is so very pedestrian....Come to think of it, that may be her appeal. Same could be said with Stephen King (I'll have you know I read every goddam WORD of The Stand !)


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

T- I agree about both Meyer and King. I just felt like "Twilight" was too. darn. long. Took me much longer to read it than it was worth. Quite enjoyed the film adaptation, though. I plan to watch the films for the rest of the series, but not spend my time reading the books.

I think it's time to admit to myself that I just do not like King's writing style. But I'll probably keep trying things by him, trying to "get it," and kicking myself every time.


message 8: by Val (new)

Val There are other lists for over-hyped and disappointing books. The idea behind this one is different, to show the books where an otherwise good, popular or favourite author was not up to their usual standard, or the book where a series runs out of ideas.
I find this list more helpful than the other kind, so thank you for setting it up Reese.
(I am left wondering how many J D Salinger books the voters for "Catcher in the Rye" read though.)


message 9: by Reese (new)

Reese Val wrote: "There are other lists for over-hyped and disappointing books. The idea behind this one is different, to show the books where an otherwise good, popular or favourite author was not up to their usual..."

I'm glad that you consider this a helpful list. Since voters often misunderstand or pay no attention to the stated purpose / title of a list, I appreciate your emphasizing the objective of the list.


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