Thursday, August 28, 2008

what's wrong with me?! HELP!!

Okay, I need some help from you all...I am reading The Gargoyle, and I am horrified, it is not only vulgar and dark, it is plain yuck. It feels like the language and pace is too intense (choppy and too in-your-face). It seems there is a need for a constant stream of high risk people, (porn stars, people who pawn their daughters bodies to the highest bidder, so that they can buy Chrystal meth) in order to keep the attention span of a modern day reader.

I have just seen some of your reviews on this book and you ALL love it!! What am I missing. I haven't quit a book this year (and I have read 54 books so far) but this is probably going to be the one that I will choose to not finish. However I am willing to give it another try if you all tell me that something gets better, if things change from being so choppy, and filled with gore. I guess I feel it is overwhelmed with sarcasm as well. I just watched the trailer and then I wonder if there are other stories in this book that I would like and just the first is like this.

Can anyone help me please???

Here is the trailer for it anyway:


Kathleen said...

The first 100 pages or so are super dark. It does get better!

katrina said...

I just recieved a copy of this free today from the publisher and thinking it would be great for the RIP III challenge.
My copy has got a completely differnt cover, very black, with black edged pages
Hope it gets better soon x

raidergirl3 said...

I don't know. I've read very mixed reviews about this one and I can't decide if I dare try it. Just yesterday my English teacher friend raved about it as her favorite summer read, but I am a bit leery.
People who like it seem to love it, and I'd like to love a new book like they do.

Trish said...

If it isn't your thing, move on. I don't like abandoning books either, but I don't think reading something that is pure "yuck". Too many other books out there!!

Jen - devourer of books said...

How far into it are you? If it is the first 50-100 pages, I say keep going, it totally changes. If you're around page 150 and hate it, then I guess it just isn't your thing and you might as well move on.

Dar said...

Yikes. I have this one waiting at the library for me. Ok, now I'm getting leary about it.

literatehousewife said...

I agree with everyone else. After the first 100 pages it should get easier for you. Even though I'll defend it from snarky reviewers, I can see why this book isn't suited for everyone. I tend to like darker fiction. Still, I was very anxious the entire time I was reading this book. Don't force yourself to finish reading something you don't like. Respect yourself and your tastes. That's the best advice one reader could give to another.

Jena said...

just hang in there till Marianne shows up! (I almost quit it, too, and I'm so glad I didn't.)

bethany said...

kathleen- I hope so!

katrina-you'll have to let me know!! you probably will like it since I am the only one who hasn't so far :)

raidergirl3-I guess you could check it out from the lib. if you hate it you haven't lost a thing! like I said though, everyone else loves it.

trish-i am still thinking that I will move on. It is not my thing. thanks for the advice friend :)

jen-I think I may try it again, but I don't think right now. I wish I could start it up in the "good" part and skip the beggining.

dar- you'll have to tell me how you like it!!! I tried, and I may try again at some point.

literatehousewife- I really like your advice. thanks reader friend.

jena- really, you almost quit too!?!?!

Corinne said...

Oh man. Nothing is wrong with you, friend. I REALLY don't need a book to make me feel bad inside - I get enough of that elsewhere in my life!!

Anna said...

I just bought this book a couple of weeks ago but haven't started it yet. Didn't realize it was going to be that dark, but I've only heard good things about it.

--Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

aoc gold said...

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,

Up in the air so blue?

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing

Ever a child can do.


Up in the air and over the wall,

Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all

Over the countryside


Till I look down on the garden green

Down on the roof so brown
Up in the air I go flying again

Up in the air and down!

-----by runescape money

Sher said...

Hello! I just found your link via RingSurf, Books & Blogs. Nice Site!

I'm 80 pgs or so into the novel and I believe that all of the writing, so far, is to set us up for a very interesting read!

You're a lover of books! Don't give up!

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