Today, the guys in the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group have an interesting topic: BOOKS I FELT BETRAYED BY! Beware the Ides of March! The books you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.
Interested topic. One which makes me a little bit nervous though. Mainly, because I don’t like overly criticizing books. I mean, “betrayed by” sounds terrible like a secret society is running around in the shadows trying to ruin my reading experience.
Can’t say any book has ever left me feeling that jaded. Sure, I’ve been bored, annoyed, or even angry. But betrayed? Not so much. There have been a few which l came fairly close though. And those are the ones I will be focusing on.
5. TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn was a trilogy I really, really struggled to like (and finish) back in the day. Not suggesting there is anything wrong with Tad Williams’ epic fantasy trilogy, but it just wasn’t for me. Even after struggling to get through the first two books though, I convinced myself that things would turn around in the last novel. When events transpired as I had guessed, I felt horribly letdown.
4. THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON
After reading all the praise heaped on this novel, I had to read it. When it seemed to offer a zombie apocalypse set in an Arabian-like setting, I was totally psyched. Then I read the novel. What I recall is the main character really liking tea, being in love with a lady but not being able to be with her because of his “zombie” hunting, and every other scene being an intervention. All that exciting zombie apocalypse stuff? Didn’t happen. Yeah, I felt terribly mislead.
3. THE PHOENIX GUARD
Swashbuckling adventure! Three Musketeer-like characters! Magic! This one seemed like an absolute perfect story for someone with my tastes. Only one problem? The story was long, tedious, filled with nonsensical conversations, and with an ending that centered on the absurd. Not only did I feel completely disgusted with myself for being seduced into reading this, but it left a lasting impression of disillusionment with the author, who had been a personal favorite of mine until this novel.
2. THE MIRROR EMPIRE
I do not know what exactly I was expecting when I picked up this book. Perhaps I saw that damn cool cover and thought action adventure. Maybe, I bought in to the Hurley hype and believed I’d be experiencing a modern, gender neutral narrative. Whatever it was I was hoping for I did not find it within this novel however. Rather I felt completely jilted by a series I wanted to fall in love with but instead immensely disliked.
1. THE DARK TOWER
This book is the only one where “betrayed” is close to the truth. I’ve never, ever been as angry as when I finished this novel. Let’s take a look at a few excerpt from my review.
“Why did I read this series again?”
The awful truth about The Dark Tower Book VII is that it is a dud.
A clever buildup to a nothing happens.
A Dallas “Get out of the shower it’s all been a dream.”
Another Matrix sequel were our number today boys and girls is 101, and you are the sixth Chosen One, which means your dramatic victories are not anything new.
Not a “flawed masterpiece” at all but a cleverly disguised fake.
A huge belly flop into the abyss of bad endings.
A book that just stinks.
In fact, this “supposed” finale of the Dark Tower series makes such a mess of the story that Roland’s whole quest is rendered meaningless. A useless exercise in futility that is very similar to a hamster running as fast as he can on his exercise wheel.
Probably now you can see why this book has to be number one of this list.