Thursday, July 1, 2010
Booking Through Thursday: Disappointment
July 1, 2010 question: Name a book or author that you truly wanted to love but left you disappointed. (And, of course, explain why.)
My answer: I LOVED LOVED LOVED Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind. It captivating and mysterious and I completely LOVED Zafon's writing. When I found out last fall (shortly after reading The Shadow of the Wind) that a new prequel (The Angel's Game) was coming out-I was thrilled. I got it for Christmas and it took all of my energy NOT to start reading it immediately-and I mean right then and there without opening any other presents!! When I finally got the chance to dig in I was SO DISAPPOINTED. Here is why:
It's kind of my own fault. Well at least a little bit. You see, I read that it was a prequel-but what I didn't not realize (because they had me at the word prequel so I stopped reading the blurb after that), was that this was set in the same city, featured a few landmarks from TSOTW, but it was set like 80 years in the past. The main characters are not really connected at all and the storyline was completely different. I felt cheated!! For the majority of the book I was trying to figure out how the two stories were linked (besides a few landmarks as I mentioned) and by the time I finished I realized they weren't really connected-at least not in the way I was expecting. The other thing-which I will NOT accept responsibility for-was the use of the supernatural . NOW LET ME BE CLEAR-I quite enjoy the supernatural-but in this case it was just kind of weird and didn't really fit in with the rest of the book.
All in all I didn't hate the book-but I was VERY disappointed!!
How about you? Are there any books or authors that have disappointed you?