Dishonourable Mentions of 2014

Description
As a counterpart to that other list, what were the five worst books you read in 2014?
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9,764 members
229 reviews
½ 3.5
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3,479 members
79 reviews
3.8
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inge87
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3,279 members
173 reviews
3.9
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Minthe
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3,214 members
35 reviews
3.8
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cej1027
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2,298 members
28 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,449 members
93 reviews
½ 3.3
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1,410 members
116 reviews
½ 3.4
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dara85
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711 members
5 reviews
½ 3.5
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cbl_tn
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670 members
9 reviews
½ 3.7
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bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: My first and last go at Jean Rhys who, judging by this book, couldn't write for toffee.
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617 members
98 reviews
3.2
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532 members
26 reviews
½ 3.4
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SylviaC
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SylviaC: This was the most impersonal autobiography I've ever read.
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391 members
24 reviews
½ 3.3
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foggidawn
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370 members
10 reviews
½ 3.6
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Bookmarque
Explanations
Bookmarque: Torpid and repetitive; when finally something actually happened, it landed with a thud and then just lay there. No upshot or resonance.
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188 members
18 reviews
½ 3.6
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186 members
18 reviews
½ 3.5
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zjakkelien
Explanations
zjakkelien: Boring! In the end, I was sad that the main character didn't come to a worse end...
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145 members
3 reviews
½ 2.6
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aulsmith
Explanations
aulsmith: I wanted to like this, but it's just too snide
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61 members
6 reviews
2.9
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Lexxi
Explanations
Lexxi: Nasty little story about a woman on a ride along with a cop. Woman trusts cop. Cop rapes her. But it's a-ok because she liked it. eww
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45 members
½ 3.3
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Barbsn
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mrmapcase
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9 members
2.8
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_Zoe_
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_Zoe_: I read this because I really enjoyed another book by a "controversial mother", Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. But where Amy Chua actually had an interesting life experience to relate, the "Princeton Mom" has nothing but unsubstantiated opinion. And yet it only occasionally reached the point of entertainment, like when she advised readers to get any necessary plastic surgery done in high school so that they look their best for attracting a man in college. Mostly it was just cringeworthy, like her oblivious advice to Princeton students not to get pregnant too early, because she'd somehow read a statistic about teen pregnancy while absolutely missing the whole socio-economic dimension. Blech.
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Settings
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3,351 members
69 reviews
3.9
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Barbsn
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53 reviews
4.1
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bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Satire is heavy-handed rather than wry or pointed and documentation on various aspects of the newts soon renders the book unreadably tedious.
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38 reviews
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70 reviews
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Minthe
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54 reviews
½ 3.7
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Bookmarque
Explanations
Bookmarque: The vitriol. The hatred. The racism. Plus everyone talked like a 15 year old who didn't know the real word for anything.
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51 reviews
½ 3.3
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29 reviews
½ 3.3
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cbl_tn
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656 members
33 reviews
½ 3.4
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295 members
24 reviews
3.8
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inge87
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289 members
25 reviews
½ 3.5
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_Zoe_
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144 members
7 reviews
3.2
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zjakkelien
Explanations
zjakkelien: I found this distasteful. I don't like the way everything is treated like it is covered in shit, from people to relationships to the world. Really not my thing.
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143 members
2 reviews
½ 3.7
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aulsmith
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aulsmith: I don't know if it's that the book did a bad job of explaining semiotics, or if semiotics just can't be explained, but, except for some fun pictures, this was a waste of my time and money.
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8 reviews
½ 3.6
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mrmapcase
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78 members
6 reviews
½ 3.6
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dara85
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74 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
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Lexxi
Explanations
Lexxi: Read the first three books in this series years ago. Then read this one this year. Horrible book with detestable characters. Including a police officer who keeps getting so sad about the evil critters who were killing that he kept fainting.
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67 members
7 reviews
½ 3.4
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foggidawn
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18 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
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4,432 members
283 reviews
3.9
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279 reviews
½ 3.5
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dara85
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94 reviews
4
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zjakkelien
Explanations
zjakkelien: I was bored. One shouldn't get bored reading about assassinations, you'd think, but I couldn't stand the idea of having to read about another murder, and another... All the same...
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1,635 members
39 reviews
½ 3.7
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Settings
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1,010 members
39 reviews
½ 3.6
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Bookmarque
Explanations
Bookmarque: A The da Vinci Code re-tread with far too modern language, cliched characters and villains straight out of a James Bond movie.
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19 reviews
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Barbsn
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920 members
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8 reviews
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foggidawn
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434 members
21 reviews
½ 3.6
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aulsmith
Explanations
aulsmith: I'm not sure why I thought this was clever when I was a child, but re-reading it in my sixties left me scratching my head.
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48 reviews
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mrmapcase
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6 reviews
½ 3.6
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Lexxi
Explanations
Lexxi: Read two Superman graphic novels back to back. I distinctly recall loving the first and hating the second. I remember the first. I don't really remember this one here.
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3 reviews
½ 3.5
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inge87
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63 members
18 reviews
½ 2.7
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cbl_tn
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bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: I've just tried to read this Neil Jordan book. And now I don't think I'll ever try to watch a Neil Jordan movie. Not awful, but rather self-indulgent and pointless and ultimately a huge bore.
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6 reviews
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½ 2.3
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79 reviews
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mrmapcase
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284 reviews
½ 3.6
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zjakkelien
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zjakkelien: Totally pushed the wrong buttons for me. Disgusting mother who doesn't care about her daughter, stupid daughter who doesn't stand up for herself.
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Barbsn
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313 members
4 reviews
½ 3.7
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Lexxi
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Lexxi: I liked the first book in this series. This second book took everything I disliked from the first, dropped everything I liked, then added more things to dislike.
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2 reviews
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aulsmith
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aulsmith: Anthologies are always uneven, but this one was particularly uneven in terms of its theme. It didn't seem to know what it meant by cyborg.
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cbl_tn
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: This isn't the book--I can't list Silbermann's Grovelling and Other Vices because no LT member is idiot enough to own it. I read a fair bit of it because I felt sure that Silbermann must having been doing a Sokal here. But he wasn't. Apparently well-regarded work, but if you enjoy vitrolic reviews here's one: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/activating-the-art-of-sucking-up/154999.article
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Bookmarque
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Bookmarque: I hate it when authors have characters make stupid decisions purely as a device to drive the plot. That disingenuous manipulation combined with easily figuring out the villain ruined what could have been a ripping yarn.
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inge87
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Settings
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Barbsn
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cbl_tn
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aulsmith
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aulsmith: I thought the longer format might give Derleth more room for character building, but the first part was so devoted to railway timetables, I gave up.
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Lexxi
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Lexxi: Took forever to read with dislikable characters, unbelievable characters.
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mrmapcase