Most intimidating tbr?

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Most intimidating tbr?

1Cecrow
May 25, 2011, 7:22am

I'm in the same bind as everyone else in this group but I try to cast it in a positive light: I always dreamed of owning a library of books I haven't read but want to, and with about 100 in my tbr list, I feel pretty much there.

But there's a few intimidating monsters that I'm not sure when I want to tackle. I'm a slow reader in general, probably takes me a month to do 1000 pages. I'm looking at the whole Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson, which is ten volumes of about 1000 pgs each and thinking, War and Peace was nothing compared to this. Once I get started on that, it'll take me at least ten months. I cringe at the thought. And yet ... the challenge beckons ...

Got something you fully intend to read, but just don't know when/how to approach?

2h-mb
Jul 29, 2011, 12:21pm

Yes : the Malazan Series AND A song of ice and fire by Martin AND the Foreigner Series by C.J. Cherryh...
For some reason or other I put Erikson and Martin on the side and now I'm a bit afraid to begin, considering the huge mass of reading to do.
Cherryh is another matter ; this dated from the old time I read the first book in translation, wasn't quite convinced and never picked it up in English. Yet I liked each and every SF book from her.
This is quite a predicament!

3DaynaRT
Jul 29, 2011, 12:31pm

Probably The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories.

It's just. So. Big.

4Cecrow
Aug 4, 2011, 8:59am

>2 h-mb:, I've read Martin's works as they're published, without going back to re-read them, and enjoyed everyone of them even so. I think you could read quite a bit in between and pick up the storyline again without problems, because his stories are so character-driven that it takes very little time to re-familiarize yourself who they are and what they're aiming to do.

Malazan, on the other hand, I've heard is horrendous to keep track of. When I start, I don't plan to stop until I get to the end. Thus the intimidation.

>3 DaynaRT:, Herodotus was on my to-be-bought list, took a long time before I spotted a nice copy. I read the first page, flipped through the length of it ... put it back on the shelf, I'm sorry to say. Maybe I need to find a kids' illustrated edition, lol. I still keep tabs on it, but at least it's not looming on my TBR pile.

5Cecrow
Feb 10, 2012, 11:24am

I've started the Malazan series and it's not quite the horror I'd imagined. Somehow I seem to be keeping it all pretty straight - but I'm only one book in so far, so that might not be saying much!

I received an ereader for Christmas and I've downloaded the Histories (free!), but I think I'll still root out a physical copy. I've a feeling I'm going to want to flip back and forth as I read it, and I'd also like to get an annotated copy. Reading footnotes, and bouncing around between pages, is pretty tough to do on an ereader or so it seems.

6MrsLee
Nov 10, 2017, 10:06am

I mentioned in another topic that at the beginning of each year, I pick five of my biggest (physically) books to stack by my chair and try to read through that year. This helps a bit. However, I haven't done that with the densest reading materials I have. Probably should. Hmmm, food for thought.

As much as I love the writing of Brandon Sanderson, after reading through The Way of Kings, a whopping 2 1/2" thick on my shelf, I've decided not to pursue that series. I don't have it in me any more to read like that, although there was a time when I would have relished it. Also, that would be a series I would have to have as ebooks, because I don't have that much room on my shelves!

7Cecrow
Nov 10, 2017, 10:22am

>6 MrsLee:, I'm already given that Sanderson series a pass without reading even the first volume. This way I don't know what I'm missing, and probably happier for it.

Since last time I posted: Malazan is done. Middlemarch is done. Ulysses is done. Clarissa is very nearly done. I've targeted and completed nearly everything that had an intimidation factor at this point. But now Herodotus is on my TBR pile, as I'd feared he would be. And then Marcel Proust showed up to crash the party.

8MrsLee
Nov 10, 2017, 3:15pm

>7 Cecrow: I will not say I enjoyed all of it, but there were some fine moments in Herodotus.

9Cecrow
Mar 17, 8:47am

Herodotus done! Started Proust, he isn't difficult but he's about 90 percent descriptive passages, thus the problem.