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Posted 6/21/16
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Yup, that's a book. I got about one paragraph in before I croaked. Which isn't all too different from any other book about nonsense I don't care about.
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I don't know I never minded any of the required reading back in my grade school and high school days. Maybe the Shakespeare stuff, iambic pentameter kinda of annoyed me.
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Easy Travel to Other Planets by Ted Mooney

Let's read the reviews:


The only book I've ever sold
ByTrey Joneson April 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have over 10,000 books in my house. I love books. I even like mediocre books, and I have--of course--hundreds of books I haven't read yet and which I will likely never read. Everyone tells me I should open a book store, but I can't stand to part with books. The ones I've read are like friends, the ones I haven't read hold untold promise.

I bought "Easy Travel to Other Planets" from Half-Price Books for $3. I was robbed. I sold it back to them years later for 5¢. They were likewise defrauded of a nickel.

This is the worst book I ever read. Since it was from back in the days when I felt I had to finish a book once I started it, I read the whole thing. Every other time I've put down a book, I've always felt that maybe at another time I would be in the right frame of mind to read it some day. Not this one. I should have burned it--and the main reason I didn't is out of a reverence for books in the abstract.

This book was terrible. Just awful. Don't buy it unless you get it for under $1 and you want to give it to a friend as a gag. "WTF?" is the only reasonable response.



Worst book ever written
ByChristelon December 3, 2008
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please, do not waste your time. This book is disgusting. Dolphin erotica and suicide? Seriously? Yes, you will find those in this book.. and they're not funny... or artfully done... just gross.



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ByJ. JacobsVINE VOICEon April 10, 2004
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I give this books a thumbs down. While some of the ideas (different forms of love, individuality, and stretching the limits of socially accepted behavior, life and death) were interesting, the way they were conveyed in this book was not effective for me. None of the characteristics were likable, nor was I able to feel for any of them. The book starts out with a woman having sex with a dolphin, and ends with unexpected deaths. While some smaller sections were enjoyable to read, I generally found myself wishing this experience was over.


I think I still have my copy of this book somewhere, it's so... disturbing that I still remember it for the WTF factor only. I've been hauling around a strange book for 30 friggin years for no good reason, now that's comedy.

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The Great Gatsby sucked. It felt like the author used words that were too difficult just so students would have trouble reading it in high school.

When I read it, I had no idea as to what was happening. At one point the teacher talked about the main character looking at a billboard with a (Doctor's) face on it and it being a metaphor for him being watched by God, but I didn't even know that the character looked a a billboard in that chapter despite reading it.

I also didn't like Great Expectations. I felt it was too slow and boring. At least I knew what was going on though.
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In order of mindscrew from least to most (for me, your results may vary):

5) Ulysses

4) The Illuminatus Trilogy

3) Infinite Jest

2) House of Leaves

1) Finnegan's Wake
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War and Peace. It's too long, too boring and most of the poor teens will not get it anyway.
Anything from Rand, because there is enough ideological brainwashing even without that.

Frankly, not sure why push heavy philosophical / ideological works anyway, only thing taht achieves is the people either not reading them at all or just going 'Huh?'.
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Hey.

Why is masturbatory writing bad? I don't know about any of you, but everything I write is a reveling in my own personality and ideas, and I'm not a writer. Imagine how self-important you have to be to write a book - something you expect many other people to read.

Further, every writer of fiction is asking you to believe in a whole constructed world, and that it somehow mirrors something that truly exists in the real world. I suppose you could be more or less obvious about it, so being masturbatory could be a question of degree. But writing can also be enjoyable to read: from the perspective of authorial intent, literature is an attempt to let you in on the author's views. So if the author is enjoying it, he/she wants you to participate in that enjoyment.

I was going to try to make a joke about the hand that writes doing twice the work, but I can't come up with anything good.
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The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre. Hated those. Had no trouble with the other books at the time.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre. Hated those. Had no trouble with the other books at the time.


Where have you been?
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Love in the Time of Cholera. Awful, awful, awful.


FlyinDumpling wrote:

Catcher and the rye

a boring story about an emo kid


And this. I wanted to tell him to just suck it up, but it feels weird to yell at a book.
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I don't remember the book, but it was one that invented it's own language. "Dey" instead of "They", "Dem" instead of "Them", etc. Every time my English teacher would try to correct my grammar, I would reference the book that she made us read and say "Well, they made up their own version of English, so forgive me if I accidentally make a silly mistake here and there. At least what I say is easier to read."
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IshokuOsero wrote:


I think Ayn Rand is horrible in schools, and I also would detest anything like Twilight making it into required reading. Just ugh.


They keep pushing the fictional side of Rand which I found to be just masturbatory, like most fiction that pushes a philosophy and occasionally a single moral.


There's very little "fiction" to Rand beyond just being her political soundboard, and since she's a looney, that doesn't make interesting reading.
I couldn't even fathom Rand until we got that slick right-wing movie trilogy of Atlas Shrugged, and boy did they get silly about halfway in.

I didn't mind Catcher for being "The First YA Novel Before It was Trendy", but boy was The Old Man and the Sea (or any other Hemingway) a struggle.
It's supposed to be the most kid-friendly Hemingway in Junior/High, but seeing as that's not who he wrote it for, it's hard to persuade a kid of the literary value of an obnoxious over-testosteroned thrill-jerk teaching the world how to write in words of one syllable.

(And it wasn't until movie versions that I could truly appreciate Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn and Pride and Prejudice, so I wouldn't absolutely deprive others of the experience.
Anyone about to ask "So what's the big deal about Moby Dick anyway?", I would recommend a viewing of the Gregory Peck version immediately, but Huck's never really had a 100% good movie version apart from the '75 musical our school made us watch.)

And if you want to go farther back, there's always The Little Prince. (Either in English class or read in the original for French class.)
Oh. Good. Freakin'. Lords.


relt95 wrote:

The Great Gatsby sucked. It felt like the author used words that were too difficult just so students would have trouble reading it in high school.
When I read it, I had no idea as to what was happening. At one point the teacher talked about the main character looking at a billboard with a (Doctor's) face on it and it being a metaphor for him being watched by God, but I didn't even know that the character looked a a billboard in that chapter despite reading it.

I also didn't like Great Expectations. I felt it was too slow and boring. At least I knew what was going on though.


A few years ago, I went on a kick for watching every BBC adaptation of Dickens, and became absolutely hooked.
Dickens wrote his novels in serial, and knew how to write a soap opera. He also had one gloriously snarky sense of sarcasm. Now I can't get enough of serializing the audiobooks at bedtime.

As for Gatsby, I can't speak for the Robert Redford version, but I know which movie version NOT to watch to CliffNotes the novel.


Baha_Java wrote:

In order of mindscrew from least to most (for me, your results may vary):

5) Ulysses

1) Finnegan's Wake


Someone once asked Isaac Singer why he wrote children's stories, and among his list of twelve reasons was, "Children DON'T try to understand Kafka or Finnegan's Wake".
And I would agree. It's almost an act of self-punishment, and to prove something to who, exactly?
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Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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As soon as I saw the thread's title, this (Catcher in the Rye) was the very same book I thought of. It was terrible. It was boring. It was gross. You wouldn't think it could be all three at once but maybe that's the genius of the author.
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This steaming pile of crap. I read it in 6th grade and it is easily the book I hate the most.


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