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Started by RosyLovelady on Sep 15, 2017 12:34:09 PM
What rubbish are you reading?

A thread to admit that you read low-brow, sensationalist and/or otherwise deplorable books.

Rubbish recommendations welcome.

RosyLovelady - 17 Sep 2017 09:47:41 (#41 of 2178)

I used to enjoy Carol Smith's far-fetched thrillers, sometimes set in very familiar locations, despite her often slapdash prose style. The last one was particularly daft, but I'm still a bit sad that there hasn't been a new one for quite a while.

carterbrandon - 17 Sep 2017 09:56:24 (#42 of 2178)

I read one TC book. It's an odd situation to be in, finding yourself struggling to make it through a load of creepy misogynistic garbage to curry favour with a girl you fancy.

helenskywalker - 17 Sep 2017 11:08:51 (#43 of 2178)

I've also been known to revert to Arthur Ransome, Rosy.

toffle - 17 Sep 2017 11:19:30 (#44 of 2178)

Arthur Ransome and the Moomins get regular re-reads here, too. (They are in no way rubbish though.)

If I'm feeling particularly down, I have a stack of Biggles' books to flick through, though I'm probably more likely to reach for my Battle Picture Weekly collections these days.

RosyLovelady - 17 Sep 2017 11:30:29 (#45 of 2178)

Biggles, that's a good idea.

No one ever just said anything in Biggles books.

They averred, opined, asserted, declared and sometimes even ejaculated.

darkhorse - 17 Sep 2017 12:45:19 (#46 of 2178)

I read all the (well, the first six, has he churned out more?) Thomas Covenant novels as a teen. Sometimes I vaguely intend to reread one, just to see. But i won't. Just like I won't reread these:

I definitely will reread the first one of Gene Wolfe's fantasy epic, "Shadow of the Torturer" which I recently got a slightly damp and crinkly copy from a stall of damp-damaged books for 10p. I remember being bewitched by those.

JennyRad - 17 Sep 2017 12:57:11 (#47 of 2178)

I agree that Grafton writes what she does very well, Helbel, but I still classify it as rubbish. Well-crafted junk food for the brain; completely acceptable in small doses but quickly distressing if you consume much too often.

staticgirl - 17 Sep 2017 14:21:54 (#48 of 2178)

You might say it is the difference between craft and art. I mostly prefer craft but the world would be a poorer place without art.

Splattsville - 17 Sep 2017 14:29:35 (#49 of 2178)

I read all of Sven Hassel's books when I was a teenager - all the swearing and obsession with having a shit made it feel so grown up. The Gor books were another teenage obsession.

Recently though I forgot my kindle pre flight and had to buy a book at the airport. After some deliberation I chose the latest Jilly Cooper based on enjoying Riders etc years ago - it was TERRIBLE! So bad I gave up after the first flight, and left it in the office in Germany with a note saying "free book, please take me".

LobsangRampa - 17 Sep 2017 14:29:40 (#50 of 2178)

Neither the Philip Pullman books nor Arthur Ransome can conceivably be called rubbish. They are great children's books. I'd highly recommend the Pullman's audiobooks. Read by the author with a cast doing the dialogue. Superb.

RosyLovelady - 17 Sep 2017 14:35:29 (#51 of 2178)

I know Arthur Ransome is fab, but on the other thread they all read multilingual stuff and draw up their own Booker short list based on actual reading of the whole long list, and I feel so-o-o-o inferior and envious of their stratospheric highbrow-ness.

LobsangRampa - 17 Sep 2017 14:44:30 (#52 of 2178)

Ah. Pretentious wankers you mean?

RosyLovelady - 17 Sep 2017 14:46:43 (#53 of 2178)

Tsk, that isn't what I said :-)

kentigern - 17 Sep 2017 14:53:40 (#54 of 2178)

Ah, there's plenty of lower brow on the other thread too. That said, I might not always feel comfortable revealing everything I'm reading there.

But I reckon that even the highest of brows sneakily devours a bit of self-published zombie apocalypse stuff from time to time.

Simonethebeaver - 17 Sep 2017 16:10:55 (#55 of 2178)

I'm not sure I'd suggest Marian Keyes to anyone feeling down or anxious. She describes difficult feelings so well that I find I need to feel quite robust myself not to be overwhelmed by some of her books.

I'm reading Ben Elton's book about someone travelling back in time to stop WW1 (forget its name and it's not to hand). So far, so pish, but I'm a sucker for time travel. I just finished a Fiona Walker which was a jolly good romp.

JennyRad - 17 Sep 2017 16:25:22 (#56 of 2178)

I know what you mean about Marian Keyes, Simone, but I have definitely sometimes felt very reassured about the normality of how I'm feeling by reading her writing.

widenation - 23 Sep 2017 05:18:44 (#57 of 2178)

Relentless Pursuit: Inside the Escape from Dannemora: New York’s Largest Manhunt.

Major Guess searches the rugged backwoods of the north country (NY) in his dogged manhunt for prison-tunneller-escapee David Sweat.

“I think we got it right,” he said, “and now we got it out there.”

"No Sweat."


Sweat is shot and captured.

Tadagee - 23 Sep 2017 08:17:14 (#58 of 2178)

I also read the first six TC novels and was blissfully unaware of more.

Think I'll not go back.

The Bloodguard were cool thoughbut.

TenGorillas - 24 Sep 2017 08:26:49 (#59 of 2178)

As one of the other thread's most regular posters of lowbrow lit I'd just like to point out that multilingual does not equal pretentious.

RosyLovelady - 24 Sep 2017 08:33:17 (#60 of 2178)

Ooh, please recommend some multilingual rubbish for the likes of me: a painfully slow reader of French, and a glacial reader of German, Spanish and Italian.

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