BTT ~ Undo that VooDoo You DIDN’T Do So Well

Booking Through Thursday

In the perfect follow-up to last week’s question, as suggested by C in DC:

Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that  you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

OMG… this is an easy one to answer.  The Gun Runner’s Daughter by Neil Gordon is one of those books that I wish I could unread.  There was a few hours of my life that I’ll never get back.  It’s one I read before I was blogging, but here’s my review of it from Library Thing:

She was quiet, thinking, for a long time, so long that he asked her what it was. And she answered, hesitantly: “They were beginners, you mean. Two years ago, when they hatched this thing. The problem is, if they really don’t have the will for this prosecution, they’re not going to come out and say that. They’re going to let you say it for them. By losing.”

The plot of the story is: Ronald Rosenthal sells weapons to the Muslims in Bosnia under the wink and nod of the Clinton administration. When a reporter breaks the news of the sale, the federal government arrests and prosecutes Rosenthal to cover their a–. Citizen of both the US and Israel, Rosenthal flees to Israel, where he is regarded as a folk hero. Dee Dennis, the lead prosecutor for the gov’t, realizes he had a fling with Rosenthal’s daughter, and when he talks to her to see if she’ll tell about it, they begin another tryst. Allison Rosenthal takes up the mantle of her namesake, Esther, to destroy the prosecutions case and set her father free.

Simply said: This book was absolutely horrid. The writing was thick and dense, with stops and starts that nearly made me carsick. The characters were shallow and unrelateable. Having never been a jet setting, ivy league, Washington insider, with a house in NY, DC, and Martha’s Vineyard, I really could not care less if the world burned around them. As much as I like crime novels and intrigue, this book not only couldn’t get off the ground, but it belongs 6 ft. under it.

The only good thing about this book is if there’s a blizzard and you have no heat, at least “The Gun Runner’s Daughter” is flammable.

I gave this book one star, and every once in a while I think maybe I was too harsh in my review, but then I just re-read the quote from the book and remember how much pain I was in reading it, and I decide I was more than fair on it.

How about you?  Any books you wish you could unread and get those hours of your life back?


17 Responses

  1. haha…excellent. I kind of like the summary of the book. no wonder you thought it would be good.

  2. Oh, if you considered burning it then it must be bad. It doesn’t sound that appealing!

  3. thx for visiting.

    I don’t mean to offend anyone..specially fans…but I do often give harsh review too…but it is how I feel without trying to offend anyone.

    I should avoid your choice then…it didn’t sound good

  4. Will make a mental note to give this one a miss! I love your comments.

  5. hahaha i love the line “the stops and starts made [you] carsick.”. we all have turkeys now and then 🙂

  6. So, tell us how you really felt about it. Haha! Just kidding. I like the last comment the best- “at least The Gun Runner’s Daughter is flammable.” See? Always a bright side to every book. =)

    • I do always try to find something positive to say about every book I review… unfortuneately, flammability was it’s only good quality, lol. And THAT is bad, especially coming from me. 😉

  7. I haven’t heard of that book. It’s annoying though when you don’t enjoy something as it feels like you have wasted your time. Happy BTT!

  8. That’s too bad that you hated it that much. I’ll definitely stay away from it 🙂

  9. I too felt the same way about The Alchemist. Wastage of time and of course money.

    Booking through Unread

  10. I won’t be reading that book! What a great review for a bad book (if that makes sense)!

  11. Just that quote makes it sound very bad. Luckily I haven’t heard of it before!

  12. Thanks for giving an example!

  13. I’ll have to think on this question. There have been books I have struggled through and barely finished, but if I finished them something kept me going. I usually don’t finish books that I would classify as complete wastes of time. Hmmm. I’ll see if I can come up with one . . .

  14. Rating one star is okay…there is nothing wrong with being honest. I actually state on my blog that while all of my reviews will not be five stars…they are honest reviews. People appreciate honesty! I absolutely detest trying to struggle through a book…brings back so many bad memories of high school!

  15. You had the same reaction as I did: instant answer!
    Happy BTT!

    I played too!

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