Friday, November 11, 2005

Lone Star Statements

Lone Star Statements contains excerpts from one-star reviews found on for books that made Time's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.

Some of my favorites are:

“The book is not readable because of the overuse of adverbs.” - The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein

“The only good thing to say about this “literary” drivel is that the person responsible, Virginia Woolf, has been dead for quite some time now. Let us pray to God she stays that way.” - Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

“This book is like an ungrateful girlfriend. You do your best to understand her and get nothing back in return.” - The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

I have to admit that I have not read these three books, but the reviews are hilarious!

Found on LISNews

1 comment:

Liz said...

You know, I've tried to read LOTR twice and I still haven't succeeded. Overuse of adverbs, indeed. Dreadful stuff, especially the singing.

Saw that website awhile back. Love it : ). There ARE some dreadful books on that list, my top WORST three being:

1. "LOTR".
2. "On the Road."
3. "The Wide Sargasso Sea"? C'mon...that book's so dull, interesting only from a PC viewpoint. Very little literary merit.
4. "Sun Also Rises." Hemingway's boring. Really. They'll include a typically "manly" writer like him, while excluding Sayers. *scoffs*

Books that should've been included:
1. "The Fountainhead" or "Atlas Shrugged." Ok, Ayn Rand's a loony nutcase, but that doesn't mean you can leave her off the list!
2. "The Once and Future King," T.H. White.
3. "Gaudy Night" or "The Nine Tailors", Dorothy Sayers.
4. SOMETHING at least by Agatha Christie!

So many more, of course, and this is why I should NEVER read lists like this. *frowns*