Don't waste your time on these  stinkers

A Listmania! list by NorthVan Dave (BC, Canada)
 
The Polished Hoe
1.  The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
The list author says:
  "Wow was this book ever bad.  Slow moving, terrible plot...It's amazing it won a literary award!"
CDN$ 22.02   Used & New from: CDN$ 1.70
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Time Traveler's Wife
2.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "An interesting idea, but the author just can't sustain interest in the subject for very long"
CDN$ 15.88   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

How to Be Good
3.  How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
The list author says:
  "A dissapointing outing from an author who usually turns in good work.  Save your time for one of his better novels."
CDN$ 12.27   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

Skinny Dip
4.  Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
The list author says:
  "Not funny, not interesting, and just not an entertaining read.  I'd like the time I wasted reading this book back please."
Used & New from: CDN$ 0.04
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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The Road (Oprah's Book Club)
5.  The Road (Oprah's Book Club) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "Just because Oprah liked it, doesn't mean that it's good.  Terribly depressing novel."
CDN$ 12.27   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist
6.  Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist by William R. Maples
The list author says:
  "If you can get past this guy's big head, and his "I'm great" attitude, then probably ok.  I couldn't so the book is on my avoid list."
CDN$ 17.29   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.29
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

The Castle in the Forest: A Novel
7.  The Castle in the Forest: A Novel by Norman Mailer
The list author says:
  "A good premise for a novel, yet Mailer fails to deliver the goods."
CDN$ 15.16   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest
8.  Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers
The list author says:
  "Does not deal with Everest at all, and a very dull dull read"
CDN$ 10.79   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel
9.  A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "Couldn't get in to the plot.  The description is interesting, but the book was too slow moving for me"
CDN$ 12.96   Used & New from: CDN$ 4.31
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Red Dog, Red Dog
10.  Red Dog, Red Dog by Patrick Lane
The list author says:
  "Not fast moving and a dull plot don't help this book too much.  Take a pass"
CDN$ 26.39   Used & New from: CDN$ 2.97
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

A Dog in a Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium
11.  A Dog in a Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium by Joe Parkin
The list author says:
  "Here's hoping author Joe is a better rider than writer"
CDN$ 16.97   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.98
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Name of the Rose
12.  The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The list author says:
  "Ugh.  Dull.  Slow moving.  Hardly a page turner."
CDN$ 12.37   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

World Without End
13.  World Without End by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Bad plot.  Poor storyline.  Best avoided."
CDN$ 17.56   Used & New from: CDN$ 4.15
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Asylum
14.  Asylum by Andre Alexis
The list author says:
  "Slow moving story set in a government town.  Small wonder the story is slow eh!"
CDN$ 27.99   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, The
15.  Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, The by Kate Summerscale
The list author says:
  "Dull.  Dull.  Slow moving.  Did I mention Dull?"
CDN$ 13.00   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
16.  The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
The list author says:
  "Good arguments but a slow moving book kill any interest in reading it"
Used & New from: CDN$ 1.66
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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