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Author Topic: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?  (Read 8881 times)

Marc the Noggin

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Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« on: March 06, 2010, 06:02:39 AM »
Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?

I think mine has to Gene Wolfe - never in the hisotry of the world have so many readers raved about such a badly written load of drivel. >:(

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2010, 06:15:25 AM »
Tolkien must make this list - just truly terrible in every way. Yet idiots all over the world worship him. Why?

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 10:00:35 AM »
R.A. Salvatore and Weiss and Hickman.  Had to review some Salvatore and, foolishly, believed a friend who told me the Dragonlance books were really good.  They're not.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 02:03:48 PM »
Heinlein, bleurgh.

Also, I just cannot get on with Poul Anderson (although there are things I admire in his books), and Asimov tends to bore me silly.

All of an era it must be said.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 08:26:33 PM »
I've got a Terry Brooks 'Sword of Shannara' phobia that may be entirely unjustified!

I feel I should stand up for Gene Wolfe as I did enjoy the first series. I read them some long time ago and am not convinced I understood what he was on about. But chunks of it still linger in my mind, which doesn't happen with everything one reads.

As for Tolkien - love him or hate him, would the fantasy genre exist without him?

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 01:38:27 PM »
George R.R. Martin!  The first books of the Ice and Fire saga were quite interesting, but he was SOOOOO long bringing the next books in the series that I lost all interest in his "work".  I for one, will no longer support an author who has so little regard for the fans of his work.  "A Feast for Crows" was junk, and wasn't even readable. 

There are too many good authors out there, IE David Weber, John Ringo and others, that produce satisfying series of books,  to waste time and energy on Martin's musings

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 03:12:44 PM »
Agh!

Uncle Geoff is sending me another R.A. Salvatore to review.  What have I ever done to him?

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010, 03:46:44 AM »
Bribery works best, R.J.

Just send him a nice box set of StarGate Universe at Xmas time, and you'll soon find that your review books consist of the latest William Gibson and Al Reynolds novels!

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2010, 05:34:04 AM »
R.A. Salvatore and Weiss and Hickman.  Had to review some Salvatore and, foolishly, believed a friend who told me the Dragonlance books were really good.  They're not.

Weiss as in Margaret Weis?  I have enjoyed her novels...I remember reading the Lost King and subsequent follow-on books many times as a young boy...thoroughly enjoyable.  So I'll respectfully disagree with you on that author.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2010, 11:38:29 AM »
@Steven -  I'll note that down  :).  Though I can't complain too much as Geoff snagged me Iain Banks last one and Lawhead's Robin Hood books.

@AKB197 - Maybe they got better.  It was the first one that I read and to me it was like reading a list.  'Then the elves did this and then they went there and did that.'   It's one of the very few books I didn't/couldn't finish and gave me no incentive to check out anything else by the authors.  Still, if we all had the same tastes life would be very dull.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2010, 01:46:49 PM »
I don't think there's an author or authoress I hate, but I have tried and tried to get into Greg Egan's novels but I find them bewildering.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2010, 11:41:16 AM »
George R.R. Martin!  The first books of the Ice and Fire saga were quite interesting, but he was SOOOOO long bringing the next books in the series that I lost all interest in his "work".  I for one, will no longer support an author who has so little regard for the fans of his work.  "A Feast for Crows" was junk, and wasn't even readable. 

There are too many good authors out there, IE David Weber, John Ringo and others, that produce satisfying series of books,  to waste time and energy on Martin's musings

Do you only enjoy books in series?   GRRM has also written several standalone novels in various styles.   

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2010, 04:34:17 AM »
I think if we're talking fantasy, then series are part of the dna of the sub genre.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2010, 12:44:21 PM »
Hello everyone

Considering this is actually an SF website, logic dictates that most of us are less understanding of fantasy because its a genre that can cheat on everything from infra-structure to using magic to escape from trouble. This is quite the anthesis of SF which has to declare its ground rules to the readers.

Maybe the question really to ask is which SF authors cheat the readers.

Geoff

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2010, 02:54:16 AM »
Well, I've never managed to finish a Kim Stanley Robinson book - not sure that counts as hating but certainly the thought of reading another of his makes me sigh. Unfortunate really as some of them sound pretty good.

I used to hate William Gibson as an author. I read Neuromancer, thought it was awful and vowed never to read another of his ever again. Then a friend convinced me to try the Difference Engine and I thought it was ok, and now I'm reading his new one (Zero History) and I'm actually really enjoying it.

I think it's disappointment more than hate that I feel with many sf authors, ideas that sound so good and then fizzle out or end so abruptly it feels like I've been cheated.  Hate tends to be transient but disappointment at a rubbish ending lasts for a while.

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Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2010, 02:54:16 AM »