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Worst books of 2008

Once again Entertainment Weekly has published their list of the five worst books of the year, and this years “winners” are:

A Wolf at the table5. A WOLF AT THE TABLE by Augusten Burroughs ?
After successfully exploiting his highly unconventional upbringing in Running With Scissors, and his alcoholic young adulthood in Dry, Burroughs jumps the shark in his third memoir: a bizarre, self-pitying, thoroughly unconvincing account of his putatively hateful father.

4. BRIGHT SHINY MORNING by James Frey
The notorious faux memoirist’s first official novel reads like a rough draft: Dozens of characters and plotlines meander aimlessly through L.A., their adventures punctuated with pages and pages of research about the city and its history. ?No green light for this one.

3. THE GARGOYLE by Andrew Davidson
Publisher Doubleday clearly had high hopes that this howlingly bad medieval thriller would be the next Da Vinci Code. It wasn’t. In fact, it turned out to be one of the biggest flops of the year.

2. THE LACE READER by Brunonia Barry
This Salem, Mass., mystery won Barry a reported $2 million advance. But that’s just about the only impressive thing about the book, which confusingly switches narrators and tenses. Even M. Night Shyamalan wouldn’t approve of its convoluted, corny surprise ending.

1. CHASING HARRY WINSTON by Lauren Weisberger
One possible silver lining to this recession: Readers might lose patience with vacuous fiction that revolves around sex and bling, as Weisberger’s epically dreadful third novel does. Of course, hard times may only whet the appetite, but ?we’re trying to look on the bright side.

Bright Shiny MorningJames Frey is the literary equivilent of a clown shaped punching bag, you know the one you played with as a kid; a big air filled sack with sand at the bottom that just kept comming back for more no matter how many times you gave it the old uppercut. Speaking of which, did you read about James Frey’s newest book idea? He’s going to write ‘the third book of the bible’ …. I couldn’t make this up

Posted by on January 2, 2009.

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