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Ever read a book that confused the heck out of you?

post #1 of 25
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I just got done reading "As Simple As Snow" by Gregory Galloway.... it was a book I picked up randomly the other day and when I got home I thought to myself, why? But I read it... and I finished it... and now I'm lost. That's it? It's over?

The story is about a girl who disappears - you assume she died or she's run off or something. Half the book is about trying to find out what happened to her... so why don't I know what happened still?!

Anyone else ever had that happen? I read "The Da Vinci Code" and it made sense... so why doesn't this book?
post #2 of 25
LOL! With me, its "Dreamcatcher".....I am still trying to read it~!!!
post #3 of 25
"Illusions" by Richard Bach. A guy I was dating at the time loved that book and gave me a copy. Being the lovestruck girl, I read it...years later, I'm still saying :
post #4 of 25
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Lol... I guess I could also add that a lot of poetry/philosophy books confuse me... a friend gave me The Philosophy of Love (I think it's called) when I got my first boyfriend. I tried so many times and then gave up...
post #5 of 25
Ugh! I can imagine how you feel because I love to read. It just leaves you wanting more, or at least something that makes sense!
post #6 of 25
Calculus with Transcendental Equations by Hostetler.

;-)
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by brianlojeck
Calculus with Transcendental Equations by Hostetler.

;-)


Excuse me?
post #8 of 25
I don't mind books that confuse the hell out of me. I mean, after all, what else could be better for my brain...

When I read The Celestine Phophecy I was profoundly disappointed, especially because afterwards I actually HEARD people say that reading it was a life-changing experience for them.

With all due respect to people who loved this book, I don't find spoon-fed theology to be all that enlightening. I guess that was a book that made me go "huh?". Call me crazy!
post #9 of 25
I actually made an attempt to read Einstein's Theory of Relativity once. HAHAHAHAHA (not)
post #10 of 25
There have been a few TEXTbooks that have had that effect on me, that's for sure! But as far as leisure reading, I can't seem to think of any offhand.
post #11 of 25
No but i hate and like books with an open ending!
because i always want to get the next book!
eg: harry potter i ended up getting the whole series because i wanted to see what happened next!!!!!!
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
LOL! With me, its "Dreamcatcher".....I am still trying to read it~!!!
I'm still trying to read Anna Karenina. I started last summer, back when I worked part-time and had too much time on my hands. Now I work too much and everytime I pick it up to try to finish, I get lost again. Sigh... one day I'll finish!
post #13 of 25
Well, the cast of characters is rather complex, and the sheer size of the novel can be somewhat daunting. That's Russian literature for you!

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I'm still trying to read Anna Karenina. I started last summer, back when I worked part-time and had too much time on my hands. Now I work too much and everytime I pick it up to try to finish, I get lost again. Sigh... one day I'll finish!
post #14 of 25
It wasn't so much of a Huh? ending but a ::censor::censor::censor:: That was the best you could come up with? ending. It was "I, Vampire" by Michael Romkey.

I'm very picky with my vampire books because they can get SO cheesy. This is coming from someone who read nothing but vampire non-fiction, with some Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Bright thrown in, for 4 years. So, yeah...I don't like most vampire fiction except for the two aforementioned authors. But I had read really great things about I, Vampire specifically and Michael Romkey in general. And it was a good book...until the last page. Which ruined the entire book because it was just so STUPID! It was like he didn't know how to end the book and the deadline was looming so he just came up with something.
post #15 of 25
Heidi, what do you think of Joyce Carol Oates?
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It wasn't so much of a Huh? ending but a ::censor::censor::censor:: That was the best you could come up with? ending. It was "I, Vampire" by Michael Romkey.

I'm very picky with my vampire books because they can get SO cheesy. This is coming from someone who read nothing but vampire non-fiction, with some Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Bright thrown in, for 4 years. So, yeah...I don't like most vampire fiction except for the two aforementioned authors. But I had read really great things about I, Vampire specifically and Michael Romkey in general. And it was a good book...until the last page. Which ruined the entire book because it was just so STUPID! It was like he didn't know how to end the book and the deadline was looming so he just came up with something.
post #16 of 25
Any geometry or trigonometry or calculus book. Interestingly, I read quantum physics books, and can understand them (but can't continue the thoughts long after I've read them...). Someone once explained this dichotomy as I can understand imagination, but reality confounds me. I think he was right. LOLOL!

Best-
Michele
post #17 of 25
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Heidi, what do you think of Joyce Carol Oates?
I haven't read her. Any good? Recommendations of books?
post #18 of 25
Well, her style borders on the macabre (especially her older stuff), and I'm also a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, if I'm going for macabre.

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I haven't read her. Any good? Recommendations of books?
post #19 of 25
Curious George Rides a Bike
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by captiva
Curious George Rides a Bike
The Man in the Yellow Hat did it.
post #21 of 25
I have (tried) to read a few. Sorry I can't remember the titles. But there was one book that from page one I just could figure out what the heck was going on...think I quit reading it after page 20!
post #22 of 25
Yes it's called "Butcher's Tale" It's about a small town in Poland where a boy was dismembered. They immediatly blamed it on the Jewish butcher. The reasoning was the other butcher is cathloic so he could never have done such a thing. It flipped from the story to a history of such murders then to a history of anti-semitism in europe, then back to the story. I never did figure out who kill the boy.
post #23 of 25
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Curious George Rides a Bike
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by vespacat
Well, her style borders on the macabre (especially her older stuff), and I'm also a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, if I'm going for macabre.
Oh, I might have to try her then! I LOVE Edgar Allen Poe. I even got in a minor debate with my high school English teacher because by my Junior year I had read all of his works as well as a biography or two. I was upset because Poe was the American father of the Mystery and he wasn't covering anything except his horror writing. Guess I had some moxy to call him on it. LOL
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
LOL! With me, its "Dreamcatcher".....I am still trying to read it~!!!
The Stephen King one? I read that... it took me forever. It started out interesting... then it was a ::censor::censor::censor::and then it was a complete let down. I think King was on drugs.

PS: Don't bother with the movie based on the book either.
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