View Full Version : Any books you didn't like? don't kill me
November 17th, 1999, 10:00 AM
I hope I don't get banished to the Ice Lands or thrown into the gate for asking this but I thought It might be interesting.
I've read most of Brians work and have enjoyed all most all of them but there are a few that I didn't like or atleast didn't get into.
I didn't like The Psychomech Series. I'am not positive why since its been 4+ years since I read them but I remember thinking the good guy was just to powerfull so I wasn't ever to worried about him. That also bugged me in the Necroscope series but the rest of the storie more than made up for it. I only ended up finishing the first two books in the Phychomech series so maybe the third would have saved the series for me. I had also only started reading a year before so maybe it was just a bit to complicated for me. One of these days I will go back and reread them and hopefully I will change my mind.
The only other book I didn't like was The Burrowers Beneath the first part of the Titus Crow books. I just didn't like reading the letters. All the other books after that I enjoyed especially the ones that took place on Borea.
November 18th, 1999, 03:09 PM
I enjoyed the Psychomok series well enough, I read just about anything, and it passed the time, so I never really complained. [chuckles] But I do have a "beef" with the Burrowers Beneath, the same one as darkwolf actually. Granted, I read them all, and with moderate relish, but the letters threw me off, and I found myself flipping back and re-reading alot because I kept getting thrown off the track.
I am indeed a big Lovecraft fan, and will happily say that Lumley did the subject matter justice, but I still found myself a tad distoriented when reading the Titus Crow anthologies..... But, I suppose that could also be blamed on the fact that I ussually had my two nieces running and screaming through the house at the time, tugging my sleeve and asking me this or that, "Uncle David can you open this for me?" .. "Uncle David can I have a popsicle?" .. et cetera, et cetera [chuckles] .... Ahhh well... take it as you will, gang...
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November 22nd, 1999, 10:07 AM
to be honest, i've only read....
the Necroscope series and i'm waiting for Defilers now, i loved all the books..some took a little longer to read but i enjoyed them all...i also like Psychomech all three of them, let me see, HOuse of Doors was a bit wierd but i still liked it, and Conven of Vamps was ace...i like the short story thing, i have still to read Titus Crow....
December 23rd, 1999, 05:03 PM
I'll have to agree with you on the Psychomech Trilogy. I did not like them, 1 was okay, 2 was bland, and three seemed like a chore to get through. However, I loved Burrowers Beneath...one of the scariest he's ever written if you ask me. As a matter of fact, other than the Psychomech trilogy, I can't complain about any of them...they all had their moments that I loved!
December 24th, 1999, 02:35 AM
I thought The Source didn't quite live upto the rest of the Necroscope series (I don't know why, it just doesn't seem to fit right).
Does anybody else hold this view?
December 26th, 1999, 04:13 AM
Lets see.. there was one of the Necroscope books that ended sort of abruptly; as if Brian was in a bit of a rush to get it done. It was one of the Vampire World books I think (can't remember offhand), where Anna Marie English, the ecopath, ended up on Sunside/Starside and was healing?
House of Doors was good, better than its sequel. And I read the Hero of Dreams series mostly cause Brian was the author. Those books did nothing for me.
All that aside, Brian is still the best. http://www.brianlumley.com/ubb/smile.gif
December 26th, 1999, 03:14 PM
Demogorgon was mine, I don't know if it was because I was looking for something along the lines of the Nec series. I read that shortley after the series and didn't care much for it. I think it was a timing issue. I'll have to reread it to see.
December 27th, 1999, 11:43 AM
Psychomech a bit naff? The Burrowers Beneath a bit shoddy! Not a chance.
OK so maybe the hero of Psychmech was a bit too powerful, but how could you not appreciate the brooding horror of The Burrowers Beneath. It is leaden with the dark forboding of a ceeping menacce...
Oh, personally I find Psychomok to be the best of that trilogy... and the only novel of BL's that I didn't think was kick-butt excellent was Demogorgon, a little too lumbering for me...
January 5th, 2000, 06:34 PM
The Psychomech trilogy I thought was pretty bad. If it wasn't written by Lumley, I would have given up after reading the second one Psychosphere. That one I found boring. Then when I read the third, it was a downright chore to read! Aside from those two, I love em all though!
January 22nd, 2000, 04:52 PM
The Psychomech series is actually the only ones I haven't been able to get hold of. Being a poor student, I buy most books second hand and most of my Brian Lumley collection is. Maybe when I have the money I'll upgrade to hard back versions, but until then I'll just be scouring the L section of all the second hand book stores I can find.
"Arse not ass"
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January 24th, 2000, 07:54 AM
I didn't particularly enjoy The Lost Years. I found it slow in some parts compared to the rest of the series. Unfortunately, none of my friends are interested in the series so I'm not sure if it is just me. Maybe I will try and read it again to see if it sinks in more.
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