Question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?
Answer: - I just finished a mystery set in the English countryside, one of my favorite places. The mystery was a good one, a who-done-it with great characters, and well written, but filled with constant rehashing of the clues and motives.
It drew me out of the story continuously. At first, I thought it was the author's first book and understood because I know I did the same thing in my first attempt, but it was the third book. By then, the editor should have caught that, if not the author.
I finished the book, but I won't be reading another. There are very few books that I just couldn't finish. That's because they simply didn't hold my interest, usually because I find myself not caring about the characters or the storyline. It's very disappointing when the description fails to fit the book.
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