Usually when I find that I don't enjoy a book because of sexual or language content, or I'm simply not getting into the story, I just put it down. I have too many others things I want to read to waste my time on a book I don't like from the beginning.
But every now and then, one slips through the cracks. And I hate that feeling of coming to the end of a book and thinking, "I can't believe I read that". But how does it slip through the cracks? Well, usually it's because I THINK it's going to go somewhere and it doesn't. Two examples:
Brisinger is the 3rd book in Paolini's Eragon series. I read Eragon and liked it, can't remember much about the 2nd, but when I got to the third there was SO MUCH extraneous information. I wanted the story to just get a move on. And originally, this was supposed to be the last book. As I get closer and closer to the end I'm thinking "how is he going to wrap this up in the pages he has left?"
I finish the last chapter, turn the page, and find a note to the reader information me that he had so much to tell he's decided to write a 4th book. I think I threw it across the room. I will NOT be reading the 4th book because I felt like the 3rd was a phenomenal waste of time. I do not need to know the entire history of every race of creature that populates this world. Just tell me the dang story!
The other one is The Prophet of Yonwood -- 3rd book in the books of Ember.
I like the first two (I'll post about them later) and was really looking forward to this one. First of all, the cover art is awesome. Secondly, it takes place BEFORE the first book and I was eager to see how the city of Ember had come to be.
The entire story was completely irrelevant. Oh there were bits and pieces that could have led to something great but essentially it's the story of one of the girls who eventually goes into Ember. But there's nothing to do with that until, again, the last chapter. It was a pointless story about a teenage girl and a random experience she had in a town called Yonwood. That's completely how I felt about it. Such a waste of time.
Now I need something glorious to redeem it all.