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POLL: Most Depressing Book You Have Read?


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skinkmasterreturns writes:

The Road. Cormac Mcarthy should have offed himself years ago. Jack London isnt real cheerful either,I just finished "The Iron Heel".


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
1984
53
10%
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A Farewell to Arms
6
1%
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All Quiet on the Western Front
32
6%
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Animal Farm
23
4%
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any Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn title
12
2%
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Atlas Shrugged
7
1%
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Aztec (Gary Jennings)
2
0%
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Berlin-the Downfall 1945
2
0%
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Blackhawk Down
6
1%
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Blindness
1
0%
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Blood Meridian
3
1%
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
14
3%
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Catch-22
8
2%
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Catcher in the Rye
10
2%
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Childhood's End
3
1%
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Children at War (P.W. Singer)
3
1%
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Collapse
1
0%
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Comedie Humaine (Balzac)
0
0%
 
Crack of Doom (Willie Heinrich)
0
0%
 
Crime and Punishment
8
2%
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Darkness at Noon
3
1%
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David Copperfield
5
1%
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Donaldson's Thomas Covenant series
23
4%
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Empire of the Sun
3
1%
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Feintuch's Hope series
4
1%
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Fevre Dream
1
0%
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Hell in a Very Small Place
3
1%
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HMS Ulysses (Alistar MacLean)
2
0%
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Job
4
1%
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Jordan's Wheel of Time series
3
1%
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Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
8
2%
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L'assomoir (Emile Zola)
2
0%
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La Nausee (Sartre)
4
1%
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Lord of the Flies
36
7%
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Mein Kampf
7
1%
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Mila 18
2
0%
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most Umberto Eco titles
4
1%
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Night (Elie Wiesel)
6
1%
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No Country for Old Men
2
0%
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Perdido Street Station
3
1%
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Pity the Nation (Robert Fisk)
0
0%
 
Pyongyang
0
0%
 
QB VII
3
1%
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Shake Hands with the Devil
4
1%
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Slaughterhouse Five
11
2%
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Songs of Innocence (Richard Aleas)
1
0%
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The Audacity of Hope
4
1%
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The Bible
21
4%
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The Big Nowhere
1
0%
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The Chronicles of the Black Company
4
1%
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The Collector (Fowles)
0
0%
 
The DaVinci Code
6
1%
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The Fleet That Had to Die
4
1%
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The General (C S Forester)
3
1%
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The Golden Compass
2
0%
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The Kappillan of Malta (Monsarrat)
1
0%
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The Kindly Ones
1
0%
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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
2
0%
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The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
22
4%
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The Road of Bones (Anne Fines)
0
0%
 
The Scarlet Mansion
1
0%
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The Sorrows of Young Werther
3
1%
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The Stranger (Camus)
9
2%
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To Kill a Mockingbird
7
1%
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Turtledove's How Few Remain series
11
2%
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Ulysses
2
0%
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War and Peace
4
1%
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Where the Red Fern Grows
11
2%
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other (explain)
32
6%
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no opinion
40
8%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP opines...

What is the most depressing book you have read? Based on the article that Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian posted a week or so ago... (Look it up if you must! grin) I suggested that we make a TMP poll out of it. Bill told me "You know how to do that", so here it is.

So, thusly do I refute those who would ask "Didn't we just have a topic on this?"

I can't believe that I wasted so much time on Harry Turtledove's alternate post-ACW series that began with How Few Remain. All the characters were either malevolent or boring. There were no interesting "good" characters to root for.

Perhaps the most depressing thing was the fact that it took me so many books before I realized that I hated the series, and didn't give a rat's ass over whether Jake Featherstone was finally brought to justice. Don't tell me. I don't really care any more.

(Nominations taken from this pre-poll discussion.)