Thoughts on some DNF books

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I thought I would do something a little bit different with the review post today. Since there are a few books that I haven’t finished I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on them and why I decided to stop reading them. Obviously I can’t fully review these books because I haven’t finished them but I thought it might be interesting for you guys to know why I didn’t finish these books. Let me know if this is a bad idea though. Let’s get started.


Red Knight / Miles Cameron
The main issue I had with this one was probably the writing, although the large cast of characters was also an issue for me. I found the writing and the plot to be convoluted and confusing, which meant that I didn’t become invested in the story or the characters.  The numerous characters meant that I didn’t really care about any of them, because of the frequent changes in perspective. This also resulted in a lack of character development, although maybe that happens later in the book and/or series. For those reasons this one didn’t work for me and I ended up DNFing it around 300 pages in.


The Magicians / Lev Grossman
Basically I really didn’t like Quentin and I couldn’t force myself to continue reading about him. A lot of the time he’s whining or just being a complete… insert whatever bad word here. The pacing was also a little uneven and I didn’t find the plot particularly compelling. The misogyny in this book is also an issue for me and I hated how Quentin treated women. As you can probably tell this one just really didn’t work for me so I stopped reading it. I don’t think I’ll ever attempt to finish this book.


The Way of Shadows / Brent Weeks
This is one that I may come back to at some point, as I didn’t really have any issues with it. I just wasn’t invested in the story or the characters while I was reading and so I decided to stop reading it. Although I did think that the characters were a little lacking in depth and development, but then I didn’t finish the book so it may have missed it. It does start out quite slow which probably didn’t help me become invested in the story. What I read of the plot seemed quite good but I didn’t find it very compelling. So this either wasn’t for me or it just wasn’t the right time for me to pick it up. As I’ve said I may try out this series again as I’ve heard some good things about it, but there are so many other books I want to read this may never happen.


Seeds of Earth / Michael Cobley
Again I may come back to this one at some point, but at this point I doubt it. This is a bit of a tricky one as I really liked the concept but I think in practice it didn’t quite work. I think somehow it didn’t all gel together, if that makes sense. The plot is convoluted and confusing a lot of the time (at least it was for me) and it was hard to keep track of what was going on. I kind of felt that this book needed more structure to it – there was too many threads of the story and seemingly no link to bind them together. Maybe that gets better later in the book though. The characters are alright but lacking in depth and there are too many of them. I have to admit to skim reading some of this before finally giving up on it. Thinking back on it now, I don’t think I’ll try reading this again.


Let me know if this type of review is a good or bad idea. I just thought you guys might be interested in know why I stopped reading these books. Have you guys read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





8 thoughts on “Thoughts on some DNF books

  1. I read the first book of Cameron’s and didn’t care for it enough to read any more in the series.

    I also read Weeks’ books but I’m on the other end of the spectrum from you. I love his stuff and have bought it all in hardcover 😀

    And that is why it is so hard to recommend books sometimes. Sometimes a book/author just doesn’t click, you know?


    1. Yeah I definitely agree. Sometimes a book or author just isn’t for you. Well I’m thinking I might check out Week’s other series and see if that is more my thing!

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      1. Best of luck with that. I happen to love that series as well, so I’m in no way objective 🙂
        But, if you don’t like the first book, I doubt you’ll like the rest…


  2. I like these reviews.

    I read and enjoyed The Way of Shadows (the whole trilogy). But even so, it’s not prompted me to read any of his other series.


    1. Good to know you like these reviews! Yeah well I have heard good things about his other series so maybe I should try that one out.


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