So if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me complain about struggling to get through Dune by Frank Herbert. I’ve described the book as ‘Space Game of Thrones’ to several people, and incidentally I had the same problem while trying to tackle the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
It’s not that I’m not enjoying the book – the premise is interesting and it’s very well written, but it’s so long and so heavy. I could quite happily read a 1000 page novel, but the pacing has to be right. For me, a large amount of action for long periods of time just doesn’t work; I need breaks, slower moments. I’m about 320 pages in, and this enough for me – I can only handle so much of the heavily detailed, jam-packed writing Herbert uses.
So what do I do? I don’t like putting down books and reading others, as I find that I give up on the first one too easily (just ask A Storm of Swords, it’s been left half finished on my Kindle for at least a year), but I’m not reading because if I do I’m getting nowhere. Maybe in the future I should have a page limit on books I intend to review. I read the last three books I’ve reviewed (The House I Loved, The Book of Other People and Junk) in about two weeks, so I thought I’d tackle a longer book – and one that I’ve been meaning to read since I got it 3 years ago.
Have you ever been in this situation? How do you tackle it – do you plough through or take a break; or give up entirely?
See you soon,
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I’m planning to do a post about DNFs in the future, so this post was well-timed for me as a reader! I think I’ve become worse for having multiple books on the go/temporarily giving up on books as I’ve grown older due to having less time to read. I think you have to be in a certain mood to fully appreciate some books, so if I was you, I’d probably leave Dune for now and come back to it later. And if you feel to tend to give up on the first book when reading several at once… There’s probably a reason! 😉
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You’re probably right Amy! I like the story but it’s exhausting and I’m not going to finish it in time for Wednesday’s review! Glad the post came at a good time! 🙂