Some of the movies I want to see later this year are based on books, so I’ve been reading the books first. And since in many cases the used paper books were cheaper than the ebooks, I’ve been buying and reading paper books again.
And in some cases, discarding the book half way through.
For example, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a Holmes novel by Mitch Cullin which has been adapted into a movie starring Ian McKellan. The movie is coming out later this year, but after reading the book I suspect I won’t be watching it.
The book may feature a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes but it is written in such a way that the character works just as well if we assume he is a senile old man who merely thinks he is Holmes. In short, this isn’t what you would think of as a Holmes story (there’s no Holmsian mystery to solve) but more of a “what does Holmes do in his retirement” type of fanfic.
But that is not why I abandoned the book.
I gave up on it because the font size is too small. Reading this book is too much of a struggle (my arms aren’t long enough). If the font size were just one or two steps larger, I would finish the story just to see how it ended, but the disappointing story simply doesn’t inspire me to put up with the frustrating reading experience.
This isn’t the first book I’ve dropped halfway through, but it is the first paper book which I have put down due to a technical issue.
So tell me, what was the most noteworthy reason you have for abandoning a book (font size, weight, sheer mass, or writing style)?
Conversely, is there a book you wish you had abandoned sooner? (I’ll post an answer to this in the comments.)