Sometimes you read a book, fall in love with it, glom everything the author has written and then bask in the afterglow. Sometimes you read a book, get two pages in and throw it at the wall. Most of the books you read will hopefully be at least an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.
At least you know where you stand.
Because then there are the brilliant annoying books. (Annoying is nowhere near a strong enough description but explains the kernel of the feeling so well.)
These are the books where one aspect is so brilliant, so original that it blows you away. Unfortunately it's fighting against an aspect that is so wall-bangingly annoying it makes you want to tear your hair out in frustration.
Then you're stuck in the brilliant/annoying dilemma. Is this book more brilliant than annoying? Or more annoying than brilliant? And if this book is more annoying than brilliant where is the authors next book going to fall on the continuum.
Example - bearing in mind this is completely subjective. One persons annoying is another persons literary addiction.
Kushiel's Dart. Brilliant in its superb worldbuilding, complex characters and plot, beautifully written. Annoying in that it has one of the most irritating heroines ever and the most insomnia inducing first few pages ever written. (I always credit this book as the one that taught me you don't have to love the heroine to love the world she inhabits).
I'd also include the BDB as examples of brilliant/annoying books. With the brilliance (plot akin to crack because it's so addictive) usually overshadowing the annoying (product placement).
So at what brilliant:annoying ratio do you give up? When should you persevere and push through your frustration?
I'm asking the question at the moment because a couple of days ago I thought a book was DNF. But then I picked it up again today and started reading and it was good. I am afraid however that the brilliance of one particular aspect and how it touches the whole book is not enough to compensate for the fact that the heroine really gets on my wick.
So do you have any brilliant/annoying books. I have a copy of Jory Strong's Ghostland to give away to one person who comments on this thread. Poster chosen randomly. Giveaway open until next Friday when I'll announce the winner.