|After around three months of struggle, I have finally given up on a book and put it back on my shelf, less than half read. And I feel guilty; partly because I think books should be finished once started (if you don't see the whole picture, how do you know you don't like the book? You may miss out) but mostly, in this case, because I know the author. The book in question is Justina Robson's Mappa Mundi. This is the second novel of hers to be nominated for the Arthur C Clarke sf fiction award, so she has a good cv. She's also a fab woman. I started off liking the book, amazingly so. I found the writing very different in style to what I was used to. The closest description I can use is that it's very feminine. And then the science fiction reared its head and every time I think I can visualise what's going on, something happens that blurs the image or changes wht I thought was going on. It's not Robson's writing - she's very good, and I have mucho respect for her - it's me and sf. The only time this has ever happened before was with William Gibson's Neuromancer, which I stuck with and finished, but could never 'see' unfolding in front of me. So, while Robson is in good company, and I shouldn't feel like an idiot for not understanding everything in the world, I do want to find a way to finish this book.|
Any tips? Do any of you have this problem and if so, do you not worry about it, give the damn thing away, or just go back to it another time? I feel like a traitor!