On The Worst Book Ever
I have just had the dubious pleasure of reading George MacDonald Fraser's historical novel The Reavers.
Now, I'm a huge fan of Fraser for his awesome Flashman books, and I was expecting more of the same – immaculately research history, bawdy romps, high adventure.
Sorry to speak ill of the dead, but this stunk like the rotting corpse of Michael Barrymore's TV career – the sight of a bitter old man railing against New Labour, the modern world, thrashing around at random targets in a book set in the 1590s.
And the worst crime of all – attempting to be funny when he clearly isn't.
I've read Dan Brown, and I'd rather crawl on my hands and knees through a mile of rotting cat turds, reciting The Dan Vinci Code word-for-word than read The Reavers again.
So, I'm going to ask: What's the worst book you've ever read.
Hint: Say "Tales of Mirth and Woe" and you get a slap.