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starnessports from San Antonio November 10, 2011 - 7:49am

this is for stories that were good...maybe even really good..and get you turning through 100's of pages with glee and wonderment, only to rip your reading heart out with a hastily made ending that i wouldnt qualify as toilet paper...maybe a little harsh, but its a horrible feeling of wasted time.

for me, The Long Walk by Stephen King/ Richard Bachman was this kinda story...it excited me, when i heard this was the first thing King ever authored... but the last 50-75 pages read like a thrown together ending just for sake of finishing the book...very good concept and story before that though.

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 10, 2011 - 8:11am

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett. Not sure if I've ever been so disappointed with an ending.

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Marius Hjelseth from the frozen Norwegian tundra is reading Gomorrah November 10, 2011 - 8:19am

Mostly Harmless, the last Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book by Douglas Adams is the one that comes to mind. All the other books had great endings, but the final was an enormous let-down for me. 

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 10, 2011 - 9:44am

I'm a big fan of Dan Wells' John Cleaver series, but the ending was disappointing. 

I hate epilogues. Epilogues are sometimes necessary, but in most cases they aren't. PW Catanese is also one of my favorite YA/MG writers, but his epilogue at the end of The Books of Umber nearly ruined the series for me. 

I hate that my WIP will have an epilogue. I've tried to find a way around it but the way the story ends calls for an epilogue. If I don't slip a bit of it in, I think my future readers would hate me for leaving things the way I will.

 

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 10, 2011 - 12:03pm

I barely remember the ending but I really loved John Crowley's Little, Big, but I hated the ending. It's always a disappointing when a great book has a weak ending.

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A lot of Stephen King novel endings I guess.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 10, 2011 - 12:54pm

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I wasn't exactly thrilled with the entire novel, but the ending was horrible. You know that point when you get to that part in the book where you have an idea of what the ending will be... well when you get there in The Thirteenth Tale you're thinking, "noooo, that's too stupid for the author to actually use." And then she uses it. 

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Sandra 'Rivvy' Rosie November 10, 2011 - 3:04pm

I actually really liked the end of The Long Walk, I almost cried with frustration. For me, Under The Dome kinda... Well I was really caught up in it and OMG amazing explosions and then... A****s? Motherfucking A****s? (That was the best I could do at making my point without a spoiler. I was that disappointed I feel like I have to tell everyone what hapened so they share my frustration.)

x.S.x

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. November 10, 2011 - 3:12pm

Yeah it makes me angry when I read a thousand page book like Under the Dome and then it ends like that...

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books November 10, 2011 - 3:42pm

I haven't finished Under The Dome, I'm not even sure where that book is hiding,...

As for The Long Walk, I remember feeling totally emotionally spent at the end, and actually crying over it...but that's all I remember about the end. I am surprised no one has said The Dark Tower, King fans love to hate that ending. Of course...I liked it...in a sort of "Oh FUCK NO!" kind of way (referring, of course to the ending before the author's note and not the cheesey epilogue he warned us not to read, Bleck).

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged November 10, 2011 - 4:38pm

Stranger in a Strange Land  by Heinlein - it has a pretty awesome first half and a terrible second half.

Invisible Monsters by Palahniuk - it might have been a decent book if the ending wasn't pointless. It tricks you into thinking it's leading somewhere profound and then it doesn't. Lullaby is another Palahniuk book that fell into this same trap. Like he felt obligated to have a bunch of pain and suffering in his endings even if there was no point.

For the inverse, Vonnegut's Slapstick is a pretty crappy book but it has a real good ending that makes it worth reading.

I can think of more movie examples than books. The Descent and Hard Candy, are good examples of movies that were good until the ending kind of ruined them, but The Prestige takes the cake. It was such an awesome movie until Nolan tried too hard to impress with the ending. The only time he's really screwed up.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 10, 2011 - 5:29pm

Aw man, how the fuck can you not like the ending to The Prestige?

It's concise, compelling, and contains the perfect amount of reference to previous scenes to tie everything together.  Jesus man, Nolan does more in the final six minutes of that movie than Michael Bay does in two hours.  And then he caps everything off with a Radiohead track in the end credits. 

That's just plain disappointing to hear.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 10, 2011 - 5:35pm

I agree that The Prestige was disappointing, but not just the ending. I'll try to say this as vaguely as possible so as not to spoil for other people, but the ending 'twist' was the most obvious thing they could have done. It baffles me how people were even a tiny bit surprised by it. 

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words November 10, 2011 - 8:35pm

for what it was, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest was a complete failure compared to the first two books in the trilogy - granted, they are what they are - kinda fun, with plot holes you could drive a drump truck through, inconsistencies of character blah blah blah, but they were alright (gods, why that popular though?). But this third book managed to suck all of the tension and conflict out of the story. Pointless waste of time.

ps Swedes drink a lot of coffee

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Cody from Idaho is reading Sherlock Holmes November 10, 2011 - 10:06pm

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but the useless denoument tagged to the end of the Harry Potter books made me want to injure myself.  We all get that everyone was eventually gonna get pregnant and the kids were probly gonna be named after close deceased friends... why write about it?

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. November 10, 2011 - 10:36pm

Bale, Jackman, Johanson. What is wrong with you people. They have models as actors in that movie. Anyone who doesn't like The Prestige is just secret cult members that worship Michael Bay and hitler.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 11, 2011 - 12:30am

The Dark Tower ending was evil.  I mean not the part with the rest of the gang in alternate reality #12 but Roland's ending but I guess fitting since he was an anti-hero to begin with.  The sad thing is waiting all those years for those books and then some of the choices King made like putting himself in the story.  Although he is doing another story which takes place in the Dark Tower world next year called, "The wind through the keyhole" which is about the ka-tet inbetween books three and four I believe when Susannah was still prego with demon baby.  Little Oy! and the rest.  Those were the happy times.  Even through heroin withdrawal, Eddie Dean, schizo Susannah and the gang were my friends in high school lol

 

I liked the Prestige but the ending was a bit of a cheat, it was so sci-fi out of nowhere.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 11, 2011 - 12:39am

It was definitely not "out of nowhere". The entire movie is scene after scene of smashing it in your face and then finally at the end they go "did you get it!?" Of course we got it, they might as well have put it in the damn title. 

Again, I say 'it' to avoid spoiling it for anyone. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books November 11, 2011 - 1:07am

Oh God, The Descent's ending was horrible, absolutely no argument. I really wondered why the fuck anyone bothered to make that film when the end came...so bad.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 11, 2011 - 1:54am

Well, technically there were 2 endings to the Descent.  SPOILER ALERT!  There is the American one where she gets away and the one from Australia or wherever where she realizes she is still in the cave and you see an image of her walking towards her daughter blowing out the birthday cake, it's like she has gone insane.  I actually prefer the insane ending to the other one because the second film felt like a cheat.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 11, 2011 - 1:55am

I liked the ending to the Dark Tower series, although perhaps it was "evil."

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words November 11, 2011 - 4:28am

the end of Preacher was pretty bad - not a denouement as much as a falling apart - but then again, the point wasn't as much the plot as it was blood, guts, and profanity.

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever November 11, 2011 - 6:46am

I think the epilogue for the Harry Potter books was to help stem crappy fan fiction- oh, sorry, that was redundant.

The only King book I have read is "IT" and the ending was so fucking bad I never read another of his books.

The complete last book of the Sword of Truth series by Goodkind. It became clear that the main character was a Mary Sue by the second novel, and the main female character the author's teenage masturbation fantasy, but as the books channeled that horrid creature Ayn Rand more and more each book it culminated in an Objectivist Shit Stew. Damn my completist nature.

 

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Andrew Moore from Belfast Northern Ireland is reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King November 11, 2011 - 6:05am

I was really bothered by the ending of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Didn't sit well with me, was expecting something more. But I guess going out with a whimper was probably the point...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 11, 2011 - 6:11am

I liked the ending to the Dark Tower as well - the Roland ending.  It felt RIGHT to me.  I read it and the singular thought in my mind was "yes".  

Although I'm a live in the past kind of person anyway, so things like that get me every time.  One reason I love The Great Gatsby so much.  I, like Gatsby himself, have a candle littered alter in my soul where I go at night to worship the past. 

But the Dark Tower...he made some poor choices toward the end (in my opinion) but he made up for a lot of it with the end.  It was true to the story. 

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged November 11, 2011 - 7:05am

Regarding The Prestige [spoiler!!] - what I liked about it was that it was all tricks. There was no real magic, that was an established rule for the audience early in the movie so you're always trying to figure out how they do these things. But then the Tesla-magic-box thing changed all the rules. It was no longer magic tricks but real magic. When you change all the ground rules at the end - go from a world of non-magic to a world of magic - it's cheating in my eye. It's like a deus ex machina. Like, in inverse, if in the end of Harry Potter we discover that Hogwarts is an insane asylum that Harry's been committed to by his aunt and uncle b/c he was destroying the house with this delusion that he was a wizard. I loved the twin aspect of The Prestige but hated the Tesla machine - I spent all that time trying to figure out what the trick is only to discover it was magic (they give a hint earlier but I dismissed it b/c I didn't think Nolan would stoop that low).

Concerning the two Descent endings - I liked the American one better, but I thought they were both failures. The American one was just less of a failure.

The Dark Tower series were my first Stephen King books. I started them in elementary school and read the first three (that's all there was back then). Before Wizard and Glass came out I stopped reading King. Then when the final book came out, someone I knew complained to me how King ruined the series with the end and how I should never waste my time with the crap. I had no intention on returning to the series until he told me the ending, which sounded awesome to me. I still haven't gotten through them all, but I'm working on it.

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starnessports from San Antonio November 11, 2011 - 7:56am

gotta say, and call me a blasphemer (dont say that word doesnt exist, because i have a dictionary and it has blasphemer in big permanent marker!) if you want, but the saw movies were the inverse of this...i would sit through torture after torture, just to get to the sure fire epic ending..and that music ALWAYS sent chills, i even made that my ringtone...and then lost all my friends...MOVING ON!

i guess its a good thing i never finished prestige or the descent, because it sounds like i didnt need to..a movie that really sucked at the end was tension....just wow. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER but to blame split personality is a horrible cop out ending...see hide and seek or secret window for further examples.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 11, 2011 - 9:15am

Secret Window the story or the movie?

 

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Dr. Gonzo from Manchester, UK is reading Blood Meridian November 11, 2011 - 11:08am

I have a hard-on for Secret Window. Something about it. Both book and film.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 11, 2011 - 11:24am

Cody: That is another book that made me hate epilogues. In the movie it felt right, but in the book... sigh. I know why she did it. She didn't want people asking her to continue the series! But... you know, it was one of those cases where the epilogue felt completely unnecessary. 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce November 11, 2011 - 11:35am

Meg Rossof's "What I Was"

The ending fucking sucked so badly. It's...it's just incolsolable how much I was let down

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 11, 2011 - 1:28pm

I didn't like the last book in the Dark Tower series because it used too many character's from his other books, which I hadn't read and wasn't familiar with. But as I mentioned, I was into the ending.

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Jackie Treehorn from North Carolina November 11, 2011 - 4:45pm

Just finished the Hitchikers Guide Anthology.  I agree that the end of "Mostly Harmless" was a bit dissapointing, but the whole series seemed like it was more about the style than the story.  It was a fun adventure, but if I tried to make it adhere to some kind of normal narrative, it would really fail (see: Arthur's girlfriend Fenchurch simply 'disapearing' into an alternate universe).  But man, I really liked 'Restaurant at the End of the Universe.'

Also, I agree with Dr. Gonzo (not just because I love Thompson's stuff) on Secret Window.  J. Depp sold the over-the-top end to the move and I really liked the end to the King story as well.

Spoiler Alert on "The Mist"

If we're talking terrible endings, let's go with 'The Mist.'  Book= great.  Open ending, makes sense.  Movie= garbage, makes no sense at all.  No spoilers, but I rented that damn move and it was ok throughout, but the end is just ridiculous.  You always make sure you see the monster before the whole murder-suidide thing.

 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books November 11, 2011 - 5:55pm

Aliens--I had never seen the Australian ending, I think I would like that one better. Insasnity does seem like the logical conclusion to that story,

Bradley--I loved the Dark Tower ending as well, one of the few. I just don't see how it could end any other way.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 11, 2011 - 5:57pm

I also liked the ending to The SopranosThat may be the most hated ending in history.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books November 11, 2011 - 5:58pm

Haha, I never got into The Sopranos, but I am well aware of how it ended just because of the outrage.

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EricWojo from Livonia, Michigan is reading The Brothers Karamazov November 11, 2011 - 6:28pm

While Damned if You Do has my favorite opening sentence/hook, the ending was reached at an airport on a Sunday night, waiting for a flight out of Detroit to Newark, New Jersey.  A Sunday night at 7PM.  A flight that was delayed and wouldn't reach Jersey until hours later where, after a car rental and pioneering the Turn Pike, I made it to my hotel.  Then the alarm went off a few hours later and reminded me I was there to go to work.  After earning some payola, I spent an evening in a strange land where I picked up a DVD of Morrissey videos and a magnet that read, "Dating is expensive.  Porn is cheaper."  I didn't bother going to bed because I had the 6AM flight out of Jersey, back to Detroit.

Wait...what was the question?

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Achillez from Long Island, New York is reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway November 14, 2011 - 3:24pm

The Man in the High Castle.

I also hate the ending of Rosemary's Baby.

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho November 14, 2011 - 4:10pm

You need to open your mind to new endings. Most of the time the reason people don't like different-ish endings is because they're used to a certain thing. Open your eyes and try to see what the author was trying to do with the ending. I like when an ending can shock you, sometimes you feel cheated, but once you go back, watch it a second time, maybe think about it for a while, you come to realize how fucking awesome the ending actually was. What does everyone think of the ending of Requiem For A Dream?

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho November 14, 2011 - 4:23pm

What about the ending of Antichrist and Melancholia? If anyone has in fact seen von Trier's films. 

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever November 15, 2011 - 6:52am

Mmmm. Don't like the implication that we who don't like certain endings are closed minded or poor readers. Very often today books just... stop. Or they have very bad twists which are ridiculous (cf., IT: It was implied throughout that Pennywise was a product of the collective petty evils of the town- great idea. Turns out it was a huge SPIDER FROM OUTERSPACE. Fuck that noise)

As for the ending of the book Requium for a Dream it flowed perfectly from the body of the story- it was the fit and only ending for that novel but then Selby is a boss.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 15, 2011 - 6:58am

I like endings that just stop.  It's more like life to me. 

Whose seen The Last Unicorn?  Anyone?  "There are no happy endings, because nothing ends."

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever November 15, 2011 - 7:06am

Well, there is definitely a readership for that sort of story ending, and that is cool. Such stories can be and are often well written, I just do not like it; but I also do not need everything tied up in a bow at the end either-- I find that pedantic and annoying. When a story just stops, to me that is a sign the writer either gave up, is trying to hard to be arty or thought he had an ending, but did not. Of course in art, all is subjective.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words November 15, 2011 - 12:51pm

I've read a few books where it struck me that the author had written himself into a corner and couldn't write himself back out again - enter the deus ex machina...

Jack L. Chalker's Well World series was like that (mind you, I read it aeons ago, but even as an adolescent I felt shortchanged)

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 15, 2011 - 7:30pm

@Averydoll - The Last Unicorn is my favorite childhood movie...that I still watch sometimes...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 16, 2011 - 2:26pm

I just bought it on DVD.  I love it!  My best friend and i reference it a lot...

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books November 17, 2011 - 4:25pm

The Man in the High Castle.

 

 

This is next on my reading list, but I recently read that Dick left it open with the intent of writing a sequel but couldn't bring himself to write about Nazis again. I guess I forgive him, because I have written two novels about Neo-Nazis and when this (the second) is polished and done, I hope to never read another goddamn thing about those dogs, nor write about them ever again (but I doubt it will happen that way).

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jayfishbone from Suburban Minneapolis is reading Doomsday Vault November 18, 2011 - 7:10pm

I agree with Under the Dome and the Road. Only one really comes to mind that I've read recently and that is Frisk by Dennis Cooper. 

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The One That Go... from PEI is reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury November 20, 2011 - 10:44am

Son of Rosemary by Ira Levin has the worst ending because it attempted to ruin two books.

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writingasgjjensen from Don't Ask is reading A lot. I try to read as much as I can. November 20, 2011 - 11:28am

misskokamon "I'm a big fan of Dan Wells' John Cleaver series, but the ending was disappointing."

I agree.  The first two books were really good.  But I think the third went too far away from the character for me to be satisfied.  I will read them again, and recommend the first one, "I'm Not a Serial Killer."

It's hard to complain without spoiling it, and if anyone is considering it, it is worth the read.  I was addicted to John Cleaver from the start.

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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu November 20, 2011 - 3:40pm

I had a friend who raved about The Night Angel trilogy so I read it and good god! The books weren't very good to begin with, but the ending just felt like it was thrown together in five minutes. It was disappointing and made me hate those books. They were my friend's first fantasy novels so I guess if you've never read fantasy before, it could be cool and interesting but to me they sucked and the ending just made them suck more.