1. The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
This is one of those scifi books that throws you straight into an advanced world with a lot of new tech, with weird names. In this case, apparently all of the food sources in the world have been overrun with disease, so you can make a ton of money if you can find any variety of food that will still grow normally.
Couple that with about 100 different plot threads (ok, maybe five), and I just couldn’t. The clincher came when I ended up going to bed really early one night, and didn’t read anything before bed. The next night, I realized I hadn’t missed the story at all. So that was that.
2. The Silver Metal Lover- Tanith Lee
The Claidi Journals, except in early 80s scifi form. Claidi drove me crazy with her whining, though I stuck out all four books because the setting was interesting. I just couldn’t bring myself to do that again.