I have never made it through Ulysses, though, surprisingly I managed to finish Finnegan's Wake. it was just words, though. I had no clue the whole time.
I actually really enjoy the "wordy" books, like Dickens, Faulkner, Tolstoy...and can't read Hemingway. Just don't like the writing style.
Also can't finish Grisham. His first novel or two were ok, but now i just can't get past the bad writing. Dan Brown is also pretty bad (IMHO, of course ).
I know what you all mean about A Game of Thrones. I've read the first few and was kind of into it, but it took so long for the next book to come out that I would have to reread the first three (or is it four?) and I just can't face it...
I didn't think I was going to, but I did manage to slog my way through The Passage, by Justin Cronin - 700 odd pages and it sucks you in by having a decent first 100 pages or so, then gets reeaaallllly boring for the next 500 pages and then gets WAY better (of course, that's probably because I was so bored with the preceding 500 pages) for the last 100.
I'm usually pretty good about finishing (and I'll read awful 70s/early 80s horror novels just for the schlock factor), but The Passage was a test for me...
I did make it through Ulysses, in a Joyce class while I was at Trinity College Dublin, but agree that it was mostly just words. Though I do love Dubliners.
I yell at Regency romances a lot when they have bad horse-related facts (which happens a lot). Eloisa James keeps referring to horses being "out of (insert stallion name here)" and another book referred to a livery stable with "tall slim thoroughbreds and barrel-chested quarter horses." THERE ARE NO QUARTER HORSES IN 1810 ENGLAND ARGH DONE WITH BOOK.
I borrowed Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" probably 15 years ago from a friend. I'm still only maybe a third of the way through it and I'm one of those who'll stay up until the wee hours of the morning to finish a book in one sitting. This thing for some reason I just can't get through and each time I pick it up I have to start over because I've forgotten what was going on and who the supporting characters are. Not sure what the problem is - I've actually liked what I've read so far but I just can't seem to make it all the way through.
It's not about the color of the ribbon but the quality of the ride. Having said that, I'd like the blue one please!