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* Victoria Foyt's [[VanityPublishing vanity-published]] book '''''Literature/SaveThePearls: Revealing Eden''''' claims to be "the next ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]''" with its premise of an apocalyptic world where [[PersecutionFlip white people ("Pearls") are the minority, and black people ("Coals") are the "privileged" majority]]. That doesn't change the fact that it's just a whiny racist fantasizing about a world where her views are easily justified. It's almost unfair to say the [[UnfortunateImplications implications are unfortunate]], as that would imply a subtlety this book completely lacks. Ridiculous lengths and liberties (particularly with its use of [[HollywoodScience science]] to explain why black people are at an advantage) are taken in a transparent and ineffective attempt make the white characters (and whites as a whole) more sympathetic. That, and the book as a whole is ham-handed and devoid of any real effort. The book is currently rated 1 1/2 stars on [[http://www.amazon.com/Revealing-Eden-Save-Pearls-Part/product-reviews/0983650322/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0 Amazon]] (and just keeps on going down), with there being strong evidence that the handful of positive reviews [[AstroTurf were faked]]. A major part of the premise is that the main character has to use paint to disguise herself as a "Coal". The result of this? A promotional video where the actress playing her part is done up in BlackFace. Talk about horrid ideas...

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* Victoria Foyt's [[VanityPublishing vanity-published]] book '''''Literature/SaveThePearls: Revealing Eden''''' claims to be "the next ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]''" with its premise of an apocalyptic world where [[PersecutionFlip white people ("Pearls") are the minority, and black people ("Coals") are the "privileged" majority]]. That doesn't change the fact that it's just a whiny racist fantasizing about a world where her views are easily justified. It's almost unfair to say the [[UnfortunateImplications implications are unfortunate]], as that would imply a subtlety this book completely lacks. Ridiculous lengths and liberties (particularly with its use of [[HollywoodScience science]] to explain why black people are at an advantage) are taken in a transparent and ineffective attempt make the white characters (and whites as a whole) more sympathetic. That, and the book as a whole is ham-handed and devoid of any real effort. The book is currently rated 1 1/2 stars on [[http://www.amazon.com/Revealing-Eden-Save-Pearls-Part/product-reviews/0983650322/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0 Amazon]] (and just keeps on going down), with there being strong evidence that the handful of positive reviews [[AstroTurf were faked]]. A major part of the premise is that the main character has to use paint to disguise herself as a "Coal". The result of this? [[https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmvr2p A promotional video video]] where the actress playing her part is done up in BlackFace. Talk about horrid ideas...


* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures story '''''The Pit''''' by Neil Penswick is commonly regarded as the worst ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel of all time, not least because of the tedious nature of the story, which is written entirely in BeigeProse to boot. The Doctor is completely useless and does virtually nothing throughout — which to be fair was part of a larger ''New Adventures'' StoryArc, but is taken WAY overboard in this novel — and Bernice Summerfield acts completely out of character, coming across as cold-hearted and irritable. Legendary poet William Blake appears as one of the main characters, but is completely wasted and just spends most of his time complaining about the situation he's in. Worst of all, the whole thing ends up being one giant ShaggyDogStory, making it even more infuriating to have to sit through the bland and confusing storyline. Fortunately, you don't have to read through the whole thing; [[http://www.drwhoguide.com/whona12p.htm this prologue]] (originally published in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'') illustrates its main problems well enough.
* Of all the books meant to warn people about the [[CriticalResearchFailure dangers of]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', none are as bad as Phil Arms' book '''''Pokemon and [[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry Potter]]: A Fatal Attraction'''''. [[NeverTrustATitle Despite what the title says, Harry Potter only gets one chapter in the entire book]], which tries (and fails) to equate ''Pokemon'' with New Age beliefs, but stumbles into CriticalResearchFailure (i.e. not realizing that Digimon and Pokemon are made by two different companies, failing to understand that Mewtwo had [[JerkassHasAPoint perfectly good reasons]] to blow up the lab [[note]]granted, they were in a Drama CD only released in Japan, but still[[/note]], ignoring the fact that you don't actually kill, maim, or steal anyone or anything in the game... and that's just three random errors he made), RougeAnglesOfSatin ("J.K. Rawlings"? "Zobat"?), over-reliance on forums and websites already critical of Pokemon, ''[[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch and a note where he outright states he doesn't actually play or read the things he's attacking]]''. Reviews can be found on Amazon [[http://www.amazon.com/Pokemon-Harry-Potter-Fatal-Attraction/product-reviews/1575580675/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop/192-5176829-5466719?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R230APTPXBBOZO here]], with an average of ''1.8'' (with most of the 5-star reviews being troll reviews).
* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as Onision, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is much, much worse. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be the ability to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]], the climax actually has him fighting God. Almost every challenge he faces is resolved instantly, and anything resembling real difficulty comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went after a serial killer and killed him and his accomplices,[[UnintentionallySympathetic even though one accomplice was blackmailed into doing it]]. Another instance was when he decides to change his girlfriend simply because he's bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them, even though [[{{Squick}} the girlfriend was 16, and Daniel's 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." Not only was he always meant to be a self-insert, but the author forgot to ''change the name''. Out of all of the author's books, this has the most bad reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''
* '''''Rise of the Zombies''''' is free on Google Books, but even then you'll want your money back. The book is a pathetic two pages long, and they're the two stupidest pages ever; a father and son are out fishing, when zombie UsefulNotes/{{Blackbeard}} hauls himself onto the boat and eats them. In the space of a sentence, the zombies kill every single person on a nearby island. The president nukes the island, but the zombies somehow learn to fly planes and escape, and (again in just one sentence) kill all life on Earth. Out of nowhere, "Alien's [''sic''] from the planet Xenan" turn up and blow up Earth. [[https://books.google.com.br/books?id=gKIUX-4Zy-EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Rise+of+the+Zombies&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Rise%20of%20the%20Zombies&f=false It has to be seen to be believed.]] Another story by the same author has global warming cause Earth to lose its gravity.
* '''''The Robot''''' by Paul E. Watson is a self-described "wildly improbable male teen fantasy" in which two awkward high school friends-- Gabe, a science-loving geek and Dover, a CasanovaWannabe --discover a RobotGirl named T.R.I.N.A. in the [[MadScientistLaboratory secret laboratory]] in Gabe's father's basement. They mistakenly activate the robot when trying to have sex with it ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes, really]]), and T.R.I.N.A. escapes. Gabe and Dover then set out on a quest to foil an assassination plot against [[Series/{{DrPhil}} Dr. Phil]] with the help of government agents. Yes, ''that's the plot''. The characters-- ''especially'' Gabe and Dover --are [[{{Jerkass}} insufferably unlikeable]] and stereotypical. The dialogue mainly consists of tired clichés and crass sex jokes. There's a subplot where Gabe tries to connect with his father... which falls flat because the father [[AbusiveParents is extremely mean-spirited all throughout the novel]], and the payoff is unsatisfactory (at the end of the story, [[spoiler: despite everything that has happened, Gabe's father ''still'' grounds his son]]). Every chapter begins with an inspirational quote, including one about trying new things from [[Creator/{{MarxBrothers}} Groucho Marx]], but the events taking place in the chapters themselves don't live up to them. [[note]]In the chapter featuring the aforementioned quote, Gabe and Dover get left home alone, get drunk while playing Franchise/{{Halo}}, nearly look up pornography, and go against the words of a parent and enter the secret basement lab... where the two try having sex with ''a robot'' and accidentally power it on, setting the plot in motion.[[/note]] Ridiculously enough, the book is intended for ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids 12-year-olds]]''.

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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' story '''''The Pit''''' by Neil Penswick is commonly regarded as the worst ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel of all time, not least because of the tedious nature of the story, which is written entirely in BeigeProse to boot. The Doctor is completely useless and does virtually nothing throughout — which (which to be fair was part of a larger ''New Adventures'' StoryArc, but is taken WAY '''way''' overboard in this novel — novel) and Bernice Summerfield acts completely out of character, coming across as cold-hearted and irritable. Legendary poet William Blake appears as one of the main characters, but is completely wasted and just spends most of his time complaining about the situation he's in. Worst of all, the whole thing ends up being one giant ShaggyDogStory, making it even more infuriating to have to sit through the bland and confusing storyline. Fortunately, you don't have to read through the whole thing; [[http://www.drwhoguide.com/whona12p.htm this prologue]] (originally published in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'') illustrates its main problems well enough.
* Of all the books meant to warn people about the [[CriticalResearchFailure dangers of]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', none are as bad as Phil Arms' book '''''Pokemon '''''Pokémon and [[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry Potter]]: A Fatal Attraction'''''. [[NeverTrustATitle Despite what the title says, Harry Potter only gets one chapter in the entire book]], which tries (and fails) to equate ''Pokemon'' ''Pokémon'' with New Age beliefs, but stumbles into CriticalResearchFailure (i.e. not realizing that Digimon ''Digimon'' and Pokemon ''Pokémon'' are made by two different companies, failing to understand that Mewtwo had [[JerkassHasAPoint perfectly good reasons]] to blow up the lab [[note]]granted, [[note]]{granted, they were in a Drama CD only released in Japan, but still[[/note]], still}[[/note]], ignoring the fact that you don't actually kill, maim, or steal anyone or anything in the game... and that's just three random errors he made), RougeAnglesOfSatin ("J.K. Rawlings"? "Zobat"?), over-reliance on forums and websites already critical of Pokemon, ''Pokémon'', ''[[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch and a note where he outright states he doesn't actually play or read the things he's attacking]]''. Reviews can be found on Amazon [[http://www.amazon.com/Pokemon-Harry-Potter-Fatal-Attraction/product-reviews/1575580675/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop/192-5176829-5466719?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R230APTPXBBOZO here]], with an average of ''1.8'' (with most of the 5-star reviews being troll reviews).
* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as Onision, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is much, much worse. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be the ability to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, progresses he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]], the climax actually has him fighting God. Almost every challenge he faces is resolved instantly, and anything resembling real difficulty comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went goes after a serial killer and killed kills him and his accomplices,[[UnintentionallySympathetic even though one accomplice was blackmailed into doing it]]. Another instance was it]], or when he decides to change his girlfriend simply because he's bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them, even though [[{{Squick}} the girlfriend was 16, is 16 and Daniel's 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." "Greg". Not only was he always meant to be a self-insert, but the author forgot to ''change the name''. Out of all of the author's books, this has the most bad reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.two]]-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''
''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* '''''Rise of the Zombies''''' is free on Google Books, but even then you'll want your money back. The book is a pathetic two pages long, and they're the two stupidest pages ever; ever: a father and son are out fishing, when zombie UsefulNotes/{{Blackbeard}} hauls himself onto the boat and eats them. In the space of a sentence, the zombies kill every single person on a nearby island. The president nukes the island, but the zombies somehow learn to fly planes and escape, and (again in just one sentence) kill all life on Earth. Out of nowhere, "Alien's [''sic''] from the planet Xenan" turn up and blow up Earth. [[https://books.google.com.br/books?id=gKIUX-4Zy-EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Rise+of+the+Zombies&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Rise%20of%20the%20Zombies&f=false It has to be seen to be believed.]] Another story by the same author has global warming cause Earth to lose its gravity.
* '''''The Robot''''' by Paul E. Watson is a self-described "wildly improbable male teen fantasy" in which two awkward high school friends-- friends - Gabe, a science-loving geek and Dover, a CasanovaWannabe --discover - discover a RobotGirl named T.R.I.N.A. in the [[MadScientistLaboratory secret laboratory]] in Gabe's father's basement. They mistakenly activate the robot when trying to have sex with it ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes, really]]), and T.R.I.N.A. escapes. Gabe and Dover then set out on a quest to foil an assassination plot against [[Series/{{DrPhil}} Dr. Phil]] with the help of government agents. Yes, ''that's the plot''. The characters-- characters, ''especially'' Gabe and Dover --are Dover, are [[{{Jerkass}} insufferably unlikeable]] and stereotypical. The dialogue mainly consists of tired clichés and crass sex jokes. There's a subplot where Gabe tries to connect with his father... which falls flat because the father [[AbusiveParents is extremely mean-spirited all throughout the novel]], novel]] and the payoff is unsatisfactory (at the end of the story, [[spoiler: despite [[spoiler:despite everything that has that's happened, Gabe's father ''still'' grounds his son]]). Every chapter begins with an inspirational quote, including one about trying new things from [[Creator/{{MarxBrothers}} [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], but the events taking place in the chapters themselves don't live up to them. [[note]]In [[note]](In the chapter featuring the aforementioned quote, Gabe and Dover get left home alone, get drunk while playing Franchise/{{Halo}}, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', nearly look up pornography, and go against the words of a parent and enter the secret basement lab... where the two try having sex with ''a robot'' and accidentally power it on, setting the plot in motion.[[/note]] )[[/note]] Ridiculously enough, the book is intended for ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids 12-year-olds]]''.



* Victoria Foyt's [[VanityPublishing vanity-published]] book '''''Literature/SaveThePearls: Revealing Eden''''' claims to be "the next ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]''" with its premise of an apocalyptic world where [[PersecutionFlip white people ("Pearls") are the minority, and black people ("Coals") are the "privileged" majority.]] That doesn't change the fact that it's just a whiny racist fantasizing about a world where her views are easily justified. It's almost unfair to say the [[UnfortunateImplications implications are unfortunate]], as that would imply a subtlety this book completely lacks. Ridiculous lengths and liberties (particularly with its use of [[HollywoodScience science]] to explain why black people are at an advantage) are taken in a transparent and ineffective attempt make the white characters (and whites as a whole) more sympathetic. That, and the book as a whole is ham-handed and devoid of any real effort. The book is currently rated 1 1/2 stars on [[http://www.amazon.com/Revealing-Eden-Save-Pearls-Part/product-reviews/0983650322/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0 Amazon]] (and just keeps on going down), with there being strong evidence that the handful of positive reviews [[AstroTurf were faked]]. A major part of the premise is that the main character has to use paint to disguise herself as a "Coal". The result of this? A promotional video where the actress playing her part is done up in BlackFace. Talk about horrid ideas...
* The first published book of the Chilean author Francisca Solar, '''''La Septima M''''' ("''The Seventh M''"), a YA/Paranormal detective novel about the investigation of a series of strange suicides in Southern Chile. The main characters are an impossibly beautiful and talented young forensic woman (whom the author calls a "Thanatologist" in one of the worst cases of SeparatedByACommonLanguage in the Spanish language) who has an AmbiguousDisorder and takes medication with vaguely defined and inconsistent effects; a detective with NoSenseOfHumor whose investigative capacities are more of a InformedAbility, and a obnoxious photographer who was intended as a PluckyComicRelief but comes as TheScrappy instead. The [[TownWithADarkSecret location]] reeks of [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Chile is Naziland]], every bad police procedural cliché is played straight, the "mystery" is practically ripped off an ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' filler episode, some of the very tense situations happen in Hanna-Barbera cartoon style (including what may be the worst attempt on playing the ScoobyDoobyDoors for drama), {{Plot Hole}}s abound, and the IdiotBall is played like a volleyball match. All the former and the [[PurpleProse very purple and pretentious writing]] would make the book [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]] in other circumstances, but here they dogpile to slog the text and infuriate the reader. A sequel (named "El Hada de las Cadenas", "The Faerie of Chains") was eventually written and published, but the editorial decided to release it on digital only...however, Chile is a region where the purchase of digital content isn't very widespread, and eventually it was forgotten.
* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet — Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''', better known as ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering, along with sex with dragons" is the closest one can come up with as a short summary for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but, so there's no WriterOnBoard here. The two sequels are, while not ''good'', a significant improvement over the original and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse - the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)

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* Victoria Foyt's [[VanityPublishing vanity-published]] book '''''Literature/SaveThePearls: Revealing Eden''''' claims to be "the next ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]''" with its premise of an apocalyptic world where [[PersecutionFlip white people ("Pearls") are the minority, and black people ("Coals") are the "privileged" majority.]] majority]]. That doesn't change the fact that it's just a whiny racist fantasizing about a world where her views are easily justified. It's almost unfair to say the [[UnfortunateImplications implications are unfortunate]], as that would imply a subtlety this book completely lacks. Ridiculous lengths and liberties (particularly with its use of [[HollywoodScience science]] to explain why black people are at an advantage) are taken in a transparent and ineffective attempt make the white characters (and whites as a whole) more sympathetic. That, and the book as a whole is ham-handed and devoid of any real effort. The book is currently rated 1 1/2 stars on [[http://www.amazon.com/Revealing-Eden-Save-Pearls-Part/product-reviews/0983650322/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0 Amazon]] (and just keeps on going down), with there being strong evidence that the handful of positive reviews [[AstroTurf were faked]]. A major part of the premise is that the main character has to use paint to disguise herself as a "Coal". The result of this? A promotional video where the actress playing her part is done up in BlackFace. Talk about horrid ideas...
* The first published book of the Chilean author Francisca Solar, '''''La Septima M''''' ("''The Seventh M''"), is a YA/Paranormal detective novel about the investigation of a series of strange suicides in Southern Chile. The main characters are an impossibly beautiful and talented young forensic woman (whom the author calls a "Thanatologist" in one of the worst cases of SeparatedByACommonLanguage in the Spanish language) who has an AmbiguousDisorder and takes medication with vaguely defined and inconsistent effects; effects, a detective with NoSenseOfHumor whose investigative capacities are more of a InformedAbility, and a an obnoxious photographer who was intended as a PluckyComicRelief but comes as TheScrappy instead. The [[TownWithADarkSecret location]] reeks of [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Chile is Naziland]], every bad police procedural cliché is played straight, the "mystery" is practically ripped off an ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' filler episode, some of the very tense situations happen in Hanna-Barbera cartoon style (including what may be the worst attempt on playing the ScoobyDoobyDoors for drama), {{Plot Hole}}s abound, and the IdiotBall is played passed around like a volleyball match. All the former and the [[PurpleProse very purple and pretentious writing]] would make the book [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]] in other circumstances, but here they dogpile to slog the text and infuriate the reader. A sequel (named "El ''El Hada de las Cadenas", "The Cadenas'', "''The Faerie of Chains") Chains''") was eventually written and published, but the editorial decided to release it on digital only...as digital-only...however, Chile is a region where the purchase of digital content isn't very widespread, and eventually it was forgotten.
* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet - Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''', better known as ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering, along with sex with dragons" is the closest one can come up with as a short summary for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but, so there's no WriterOnBoard here. The two sequels are, while not ''good'', a significant improvement over the original and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse - the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)


-->-- '''Smart Bitches, Trashy Books''' on "Top Ten Signs You're Reading A Very Bad Romance Novel" [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130118121112/http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/books/extras/top-ten-signs-youre-reading-a-very-bad-romance-novel (archive.org link)]]

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* '''Alphascript Publishing''' and '''Betascript Publishing''' have published over 300,000 books. Sounds pretty interesting, until you realize that all of them are just a bunch of Wikipedia articles. "High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA Articles!", the cover of each book states. It gets worse, though. The title of each book is a complete lie. For example, why does ''Giving Circles'' have a Wikipedia article on the United Kingdom in it? While the Wikipedia article on "Giving Circles" ''is'' in the book, it only takes up one page of the 108-page book. The covers [[http://brianbusby.blogspot.com/2011/10/alpha-beta-dada.html are]] epic failures, such as the book on the Fieseler Fi 167 showing a [[CriticalResearchFailure C-130]], and another on the 1867 Canadian Election showing '''the United States flag'''. The editors don't check the articles to make sure they're accurate, which means that vandalism could end up in the books. The books are often only 40-50 pages long, yet cost up to $100 — for Wikipedia articles that you can get on the internet '''for free'''. Many of the books are "Temporarily out of stock" on Amazon. [[FridgeLogic How can something can be "out of stock" when it's printed on demand?]] Flu Press is a similar offender, even offering these so-called books on eBay.

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* '''Alphascript Publishing''' and '''Betascript Publishing''' have published over 300,000 books. Sounds pretty interesting, until you realize that all of them are just a bunch of Wikipedia articles. "High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA Articles!", the cover of each book states. It gets worse, though. The title of each book is a complete lie. For example, why does ''Giving Circles'' have a Wikipedia article on the United Kingdom in it? While the Wikipedia article on "Giving Circles" ''is'' in the book, it only takes up one page of the 108-page book. The covers [[http://brianbusby.blogspot.com/2011/10/alpha-beta-dada.html are]] covers]] are epic failures, such as the book on the Fieseler Fi 167 showing a [[CriticalResearchFailure C-130]], and another on the 1867 Canadian Election showing '''the United States flag'''. The editors don't check the articles to make sure they're accurate, which means that vandalism could end up in the books. The books are often only 40-50 pages long, yet cost up to $100 - for Wikipedia articles that you can get on the internet '''for free'''. Many of the books are "Temporarily out of stock" on Amazon. [[FridgeLogic How can something can be "out of stock" when it's printed on demand?]] Flu Press is a similar offender, even offering these so-called books on eBay.



** ''[[http://www.amazon.com/ANTIGUA-Land-Fairies-Wizards-Heroes/dp/1425997821 ANTIGUA: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes]]'' is just as bad. It is most notable for featuring at least as many exclamation marks as it does full stops. The excerpt available on Amazon is SoBadItsGood, but the novelty wears thin before long. It also purports to be a ''teen novel'', but reads like a book made for ''preschoolers.'' Worse, the author blatantly advertised her book in review sections and insulted people who tried to give her advice. And there's an ''unironic, genuine 4 Star review'' that was blatantly written by the author or somebody close to her.
* '''Books LLC's ''Wikipedia Source''''' series might be an even worse example of published Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} articles than the aforementioned Alphascript and Betascript Publishing. In addition to possessing all their flaws, the books' content seems to have been randomly selected by an automated algorithm, leading to verbal diarrhea such as "Gremlin Interactive Games: Loaded, Fragile Allegiance, Jungle Strike, Top Gear 3000, Harlequin, VideoGame/BodyHarvest, {{Utopia}}: The Creation of a Nation" and incoherent descriptions. The presentation also has the barest minimum effort put into it, with most of the covers just having words in a basic font on it, like [[http://www.biblio-moto-books.net/images/motorcycle_manufacturers_of_italy.jpg this.]].
* '''Dario Ford''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and'' 'NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''co-wrote''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.
* While '''Robert Stanek''' has written some passable-to-good nonfiction books, his [[BlatantLies "bestselling fantasy novels"]] are more famous for their low quality and the [[http://conjugalfelicity.com/robert-stanek/ ludicrously unethical tactics he used to promote them]] (including the use of {{Sock Puppet}}s to pose as fans) than their actual content:

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** ''[[http://www.amazon.com/ANTIGUA-Land-Fairies-Wizards-Heroes/dp/1425997821 ANTIGUA: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes]]'' is just as bad. It is It's most notable for featuring at least as many exclamation marks as it does full stops. The excerpt available on Amazon is SoBadItsGood, but the novelty wears thin before long. It also purports to be a ''teen novel'', but reads like a book made for ''preschoolers.'' ''preschoolers''. Worse, the author blatantly advertised her book in review sections and insulted people who tried to give her advice. And there's an ''unironic, genuine 4 Star 4-Star review'' that was blatantly written by the author or somebody close to her.
* '''Books LLC's ''Wikipedia Source''''' series might be an even worse example of published Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} articles than the aforementioned Alphascript and Betascript Publishing.Betascript. In addition to possessing all their flaws, the books' content seems to have been randomly selected by an automated algorithm, leading to verbal diarrhea such as "Gremlin Interactive Games: Loaded, Fragile Allegiance, Jungle Strike, Top Gear 3000, Harlequin, VideoGame/BodyHarvest, {{Utopia}}: The Creation of a Nation" and incoherent descriptions. The presentation also has the barest minimum effort put into it, with most of the covers just having words in a basic font on it, like [[http://www.biblio-moto-books.net/images/motorcycle_manufacturers_of_italy.jpg this.]].
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* '''Dario Ford''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and'' 'NDRANGHETA''. and ''[='NDRANGHETA=]''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and or style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' Clancy '''co-wrote''' ''these these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.
* While '''Robert Stanek''' has written some passable-to-good nonfiction books, his [[BlatantLies "bestselling fantasy novels"]] are more famous for their low quality and the [[http://conjugalfelicity.com/robert-stanek/ the ludicrously unethical tactics he used to promote them]] (including the use of {{Sock Puppet}}s to pose as fans) than their actual content:



** The ''Dark Path'' is supposedly a retelling of the ''Ruin Mist Chronicles'' from a different point of view. In reality, it's mostly content that was copied and pasted from the original series. The order of the scenes has been changed a bit, which just makes the plot even more confusing than it already was. ''Dark Path'' also contains several errors that were absent from ''Ruin Mist'', which suggests that it was just an early draft published for a quick buck.

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** The ''Dark Path'' is supposedly a retelling of the ''Ruin Mist Chronicles'' from a different point of view. In reality, it's mostly content that was copied and pasted copy-pasted from the original series. The order of the scenes has been changed a bit, which just makes the plot even more confusing than it already was. ''Dark Path'' also contains several errors that were absent from ''Ruin Mist'', which suggests that it was just an early draft published for a quick buck.



** ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' has so many blunders that a full list of them would at least double the size of this page, so [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html here are]] [[http://impishidea.com/tag/the-legend-of-rah-and-the-muggles/ a few]] [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20the%20legend%20of%20rah%20and%20the%20muggles handy plot breakdowns]] should you wish to subject yourself to them anyway. Once news from the lawsuit started spreading, a small-time publisher tried to cash in on NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and did a small printing run; said publisher quickly went bankrupt. To give a quick summary, the story can't decide what it wants to be at all. It starts with two baby twins who are sent from a post-apocalyptic wasteland by their mother who is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never brought up again]]. The twins are rescued by friendly talking sea animals with speech impediments(!) and "spooners of the deep" (which are never explained what they are; even going to the included glossary says they're... "[[ShapedLikeItself spooners of the deep]]"). When they get to the land of the titular Muggles, which are [[UncannyValley grotesquely almost-infantile creatures]] mutated by radiation, they bring the sun back after a nuclear winter. Somehow. Throw in wild inconsistencies about the Muggles themselves -- such as one character who keeps changing ages, ridiculous elements such as a "lemonade lake", and the antagonist, one of the twins who is AlwaysSecondBest, [[IdiotBall gets sick from keeping his hideout in a ridiculously-irradiated tree]], and at the end, it turns out that he and his minions are literally scared of their own shadows. Rah [[DesignatedHero doesn't care about his brother at all]], the plot focusing on keeping him down instead of trying to redeem him. And to top it all off, it ends by suddenly turning into a fable about where stars come from! Which is it? Dark apocalyptic drama? Sickeningly sweet fantasy? A child's ghost story? A fable? It's as if nothing whatsoever about the story was planned out in advance.
** ''Larry Potter and his Best Friend Lilly'' fares no better. It has no real story other than "Larry Potter has a lot of friends", which is well below the standards of children's literature. The illustrations are even worse than her other book, with the two titular protagonists looking nothing like human beings at all.
* '''Gloria Tesch''' is a teenage writer that rose to infamy thanks to her self-published ''Literature/MaradoniaSaga'', which was backed by her own [[StageMom Stage Dad]] with an army of lawyers and sock puppet accounts ready to silence anyone who tried to speak out against it. She was promoted as [[VeryFalseAdvertising "the world's youngest novelist"]] even though other people younger than her (even before her) have already written works that were not only of better quality, but also traditionally published. Her "saga" is supposedly a series of six/eight/nine/ten books (she just can't make up her mind, but insists it's a ''trilogy''), but only five of them were actually released.[[note]]The sixth book, ''Maradonia and the Battle for the Key'', was even promoted as if it had actually been published.[[/note]] Every book is a 700 page Doorstopper, each ridden with awful formatting, a plot knee deep in Mary Sues, callous sociopathic protagonists, and a confusing story that plagiarizes ideas from other, far more credible works. For some reason she thought this dreck was good enough to deserve a movie adaptation - see Horrible/LiveActionFilmsGToM for more info. Sporks of the entire series can be found [[http://impishidea.com/tag/maradonia-%28series%29/ here]]; expect such exciting things as a talking grasshopper, Apollyon and the Club of Evil (that sings Mother Earth songs and has a water park), the salsa dance, and more! [[https://kiwifarms.net/threads/gloria-tesch.381/ This Kiwi Farms thread]] has a lot of discussion on the Tesch family's antics, including poorly-made music videos starring Gloria, as well as ''scams'' involving the movie's production.

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** ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' ''The Legend of Rah and the Muggles'' has so many blunders that a full list of them would at least double the size of this page, so [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html here are]] [[http://impishidea.com/tag/the-legend-of-rah-and-the-muggles/ a few]] [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20the%20legend%20of%20rah%20and%20the%20muggles handy plot breakdowns]] should you wish to subject yourself to them anyway.them. Once news from the lawsuit started spreading, a small-time publisher tried to cash in on NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and did a small printing run; said publisher quickly went bankrupt. To give a quick summary, the story can't decide what it wants to be at all. It all - it starts with two baby twins who are sent from a post-apocalyptic wasteland by their mother who (who is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never brought up again]]. again]]). The twins are rescued by friendly talking sea animals with speech impediments(!) and "spooners of the deep" (which are the book never explained explains what they are; even going to the included glossary says they're... "[[ShapedLikeItself spooners of the deep]]"). When they get to the land of the titular Muggles, which are [[UncannyValley grotesquely almost-infantile creatures]] mutated by radiation, they bring the sun back after a nuclear winter. Somehow. Throw in wild inconsistencies about the Muggles themselves -- - such as one character who keeps changing ages, ridiculous elements such as a "lemonade lake", and the antagonist, one of the twins who is AlwaysSecondBest, [[IdiotBall gets sick from keeping his hideout in a ridiculously-irradiated tree]], and at the end, end it turns out that he and his minions are literally scared of their own shadows. Rah [[DesignatedHero doesn't care about his brother at all]], the plot focusing on keeping him down instead of trying to redeem him. And to top it all off, it ends by suddenly turning into a fable about where stars come from! Which is it? Dark apocalyptic drama? Sickeningly sweet fantasy? A child's ghost story? A fable? It's as if nothing whatsoever about the story was planned out in advance.
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** ''Larry Potter and his Best Friend Lilly'' fares no better. It has no real story other than "Larry Potter has a lot of friends", which is well below the standards of children's literature. The illustrations are even worse than her Stouffer's other book, with the two titular protagonists looking nothing like human beings at all.
* '''Gloria Tesch''' is a teenage writer that rose to infamy thanks to her self-published ''Literature/MaradoniaSaga'', which was backed by her own [[StageMom Stage Dad]] with an army of lawyers and sock puppet sockpuppet accounts ready to silence anyone who tried to speak out against it. She was promoted as [[VeryFalseAdvertising "the world's youngest novelist"]] even though other people younger than her (even before her) have already written works that were not only of better quality, but also traditionally published. Her "saga" is supposedly a series of six/eight/nine/ten books (she just can't make up her mind, but insists it's a ''trilogy''), but only five of them were actually released.[[note]]The [[note]](The sixth book, ''Maradonia and the Battle for the Key'', was even promoted as if it had actually been published.[[/note]] )[[/note]] Every book is a 700 page Doorstopper, 700-page {{Doorstopper}}, each ridden with awful formatting, a plot knee deep knee-deep in Mary Sues, callous sociopathic protagonists, and a confusing story that plagiarizes ideas from other, far more credible works. For some reason reason, she thought this dreck was good enough to deserve a movie adaptation - see Horrible/LiveActionFilmsGToM for more info.how that turned out. Sporks of the entire series can be found [[http://impishidea.com/tag/maradonia-%28series%29/ here]]; expect such exciting things as a talking grasshopper, Apollyon and the Club of Evil (that sings Mother Earth songs and has a water park), the salsa dance, and more! [[https://kiwifarms.net/threads/gloria-tesch.381/ This Kiwi Farms thread]] has a lot of discussion on the Tesch family's antics, including poorly-made music videos starring Gloria, as well as ''scams'' involving the movie's production.



** ''The Blah Story'' is the second-longest novel [[note]](the longest is ''Marienbad My Love'', by Mark Leach, with 17,000,000 words)[[/note]], containing both the longest sentence and longest coined word in English. This might have been SoBadItsGood, except the book's written something like "In a blah she was blah blah blah down a blah between blah roses blah blah blah her blah blah hair blah blah gently the blah blah trees..." A little tidbit of horror — Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has a total of 4,012,859 words, and that consists of ''fifteen'' books all qualifying for {{Doorstopper}} status. ''The Blah Story'' has '''11,300,000''' words!
** Another book of Tomm's, ''[[LongTitle Scarlett Johansson Asked Artie Lange: "Are You Too Fat To Fish Some Natalie Portman?" He Answered: I Must Have Sex With Adriana Lima, Robin Quivers & Eva Longoria Parker As They're My Life Calendar]]'', is just as bad. It is a lot like ''The Blah Story'' in that it replaces actual words with phrases like "tra la la," "taram pam pam," and "ha ha ha" so that the sentences (and thus the book) make no sense.

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** ''The Blah Story'' is the second-longest novel [[note]](the longest is ''Marienbad My Love'', by Mark Leach, with 17,000,000 words)[[/note]], containing both the longest sentence and longest coined word in English. This might have been SoBadItsGood, except the book's written something like "In a blah she was blah blah blah down a blah between blah roses blah blah blah her blah blah hair blah blah gently the blah blah trees..." A little tidbit of horror - Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has a total of 4,012,859 words, and that consists of ''fifteen'' 15 books all qualifying for {{Doorstopper}} status. ''The Blah Story'' has '''11,300,000''' words!
** Another book of Tomm's, ''[[LongTitle Scarlett Johansson Asked Artie Lange: "Are You Too Fat To Fish Some Natalie Portman?" He Answered: I Must Have Sex With Adriana Lima, Robin Quivers & Eva Longoria Parker As They're My Life Calendar]]'', is just as bad. It is It's a lot like ''The Blah Story'' in that it replaces actual words with phrases like "tra la la," la", "taram pam pam," pam", and "ha ha ha" so that the sentences (and thus the book) make no sense.



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* '''''101 WACKY Computer Jokes''''' by J.B. and J.C. Stamper is one of the worst joke books ever made, and that is saying something. Every single "joke" is a cheap, nonsensical pun based loosely around some computing term: "What did the prisoner do when he got a computer? He ESCAPED!" Get it? Because there's a key called the ESCAPE key! And then there's "The Presidents of the Computed States of America," which is nothing but the names of US presidents turned into computer puns. This terrible joke is made even worse by the fact that they not only came up with puns for just ''five'' presidents, but gave each one his own page, leaving the rest of the page blank, without even an illustration. Seanbaby tore into this book in the third part of [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-geek-humor-books-by-authors-who-understand-neither/ this Cracked article.]]
* '''''500 Manga Creatures''''' by Yishan Li might have been a decent clipart/how to draw book...if you like blatantly plagiarized ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' artwork. [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51NIIZ4xjnL.jpg Just by looking at the cover]], you can see what are clearly supposed to be [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Caterpie, Dragonair, Hoothoot, Oddish, Latias,]] [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Angewomon and Mummymon]], as well as (for some reason) [[Franchise/SailorMoon Artemis]] and a catgirl centaur stolen from a Deviantart gallery. [[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061650501/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=PCMT9FGZ1WA6PXB70Q28 Pretty much all of the reviews for it on Amazon]] point out how a good 90% of the artwork is blatantly ripped off from official Pokemon art.
* '''''Literature/AlfiesHome''''' (1993) is an attack on homosexuals thinly disguised as a story about a boy who was molested by his CreepyUncle. There are holes in both plot and logic. The drawings look like drunken WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock concept sketches, seem to defy all perspective, and could have been done in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. Even worse, it plugs therapy based on a [[CureYourGays scientific theory]] that had been discredited decades earlier, and the boy's uncle pulls a KarmaHoudini. And it was aimed ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at toddlers]]''?
* [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement All politics aside,]] A.J. Weberman's '''''America's Most Dangerous Nazi''''' is a bias-ridden, hateful piece of non-fiction that borders on libel and has no reason to exist beyond politician-bashing. Not even the covers (either of them) can resist {{Godwin|sLaw}}ning, by means of Photoshop. Rather than even make an attempt at neutrality or objectivity, the book resorts to slamming UsefulNotes/RonPaul and his supporters with cheap insults, picking the worst of the latter and representing them as the whole, even going as far to slamming non-supporters such as Glenn Greenwald with these insults just because they said a few good things about Paul. Every argument presented here is completely one-sided and transparent, foreswearing any attempts at fairness in favor of getting the message across. Allegedly, Weberman found himself on the receiving end of several libel lawsuits as a result of this book's release. If it were better known, it would qualify as a case of UnwantedAssistance for Ron Paul's detractors and whatever legitimate criticisms they may have.
* The '''''Franchise/BaldursGate'' novelizations''' by Phillip Athans are a prime example of how not to adapt a video game into book form. The storyline is little more than a seemingly unending series of fight scenes with characters being killed off as quickly as they are introduced, not even touching upon the themes of the series and leaving out all of the intrigue and story present in the original games. Blatant character defilement abounds, with [[ActionGirl Jaheria]], a tough, strong woman in the games, being reduced to a little more than a DamselInDistress who exists to have sex with the main character. Her NiceGuy husband Khalid becomes a JerkAss {{Domestic Abuse}}r for no reason whatsoever, and Imoen is turned from a plucky, cheerful girl to a depressed victim of the main character’s bullying who, for no reason other than FanService, has a pointless lesbian sex scene. The main character, Abdel Adrian, is an unlikable and uninteresting JerkAss who does little beyond fighting and having sex with various women and shows almost none of the interesting traits of the player character in the games, and yet is [[DesignatedHero somehow fawned over and praised by almost everyone else in the story.]] The result was an adaptation entirely reviled by the fan base. It received near unanimous bashing on both [[https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baldurs-Forgotten-Realms-Philip-Athans/dp/0786915250/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SMWPP4Q4AZ6TMHJ1V2JP Amazon]] and [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/291738.Baldur_s_Gate_II Goodreads]] and Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast themselves made the novels CanonDiscontinuity. Even the writer of the final book, Creator/DrewKarpyshyn, lamented that there was [[http://drewkarpyshyn.com/c/?page_id=7 little he could do to please fans after the mess made by the first two books.]]

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* '''''101 WACKY Computer Jokes''''' by J.B. and J.C. Stamper is one of the worst joke books ever made, and that is that's saying something. Every single "joke" is a cheap, nonsensical pun based loosely around some computing term: "What did the prisoner do when he got a computer? He ESCAPED!" Get it? Because there's a key called the ESCAPE key! And then there's "The Presidents of the Computed States of America," America", which is nothing but the names of US presidents turned into computer puns. This terrible joke is made even worse by the fact that they not only came up with puns for just ''five'' presidents, but gave each one his own page, leaving the rest of the page blank, blank without even an illustration. Seanbaby tore into this book in the third part of [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-geek-humor-books-by-authors-who-understand-neither/ this Cracked article.]]
* '''''500 Manga Creatures''''' by Yishan Li might have been a decent clipart/how to draw clipart/how-to-draw book...if you like blatantly plagiarized blatantly-plagiarized ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' artwork. [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51NIIZ4xjnL.jpg Just by looking at the cover]], you can see what are clearly supposed to be [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Caterpie, Dragonair, Hoothoot, Oddish, Latias,]] Latias]], [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Angewomon Angewomon, and Mummymon]], as well as (for some reason) [[Franchise/SailorMoon Artemis]] and a catgirl centaur stolen from a Deviantart gallery. [[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061650501/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=PCMT9FGZ1WA6PXB70Q28 Pretty much all of the reviews for it on Amazon]] point out how a good 90% of the artwork is blatantly ripped off from official Pokemon Pokémon art.
* '''''Literature/AlfiesHome''''' (1993) is an attack on homosexuals thinly disguised as a story about a boy who was molested by his CreepyUncle. There are holes in both plot and logic. The drawings look like drunken WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' concept sketches, seem to defy all perspective, and could have been done in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. Even worse, it plugs therapy based on a [[CureYourGays scientific theory]] that had been discredited decades earlier, and the boy's uncle pulls a KarmaHoudini. And it was aimed ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at toddlers]]''?
toddlers]]''?!
* [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement All politics aside,]] aside]], A.J. Weberman's '''''America's Most Dangerous Nazi''''' is a bias-ridden, hateful piece of non-fiction nonfiction that borders on libel and has no reason to exist beyond politician-bashing. Not even the covers (either of them) can resist {{Godwin|sLaw}}ning, by means of Photoshop. Rather than even make an attempt at neutrality or objectivity, the book resorts to slamming UsefulNotes/RonPaul and his supporters with cheap insults, picking the worst of the latter and representing them as the whole, even going as far to slamming non-supporters such as Glenn Greenwald with these insults just because they said a few good things about Paul. Every argument presented here is completely one-sided and transparent, foreswearing any attempts at fairness in favor of getting the author's message across. Allegedly, Weberman found himself on the receiving end of several libel lawsuits as a result of this book's release. If it were better known, it would qualify as a case of UnwantedAssistance for Ron Paul's detractors and whatever legitimate criticisms they may have.
* The '''''Franchise/BaldursGate'' novelizations''' by Phillip Athans are a prime example of how not to adapt a video game into book form. The storyline is little more than a seemingly unending series of fight scenes with characters being killed off as quickly as they are they're introduced, not even touching upon the themes of the series series, and leaving out all of the intrigue and story present in the original games. Blatant character defilement abounds, with [[ActionGirl Jaheria]], a tough, strong woman in the games, being reduced to a little more than a DamselInDistress who exists to have sex with the main character. Her NiceGuy husband Khalid becomes a JerkAss {{Domestic Abuse}}r for no reason whatsoever, and Imoen is turned from a plucky, cheerful girl to a depressed victim of the main character’s bullying who, for no reason other than FanService, has a pointless lesbian sex scene. The main character, Abdel Adrian, is an unlikable and uninteresting JerkAss who does little beyond fighting and having sex with various women and shows almost none of the interesting traits of the player character in the games, and yet is [[DesignatedHero somehow fawned over and praised by almost everyone else in the story.]] story]]. The result was an adaptation entirely reviled by the fan base. It received near unanimous fanbase, getting near-unanimous bashing on both [[https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baldurs-Forgotten-Realms-Philip-Athans/dp/0786915250/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SMWPP4Q4AZ6TMHJ1V2JP Amazon]] and [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/291738.Baldur_s_Gate_II Goodreads]] Goodreads]], and Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast themselves made the novels CanonDiscontinuity. Even the writer of the final book, Creator/DrewKarpyshyn, lamented that there was [[http://drewkarpyshyn.com/c/?page_id=7 little he could do to please fans after the mess made by the first two books.]]



* The award for "most useless martial arts manual of all time" could ''easily'' go to '''''The Book of the Ninja'''''. A "ninja manual" that includes "deadly fighting secrets", only to tell the reader to exercise caution to ''not'' kill people with them, this poor excuse for a book is horribly put together (photos were basically xeroxed onto the pages, the "About the Author" page has a picture of the author, but then goes into a tangent about who ninjas were, etc.) and contains one of the most laughable "fighting techniques" in history. The photos have nothing to do with the moves they're talking about, looking more like vague limb flailing at best. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf61Z58jKwY This video]] does a pretty good job of tearing it apart.
* Robert Newcomb's '''''Literature/ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone''''' series was billed as the next big epic fantasy series by its publisher, Del Rey, and given all sorts of heaping praise by reviewers who were clearly both bribed into giving a positive review and incapable of reading the books themselves. The first in the series, ''The Fifth Sorceress'', presents all women as either stupid and complacent or horrendously, disgustingly evil and corrupt; it's essentially a series of one DeusExMachina after another, and suggests that [[ArtisticLicenseBiology pregnancies last for somewhere between 24 hours and six months]]. Frighteningly, the sequel is several dozen times worse in every possible way. However, the ''Chronicles'' were tame compared to the second trilogy written by Newcomb, ''The Literature/DestiniesOfBloodAndStone''. The final book, ''Rise of the Blood Royal', includes a huge ClicheStorm that makes Hurricane Katrina look like a breezy Spring morning.

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* The award for "most useless martial arts manual of all time" could ''easily'' go to '''''The Book of the Ninja'''''. A "ninja manual" that includes "deadly fighting secrets", only to tell the reader to exercise caution to ''not'' kill people with them, this poor excuse for a book is horribly put together (photos were basically xeroxed onto the pages, the "About the Author" page has a picture of the author, author but then goes into a tangent about who ninjas were, etc.) and contains one of the most laughable "fighting techniques" in history. The photos have nothing to do with the moves they're talking about, looking more like vague limb flailing at best. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf61Z58jKwY This video]] does a pretty good job of tearing it apart.
* Robert Newcomb's '''''Literature/ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone''''' series was billed as the next big epic fantasy series by its publisher, Del Rey, and given all sorts of heaping praise by reviewers who were clearly both bribed into giving a positive review and incapable of reading the books themselves. The first in the series, ''The Fifth Sorceress'', presents all women as either stupid and complacent or horrendously, disgustingly evil and corrupt; it's essentially a series of one DeusExMachina after another, and suggests that [[ArtisticLicenseBiology pregnancies last for somewhere between 24 hours and six months]]. Frighteningly, the sequel is several dozen times worse in every possible way. way.
**
However, the ''Chronicles'' were tame compared to the second trilogy written by Newcomb, ''The Literature/DestiniesOfBloodAndStone''. The final book, ''Rise of the Blood Royal', includes a huge ClicheStorm that makes Hurricane Katrina look like a breezy Spring morning.



* While the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' fandom may [[BrokenBase divide on practically every matter]], practically everyone[[note]] though few non-Japanese fans know much about it other than the fact that it exists[[/note]] agrees that '''''LightNovel/DanganRonpaTogami''''', a three-part Light Novel series, is utter garbage. To describe the story is rather pointless, as whatever narrative is present is filtered through a massive RandomEventsPlot that takes so many {{Shocking Swerve}}s to become incomprehensible. The books are full of plot holes and nonsensical developments, some of them plot breaking (a good example is when two characters are able to somehow drive to the Czech Republic from ''Hokkaido''). There are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, with the characters from the main series being heavily OOC, and the original ones being extremely one-note and unlikable (the intended TragicVillain goes way too far over the MoralEventHorizon to be sympathetic, and the primary protagonist is probably meant to be TheWoobie but instead comes off as a sycophantic AuthorAvatar). The story is filled with tons of references to literature and obscure history, most of which interrupt the story and make it come off as intensely pretentious, especially the story interrupts itself ''mid-climax'' to [[SmallNameBigEgo brag about how good the author is]]. Oh, and if you came in wanting to read about Byakuya Togami, you don't even get ''that'', as he spends the vast majority of the story OutOfFocus.
* '''''Das Reich Artam''''', an AlternateHistory set in a victorious UsefulNotes/NaziGermany which even exists more than a hundred years later. If you think this could become problematic, you're right — while not stating it outright, the author seems to have a bit too much sympathy for the Nazis and not too much for their democratic successors who wreck the Reich, so the Germans in the settled East (formerly Russia) are the only upright ones left. Add some soft porn for "controversy" and a scene about developing NewSpeak copied almost word-by-word from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and you've got a stinker for the ages.
* '''''Diary of a Lonely Demon''''', written by Jon David, is a classic example of what happens when a Marty-Stu [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] [[UnfortunateImplications Misogyny]]. In a nutshell, the story revolves around one Jasper Davis, a [[{{Wangst}} wangsty]] self-insert that blames everything that's wrong with his life on ''[[StrawCharacter evil women]]''. Jasper then runs into Morgalla Smythe, a demon girl that [[InsaneTrollLogic apparently turned Christian thanks to her new-found boyfriend.]] All of a sudden, [[ClicheStorm demons show up and it's up to Jasper and Morgalla to stop them.]] Ultimately an AuthorTract on how women are wrong and [[StrawMisogynist how Jon is right]], the author sets up a plethora of {{flat character}}s, adds a dash of blatant racism, sexism and other offenses, and caps it all off with a metric shit ton of grammatical errors and plot holes. Include the fact that many passages are often copied from [[Literature/TheHobbit other]] [[Film/{{Avatar}} works]], and that the author [[SmallNameBigEgo suffers from an inability to take constructive criticism properly]], and the book just keeps getting worse.
* In the wake of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s monumental success, a lot of guidebooks were released to the general market -- some of them good, some of them... not so much. '''''Dragon Ball Z: An Unauthorized Guide''''', by the mother-son team of Lois and Danny Gresh, is the most absolutely worthless of the lot. A lot of the "jokes" are about Piccolo yelling "Feh! Feh!" followed by Japanese swearing, the section on DBZ roleplaying devolves into a pointless example session involving global warming and styrofoam (!), and the chapter on the DBZ games mentions importing titles... only to completely handwave the fact that most U.S. consoles ''can't play Japanese games without modding the console.'' Even worse, several of the high reviews on Amazon.com are from "A Customer", and it's pretty obvious that the entire book was marketed towards the younger potential fanbase who hadn't even seen the show, as opposed to those who had (and thus knew better than to go anywhere near this dreck with a 10-foot pole). [[http://thedaoofdragonball.com/blog/book-reviews/dragonball-book-review-dragonball-z-an-unauthorized-guide/ If you want to learn more, here is a review from the writer of the much better Dragon Ball Culture books.]]
** As a guide, it fails miserably on several levels. On the one hand, it only gives little more than the most basic trivia regarding the characters, episodes, etc. of the series. Now, this wouldn't be so bad given it is supposed to be geared towards people new to the show. But, it never really goes too far beyond that. It doesn't go extremely in-depth about the franchise, but it also doesn't really explain anything about the show's mythos or whatnot either. To make matters worse, the book tends to go on pointless tangents about completely unrelated things. In fact, you're more likely to learn pointless trivia on nearly everything else (including that Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth. No, seriously, that's actually mentioned in the book) than you are about the Dragonball franchise. This turns the book from simply being lacking in any in-depth information on DBZ into a confusing mess.
* '''''Literature/DragonsLexiconTriumvirate''''' sounds cool in theory: it features dragons, cyborgs, firearms and computers! Unfortunately, the author ([[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment whose personal views won't be discussed here]]) ruined it with poor writing. The plot is incoherent, the characters are one-dimensional and the clunky prose is full of [[PurpleProse thesaurus abuse]]. The author tried to make the main character seem intelligent by having him recite, learn and muse over scientific facts, but failed because (1) they tend to be high or lower school physics -- not exactly very impressive, and (2) sometimes he [[CriticalResearchFailure can't even get that right]] (and this is supposed to be sci-fi!). While the book has a 3-star rating on Amazon, its 5-star reviews are either joke reviews or from suspected SockPuppet accounts.
* '''''Literature/EmpressTheresa''''' may be quite possibly the most notorious case of authorial narcissism in literature history. A {{Doorstopper}} at over 400 pages, the book is an incomprehensible mishmash of flat and uninteresting characters, a non-existent story, plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, a number of story elements that simply make no sense, an overly long amount of time dedicated to ogling an underage girl's body, bad pacing, bad grammar and much, much more. What really puts it here though is its writer Norman Boutin, an insane case of SmallNameBigEgo and CantTakeCriticism who, when not outright attempting to censor complaints, goes on insane diatribes as he attempts to argue the book is the greatest in human history. WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole's Fredrick Knudsen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TedsiCaV2B4 did an episode]] detailing the depths of Boutin's narcissism, and then devoted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNCUp2VkKhs an entire livestream]] just to tearing the book itself apart.

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* While the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' fandom may [[BrokenBase divide on practically every matter]], practically everyone[[note]] though everyone [[note]](though few non-Japanese fans know much about it other than the fact that it exists[[/note]] exists)[[/note]] agrees that '''''LightNovel/DanganRonpaTogami''''', a three-part Light Novel series, is utter garbage. To describe the story is rather pointless, as whatever narrative is present is filtered through a massive RandomEventsPlot that takes so many {{Shocking Swerve}}s to become incomprehensible. The books are full of plot holes and nonsensical developments, some of them plot breaking plot-breaking (a good example is when two characters are able to somehow drive to the Czech Republic from ''Hokkaido''). There are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, with the characters from the main series being heavily OOC, and the original ones being extremely one-note and unlikable (the intended TragicVillain goes way too far over the MoralEventHorizon to be sympathetic, and the primary protagonist is probably meant to be TheWoobie but instead comes off as a sycophantic AuthorAvatar). The story is filled with tons of references to literature and obscure history, most of which interrupt the story and make it come off as intensely pretentious, especially when the story interrupts itself ''mid-climax'' to [[SmallNameBigEgo brag about how good the author is]]. Oh, and if you came in wanting to read about Byakuya Togami, you don't even get ''that'', as he spends the vast majority of the story OutOfFocus.
OutOfFocus.
* '''''Das Reich Artam''''', an AlternateHistory set in a victorious UsefulNotes/NaziGermany which even exists more than a hundred 100 years later. If you think this could become problematic, you're right - while not stating it outright, the author seems to have a bit too much sympathy for the Nazis and not too much for their democratic successors who wreck the Reich, so the Germans in the settled East (formerly Russia) are the only upright ones left. Add some soft porn for "controversy" and a scene about developing NewSpeak copied almost word-by-word from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and you've got a stinker for the ages.
* '''''Diary of a Lonely Demon''''', written by Jon David, is a classic example of what happens when a Marty-Stu [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] [[UnfortunateImplications Misogyny]]. In a nutshell, the story revolves around one Jasper Davis, a [[{{Wangst}} wangsty]] {{wangst}}y self-insert that blames everything that's wrong with his life on ''[[StrawCharacter evil women]]''. Jasper then runs into Morgalla Smythe, a demon girl that [[InsaneTrollLogic apparently turned Christian thanks to her new-found boyfriend.]] newfound boyfriend]]. All of a sudden, [[ClicheStorm demons show up and it's up to Jasper and Morgalla to stop them.]] them]]. Ultimately an AuthorTract on how women are wrong and [[StrawMisogynist how Jon is right]], the author sets up a plethora of {{flat character}}s, adds a dash of blatant racism, sexism sexism, and other offenses, and caps it all off with a metric shit ton shit-ton of grammatical errors and plot holes. Include the fact that many passages are often copied from [[Literature/TheHobbit other]] [[Film/{{Avatar}} works]], and that the author [[SmallNameBigEgo suffers from an inability to take constructive criticism properly]], and the book just keeps getting worse.
* In the wake of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s ''Anime/DragonBallZ''[='s=] monumental success, a lot of guidebooks were released to the general market -- - some of them good, some of them... not so much. '''''Dragon Ball Z: An Unauthorized Guide''''', by the mother-son team of Lois and Danny Gresh, is the most absolutely worthless of the lot. A lot of the "jokes" are about Piccolo yelling "Feh! Feh!" followed by Japanese swearing, the section on DBZ roleplaying devolves into a pointless example session involving global warming and styrofoam (!), and the chapter on the DBZ ''DBZ'' games mentions importing titles... only to completely handwave the fact that most U.S. consoles ''can't play Japanese games without modding the console.'' Even worse, several of the high reviews on Amazon.com are from "A Customer", and it's pretty obvious that the entire book was marketed towards the younger potential fanbase who hadn't even seen the show, as opposed to those who had (and thus knew better than to go anywhere near this dreck with a 10-foot pole). [[http://thedaoofdragonball.com/blog/book-reviews/dragonball-book-review-dragonball-z-an-unauthorized-guide/ If you want to learn more, here is here's a review from the writer of the much better Dragon Ball Culture books.]]
** As a guide, it fails miserably on several levels. On the one hand, it only gives little more than the most basic trivia regarding the characters, episodes, etc. of the series. Now, this wouldn't be so bad given it is that it's supposed to be geared towards people new to the show. But, show, but it never really goes too far beyond that. It doesn't go extremely in-depth about the franchise, but it also doesn't really explain anything about the show's mythos or whatnot either. To make matters worse, the book tends to go on pointless tangents about completely unrelated things. In fact, you're more likely to learn pointless trivia on nearly everything else (including that Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth. No, mouth; no, seriously, that's actually mentioned in the book) than you are about the Dragonball ''Dragon Ball'' franchise. This turns the book from simply being lacking in any in-depth information on DBZ ''DBZ'' into a confusing mess.
* '''''Literature/DragonsLexiconTriumvirate''''' sounds cool in theory: it features dragons, cyborgs, firearms firearms, and computers! Unfortunately, the author ([[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment whose personal views won't be discussed here]]) ruined it with poor writing. The plot is incoherent, the characters are one-dimensional and the clunky prose is full of [[PurpleProse thesaurus abuse]]. The author tried to make the main character seem intelligent by having him recite, learn learn, and muse over scientific facts, but failed because (1) they tend to be high or lower school physics -- - not exactly very impressive, and (2) sometimes he [[CriticalResearchFailure can't even get that right]] (and this is supposed to be sci-fi!). While the book has a 3-star rating on Amazon, its 5-star reviews are either joke reviews or from suspected SockPuppet accounts.
* '''''Literature/EmpressTheresa''''' may be quite possibly the most notorious case of authorial narcissism in literature history. A {{Doorstopper}} at over 400 pages, the book is an incomprehensible mishmash of flat and uninteresting characters, a non-existent nonexistent story, plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, a number of story elements that simply make no sense, an overly long amount of time dedicated to ogling an underage girl's body, bad pacing, bad grammar grammar, and much, much more. What really puts it here though is its writer Norman Boutin, an insane case of SmallNameBigEgo and CantTakeCriticism who, when not outright attempting to censor complaints, goes on insane diatribes as he attempts to argue the book is the greatest in human history. WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole's ''WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole''[='s=] Fredrick Knudsen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TedsiCaV2B4 did an episode]] detailing the depths of Boutin's narcissism, and then devoted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNCUp2VkKhs an entire livestream]] just to tearing the book itself apart.



** '''''Friday the 13th: Hell Lake''''', a Black Flame book, is a {{Doorstopper}} with pacing problems that completely derails Jason's character. The author uses stereotypes about him and ignores earlier canon in the process. Jason now hates sex so much, he'll drop what he's doing to kill some rapists ''and'' their victim. He now can ''literally'' [[OffscreenTeleportation teleport]]; [[SpeakOfTheDevil just thinking about him apparently summons him]]. At one point, he appears to materialize from a television. Through an unexplained mental bond, he befriends the secondary villain. He has henchmen following him around a few times. He flays a guy and wears his skin and clothing as a disguise. (Ed Gein taught him how to in Hell. Yes, that's canon.) He screams in pain and throws tantrums when he's hurt, and in one sequence he mows dozens down with a machine gun. Most of the characters, who are from the backwoods New Jersey town of Crystal Lake, talk like stereotypical {{Upper Class Twit}}s (even the jocks!) and insult people by calling them "[[YouFool fool]]". And the author [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking keeps referring Camp Crystal Lake as Lake Blood instead of using the correct nickname Camp Blood]].

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** '''''Friday the 13th: Hell Lake''''', a Black Flame book, is a {{Doorstopper}} with pacing problems that completely derails Jason's character. The author uses stereotypes about him and ignores earlier canon in the process. Jason now hates sex so much, he'll drop what he's doing to kill some rapists ''and'' their victim. He now can ''literally'' [[OffscreenTeleportation teleport]]; [[SpeakOfTheDevil just thinking about him apparently summons him]]. At one point, he appears to materialize from a television. Through an unexplained mental bond, he befriends the secondary villain. He has henchmen following him around a few times. He flays a guy and wears his skin and clothing as a disguise. (Ed Gein taught him how to in Hell. Yes, that's canon.) He screams in pain and throws tantrums when he's hurt, and in one sequence he mows dozens down with a machine gun. Most of the characters, who are from the backwoods New Jersey town of Crystal Lake, talk like stereotypical {{Upper Class Twit}}s (even the jocks!) and insult people by calling them "[[YouFool fool]]". And the author [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking keeps referring to Camp Crystal Lake as Lake Blood instead of using the correct nickname Camp Blood]].



* '''The official strategy guide for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''''' is universally hailed as the worst strategy guide of all time. Likely due to ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{Squaresoft}}, the guide consisted of extremely short, little-detail sections that asked the reader to visit Square's [=PlayOnline=] website for the ''actual'' information. There was also a misprint during one of the Disc 2 boss fights, Lani, whose strategy inexplicably was copy and pasted with one of the first mini-bosses in Disc 1. The website had the actual strategy to defeat her. Given that this was in 2000, most people didn't have access to the internet, and those who did would be better off visiting Website/GameFAQs anyway. When Prima did a 2015 omnibus re-release for the ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII VII]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'' and ''IX'' guides, it got a complete overhaul.
* '''''Ghost Hunting 2.0: Breaking New Ground''''' is a book by Chris Bores (better known as WebVideo/TheIrateGamer) that's supposedly about new methods of ghost hunting that he developed, but in actuality is just another testament to his already [[SmallNameBigEgo famously massive ego]]. The book is plagued with spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, which Bores openly defends as being intentional. Most of the "facts" presented are self-contradicting and have little to no evidence, sourcing, or reasoning other than his own word that the experts are wrong and he is right. The majority of the tools and texts he brings up, which he claims no one else uses, have been thoroughly debunked as useless by professional ghost hunters (including peanut butter baits and the ''Tibetan Book of the Dead'', which is an extremely poorly translated Buddhist self-help guide). He spends half of the book making references to things like Batman and Scooby-Doo. He repeatedly brags about how he was at one point the 55th most subscribed person on Website/YouTube, conveniently leaving out the fact that it was for his video game review show. And by the end, he declares that he has created a new branch of psychology. On top of all of this, the book has a 3-star rating on Amazon due to the actual critiques being counterbalanced by a flood of 5-star reviews written by the author's own spambots and defensive Irate Gamer fans who admit to not having read it.
* '''''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie''''', a lazy {{Defictionalization}} of the ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes [[RunningGag bedtime story]] and a good reason why Bill Watterson [[NoodleIncident never discussed the plot in the strip]]. The story itself is unimaginative, it may have been published [[MoneyDearBoy for a quick buck]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the illustrations are crude]]. The "author" (Mabel Barr) shares its name with the in-universe version ([[PunnyName Mabel Syrup]]) and it's only eight pages long with a good chunk of the last an order form. To put it in perspective, buying it at the selling price of $20.95 translates to more than $3 a page with shipping! All of its [[PolishTheTurd positive]] [[http://www.amazon.com/Hamster-Huey-Gooey-Kablooie-Adventure/product-reviews/0974909009/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 Amazon reviews]] are [[BribingYourWayToVictory from the author's hometown.]]
* Clifford Bowyer's deservedly obscure '''''Imperium Saga''''' could rival ''The Eye of Argon'' for sheer bad writing. But it gets worse by having the characters [[IdiotPlot toss around the Idiot Ball every five seconds]]. The first book in the series ''alone'' provides the following highlights:

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* '''The official strategy guide for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''''' is universally hailed as the worst strategy guide of all time. Likely due to ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{Squaresoft}}, the guide consisted consists of extremely short, little-detail short sections with minimal detail that asked asks the reader to visit Square's [=PlayOnline=] website for the ''actual'' information. There was also a misprint during one of the Disc 2 boss fights, Lani, whose strategy inexplicably was copy and pasted copy-pasted with one of the first mini-bosses in Disc 1. The website had the actual strategy to defeat her. Given that this was in 2000, most people didn't have access to the internet, and those who did would be better off visiting Website/GameFAQs anyway. When Prima did a 2015 omnibus re-release for the ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII VII]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'' VIII]]'', and ''IX'' guides, it got a complete overhaul.
* '''''Ghost Hunting 2.0: Breaking New Ground''''' is a book by Chris Bores (better known as WebVideo/TheIrateGamer) that's supposedly about new methods of ghost hunting that he developed, but in actuality is just another testament to his already [[SmallNameBigEgo famously massive ego]]. The book is plagued with spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, which Bores openly defends as being intentional. Most of the "facts" presented are self-contradicting and have little to no evidence, sourcing, or reasoning other than his own word that the experts are wrong and he is right. The majority of the tools and texts he brings up, which he claims no one else uses, have been thoroughly debunked as useless by professional ghost hunters (including peanut butter baits and the ''Tibetan Book of the Dead'', which is an extremely poorly translated extremely-poorly-translated Buddhist self-help guide). He spends half of the book making references to things like Batman and Scooby-Doo. He repeatedly brags about how he was at one point the 55th most subscribed person on Website/YouTube, conveniently leaving out the fact that it was for his video game review show. And by the end, he declares that he has created a new branch of psychology. On top of all of this, the book has a 3-star rating on Amazon due to the actual critiques being counterbalanced by a flood of 5-star reviews written by the author's own spambots and defensive Irate Gamer fans who admit to not having read it.
* '''''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie''''', a lazy {{Defictionalization}} of the ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[RunningGag bedtime story]] and a good reason why Bill Watterson [[NoodleIncident never discussed the plot in the strip]]. The story itself is unimaginative, it may have been published [[MoneyDearBoy for a quick buck]] buck]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the illustrations are crude]]. The "author" (Mabel Barr) shares its name with the in-universe version ([[PunnyName Mabel Syrup]]) and it's only eight pages long with a good chunk of the last an order form. To put it in perspective, buying it at the selling price of $20.95 translates to more than $3 a page with shipping! All of its [[PolishTheTurd positive]] [[http://www.amazon.com/Hamster-Huey-Gooey-Kablooie-Adventure/product-reviews/0974909009/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 Amazon reviews]] are [[BribingYourWayToVictory from the author's hometown.]]
hometown]].
* Clifford Bowyer's deservedly obscure deservedly-obscure '''''Imperium Saga''''' could rival ''The Eye of Argon'' for sheer bad writing. But writing, but it gets worse by having the characters [[IdiotPlot toss around the Idiot Ball every five seconds]]. The first book in the series ''alone'' provides the following highlights:



* '''''Jokes for Minecrafters: Booby Traps, Bombs, Boo-Boos, and More''''' by Michele, Jordon, and Steven Hollow is a book that is notorious for being very bad. It includes terrible jokes, terrible illustrations, and more. The first chapter is "Booby Traps and Bombs". Considering ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' doesn't have bombs; it has TNT and creepers. It's pretty bad there's a whole chapter like this. Many of the jokes seem like unintentional AntiHumor (example: What do you call a creeper with a bomb in his hands? Doesn't matter; he will be blown to smithereens!). The book also includes tongue twisters (some of which are so irrelevant you began to wonder if the authors have even played ''Minecraft''), a section for limericks, poems, and haikus (An example of a haiku is "Did you hear that sound? Oh no, a ticking time bomb! Last sound was kaboom!" (time bombs are something not found in the game, mind you). Some of this poetry also leaks into other chapters, such as a haiku which doesn't even follow the 5-7-5 meter. The book contains riddles, which is more just like ''Minecraft'' trivia, terrible puns, a chapter called "Boo-Boos Made By Noobs" (a joke found in this chapter is "Did you hear about the player who was so freaked out that when she was attacked by a few mobs she forgot to use her sword? What a noob".), a chapter stating things that might tell you you're a noob, a chapter of "Sayings We'd Like To See in Minecraft" which is {{Filler}} at its finest, among others. Not much else to note, but there is a joke in there which is eerily similar to a popular dead baby joke (What's funnier than a baby zombie pigman? A baby zombie pigman dressed up as Notch"). And an inexplicable amount of jokes that use "He was destroyed!" or some slight variation thereof as a punchline. In general, it's a failure of a book with a bunch of statements passed off as "jokes" that even the smallest of kids would never find entertaining. Check it out [[https://imgur.com/a/S8eaO here]]. Or listen to the fine folks over at WebVideo/SootHouse take the piss out of it [[https://youtu.be/18fxVZI3pd4 here]].
* '''''Literature/MassEffectDeception''''', a tie-in book released in the months leading up to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Notably, it was also the first novel not written by the series' head writer, Drew Karpyshyn. It was supposed to be a sidestory featuring the continuing adventures of Gillian Grayson; it wound up gaining the hatred of fans for its tactless treatment of [[HideYourLesbians homo]][[BuryYourGays sexuality]] and [[ThrowingOffTheDisability autism]], a [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XBpMF3ONlI308D9IGG8KICBHfWKU0sXh0ntukv-_cmo/edit?pli=1 list of research errors]] longer than IMDB's "Goofs" page for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', and its [[SeriesContinuityError overall absence of anything resembling consistency or continuity]]. Not that it fared any better among non-fans--long, drawn out chapters (often [[ShowDontTell expository]] and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]]) were a common occurrence. Proofreading, however... ''was not,'' to say the very least. Publisher Del Rey openly apologized for (and promised to radically rewrite, though it never happened) the book.
* The James Murphy translation of '''''Literature/MeinKampf''''' took what was something already derided as being [[{{Doorstopper}} overly long]] and [[PurpleProse hideously thick]] in its original form and somehow made it worse. [[AdaptationDecay The writing style was changed drastically]], [[CutAndPasteTranslation alterations and expansions were blatant and hackneyed]], and [[ObviousBeta spelling and grammar were all over the place]]. The book resembles a bad fanfic of the original; its clunky, dull, flowery prose results at least partially from the author's habit of [[BlindIdiotTranslation looking up the words he didn't know in a German-English dictionary and picking the first definition he saw]]. Worse, it was submitted incomplete when Murphy changed his mind about the Nazis and fled Germany, meaning the press had to finish translation. Perhaps fortunately, the few copies that the Nazi press produced were lost until 2008, effectively destroying any chance for this abomination to become anything more than a bizarre curiosity.
* '''''Mermaid's Kiss And Siren's Song''''', a poorly disguised ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fanfic published on Amazon. All the character are thinly-veiled {{Expies}} and one-dimensional, there's RougeAnglesOfSatin everywhere, and... you know what? The [[http://www.amazon.com/Mermaids-Kiss-And-Sirens-Song/product-reviews/1419617710 reviews]] speak for themselves.
* '''''Literature/MissionEarth''''', a decalogy [[note]](novel in ten volumes)[[/note]] by Creator/LRonHubbard. Weighing in at nearly 4,000 pages, this was Hubbard's idea of clever SciFi satire. The story moves at an incredibly-slow pace and showcases every sexual perversion you could think of and then some. Rampant misogyny abounds. The story's nothing more than a thinly-veiled pamphlet for Scientology and keeps hitting the reader over the head with its messages against psychology and psychiatry. [[http://www.modemac.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/Mission_Earth Here's a highly-detailed overview.]]
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' was a fine game, but '''its official strategy guide''' from [=BradyGames=] was almost unreadable. To start with, apparently [[RougeAnglesOfSatin nobody proofread the damn thing]], as typos litter almost every page resulting in colossal examples like, "Dairou will appears, kills the guards and sets you free." Only a ''few'' of the game's Fatalities are given, along with one or two of the suicide moves; it seems the author forgot that half the reason anyone plays ''Mortal Kombat'' at all [[JustHereForGodzilla is just for the finishing moves]]. Ghostly Liu Kang appears as a secret character in the game - [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil this was even revealed in certain previews for the game]] - but the guide goes to a clumsy effort to hide him by including his movelist & suggested strategy while omitting his name & those of his fighting styles & moves. There aren't even any screenshots in this section; indeed, there really aren't any pictures at all. Clearly, the Konquest section was based on an early build; many items are nowhere near where they're said to be, and it goes by a coordinate grid system that clearly changed in development. Even worse, this section is organized by realm, so since you have to go back & forth between realms in the game, you have to flip back & forth between sections in this strategy guide. Furthermore, the Krypt - where the hell is it? At least [=BradyGames=] went to the effort to acknowledge its existence in the ''previous game's strategy guide'' even though it was still left to you to find out what was in each koffin and how much it [[IncrediblyLamePun kost]], but here there isn't even a section for you to write this data in at all. There isn't even a ''chapter'' of any kind for the Krypt, one of the biggest aspects of the game. The book also includes a useless Kombat Kodex that was meant to be used online, though apparently [[WhatCouldHaveBeen whatever they were planning to do with it never happened]]. One "nifty" extra is a fold-out at the end of the book that has character bios on it. It would be kinda cool... if all of them were in fact right: Half of Kobra's is missing and Noob/Smoke's last half is replaced with that of Havik's. Also included is a preview of the comic book series that was never released. The unfinished concept art you see of it in this guide? That's literally all that exists of it. You are holding the entire series, such as it is, in one hand with this guide. Finally, as a strategy guide for a fighting game its usefulness is already pretty limited - it's one of those genres where you would do best to come up with your own strategy rather than trying to read & memorize someone else's ideas for what to do with such-and-such character, but as if individual character strategies weren't enough there's also a section describing each arena in great detail so you know exactly what to look for when it comes to stage traps & fatalities. One section, describing the Courtyard, even admits there's nothing to say about it. Tellingly, [[https://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Kombat%C3%82%C2%BF-Deception-Official-Signature/product-reviews/0744004330/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R33H0RRF1RENBR 12 out of the 13 reviews posted to Amazon are only one star (the other is a two-star review).]]
* '''"[[https://www.reddit.com/r/justneckbeardthings/comments/6pfmim/this_incredible_poem_by_ready_player_one_author/ Nerd Porn Auteur]]"''' by [[Literature/ReadyPlayerOne Ernest Cline]]. To call it poetry would be [[YouKeepUsingThatWord a crime against language]], for not a single line scans in any way. Every single line has a different number of syllables from the ones before or after it, and no attention is paid to the natural rhythm of speech, so it definitely isn't free verse, either. The only way it could be passed off as a poem is because of the nonstandard line breaks. If that were not bad enough, the entire poem is just a [[EntitledToHaveYou "Nice Guy"]] complaining about girls sleeping with jocks instead of people like him, and, despite claiming to dislike the objectification of women, [[{{Hypocrite}} does so himself]], without any self-awareness. Not to mention that "nerd porn" almost certainly exists already-- this ''[[TheInternetIsForPorn is]]'' the Internet, after all. Every single comment on the linked page states that it has no scansion and barely deserves to be called poetry at all.

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* '''''Jokes for Minecrafters: Booby Traps, Bombs, Boo-Boos, and More''''' by Michele, Jordon, and Steven Hollow is a book that is notorious for being very bad. It includes terrible jokes, terrible illustrations, and more. The first chapter is "Booby Traps and Bombs". Considering Bombs", which is a bad sign right off the bat since ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' doesn't have bombs; bombs - it has TNT and creepers.Creepers. It's pretty bad there's a whole chapter like this. Many of the jokes seem like unintentional AntiHumor (example: What "What do you call a creeper Creeper with a bomb in his hands? Doesn't matter; he will be blown to smithereens!). smithereens!"). The book also includes tongue twisters (some of which are so irrelevant you began to wonder if the authors have even played ''Minecraft''), a section for limericks, poems, and haikus (An (an example of a haiku is "Did you hear that sound? Oh no, a ticking time bomb! Last sound was kaboom!" (time kaboom!"; time bombs are something not found in the game, mind you). Some of this poetry also leaks into other chapters, such as a haiku which doesn't even follow the 5-7-5 meter. The book contains riddles, which is more just like ''Minecraft'' trivia, terrible puns, a chapter called "Boo-Boos Made By Noobs" (a joke found in this chapter is "Did you hear about the player who was so freaked out that when she was attacked by a few mobs she forgot to use her sword? What a noob".), noob."), a chapter stating things that might tell you you're a noob, a chapter of "Sayings We'd Like To See in Minecraft" which is {{Filler}} at its finest, among others. Not much else to note, but there is a joke in there which is eerily similar to a popular dead baby joke (What's ("What's funnier than a baby zombie pigman? A baby zombie pigman dressed up as Notch"). And an inexplicable amount of jokes that use "He was destroyed!" or some slight variation thereof as a punchline. In general, it's a failure of a book with a bunch of statements passed off as "jokes" that even the smallest of kids would never find entertaining. Check it out [[https://imgur.com/a/S8eaO here]]. Or here]], or listen to the fine folks over at WebVideo/SootHouse take the piss out of it [[https://youtu.be/18fxVZI3pd4 here]].
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* '''''Literature/MassEffectDeception''''', a tie-in book released in the months leading up to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Notably, it was also the first novel not written by the series' head writer, Drew Karpyshyn. It was supposed to be a sidestory featuring the continuing adventures of Gillian Grayson; it wound up gaining the hatred of fans for its tactless treatment of [[HideYourLesbians homo]][[BuryYourGays sexuality]] and [[ThrowingOffTheDisability autism]], a [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XBpMF3ONlI308D9IGG8KICBHfWKU0sXh0ntukv-_cmo/edit?pli=1 list of research errors]] longer than IMDB's "Goofs" page for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', and its [[SeriesContinuityError overall absence of anything resembling consistency or continuity]]. Not that it fared any better among non-fans--long, drawn out non-fans - long, drawn-out chapters (often [[ShowDontTell expository]] and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]]) were a common occurrence. Proofreading, however... ''was not,'' not'', to say the very least. Publisher Del Rey openly apologized for (and promised to radically rewrite, though it never happened) the book.
* The James Murphy translation of '''''Literature/MeinKampf''''' took what was something already derided as being [[{{Doorstopper}} overly long]] and [[PurpleProse hideously thick]] in its original form and somehow made it worse. [[AdaptationDecay The writing style was changed drastically]], [[CutAndPasteTranslation alterations and expansions were blatant and hackneyed]], and [[ObviousBeta spelling and grammar were all over the place]]. The book resembles a bad fanfic of the original; original - its clunky, dull, flowery prose results at least partially from the author's habit of [[BlindIdiotTranslation looking up the words he didn't know in a German-English dictionary and picking the first definition he saw]]. Worse, it was submitted incomplete when Murphy changed his mind about the Nazis and fled Germany, meaning the press had to finish translation. Perhaps fortunately, the few copies that the Nazi press produced were lost until 2008, effectively destroying any chance for this abomination to become anything more than a bizarre curiosity.
* '''''Mermaid's Kiss And Siren's Song''''', a poorly disguised poorly-disguised ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fanfic published on Amazon. All the character characters are thinly-veiled {{Expies}} and one-dimensional, there's RougeAnglesOfSatin everywhere, and... you know what? The [[http://www.amazon.com/Mermaids-Kiss-And-Sirens-Song/product-reviews/1419617710 reviews]] speak for themselves.
* '''''Literature/MissionEarth''''', a decalogy [[note]](novel in ten volumes)[[/note]] by Creator/LRonHubbard. Weighing in at nearly 4,000 pages, this was Hubbard's idea of clever SciFi satire. The story moves at an incredibly-slow incredibly slow pace and showcases every sexual perversion you could think of and then some. Rampant misogyny abounds. The story's nothing more than a thinly-veiled pamphlet for Scientology the ChurchOfHappyology and keeps hitting the reader over the head with its messages against psychology and psychiatry. [[http://www.modemac.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/Mission_Earth Here's a highly-detailed overview.]]
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' was a fine game, but '''its official strategy guide''' guide from [=BradyGames=] [=BradyGames=]''' was almost unreadable. To start with, apparently [[RougeAnglesOfSatin nobody proofread the damn thing]], as typos litter almost every page resulting in colossal examples like, like "Dairou will appears, kills the guards and sets you free." Only a ''few'' of the game's Fatalities are given, along with one or two of the suicide moves; it seems the author forgot that half the reason anyone plays ''Mortal Kombat'' at all [[JustHereForGodzilla is just for the finishing moves]]. Ghostly Liu Kang appears as a secret character in the game - [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil this was even revealed in certain previews for the game]] - but the guide goes to a clumsy effort to hide him by including his movelist & and suggested strategy while omitting his name & and those of his fighting styles & and moves. There aren't even any screenshots in this section; indeed, there really aren't any pictures at all. Clearly, the Konquest section was based on an early build; build: many items are nowhere near where they're said to be, and it goes by a coordinate grid system that clearly changed in development. Even worse, this section is organized by realm, so since you have to go back & and forth between realms in the game, you have to flip back & and forth between sections in this strategy guide. Furthermore, the Krypt - where the hell is it? At least [=BradyGames=] went to the effort to acknowledge its existence in the ''previous game's strategy guide'' even though it was still left to you to find out what was in each koffin and how much it [[IncrediblyLamePun kost]], but here there isn't even a section for you to write this data in at all. There isn't even a ''chapter'' of any kind for the Krypt, one of the biggest aspects of the game. The book also includes a useless Kombat Kodex that was meant to be used online, though apparently [[WhatCouldHaveBeen whatever they were planning to do with it never happened]]. One "nifty" extra is a fold-out at the end of the book that has character bios on it. It it, which would be kinda cool... if all of them were in fact right: Half of Kobra's is missing and missing, while Noob/Smoke's last half is replaced with that of Havik's. Also included is a preview of the comic book series that was never released. The unfinished concept art you see of it in this guide? That's literally all that exists of it. You are holding the entire series, such as it is, in one hand with this guide. Finally, as a strategy guide for a fighting game its usefulness is already pretty limited - it's one of those genres where you would do best to come up with your own strategy rather than trying to read & and memorize someone else's ideas for what to do with such-and-such character, but as if individual character strategies weren't enough there's also a section describing each arena in great detail so you know exactly what to look for when it comes to stage traps & fatalities.and Fatalities. One section, describing the Courtyard, even admits there's nothing to say about it. Tellingly, [[https://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Kombat%C3%82%C2%BF-Deception-Official-Signature/product-reviews/0744004330/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R33H0RRF1RENBR 12 out of the 13 reviews posted to Amazon are only one star (the other is a two-star review).]]
* '''"[[https://www.reddit.com/r/justneckbeardthings/comments/6pfmim/this_incredible_poem_by_ready_player_one_author/ Nerd Porn Auteur]]"''' by [[Literature/ReadyPlayerOne Ernest Cline]]. To call it poetry would be [[YouKeepUsingThatWord a crime against language]], for not a single line scans in any way. Every single line has a different number of syllables from the ones before or after it, and no attention is paid to the natural rhythm of speech, so it definitely isn't free verse, verse either. The only way it could be passed off as a poem is because of the nonstandard line breaks. If that were not weren't bad enough, the entire poem is just a [[EntitledToHaveYou "Nice Guy"]] complaining about girls sleeping with jocks instead of people like him, and, and despite claiming to dislike the objectification of women, [[{{Hypocrite}} does so himself]], himself]] without any self-awareness. Not to mention that "nerd porn" almost certainly exists already-- already - this ''[[TheInternetIsForPorn is]]'' the Internet, after all. Every single comment on the linked page states that it has no scansion and barely deserves to be called poetry at all.



* '''''No Touching''''' by Aileen Deng. Let's put it this way — the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, [[OldShame who were responsible for its very commissioning, would kindly like to forget it ever existed]]. The book was published to promote awareness about {{Asexuality}} and debunk some of the most common myths, but the writer is incredibly ignorant of the theme and can't convey correctly what little she gets right, giving us instead a cliché storm that makes you want to scream to the protagonist "StopBeingStereotypical!". What little enjoyable stuff this tome has is ruined by the unpolished writing and inconsistent characterization. [[http://www.amazon.com/No-Touching-Aileen-Deng/dp/1449900313 Elizabeth the Gray's review]] goes into more detail. For a long time this book had a 3-star average on Amazon. Elizabeth and a pair of reviewers gave it one star each [[note]]On 2015 one more person reviewed it with one star, finally bringing it down to two stars[[/note]], and two people who haven't reviewed ''anything else on the site'' gave it four and five stars. Not to mention, the aforementioned four-star review almost immediately attacks Elizabeth's review. Way to be discreet.
* '''''Org's Odyssey''''' by Duke Otterland. The whole plot is a ClicheStorm of a fantasy novel about Org of Otterland, a hero born from the daughter of a god who must save Anglia from evil. The beginning explains how the Anthropians came to be, but it comes off as PurpleProse. Moreover, the battles are unfair — the good guys outnumber the evildoers [[OneSidedBattle 7 to 1]]. See the reviews [[http://www.amazon.com/Orgs-Odyssey-Tale-Post-human-Earth/dp/0595316794 here.]] More recently, it's become the replacement read for ''The Eye of Argon'' at [=AnthroCon=], which started the two-hour session with four readers and ended with over 30. It's figured there's enough fresh material for almost a decade.

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* '''''No Touching''''' by Aileen Deng. Let's put it this way - the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, [[OldShame who were responsible for its very commissioning, [[OldShame would kindly like to forget it ever existed]]. The book was commissioned and published to promote awareness about {{Asexuality}} and debunk some of the most common myths, but the writer is incredibly ignorant of the theme and can't convey correctly what little she gets right, giving us instead a cliché storm that makes you want to scream to the protagonist "StopBeingStereotypical!". "StopBeingStereotypical!" What little enjoyable stuff this tome has is ruined by the unpolished writing and inconsistent characterization. [[http://www.amazon.com/No-Touching-Aileen-Deng/dp/1449900313 Elizabeth the Gray's review]] goes into more detail. For a long time this book had a 3-star average on Amazon. Elizabeth and a pair of reviewers gave it one star each [[note]]On [[note]](in 2015 one more person reviewed it with one star, finally bringing it down to two stars[[/note]], stars)[[/note]], and two people who haven't reviewed ''anything else on the site'' gave it four and five stars. Not to mention, the aforementioned four-star review almost immediately attacks Elizabeth's review. Way to be discreet.
* '''''Org's Odyssey''''' by Duke Otterland. The whole plot is a ClicheStorm of a fantasy novel about Org of Otterland, a hero born from the daughter of a god who must save Anglia from evil. The beginning explains how the Anthropians came to be, but it comes off as PurpleProse. Moreover, the battles are unfair - the good guys outnumber the evildoers [[OneSidedBattle 7 to 1]]. See the reviews [[http://www.amazon.com/Orgs-Odyssey-Tale-Post-human-Earth/dp/0595316794 here.]] More recently, it's become the replacement read for ''The Eye of Argon'' at [=AnthroCon=], which started the two-hour session with four readers and ended with over 30. It's figured there's enough fresh material for almost a decade.



* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet — Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''', better known as ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering, along with sex with dragons" is the closest one can come up with as a short summary for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but, so there's no WriterOnBoard here. The two sequels are, while not ''good'', a significant improvement over the original and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse — the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)
* '''''To Train Up A Child''''', published in 1994, is a parent's guide based on the controversial "Pearl Method" taught by pastor Michael Pearl. Commonly called "a Child abuse manual", this book says beating your kids is okay, recommends [[KickTheDog pulling a newborn's hair if they bite while breastfeeding]], lists the best places and what to hit your kids with to avoid leaving bruises, says you should set up a trap for your child and then punish them for falling for it, and claims if you don't do these things you don't really love your kids. The book was lambasted for its heavy religious meddling, and because the methods it teaches has been ''[[https://www.babble.com/mom/to-train-up-a-child-teaches-punishment-that-kills-kids/ proven to kill children]]''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5miNERB1Pe0 Rachel Oates dissects this book in two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUXgbsSqvoE parts.]] Notably, in part 2 she is [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness clearly on the verge of tears.]]

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* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet — Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''', better known as ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering, along with sex with dragons" is the closest one can come up with as a short summary for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but, so there's no WriterOnBoard here. The two sequels are, while not ''good'', a significant improvement over the original and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse - the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)
* '''''To Train Up A Child''''', published in 1994, is a parent's guide based on the controversial "Pearl Method" taught by pastor Michael Pearl. Commonly called "a Child child abuse manual", this book says beating your kids is okay, recommends [[KickTheDog pulling a newborn's hair if they bite while breastfeeding]], lists the best places and what to hit your kids with to avoid leaving bruises, says you should set up a trap for your child and then punish them for falling for it, and claims if you don't do these things you don't really love your kids. The book was lambasted for its heavy religious meddling, and because the methods it teaches has been ''[[https://www.babble.com/mom/to-train-up-a-child-teaches-punishment-that-kills-kids/ proven to kill children]]''. Rachel Oates dissects this book in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5miNERB1Pe0 Rachel Oates dissects this book in two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUXgbsSqvoE parts.]] Notably, parts]], and in part 2 the latter video she is [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness clearly on the verge of tears.]]tears]].


* The '''''Franchise/BaldursGate'' novelizations''' by Phillip Athans are a prime example of how not to adapt a video game into book form. The storyline is little more than a seemingly unending series of fight scenes with characters being killed off as quickly as they are introduced, not even touching upon the themes of the series and leaving out all of the intrigue and story present in the original games. Blatant character defilement abounds, with [[ActionGirl Jaheria]], a tough, strong woman in the games, being reduced to a little more than a DamselInDistress who exists to have sex with the main character. Her NiceGuy husband Khalid becomes a JerkAss DomesticAbuser for no reason whatsoever, and Imoen is turned from a plucky, cheerful girl to a depressed victim of the main character’s bullying who, for no reason other than FanService, has a pointless lesbian sex scene. The main character, Abdel Adrian, is an unlikable and uninteresting JerkAss who does little beyond fighting and having sex with various women and shows almost none of the interesting traits of the player character in the games, and yet is [[DesignatedHero somehow fawned over and praised by almost everyone else in the story.]] The result was an adaptation entirely reviled by the fan base. It received near unanimous bashing on both [[https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baldurs-Forgotten-Realms-Philip-Athans/dp/0786915250/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SMWPP4Q4AZ6TMHJ1V2JP Amazon]] and [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/291738.Baldur_s_Gate_II Goodreads]] and Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast themselves made the novels CanonDiscontinuity. Even the writer of the final book, Creator/DrewKarpyshyn, lamented that there was [[http://drewkarpyshyn.com/c/?page_id=7 little he could do to please fans after the mess made by the first two books.]]

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* The '''''Franchise/BaldursGate'' novelizations''' by Phillip Athans are a prime example of how not to adapt a video game into book form. The storyline is little more than a seemingly unending series of fight scenes with characters being killed off as quickly as they are introduced, not even touching upon the themes of the series and leaving out all of the intrigue and story present in the original games. Blatant character defilement abounds, with [[ActionGirl Jaheria]], a tough, strong woman in the games, being reduced to a little more than a DamselInDistress who exists to have sex with the main character. Her NiceGuy husband Khalid becomes a JerkAss DomesticAbuser {{Domestic Abuse}}r for no reason whatsoever, and Imoen is turned from a plucky, cheerful girl to a depressed victim of the main character’s bullying who, for no reason other than FanService, has a pointless lesbian sex scene. The main character, Abdel Adrian, is an unlikable and uninteresting JerkAss who does little beyond fighting and having sex with various women and shows almost none of the interesting traits of the player character in the games, and yet is [[DesignatedHero somehow fawned over and praised by almost everyone else in the story.]] The result was an adaptation entirely reviled by the fan base. It received near unanimous bashing on both [[https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baldurs-Forgotten-Realms-Philip-Athans/dp/0786915250/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SMWPP4Q4AZ6TMHJ1V2JP Amazon]] and [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/291738.Baldur_s_Gate_II Goodreads]] and Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast themselves made the novels CanonDiscontinuity. Even the writer of the final book, Creator/DrewKarpyshyn, lamented that there was [[http://drewkarpyshyn.com/c/?page_id=7 little he could do to please fans after the mess made by the first two books.]]


* '''''Literature/AlfiesHome''''' (1993) is an attack on homosexuals thinly disguised as a story about a boy who was molested by his CreepyUncle. There are holes in, both, plot and logic. The drawings look like drunken WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock concept sketches, seem to defy all perspective, and could have been done in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. Even worse, it plugs therapy based on a [[CureYourGays scientific theory]] that had been discredited decades earlier, and the boy's uncle pulls a KarmaHoudini. And it was aimed ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at toddlers]]''?

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* '''''Literature/AlfiesHome''''' (1993) is an attack on homosexuals thinly disguised as a story about a boy who was molested by his CreepyUncle. There are holes in, both, in both plot and logic. The drawings look like drunken WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock concept sketches, seem to defy all perspective, and could have been done in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. Even worse, it plugs therapy based on a [[CureYourGays scientific theory]] that had been discredited decades earlier, and the boy's uncle pulls a KarmaHoudini. And it was aimed ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at toddlers]]''?


** In 2010, she wrote ''The Adventures of the Teen Archaeologists: (Book 1) The Land of the Moepek''. Full of Mary Sues, dull conversations that have nothing to do with the plot, and lots of grammar errors.

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** In 2010, she wrote ''The Adventures of the Teen Archaeologists: (Book 1) The Land of the Moepek''. Full of Mary Sues, dull conversations that have nothing to do with the plot, and lots of grammar grammatical errors.



* '''''Firefly''''' by Creator/PiersAnthony. The Literature/{{Xanth}} author still has his fans despite his [[DirtyOldMan overall sleazy reputation]], but even they won't defend this 1990 standalone horror offering. The plot deals with four people who must stop a mysterious, man-eating monster that lures its prey with sex pheromones before slurping out their innards, leaving nothing but skin and bones behind. Sounds intriguing enough, but it's bogged down by several things, including but not limited to: a bizarre romantic subplot between [[TheLoinsSleepTonight impotent]] caretaker Geode and neglected housewife Jade, childish and sophomoric writing choices (for example: during the climax, Geode gets anally tentacle-raped by the Firefly and the narration conveys this with the word "cornholing") and a tacked-on GreenAesop to explain the Firefly's origin.\\\
With all this in mind, the book could have very easily counted as SoBadItsGood... but one thing pushes it well and truly into Horrible territory: '''''[[LoliconAndShotacon the pedophilia]]'''''. To elaborate, there is a solid, ten-page, ''extremely graphic'' sequence of a five-year-old girl having sex with a grown man (which, in-story, Jade is telling to Geode in an attempt to give him an erection.) This is framed as a courtroom scene in which the defense attorney justifies the child rapist's behavior by claiming that they were "lovers in the truest sense", and that the little girl's ''family'' should be on trial for neglecting her! Yes, this is actually in the book. Yes, this actually got published. Thankfully it's now out of print, like most of Piers' other non-''Xanth'' works. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmldmgdAa2I Here's]] a more in-depth review by [=YouTuber=] David Popovich.


* '''''Literature/AlfiesHome''''' (1993) is an attack on homosexuals thinly disguised as a story about a boy who was molested by his CreepyUncle. There are holes in both the plot and the logic. The drawings look like drunken WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock concept sketches, seem to defy all perspective, and could have been done in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. Even worse, it plugs therapy based on a [[CureYourGays scientific theory]] that had been discredited decades earlier, and the boy's uncle pulls a KarmaHoudini. And it was aimed ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at toddlers]]''?

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* '''''Literature/AlfiesHome''''' (1993) is an attack on homosexuals thinly disguised as a story about a boy who was molested by his CreepyUncle. There are holes in both the in, both, plot and the logic. The drawings look like drunken WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock concept sketches, seem to defy all perspective, and could have been done in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. Even worse, it plugs therapy based on a [[CureYourGays scientific theory]] that had been discredited decades earlier, and the boy's uncle pulls a KarmaHoudini. And it was aimed ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at toddlers]]''?


** There are so many races that it's hard to believe that the planet's ecology is intact. There's a reference to a "non-human troll", as if a fantasy creature could be both human and troll.


* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as Onision, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is on a whole new level. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be to be able to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]]. The climax actually has him fighting God. Nearly all challenges he faces are resolved instantly, and anything resembling real adversity comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went after a serial killer and killed both him and his accomplices ([[UnintentionallySympathetic including one who was blackmailed into doing it]]). Another instance was when he changed his girlfriend simply because he was bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them. The kicker? [[{{Squick}} The girlfriend was 16, and Daniel was 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." Not only was he meant to be a self-insert, but Onision neglected to change his name. Out of all of Onision's books, this has the worst reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''

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* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as Onision, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is on a whole new level.much, much worse. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be to be able the ability to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]]. The exaggeration]], the climax actually has him fighting God. Nearly all challenges Almost every challenge he faces are is resolved instantly, and anything resembling real adversity difficulty comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went after a serial killer and killed both him and his accomplices ([[UnintentionallySympathetic including accomplices,[[UnintentionallySympathetic even though one who accomplice was blackmailed into doing it]]). it]]. Another instance was when he changed decides to change his girlfriend simply because he was he's bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them. The kicker? them, even though [[{{Squick}} The the girlfriend was 16, and Daniel was Daniel's 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." Not only was he always meant to be a self-insert, but Onision neglected the author forgot to change his name. ''change the name''. Out of all of Onision's the author's books, this has the worst most bad reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''



* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet — Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''' (nicknamed ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering (and sex with dragons)" is the closest one can come up with as a thumbnail sketch for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but. No WriterOnBoard here. And the two sequels are markedly improved (not ''good'', mind you, but not Horrible) and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse — the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)
* '''''To Train Up A Child''''', published in 1994, is a parent's guide based on the controversial "Pearl Method" taught by pastor Michael Pearl. Called "a Child abuse manual" by some, this book, among other things, says beating your kids is ok, recommends [[KickTheDog pulling a newborn's hair if they bite while breastfeeding]], lists the best places and what to hit your kids with to avoid leaving bruises, setting a trap for your child and then punishing them for falling for it, and claims if you don't do these things you don't really love your kids. The book was lambasted for its heavy religious meddling, and because the method it teaches has been [[https://www.babble.com/mom/to-train-up-a-child-teaches-punishment-that-kills-kids/ proven to have caused child deaths]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5miNERB1Pe0 Rachel Oates dissects this book in two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUXgbsSqvoE parts.]] In part 2 she is [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness clearly on the verge of tears.]]

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* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet — Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''' (nicknamed Venom''''', better known as ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering (and suffering, along with sex with dragons)" dragons" is the closest one can come up with as a thumbnail sketch short summary for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but. No but, so there's no WriterOnBoard here. And the The two sequels are markedly improved (not are, while not ''good'', mind you, but not Horrible) a significant improvement over the original and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse — the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)
* '''''To Train Up A Child''''', published in 1994, is a parent's guide based on the controversial "Pearl Method" taught by pastor Michael Pearl. Called Commonly called "a Child abuse manual" by some, manual", this book, among other things, book says beating your kids is ok, okay, recommends [[KickTheDog pulling a newborn's hair if they bite while breastfeeding]], lists the best places and what to hit your kids with to avoid leaving bruises, setting says you should set up a trap for your child and then punishing punish them for falling for it, and claims if you don't do these things you don't really love your kids. The book was lambasted for its heavy religious meddling, and because the method methods it teaches has been [[https://www.''[[https://www.babble.com/mom/to-train-up-a-child-teaches-punishment-that-kills-kids/ proven to have caused child deaths]].kill children]]''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5miNERB1Pe0 Rachel Oates dissects this book in two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUXgbsSqvoE parts.]] In Notably, in part 2 she is [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness clearly on the verge of tears.]]


* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as WebVideo/{{Onision}}, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is on a whole new level. The same can't be said for this. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be to be able to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]]. The climax actually has him fighting God. Nearly all challenges he faces are resolved instantly, and anything resembling real adversity comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went after a serial killer and killed both him and his accomplices ([[UnintentionallySympathetic including one who was blackmailed into doing it]]). Another instance was when he changed his girlfriend simply because he was bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them. The kicker? [[{{Squick}} The girlfriend was 16, and Daniel was 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." Not only was he meant to be a self-insert, but Onision neglected to change his name. Out of all of Onision's books, this has the worst reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''

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* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as WebVideo/{{Onision}}, Onision, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is on a whole new level. The same can't be said for this. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be to be able to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]]. The climax actually has him fighting God. Nearly all challenges he faces are resolved instantly, and anything resembling real adversity comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went after a serial killer and killed both him and his accomplices ([[UnintentionallySympathetic including one who was blackmailed into doing it]]). Another instance was when he changed his girlfriend simply because he was bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them. The kicker? [[{{Squick}} The girlfriend was 16, and Daniel was 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." Not only was he meant to be a self-insert, but Onision neglected to change his name. Out of all of Onision's books, this has the worst reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''

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* '''''Reaper's Creek''''' by Greg Jackson, better known as WebVideo/{{Onision}}, in his third foray into literature. While his first two books were bad, this is on a whole new level. The same can't be said for this. The premise is about a boy named Daniel who gets abducted by aliens and is given powers. It starts off decently enough by having his power just be to be able to sense dead bodies, but as the story progresses, he's given NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to the point of becoming more powerful than God. [[ExactWords That's not even an exaggeration]]. The climax actually has him fighting God. Nearly all challenges he faces are resolved instantly, and anything resembling real adversity comes off as artificial. Daniel is a [[DesignatedHero borderline]] SociopathicHero who goes against his own [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code]] in the blink-of-an-eye, such as when he went after a serial killer and killed both him and his accomplices ([[UnintentionallySympathetic including one who was blackmailed into doing it]]). Another instance was when he changed his girlfriend simply because he was bored with how she was. Speaking of the girlfriend, there's a graphic sex scene between them. The kicker? [[{{Squick}} The girlfriend was 16, and Daniel was 12]]. The {{Squick}} goes further when there's a timeskip and they're still together, even though he's only 14 and she's 18. There are various grammar and spelling errors, but the most notable instance is during some scenes where Daniel is referred to as "Greg." Not only was he meant to be a self-insert, but Onision neglected to change his name. Out of all of Onision's books, this has the worst reviews, with 1 Star on Amazon, a 1.1 on Good Reads, 1/5 on Apple, and 1% on Google. This book is so bad, [[WebVideo/TheBookWasBetter Krimson Rogue]] did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJfGq-iyp0 two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djTgW-1HHKg hour]] rant on it and dubbed it worse than his known BerserkButton, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}.''


* '''Gloria Tesch''' is a teenage writer that rose to infamy thanks to her self-published ''Literature/MaradoniaSaga'', which was backed by her own [[StageMom Stage Dad]] with an army of lawyers and sock puppet accounts ready to silence anyone who tried to speak out against it. She was promoted as [[VeryFalseAdvertising "the world's youngest novelist"]] even though other people younger than her (even before her) have already written works that were not only of better quality, but also traditionally published. Her "saga" is supposedly a series of six/eight/nine/ten books (she just can't make up her mind, but insists it's a ''trilogy''), but only five of them were ever released.[[note]]The sixth book, ''Maradonia and the Battle for the Key'', was even promoted as if it had actually been published.[[/note]] Every book is a 700 page Doorstopper, each ridden with awful formatting, a plot knee deep in Mary Sues, callous sociopathic protagonists, and a confusing story that plagiarizes ideas from other, far more credible works. For some reason she thought this dreck was good enough to deserve a movie adaptation - see Horrible/LiveActionFilmsGToM for more info. Sporks of the entire series can be found [[http://impishidea.com/tag/maradonia-%28series%29/ here]]; expect such exciting things as a talking grasshopper, Apollyon and the Club of Evil (that sings Mother Earth songs and has a water park), the salsa dance, and more! [[https://kiwifarms.net/threads/gloria-tesch.381/ This Kiwi Farms thread]] has a lot of discussion on the Tesch family's antics, including poorly-made music videos starring Gloria, as well as ''scams'' involving the movie's production.

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* '''Gloria Tesch''' is a teenage writer that rose to infamy thanks to her self-published ''Literature/MaradoniaSaga'', which was backed by her own [[StageMom Stage Dad]] with an army of lawyers and sock puppet accounts ready to silence anyone who tried to speak out against it. She was promoted as [[VeryFalseAdvertising "the world's youngest novelist"]] even though other people younger than her (even before her) have already written works that were not only of better quality, but also traditionally published. Her "saga" is supposedly a series of six/eight/nine/ten books (she just can't make up her mind, but insists it's a ''trilogy''), but only five of them were ever actually released.[[note]]The sixth book, ''Maradonia and the Battle for the Key'', was even promoted as if it had actually been published.[[/note]] Every book is a 700 page Doorstopper, each ridden with awful formatting, a plot knee deep in Mary Sues, callous sociopathic protagonists, and a confusing story that plagiarizes ideas from other, far more credible works. For some reason she thought this dreck was good enough to deserve a movie adaptation - see Horrible/LiveActionFilmsGToM for more info. Sporks of the entire series can be found [[http://impishidea.com/tag/maradonia-%28series%29/ here]]; expect such exciting things as a talking grasshopper, Apollyon and the Club of Evil (that sings Mother Earth songs and has a water park), the salsa dance, and more! [[https://kiwifarms.net/threads/gloria-tesch.381/ This Kiwi Farms thread]] has a lot of discussion on the Tesch family's antics, including poorly-made music videos starring Gloria, as well as ''scams'' involving the movie's production.


* '''The official strategy guide for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''''' is universally hailed as the worst strategy guide of all time. Likely due to ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{Squaresoft}}, the guide consisted of extremely short, little-detail sections that asked the reader to visit Square's [=PlayOnline=] website for the ''actual'' information. Given that this was in 2000, most people didn't have access to the internet, and those who did would be better off visiting Website/GameFAQs anyway. When Prima did a 2015 omnibus re-release for the ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII VII]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'' and ''IX'' guides, it got a complete overhaul.

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* '''The official strategy guide for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''''' is universally hailed as the worst strategy guide of all time. Likely due to ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{Squaresoft}}, the guide consisted of extremely short, little-detail sections that asked the reader to visit Square's [=PlayOnline=] website for the ''actual'' information. There was also a misprint during one of the Disc 2 boss fights, Lani, whose strategy inexplicably was copy and pasted with one of the first mini-bosses in Disc 1. The website had the actual strategy to defeat her. Given that this was in 2000, most people didn't have access to the internet, and those who did would be better off visiting Website/GameFAQs anyway. When Prima did a 2015 omnibus re-release for the ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII VII]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'' and ''IX'' guides, it got a complete overhaul.


* '''Books LLC's ''Wikipedia Source''''' series might be an even worse example of published Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} articles than the aforementioned Alphascript and Betascript Publishing. In addition to possessing all their flaws, the books' content seems to have been randomly selected by an automated algorithm, leading to verbal diarrhea such as "Gremlin Interactive Games: Loaded, Fragile Allegiance, Jungle Strike, Series/TopGear 3000, Harlequin, VideoGame/BodyHarvest, {{Utopia}}: The Creation of a Nation" and incoherent descriptions. The presentation also has the barest minimum effort put into it, with most of the covers just having words in a basic font on it, like [[http://www.biblio-moto-books.net/images/motorcycle_manufacturers_of_italy.jpg this.]].

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* '''Books LLC's ''Wikipedia Source''''' series might be an even worse example of published Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} articles than the aforementioned Alphascript and Betascript Publishing. In addition to possessing all their flaws, the books' content seems to have been randomly selected by an automated algorithm, leading to verbal diarrhea such as "Gremlin Interactive Games: Loaded, Fragile Allegiance, Jungle Strike, Series/TopGear Top Gear 3000, Harlequin, VideoGame/BodyHarvest, {{Utopia}}: The Creation of a Nation" and incoherent descriptions. The presentation also has the barest minimum effort put into it, with most of the covers just having words in a basic font on it, like [[http://www.biblio-moto-books.net/images/motorcycle_manufacturers_of_italy.jpg this.]].


** ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' has so many blunders that a full list of them would at least double the size of this page, so [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html here are]] [[http://impishidea.com/tag/the-legend-of-rah-and-the-muggles/ a few]] [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20the%20legend%20of%20rah%20and%20the%20muggles handy plot breakdowns]] should you wish to subject yourself to them anyway. Once news from the lawsuit started spreading, a small-time publisher tried to cash in on NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and did a small printing run; said publisher quickly went bankrupt. To give a quick summary, the story can't decide what it wants to be at all. It starts with two baby twins who are sent from a post-apocalyptic wasteland by their mother who is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never brought up again]]. The twins are rescued by friendly talking sea animals with speech impediments(!) and "spooners of the deep" (which are never explained what they are; even going to the included glossary says they're... "[[ShapedLikeItself spooners of the deep]]"). When they get to the land of the titular Muggles, which are [[UncannyValley grotesquely almost-infantile creatures]] mutated by radiation, they bring the sun back after a nuclear winter. Somehow. Throw in wild inconsistencies about the Muggles themselves -- such as one character who keeps changing ages, ridiculous elements such as a "lemonade lake", and the antagonist, one of the twins who is AlwaysSecondBest, [[IdiotBall gets sick from keeping his hideout in a ridiculously-irradiated tree]], and at the end, it turns out that they're literally scared of their own shadows. Rah [[DesignatedHero doesn't care about his brother at all]], the plot focusing on keeping him down instead of trying to redeem him. And to top it all off, it ends by suddenly turning into a fable about where stars come from! Which is it? Dark apocalyptic drama? Sickeningly sweet fantasy? A child's ghost story? A fable? It's as if nothing whatsoever about the story was planned out in advance.

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** ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' has so many blunders that a full list of them would at least double the size of this page, so [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html here are]] [[http://impishidea.com/tag/the-legend-of-rah-and-the-muggles/ a few]] [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20the%20legend%20of%20rah%20and%20the%20muggles handy plot breakdowns]] should you wish to subject yourself to them anyway. Once news from the lawsuit started spreading, a small-time publisher tried to cash in on NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and did a small printing run; said publisher quickly went bankrupt. To give a quick summary, the story can't decide what it wants to be at all. It starts with two baby twins who are sent from a post-apocalyptic wasteland by their mother who is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never brought up again]]. The twins are rescued by friendly talking sea animals with speech impediments(!) and "spooners of the deep" (which are never explained what they are; even going to the included glossary says they're... "[[ShapedLikeItself spooners of the deep]]"). When they get to the land of the titular Muggles, which are [[UncannyValley grotesquely almost-infantile creatures]] mutated by radiation, they bring the sun back after a nuclear winter. Somehow. Throw in wild inconsistencies about the Muggles themselves -- such as one character who keeps changing ages, ridiculous elements such as a "lemonade lake", and the antagonist, one of the twins who is AlwaysSecondBest, [[IdiotBall gets sick from keeping his hideout in a ridiculously-irradiated tree]], and at the end, it turns out that they're he and his minions are literally scared of their own shadows. Rah [[DesignatedHero doesn't care about his brother at all]], the plot focusing on keeping him down instead of trying to redeem him. And to top it all off, it ends by suddenly turning into a fable about where stars come from! Which is it? Dark apocalyptic drama? Sickeningly sweet fantasy? A child's ghost story? A fable? It's as if nothing whatsoever about the story was planned out in advance.

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