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I can't stay interested...

koehlerrock

I've been trying to read some stories, but I just can't seem to get into any. If anyone has some recommendations, I'd greatly appreciate it. I would prefer that they are finished, and not abandoned or still being updated.

Replies:   AmigaClone  sejintenej  Franco
AmigaClone

@koehlerrock

What type of stories do you enjoy or are in the mood for today?

sejintenej

@koehlerrock

I just can't seem to get into any. If anyone has some recommendations, I'd greatly appreciate it. I would prefer that they are finished, and not abandoned or still being updated.

Check AmigaClone's answer.
Of course there will be many stories you "can't get into" - it happens to many / most / all of us. There is an author with over 50 stories - many get a 10 from me but others I don't like - it is a case of your personal tastes.

Don't worry about stories "still being updated" - some authors state in advance that they have already finished the story even though they are only putting up a chapter a week or so. Avoiding such stories because they are still being put up is not reasonable. Indeed having one which looks good you have something to look forward to each week though I am cursed by having three updates on a Saturday and none on some days.
Abandoned stories; Well covered in this forum - there are some excellent stories which will still keep you absorbed for many a winter's night

You have three options -
1)look at the various threads recommending stories - I can vouch for 50% - the rest I have been too busy to get round to
2) look at the list of possibilities on the search engine and pick perhaps as many as two likes and see what happens.
3) omitted on grounds of taste

Dominions Son
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If the requester is not going to offer any specifics, I am going to respond just as generically

https://www.gutenberg.org/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/

https://www.amazon.com/

http://storiesonline.net/library/new_stories.php

Switch Blayde
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I want something that will keep my attention.


What keeps your attention?

The characters?

A plot that keeps you reading?

(Since this is SOL) Hot sex?

The way it's written?

JohnBobMead

I'm making a big assumption here, but:

There _are_ stories that have kept your attention in the past? If so, what were they?

Are you filled with ennui all the time, or are there things that interest you? If so, what are they? Are there things you wish you had done, but never tried? Tell us!

I gotta tell ya, speaking as a retired librarin, we have to have _something_ to work with if we are going to give you any useful suggestions. otherwise all you will get is directions to huge depositories of stories, or our personal favorites, or a list of those stories we know to have a broad fan base. But without some idea of what makes you tick, what types of things would spark an interest in you so that the story can reach out and grab you by the neck and pull you in, we aren't going to have much luck.

imsly1

Holy Crap.. I've read thousands of stories... rarely do I find them uninteresting...

koehlerrock

Sorry I couldn't reply to this sooner, life happened. In the stories I've read, and enjoyed; plot, characters, and the development of both were driving points for the story. My favorite story by far is Always on Guard by Jay Cantrell.

Replies:   JohnBobMead
JohnBobMead
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@koehlerrock


plot, characters, and the development of both were driving points for the story


In which case I stand by my previous recommendations, because that's what I look for in a story. I'll toss into the mix Colt45's Sea King, Shasta's Tale, and Quest for Knowledge.

Franco

@koehlerrock

If you do not require graphic descriptions of sex in your stories, there are tens of thousands of free classic books available on the internet on gutenberg.org, gutenberg.net.au, and many other sites. Examples:

All the Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle, plus his other stories, eg, The Lost World, etc.

Raphael Sabatini's swashbuckler adventure novels.

Conan the Barbarian stories by Robert E. Howard - all available on gutenberg Australia.

Mark Twain's works, Alexandre Dumas' works, Sir Walter Scott's novels, Robert Louis Stevenson's works, H. Rider Haggard's works, and thousands more.

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