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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

Replies:   helmut_meukel
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.

uberloots
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The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs is very character driven as are the three books in the Caspak series. Franco mentioned H Rider Haggard which would probably put you into something in the Allan Quatermain group which you may have read. The People of the Mist by him is very heavy with character development with a good mix of action added in and a great storyline as well. All of these are available on Gutenberg.

helmut_meukel

@sejintenej

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


I usually avoid those stories and I've a reason. Having to wait one week or longer for the next chapter is clogging my memory with story details of a dozen different stories I'm forced to read at the same time and they get mixed-up in my brain.

HM.

Replies:   Wheezer
Wheezer

@helmut_meukel

I usually avoid those stories and I've a reason. Having to wait one week or longer for the next chapter is clogging my memory with story details of a dozen different stories I'm forced to read at the same time and they get mixed-up in my brain.


Ditto! I have the same issues & problems with slow posting schedules. I'm old enough to be getting forgetful, and that problem is not getting better. I know it is a tactic used by authors to keep their story on the home page of SOL, hopefully increasing download numbers, but it does not work for me. I cannot juggle that many stories in my mind.

Replies:   PotomacBob
PotomacBob

@Wheezer

I'm old enough to be getting forgetful


I started that problem when I was three years old. My parents used to send me to the store by myself (no streets to cross), but if there were more than three items, they had to give me a list. "A sort list is better than a long memory," my dad used to say.

Replies:   Wheezer
Wheezer

@PotomacBob

I started that problem when I was three years old.

A three year old brain is still growing and learning, so that is expected. I'm getting seriously forgetful. :(

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Wheezer

I'm getting seriously forgetful. :(


I might agree, if I could remember what we were discussing.

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