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What three to five books have been undone if not totally ruined by their endings?

Endings are among the top two or three hardest things to handle when telling a story. They have to make sense, satisfy, and put the audience back in the "real world" with a minimum of jarring

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answered:    March 20, 2012
In order to best answer this I would have to go back into my review archives. Generally, thrillers and mysteries are some of the books that are difficult to wrap up all the loose ends in the "proper" amount of time. In some cases of mysteries, the author will come up with some implausible explanation as to why somebody would do something. The most I ever felt "cheated" on a book or story was The Lady or the Tiger. I kept turning the last page expecting more. I hate when the author cops out by leaving it up to the reader to decide the ending.
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March 20, 2012
"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro is as well written and as moving as his masterful "Remains of the Day." Until the ending. Then it becomes clear that Ishiguro has cheated by ignoring the unpleasant elements his intriguing story demands. None of what his characters have been allowed to do makes sense given what they represent to those who control them. (I've avoided giving away anything, although most people who have heard of either the book or the movie adaptation know what the book's secret is.)
March 21, 2012
Thanks for the info. I hated the movie so much (despite massively strong performances) -- because it was so sloppy -- that despite half a dozen drafts, I couldn't find a way to review it without giving away more than the farm. I was tempted to read the novel to see if the original was as bad, but this is the nudge I need to avoid that waste of time. I did that for Children of Men -- I hated the movie so I read the book to see what the disconnect was. Turns out the book is bad but for totally different reasons (and the two are so vastly different its hard to say that they share more than just a title), so I wasted not only the time spent for the movie but the time devoted to the book.
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