This book by Charles Yu had an interesting premise: the narrator is a time machine repairman – he helps people who rent time machines and get stuck somewhere in time. The book had some funny moments at the start – like when he has to rescue Linus Skywalker (yes, that Skywalker) and hears complains about the famous dad.
However, the problem with the book was that the plot was quite disjointed with many different ideas haphazardly thrown in, without any logical connection. I finished the book – but I stopped caring about the main character about halfway through.
This was a rather long book by Neal Stephenson (about 1000 pages). The premise was quite interesting – a world where scientists live as monks, separated from regular people. Then a spaceship arrives and stuff starts to happen.
There are many things I liked about this book – such as inventive use of language, or some interesting ideas on multi-world interpretation of quantum dynamics – but the length of the story gets to you after a while.
I did finish the book, but at times it was a slog.