You know what I mean, you visit the various internet forums, read through the book recommendation threads and see a lot of glowing reviews and lots of hype on particular names. So you go out, spend your money (or use your library card) get the book(s) home ..... and you're left feeling flat, wondering what you're not seeing in these authors that everyone else has. Do you have any disappointments like that? For me there's two: China Mieville - I've tried my best with Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council. But even though I can see the mans talent, I can't make myself read more than a few chapters and even that's a slog! Gene Wolfe - The big one for me, so many people recommended him to me that I thought I was onto a real winner. I struggled my way through the first book in the Book of the New Sun and a chapter or so into the second book before putting it down. I bought the Wizard Knight duology and never completed the first book. Like Mieville I can see his talent but his stories just didn't capture me. I really wanted to enjoy both Mieville and Wolfe and am disappointed that I can't seem to get what most everyone does from them!