Thanks so much for your comment about not ploughing on endlessly with a book you are not really enjoying. I too used to do that and it began to spoil my overall enjoyment of reading. I even found myself unwilling to start a new book because I felt I was betraying a principal. Learning that it is not a failure to make a judgement of a book, on your own and not just relying upon reviews or reputation, is actually quite a hard thing to do. It is good to know that others have wrestled with it too. Tom.