A couple of disappointing novels which I couldn't finish.
I was looking forward to Hose Monkey by Reed Farrell Coleman, because I very much enjoyed Walking the Perfect Square. But I found the first 40% to be fairly pedestrian, and gave up at that point. It's not that's it's an bad book, it's just not a stand-out in any way.
On the other hand, I found Jonathan Saffron Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be actively annoying. The narrator, Oskar, is putatively nine years old, but he doesn't feel like a nine-year-old, not even a very smart (asperger?) one. I just couldn't get into this one, and gave up about 15% in.