Good list. I understand the feeling when readin a book which had gotten high ratings, just to have it fall flat. I agree with you that a slow pace can just bore the daylights out of me. The premise may be good, but some books just get so bogged down. Ever notice how the books from th 1001 list often fit this category?
RM, I do find that, too, with a lot of the 1001 books. A lot of them are also "classics", and they really vary for me. Some, I like, but a good chunk of them, I find very slow. I often "blame" the writing style of the time, with all the description and such. Some description is good, and some books surprise me, even if there is a lot of description and I still enjoy them, but in general, I prefer plot to description.