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Read World War Z instead,
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I so wanted to love this book. I thought that the writers background, Spielberg's buying of the movie rights from Foley's, and all of the great reviews, would guarantee a technological & emotional roller coaster, a magnificent world striding tour de force - in short, a modern sci-fi classic. What we got instead was a small, largely badly written, jingoistic, borderline racist, "isn't America the greatest country on Earth" movie treatment; and not a very good one at that!
Admittedly, the robots are far more imaginative than anything the Terminator movies dreamt up, but it all feels very small and lacking in any real jeopardy. With the whole world to write about the entire story involves a small handful of people whose lives are intertwined in the most contrived ways possible - then written about in the most mundane way possible. The writing is so poor that at times you can't decipher what's being described.
Oh, and if you're British, prepare for a London where Trafalgar Sq. has FIRE HYDRANTS and hoodies say things like "see you in the funny pages". You can tell where all of the writer's research went!
The final straw for me was reading about how the Indian, Chinese, Russia & Eastern European armies failed in their attempt to destroy the AI because they didn't wait for a handful of American's (the world's saviours, yet again - YAWN!) to show them how to do it. Not that it's any old Americans - no, it's Indians being led by cowboys! (Note: America, your history may seem like a long time ago to you, but to us it's a blink of an eye ago to the rest of the world and has been done to DEATH! Get over it. It's now very, very tired to the rest of us.)
If you want to read a book of true worldwide conflict and human suffering, adversity and courage, then do yourself a real favour and read World War Z.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2012 10:45:42 BDT
Henry the Janitor says:
I was going to write a review of this book, but when I logged in to do so, I saw this one at the top of the heap - which sums up pefectly everything I wanted to say and saved me from having to think about forming sentences that toned down the rage I felt.
All I will add, is that this was a great opportunity wasted...appallingly written....I want my money back!
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 16:13:36 GMT
I was going to read this book after World War Z but you have saved me a lot of time with your review. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 19:17:02 GMT
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