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Strange case of TV being better than the book
on 9 June 2010
You know what you're in for when the opening pages of a book spend more time telling you what cars people drive, than on the grief of the protagonists losing their child (no spoiler, it happens in the first few pages of the book). From then on Sawyer's got his little `Boys' Book of CERN facts' open and uses it as often as possible, at the expense of the accuracy of most of the other world facts he presents. (By the end of the book Sawyer has mentioned that some people speak French so many times I think he was still in shock over it.) The book trots a long at a fine pace, but at the expense of the plot. The author spends more time praising CNN news than fleshing out characters and storyline.
It's a fair enough read to pass a train journey, but only if you don't want anything more detailed than "He said, she said, and isn't CNN great?".