The final eighth or so was okay. I was really, really bored by the rest of it, mostly because I thought that Jessica was snooty and dull and Paul was dull and a prig. All of Jessica's internal dialogues just made me hate her more and more with every one. I was most interested in the, 'servants' like Duncan and Guerney and co, but they were hardly in it.
Doubt I'll bother with any more in the series.
Now, does anybody want to tell me what greatness I've failed to recognise in it?
I may have said something about breakdown of law and order being credible but perhaps not within days. A quick look at history, even as late as Bosnia would show that people become animals when law & order breaks down, without even any existential threat like famine
I must have mixed you up with somebody - somebody who had a big rant about how (ordinary) people raping and murdering each other within about two days of the crisis being announced was entirely credible.
I haven't read Death Of Grass. I read about its subject matter and it sounded unrealistic. If there was no grass anywhere, surely all life would die off fairly soon. And I worried that I would kill myself if I read another ancient and badly dated book like laughable book where they are all waiting for the radioactive cloud in Australia
Did you not read things like Z for Zacharia or Brother in the Land?
I like some YA stuff, mainly because the writers tend not to fart around trying to 'write' in the way that adult fantasy writers do - if the writer is good it's not so bad, but poor writers trying to be 'writers' (ie in those bloody awful zombie books called 'Autumn' iirc) drive me insane - at least YA writers tend to keep it fairly short and punchy.
I thought about why I can't stand YA and came to the conclusion that it is because there was no YA around when I was growing up. I read 1984 and Brave New World in my teens, so excuse me if I'm not impressed by a YA book trying to tackle the same themes in my 40s.
The first Dune book is one of my favourite books. The rest, not so great, but still found them worth reading. If you found it boring you either missed something or it just isn't your type of book I suppose!
I'm miserably plodding through Delirium these days, and thought I would come back here and give it as the perfect example of what I meant when I said "I for one can't stand books that are all about the feeeeeelings of main characters"
Delirium is about a future when people are "cured" of love. It could have been a much more interesting book if it focused on this world - what it is like, how society and technology have evolved to accommodate a world where people don't really care much for each other etc. Instead, it's all about a teenage girl's hots for a teenage boy. All about her feeeelings when he is near and they are dancing etc.