January 06, 2006

Amazing what you can find in Canon Hill

3 out of 5 stars
I find that the little stall that gets set up every now and again in Canon Hill shopping precinct can hold some surprisingly good finds. Take this book as an example, ex-Red Dwarf writer Rob Grant (maybe even current writer if the rumours of the film are ever to come off) has yet again made a great futuristic cynical look at our planet and the way it is heading. His normal blunt colloquial style come over as it usually does, humourous without being really abusive, except for the one line: "They start dickead training early in Italy". The whole premise of this book is that the idea of letting standards slip has got to an all time low, the story starts with the main character landing at an airport. It turns out to be the wrong airport, and the pilot even forgot to put down the landing gear. Being good at your job is no longer acceptable. The future is grim, as there is one man out there who is VERY good at his chosen career path, which is being a psychopath. This is a fun read, but not really anything more. If you want frightening sights of the future read 1984 or Brave New World, Grant's world is fun, but not really as gripping as other books. A fun three stars.

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  1. I thought it was good, although the idea began to be a tad same-y towards the end.
    He's an amusing story teller though – have you read Colony?

    06 Jan 2006, 12:34

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