Author: Rob Grant
Page Count/Review Word Count: 298
Rob Grant is the co-creator of Red Dwarf, one of my favourite television shows ever, and so theoretically his novel should score highly. The concept is pretty cool, too – imagine a society in which it’s a crime to be fat, in which the fat are persecuted in a way that’s vaguely reminiscent of the Nazi purges in the 1940s. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the novel, to be honest.
The sad fact is that I just didn’t find it interesting – the characters failed to hook me, and there was a sort of lethargy to the writing that seemed to suggest that the author’s best days were behind him, or that he was writing for the sake of writing instead of because he had a great story to tell. It’s a shame, because the concept is pretty cool and I was expecting the execution to be top notch – here, however, Grant failed to deliver.
If you’re a die-hard fan of Red Dwarf or of Rob Grant’s other work then it’s worth giving this a read, but if you’ve never heard of him before then you might as well read something else, something written by an author with a bit more spunk and flair.
Understand that none of this is meant to be a slight against Rob Grant – I have huge respect for the guy, and my copy is even signed by him, although I’ve never actually met him. I guess he’s an example of one of the many writers who can be hit and miss, and this particular novel is one of those misses. I’ll still probably buy his next one to see whether he’s back on form.