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Incompetence Read & Download ä 104 Ã ➵ Incompetence Read ➼ Author Rob Grant – Bad is the new good In the not too distant future the European Union enacts its most far reaching human rights legislation ever The incompetent have been persecuted for too long After all it's not the Bad is the new good In the not tBad is the new good In the not too distant future the European Union enacts its most far reaching human rights legislation ever The incompetent have been persecuted for. Incompetence begins fabulously and I'm not just talking about the first page or even sentence Take a close look at the cover notice the misplaced e That's what caught my eye at the bookstore and having never before heard of Rob Grant I bought the book based solely on the strength of that cover alone Surely I thought anyone who can purposely misspell the word 'incompetence' on the cover of a novel is a writer to be dealt with In many ways I was right but in many ways I think this novel failsFirst let me set the stage Incompetence is set in the not too far off future where a new European law has made it illegal to fire anyone for well being incompetent The result is absolute chaos businesses and government offices everywhere are suddenly overrun with idiots who can't or perhaps just won't do their jobs And there's nothing anyone can do about it Incompetence is political correctness taken to its satirical extreme a slippery slope of such blatant logical fallaciousness to make Jonathan Swift blushSo why do I think the novel fails Let me go about explaining this by giving you the first sentence of the first chapter I think I'm allowed to do this in a public forum anyway The flight was uneventful enough except the pilot accidentally touched down at a slightly wrong airport and forgot to lower the landing gear so we left the plane by way of the emergency chute and I lost my shoes Fabulous first sentence right It does everything a first sentence should do catch your attention and drag you in making you want to read In terms of first sentences this one's a killer In fact every sentence in the book is just like this oneSo why did I only give this book three stars Well let me repeat the last few words of the previous paragraph by way of explanation placing slightly different emphasis every sentence in the book is just like this one Every sentence is a punchline If that still sounds fun imagine reading 5000 punchlines in a row On the sentence level this book works fantastically and there are paragraphs that I thought brilliant and read aloud to my wife On the chapter level however it got old fast Like speed reading through a Primary School joke book A plot can only sustain so much humor and craziness; it needs something concrete and level headed to anchor itself and to throw the comedy into relief even if that only appears in the descriptions of things like desks and houses and trains Incompetence lacks this breath of sanityIn addition every conversation in the novel is rife with incompetence stupidity and bad judgment; the main character is about the only person in the book to show any inkling of intelligence My willing suspension of disbelief can only go so far and painting 99% of the human race as sheer idiots even satirically is too far of a stretch for meI also have a problem with the book's ending but I'll save those comments so as not to spoil it for anyoneWould I recommend this book to anyone Yes of course I would; I still gave it three stars out of five It's a good book in many ways generally fun to read absolutely hilarious in parts thought provoking in its satire and intelligent More than likely you'll enjoy reading it some of you might find it hilarious and add it to your list of favorite books of all time For me however it was just too much Like having 5000 cream pies thrown in my face in rapid succession

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Too long After all it's not their fault they can't do it right is it So it is made illegal to sack or otherwise discriminate against anyone for being incompetent And now. I actually started this book a while back and never added it to my “Currently Reading” list because frankly I was afraid I wouldn’t finish it It was a slog Coming from one of the Red Dwarf authors I was expecting brilliance Brilliance it is not I churned along through 3 or 4 minute chapters until I reached the end There were a few chuckles but the whole concept just got tedious and superfluous About as close to one star as it’s possible to get without reaching that level As I said there were a few chuckles

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IncompetenceA murder has been committed and our possibly incompetent detective must find out who the murderer is As long as he can find directions to get him through the mean stree. In the all to near future the European Union is well on its way to becoming a single federalised state Unfortunately due to the passing of Article 13199 of the Pan European Constitution No person shall be prejudiced from employment in any capacity at any level by reason of age race creed or incompitence the continent is grinding to a halt One detective is assigned to track down a dangerous killer but finds his investigation complicated by blind nightclub bouncers octogenarian male lap dancers priapic train stewards and airline ticket salesmen with attention disordersIncompetence originally published in 2003 was the second original novel by Rob Grant better known to many SF fans as the co creator of Red Dwarf One of Grant's favourite topics shown sporadically in Dwarf but reaching a kind of insane art form here is the sheer mind numbingly unbelievable insanity that bureaucracy is capable of Obviously the EU with its perchance for fining corner shop greengrocers who sensibly refuse to use measurements its customers find incomprehensible thousands of pounds for each infringement is a tempting and irresistible target for his humourThe result is a book driven by the type of comedic raging fury of the kind that Basil Fawlty would have channeled should he have ever chosen to write a novel although this would be an admittedly difficult task for a fictional character about the European Union Our 'hero' is on the trail of a deadly killer but the case is interrupted by every five minutes by increasingly bizarre and convoluted brushes with EU law or regulations He hires a car but in the interval between hiring it in the office and crossing the parking lot to where his hire car is waiting for him it's been clamped for being parked in the wrong place Trying to get on a train takes 22 pages of insane and at times life threatening wrangling The police attempt to stop a runaway car but can't come up with a way of doing it effectively so end up deploying anti tank weaponry And so onIt's a very very funny book The laughs start on the first page and don't stop until the last And it's not even as if the author is really succeeding at making a serious point about the EU The situations the main character finds himself in are so insanely over the top they will almost certainly never happen although there's a few that do seem somewhat plausible like the one about the old guy who is accidentally declared dead and his wife receives a fat cheue from the government so they decide to keep up the pretense he is deadIn addition to the non stop comedy and satire there are a few nice moments of understated writing as well There's a blink and you miss it moment towards the end where our unnamed by the way I haven't just forgotten what his name is protagonist proves how competent he is even if the rest of Europe isn't And to be honest the main serious plot is never really given a lot of time to develop due to the constant misadventures and brushes with bureaucracy along the wayBut that's not too much of a problem Incompetence is extremely funny from start to finish and constantly entertaining The book is available now in the UK but unsurprisingly not in the USA possibly for fear that Americans would accept it as a serious and well informed factual book about the EU although com has some import copies availableI talked to Rob Grant at the Gollancz Autumn Party and he informed me that this book is being adapted as a stage play by a Swiss I think company How on Earth they'd do the book on stage I'm not sure but it would certainly make a superb movie or TV series at some point