Somewhat technical at times, but Broome writes in a very clear and measured manner, making his arguments a little easier to follow. Learned the differ...moreSomewhat technical at times, but Broome writes in a very clear and measured manner, making his arguments a little easier to follow. Learned the difference between a person's duty of what goodnes and justice would require, and how that differs from a government's duty. Not a page turner and nothing very shocking, but glad I struggled through and read this book.(less)
This is a difficult book to like, in fact it I didn’t. The author presents an unlikeable main character, someone who skates by on his early achievemen...moreThis is a difficult book to like, in fact it I didn’t. The author presents an unlikeable main character, someone who skates by on his early achievements that awarded him a Nobel Prize in Physics. Michael Beard is basically a cheat in his life, and ultimately the cheating catches up, or does it? Despite his bald, short, yet large size he keeps finding women and they ignore his faults. On occasion he thinks about what he does, thinks about reforming, but ultimately keeps on the path towards destruction. There are a few plot twists that really I found annoying and made me want to just stop reading, making for an unbelievable story, isn’t the main character and the extremes he does enough? Apparently not. Okay it is fiction but it was presented as based in reality so I expected some believability that these events could have happened, even if they didn’t.
There are a few beautifully written sentences, wonderful use of words you don’t see or hear too often, (“The somatic consequences had a textbook quality”). This helps to keep reading, but there weren’t nearly enough to save the book. The humor placed in the book sometimes actually worked, sometimes not, but I found myself laughing out loud at points. Again, these weren’t enough to save the book, it only made it bearable to keep going. It’s okay to pass up on reading this one.
To sum up in Ian McEwan’s words: “Was he lazy and sybaritic, or was he affirming a decent appetite for life?” (less)
I had to give up on this book, it was due at the library and I ran out of renewals. Then again, I did have plenty of time, it just wasn't compelling e...moreI had to give up on this book, it was due at the library and I ran out of renewals. Then again, I did have plenty of time, it just wasn't compelling enough.
The book is more or less self-published, since the author runs a publishing business, and it really could have used more editing. Not that it was really horrible, just some sentences could have been clearer and there was the occasional mistake. Overall the theme of the book is to prepare yourself to be self-sufficient, with food & energy. The author predicts we will be completely out of oil in the not too distant future, so prepare! But we aren’t currently there. The other side is as we get toward being completely out, then we’ll have increasing costs of energy, so you should be as independent as possible as soon as possible. The book is written with these various scenarios in mind as we go through the end of oil, yet the organization of the book isn’t consistent and provides for some confusion.
Despite the above mentioned complications some practical advice is given; especially if you don’t know anything about renewable energy or reducing your energy costs, such as switching to CFL’s. I suspect that many people already know these basics. I was hoping for something going beyond the obvious, but didn’t find it here, or at least not in the parts I did read. Given all of this above, I still did want to finish reading the book. Perhaps if I owned a copy, or had endless renewals at the library I could have gotten through it all.