Sam I did. I felt that in the TV series the characters and story were fully-formed. The plot and character arcs developed in such a way that made it obvious the writers kept the main themes in mind (national vs. cultural identity, struggling for control as one grows older, guilt and blame, etc.) Every moment felt like it had a purpose. I guess the word I'm looking for is economical. A lot of that nuance is lost in the book. It is unfocused and monotonous. It feels like you are reading a simple blow by blow of a person's day, sprinkled with their long-winded irrelevant thoughts about how horrible their life is. The characters feel mal-developed and most of what they do feels pointless. The book is really nothing like the show. I was shocked. The show seems to be the story the original author intended to tell but wasn't skilled enough to execute.