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Incompetence (GollanczF. In the not too distant future the European Union enacts its most far reaching human rights legislation ever. After all it's not their fault they can't do it right.

I 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

In the not too distant future the European Union. I 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.

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Incompetence (Gollancz . Manufacturer: Gollancz Release date: 31 December 2003 ISBN-10 : 0575074191 ISBN-13: 9780575074194.

Also by Rob Grant from Gollancz . All the characters in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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Incompetence is a dystopian comedy novel by Red Dwarf co-creator Rob Grant, first published in 2003 with the tag line "Bad is the new Good". It is a murder mystery and political thriller set in a near-future federal Europe where no-one can. It is a murder mystery and political thriller set in a near-future federal Europe where no-one can be "prejudiced from employment for reason of age, race, creed or incompitence ". Consequently, much of the population demonstrates an extreme lack of competence in their occupations.

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 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. Bad is the new good. And now a 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 streets.
Kaghma
The story is basically a satire of the near future, in which political correctness run amok has turned Europe into a hopeless basket case, where incompetent, power-drunk petty bureaucrats run everything, and as a result, everyone is miserable and tied up in knots, but they all try to cope with this insane system as best they can. There's a lot to like -- Grant is a funny writer, no question about it, and you can't help but sympathize with the hero in his battle to ferret out Klingferm's killer. But the solution to the mystery is a huge letdown. I won't tell you who-done-it, but let's just say the solution involves an evil American plan to impose on Europe the exact sort of rule-by-incompetent-bureaucrats that Grant has spent the whole novel satirizing. As if America wasn't itself suffering from this exact same plague! The ending is basically just a sad, unexpected exercise in U.S.-bashing that really makes no sense in the context of the story. Which is too bad, because if the ending had lived up to the rest of the book, I would like to have recommended this novel. As it is, I just can't.
Direbringer
Incompetence is a literary counterpart to Mike Judge's Idiocracy, a movie in which the stupid and clueless end up on top. In Idiocracy, the scene is America. In Incompetence, it's Europe.

The laughs start on the first page when "Harry Salt's" misses the airport ("Harry" is the narrating protagonist, and it's not clear that "Harry" is his real name.) because the pilot forgets where to land (and to lower the landing gear). So he has to catch a cab to Rome, which would have cost him a bundle (if the cabbie had remembered to charge him). Also, gotta love the Italian police captain with anger management issues, who gives one of the best lines of the book while cussing out "Salt" :

"Your first mistake was being born, you dumb punk. Your first mistake was crawling out of the abortion clinic trash can, where your hooker momma left you. . . ."

Then there's the dinner party which turns into a puke-fest, the living-dead farmer, the car with no ignition switch (and useless operator's manual), the hotel room with no bed or bathroom, among others.
Dranar
If, like me, you read the other reviews of this book, you would probably expect that it's a scathing indictment of political correctness, over-regulation of society, and government inefficiency. You'd probably also expect that it was riotously funny. I'm going to have to shoot a few arrows at those myths.

Let me establish my bona fides: I'm a Red Dwarf fan, and as all proper fans I think the show declined greatly in quality when Grant left. And when I heard about this book I ordered it from England and waited impatiently for it to arrive ... only to be underwhelmed, then moderately enthused, then entirely let down.

The book is somewhat about what people claim: a future united Europe that has a mind-crushing number of idiotic laws and regulations, culminating in the ridiculous law that people cannot be fired for being incompetent at their job. But this is really just a background hook. The primary storyline is a rather unimpressive spy tale, with the author writing in first person about himself being a super-spy for the EU, tracking down a killer he calls "Johnny Appleseed". The details of the case are rather boring and trite, and the author can't resist a few ego-boosting plot developments and character traits (at first he is described as fat, but his description slims down as the book continues, then he tels us he has a "great ass", and there is of course the scene where the impossibly hot and impossibly smart femme fatale falls for him within the space of five minutes).

Weaving the story together are background tales of a cop with anger management issues, airlines whose pilots can't land planes, gigantic train stations that have no customers, and eighty-year-old male lap dancers ... all due to a gigantic and idiotic bureaucracy. There's even one bit where the hero is arrested and taken to a jail which is constantly being expanded downwards to house the ever-growing number of violators of innumerable, pointless laws.

But with only a few exceptions, these scenes aren't particularly funny, and rarely rely on the hook. And some of them just drag on beyond the point of insanity. The bit about faking passing out to get a first class seat is genuinely hilarious, as is the description of the ill-fated dinner party. But the bit regarding jumping onto a train while it's moving lasts entirely too long, as does the end scene in a roller-coaster car. Most of the rest of the book is just unremarkable, marking time to fill pages.

It's also a bit weird to try to figure out what Grant is trying to say, if anything, particularly given the ending. After spending the whole book running down the EU (and, bizarrely, engaging in constant ethnic slurs against Chinese people), Grant decides to make the villain an American spy randomly killing innocent civilians to disrupt the EU and make England the 51st state. Why? So he can engage in some bizarre anti-American rants, the most hilarious of which is when he tries to insult America for "having its own national sports nobody else plays". Um, right, nobody plays baseball and basketball. And soccer - the sport of which Europeans are so proud because the 'whole world plays it' - is only played around the world because of European imperialism. If the US took over every country and relegated their citizens to second- or third-class status, then forced them to learn American sports at gunpoint, those sports would be world sensations as well. Funny that a person who can drop bizarre facts around like a know-it-all at a party could be so culturally blind.

So it's a bit of a drag. Overall a rather inconsequential and by-the-numbers spy story with an awful ending, and a few tales of incompetence and bizarre mishaps sprinkled in - some funny, some tiresome - to keep it rolling. Not exactly a travesty, but not a novel I'd particularly recommend.
Efmprof
Great book!
Malara
This novel got me back into reading with some laugh out loud moment. Funny from beginning to the end...i got hooked from the very first paragraph. Not deep but hilarious!
Gogul
Had wondered it Rob Grant had written anything since Red Dwarf and came across this book. Cannot recommend it highly enough for a very very funny book with whodunnit aspect to boot. The chapter where the main character pretends to have no short term memory in order to get onto a plane without a ticket is the funniest writing I have ever read!
Anarasida
I bought this book after reading that it was as funny as Hitchhiker's Guide, which I really enjoyed a few years ago.
And I totally agree. I rarely laugh out loud when reading comedy, but I did several times while reading this book. I highly recommend it.
If you loved the movie "Idiocracy", you'll love this book. What happens when you need to solve a crime and everyone is stupid? Good luck!!!! Brilliantly funny book!
Incompetence (Gollancz) ebook
Author:
Rob Grant
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