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Book Blogger New Year's Challenge of 2014 - What Was the Worst Book of 2013?
What Was the Worst Book of 2013?
By far, the worst book I read in 2013 wasDark Dawning by Auguste Dinoto, a paranoid and offensively sexist libertarian screed that imagines an oil shortage turning the United States into a dystopian police state controlled by the "Oil Appropriations Committee".
In just over a hundred and eighty pages of execrable prose, Dinoto manages to demonstrate that he is terrible at naming characters, has no understanding of government or economics, didn't do any research concerning the underlying science and technology the book's plot hinges upon, and harbors some rabidly sexist and moderately racist views. In many ways, the sexism is the most glaring defect in the book, as every woman falls into bed with the protagonist, grateful to be blessed with his mighty, manly penis. At least as soon as they give up reading those women's magazines that give them silly ideas like "women should be treated as equals and not as disposable sex toys".
Everything about this book is bad. The writing is awful - riddled with typos, grammatical errors, and simply terrible prose. The characters are badly written, cardboard cartoonish cut outs - the villains are mustache twirling caricatures, the women are sex fantasy fulfillment props, and the hero is a horrible, lazy, drunken lout who is somehow able to convince every woman in the book to have sex with him. The science in the book is laughable, and the ridiculousness of the science is only exceeded by the ridiculousness of the politics and economics. The only redeeming quality of the book is its relative brevity, and the only thing I can say about that is that it wasn't short enough.