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This is a hilariously moving, movingly hilarious novel and marks a massive step-change in Rob Grant's growth as a writer. Here is a hugely commerical new voice in mainstream, high concept, high in poly-saturates, commercial fiction. It's also safe to say that with this new novel, he's writing about what he knows It took me almost 2. For the first year I barely made it through the opening chapters.

There was always something more interesting to read.


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After about a year it sucked me in and I read half the book in a week. I hit another wall and read a chapter every now and then for another year until this week when I finished it off.

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Part of the problem was Grant's use of simile. He's a master of funny comparisons, but this one was just so thick with it and relentless that I felt choked. This leads into the second problem: That said, the narrative was well-constructed and I did find myself caring about the characters, especially Grenville and Hayleigh - it was much harder Grant's near future story centres around the gravitas of one's weight. The demand from the government is for people to be thin and the overweight populace has become second class citizens. But in its depiction of Grenville, a fat man at his wits end with the need to An action-packed, laugh-out-loud space adventure from the author the Independent calls "the new Terry Pratchett.

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For the first year I barely made it through the opening chapters. There was always something more interesting to read. After about a year it sucked me in and I read half the book in a week.

Joe Abercrombie in Moscow, September 11th 2013

I hit another wall and read a chapter every now and then for another year until this week when I finished it off. Part of the problem was Grant's use of simile. He's a master of funny comparisons, but this one was just so thick with it and relentless that I felt choked. This leads into the second problem: They are aware of things outside of their experience for the purpose of connecting these similes. This is at its worst with the Hayleigh character who is uninterested in anything except her boy bands, but according to the narrator she's got all these thoughts in her head that belie a more advanced and aware concept of pop culture, world events, and character study.

It felt fake, and that took the fun away for me. The third problem for me was how regularly we rotated between the characters. The other problems were already making it hard for me to commit, and in this specific case that practice compounded everything. That said, I'm glad I read 'Fat'.


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I made it through Fat despite being turned off and over the past year I've either had cause to reflect back on the book because of experiences I end up party to or because of various stories in the news and how people react to them. It does certain things very well and I don't mean to mean to write this work off but I can't help but feel that reworked it could be much better than it is and still carry Grant's thought-virus, and more effectively.

I liked it at first but then it got all conspiracy theorist. As someone who has both taught, studied science for more years than I care to think about, I felt some of his characters scientific musings were either not well researched or the studies were out of context. I just had to stop reading because I was too annoyed with the bad science to enjoy the pretty decent writing.

Came in good condition. Well I couldn't resist the pun! Fat isn't really SF. It's one of those books that's warning of the ills of following a particular trend in social management to try to warn us about our current situation. It's set in the very near future, a future where being fat isn't illegal, yet, but it's legal to charge for a flight by weight, to charge extra in trains and busses, to discriminate basically because people are fat.

All that overweight people hear is that they have to just buck up and lose weight. This is the story of three characters, Grenville Roberts, a chef who has slipped into obese while he wasn't watching, a man having the worst day of his life. Jeremy Slank, a PR man, or as he prefers a Conceptuologist, who has got the job of promoting the Government's new Fat Farms and Hayleigh, a teenager obsessed with food and weight and determined to impress her pop star idol, some day.

Along with these three there's Jemma Bartlet, a research assistant who is the scientific mouthpiece for the author and lust object for Jeremy. It's a story of how weight could become a bigger issue and how the simplistic views of weight gain and loss are actually damaging. I found Grenville's story to be the most heartbreaking, Grant goes through his morning ritual and the effort he has to put into getting from bed to car.

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The subsequent visit to the Gym was the trigger for his later irate reaction and you could see how just one more moment of humiliation would put someone over the edge. It's interesting, funny in places, thought provoking in others but overall it just didn't flow well and sometimes it felt like the author was lecturing to you, the ending also felt rushed and I don't really see much space for a sequel. One person found this helpful.