July 2010

Jumping Off the Planet, David Gerrold

I feel genuinely bad for disliking this book.  Not only did it win a ton of awards, but it's written by David Gerrold who is virtually a science fiction legend.  Nevertheless, I didn't like it.

Jumping Off the Planet
concerns the Dingillian family, which is dysfunctional in a ridiculously predictable fashion.  The narrator is a teenage boy named Charles Dingillian, whose nickname is "Chigger." The word "chigger" which has the misfortune of being one of my least favorite words, thanks to its similarity to a certain other word that starts with N and also has unpleasant connotations.