The author should be shot for this crime!
From: A sane world where this crap would never be published.
With all the hoopla about the movie coming out, I thought I would read the book and then compare it to the movie once it was released. 1050 pages is a bit daunting, but I once read the entire _Dune_ collection straight through in about a month, so I am no stranger to thick books.
Sheeeish! I wish I had not bothered. What a horrible waste of time, on a horrible book. If there were any truth in advertising, "Battlefield Earth" would have been called "BattleTurd Earth" instead. It's so bad that I cannot imagine why anyone would publish it, let alone read it, let alone give it anything other than a "Zero" on a scale from "One to Five." This book is so far to the low end of the ratings scale, it is in another galexy entirely!
The United States Department of Health and Safely needs to track down this author and break all ten of his fingers, just so he cannot type up another abomination like this book. (And break all ten toes, just to be sure.) We're talking about an author here who commits gross bodily injury on his victims, and his deadly weapon is a typewriter; this is a felony of a book, and a law should be passed that makes it a crime to use a typewriter in such a crime--- punishable by Prozac and Electro Shock Therapy until the perpetrator agrees to never inflict such damage to his readers or the Sci-Fi genre ever, ever again.
To say this book is lousy would be similiar to saying the Nazis were not very nice fellows; similiar to saying the Challenger space shuttle explosion was a mere fender bender. "Lousy" does not even begin to cover the ground that this stinker pollutes.
Imagine your first attempt at writing a short story. Say, like in the first grade. If you were very determined, you might have made an entire page of horrible, horrible writing that you would without question be ashamed to admit twenty years later that you wrote it. Now imagine expanding that effort by 1050 pages. You will begin to understand just how bad BattleTurd Earth really is.
This book is so insulting, I would like to break those ten fingers and toes myself, just to tell the author just how insulting it is. Maybe pry off the keys on his keyboard as well. Perhaps hold his small child as hostage just so he would never insult us with another such book.
All I can say is, the movie cannot possibly be any worse.