I was reading "The Man in the High Castle," which is considered a science fiction classic. It takes place in an alternate 1962, in the United States which has been conquered by Japan and Germany after losing World War II. I love alternate histories, but this book was as boring as hell. The characters were just sort of wandering around, living their lives, and the plot was making no progress. I quit halfway though. If you've read it, and feel I'm sadly mistaken, feel free to correct me. I just didn't see the point of finishing the book.