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Bear v. Shark: The Novel Paperback – November 12, 2002
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In the future, the televisions have no off switch, nor do they have remote controls, because technology has gotten to the point that television no longer influences the culture, but IS the culture. Reality and simulation melt together seamlessly, without a trace of resistence from the archtypal family whose path we follow as they prepare themselves for a Las Vegas vacation to witness the much hyped Media Event of Bear v. Shark. Bachelder keeps a straight face through out most of this short but punchy novel, and displays an ear for the way television cant infiltrates our daily speech, and invades our dream life. Scattered through out the book are a heap of fast and savage rips on Mass Mediated news, sports call-in shows, flouncy entertainment underwhich nothing substantial resides.
In this world, experts in the guise of pundits, jocks, philosophers, and academics all feed a
an uncountably intrusive technology that renders every distraction and disturbance into an entertainment value, to be used until a new contrived sequence of illusion can be set in place.
Bachelder, demonstrating a brevity and incisive wit that trashes the claims made for the word-gorged "genius" of D.F. Wallace, writes surely, sharply, with his eye never off his target.
Though he does, at times, resort to the sort of post-modernism stylistics and cliches, such as having the author step out from the story to deliver some self-aware discourse on the limits of narrative's capacity to represent the external world fully, completely -- he has a novel or two to go before the lit.Read more ›
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got this for a friends son in college, no complaints so far, part of a required reading list,so far so goodPublished 23 months ago by daisybengal
This book is brilliant.
I read BvS for the first time in 2003 and was just mentioning it to someone, and then lamenting how it deserves so much more recognition. Read more
Creative in both content and execution; what other work of narrative fiction has an index amidst the final climatic chapters? Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by TruthBringer
Chris Bachelder's Vonnegut-esque novel tells what will happen if the mass media successfully penetrates our consciousness enough to make their messages and our thoughts... Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by R. B. Conlon
It poses the question of which would win, given a level playing field, enough water to maneuver, but not so much the bear couldn't keep its purchase: a bear or a shark. Read morePublished on May 30, 2006 by Stephanie Bryant
I was greatly disappointed with Bear V. Shark. I expected something funny. It is not. I expected satire and political humor, it has none. Read morePublished on March 28, 2006 by John Thornton
I bought this book because the author is my friend's neighbor (say "howdy" to Henry for me, Chris)and I bought it used, cheap. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by C. B. Manges
This book is easily the most downright amazing satire since _Snow Crash_. And it is just as frighteningly prescient too; like it or not we live in the world of this book now.Published on May 23, 2005 by Trish