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Like Steve Aylett, Alexander Besher, Douglas Coupland, Paul Di Filippo, Jim Munroe, Jeff Noon, and Chuck Palahniuk, Max Barry is an author of smartass, punky satire for the late capitalist era. It's a hip and happening field; before publication, Jennifer Government (Barry's second novel) was optioned by Stephen Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section 8 Films for a major motion picture. However, the level of literary accomplishment varies wildly among practitioners, from brilliant (Di Filippo and Palahniuk) to amateurish (Besher). This field is so hot, its writers needn't be nearly as accomplished as they'd have to become to break into any other form of fiction.
That said, like many of his fellow turn-of-the-millennium satirists, Barry is uneven. He has a lively imagination and a sharp eye for the absurdities and offenses of hypercorporate capitalism. But, with its sketchy characters and slow dialogue, Jennifer Government will disappoint anyone who believes the cover copy's grandiose claim that this is "a Catch-22 for the New World Order." --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this book in three sittings. Really fun and clever. Pokes at consumer culture, but keeps it light and moving.Published 1 month ago by prsolans
Very engaging, sometimes silly (in a good way), spoof of our culture or perhaps a dead on prediction of where we are going with commercialism.Published 2 months ago by erik gusstafsson
A brilliant satire that's starting to look like today's reality. It's a future where corporations control everything including your last name.Published 3 months ago by Lucie Carter Lopez
The late 2014 Sony hack reminded me of this excellent Libertarian dystopic novel where you get the government you pay for.Published 4 months ago by 61° North
At first, it reads extremely simply, as if it was written for an extremely easy, young read. As you go along, the level of skill of writing seems to improve, either intentionally... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rotinaj
This was an alright book that is worth a read. I think it has a sensationalized view of what could happen. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Wesche
AnCaps should read this! One may tell that the book is written by a new writer, yet the story is very intriguing to those interested in Government 2.0 and beyond. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast paced. Basically a great concept and intriguing story snarkily flipping capitalism the bird!Published 5 months ago by Dread Mighty