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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
Jennifer Government was more intriguing to me based on the world it creates than the actual plot it follows. Read morePublished 4 months ago by August Ray
Great satire about big business and capitalism. It wouldn't be my choice of subject matter ordinarily, but was a requirement for a class. I enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Megan Sandrock
Author Max Berry has a very shallow grasp of politics and business.
It shows in this book and in the ridiculous online game called Nation States he made to promote the... Read more
Amazing satire on cooperate taking over the modern world and how citizens become their jobsPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book in three sittings. Really fun and clever. Pokes at consumer culture, but keeps it light and moving.Published 7 months 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 8 months ago by erik gusstafsson