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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
Fast paced. Basically a great concept and intriguing story snarkily flipping capitalism the bird!Published 1 day ago by Dread Mighty
Seriously one of my favorite books. Max Barry is astonishing as a writer, and I love it.Published 24 days ago by Smoqueed
A fairly vapid representation of a post-government capitalist society, essentially satirical in it's execution. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Z
This is the second work I have read by Max Barry. I found the story interesting and ultimately finished the book. However, this work will be donated to the library. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kenneth R. Phillips
i had just finished barry's new novel, lexicon; i wanted to see what else he's done. now, i have just finished "jennifer government"... and it's great. Read morePublished 3 months ago by fff3k
If you--in 2004, when the book was published--were capable of envisioning a future where rioters would be looting something a bit more advanced than VCR decks, then you have more... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darrel Plant