Very engaging - I wanted to read and read.
Like these authors, Ruff's voice is verbose (and I don't mean that in a negative way) and eccentric, his plots expansive and multi-layered.
The only reason that I didn't give the book five stars is that the ending is a bit weak compared to the rest of the book.
Tedious, often trite, and thoroughly derivative of "Illuminatus!". Just go read that instead; everything Ruff does in this novel Shea and Wilson did twenty years earlier and far,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ivy
I liked this almost as much as Fool on the Hill. At first I thought there were just too many characters to keep track of (and care about) and, to some extent, this remained through... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stanley Townsend
Fun to read, rambling contemporary concepts (a rapidly evolving white shark in the sewer system, vs Ayn Rand in a bottle) make this move along, except for a overdone philosophical... Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. Schuh
couldn't put this book down. one of the best books i've read!!!! LOVE IT!Published on September 30, 2010 by stasiadub
Do not waste your time, or money on this.
Dear mr ruff. When writing "satire" you must be both funny and relevant. You achieve neither.
This book was very bad. It is not genius, clever, or even that interesting. The characters are not developed in any real way and the premise and plot situations are sophomoric and... Read morePublished on April 30, 2008 by Daniel H. Hewins
I originally wrote this "private" review in December 2002; however, I noticed some of the negative reviews and decided to re-post. Matt Ruff is just amazing. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Middlebunny
I could write a 448 page book describing all of the different things I didn't like about this book, but I'll keep it short and sweet. This book was amateurish at best. Read morePublished on November 12, 2007 by N. Johnson
To begin with, I understand the comparisons with Ruff to authors like Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut. Read morePublished on November 12, 2007 by 505anthony