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Little Green Men: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, February 2, 2000
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But one disgruntled operative wants out. Nathan Scrubbs is fed up to the back teeth with the art of alien abduction--not to mention his cover as a Social Security flunky--so when his request for a transfer is quashed, he drunkenly decides to take it out on ubiquitous ultra-prig Banion, who happens to be on TV at the time. The ensuing high-tech kidnap, at Maryland's Burning Bush Country Club, is only one of the thousands of convulsively funny scenes in Little Green Men. Not that the novel isn't a skewed morality play of some sort: as Banion comes to believe in Tall Nordics and Short Ugly Grays, he is quickly removed from every A-list in town. But oddly enough, social and political disaster turns out to be as liberating as the finest alien probe. Let's just say that long before Banion and Scrubbs have a close encounter at the Millennium Man March on Washington, this Beltway barrel of monkeys attains a truly extraplanetary level of amusement. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Satire is best when nobody is safe and Buckley spares no one. Everyone from white trash, "X Files" buffs, politicians to the sexually dysfunctional are lampooned with utter hilarity. I dare you to read this without cracking a smile! I'll bet UFO conspiracy theorists are forming up as we speak to lynch Buckley. Always worth a smile or two, I'll never be able to look at one again without bursting out in laughter.
In an age where government scandals and cover-ups have been decidedly un-funny, this book is a welcome change. In this era in which people think that poking fun is offensive, I love the fact that Buckley pulls no punches and really goes out of his way to offend everybody! Forget politically correct, leave your cares at the door and lose yourself in a wild ride full of hilarious characters and dead pan humor.
The prose on every page is so carefully wrought it is amazing. He captures characters, organizations and Washington dynamics with such economy, with such perfect on-the-nose phrasing it, it really is amazing. Put your finger down on any page and you will find excellence. This is the league of Wodehouse and Waugh.
The book is both amusing and enteraining and worth the purchase because the reread value will be high, but I'll be damned if you dont come away with the feeling of resentment at other popular authors who's poor craftsmanship is so clearly shown up by Buckley.
"Banion took the call.
'Jack!' Bill Stimple was the Ur-corporate relations man. Each greeting began with an exclaimation mark. When the Grim Reeper came for Bill he'd probably bray, 'Death!', and ask how his golf game was coming."
The American obsession with the question of aliens and government involvement therein is a timely topic, and Buckley's treatment of it, ranging from the pyscho-sexual, to the pseudo-scientific, to the international political ramifications, is comprehensive and biting. His characterization of the believing mob (the Millenium Man marchers and their subset, the MM Militia) does not seem farfetched at all, if you've ever seen a UFO or X-File convention. And our hero is by far more sympathetic and likable than the characters in TYFS, with clearer motives and more upright actions.
But ultimately, the grand scope of the book hurts it -- in trying to take on all aspects of the UFO question, publishing, TV talk shows, government conspiracies, Cold-War politics, and the nihilism of bureaucrats, something is lost -- I walked away feeling like I wasn't sure what thet point of it all was.
As far as the writing, Buckley is great, as always, except for one thing: those damnable asterisked footnotes that were EVERYWHERE in this book. I found them distracting and condescending; I hope he leaves that conceit behind in future novels.
Little Green takes the reader into the life of one John Oliver Bannion (whose initials have some disturbing Biblical connotations), a staunch Guardian of the Establisment and deeply entrenched member of the Beltway Elite. Bannion is something of a political gadfly, and delights in skewering uppity politicians with smug intellectualism on his highly rated political news hour. As such, although he is the last person any one would point to as being an 'alien abductee', we can rest assured that once Bannion uses his nationwide popularity and broadcast TV to tell his unbelievable story, every single one of the numerous enemies he's made will be giddy with glee.
Well, you can guess quite accurately the rest. Of course, his life is turned upside down, his marriage falls apart, his Beltway 'friends' fall by the wayside, and our hero eventually runs happily into the smothering embrace of the lunatic fringe. But then, something strange happens. It would seem that an alien abductee of such high political and social standing gives a new luster to the charges made by kooks of all stripes about UFOS and government involvement. And as luck would have it, this former political icon and total blowhard is transformed, and ultimately becomes the Messiah of a Movement, a counter-cultural icon whose mission is to get the government to tell THE TRUTH about aliens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much as I enjoy a good satire, they are quite difficult to find. At least the nonpolitical ones. So naturally one must settle for the political ones, for which Buckley is pretty... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mia
This is the first Christopher Buckley novel I've read. A friend has been recommending that I read him for a while now, and I'm sorry I put it off so long. What a great read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg Blair
A new author to me, a really fun read and yes, I giggled out loud as I read it, too. Enjoyed it so much that I passed the book on to like-minded friends and will look for more... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DebS
The beginning was slow and the ending wasn't great but the middle had great parts that made the novel go quickly.Published 7 months ago by Reader
Given the easily identifiable characters and comedic story line I can't believe somebody hasn't written and produced the screenplay already. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Bessee
christopher buckley writes very humorous political satire. they are short and very entertaining, with only a mild dose of a political message underneath. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Allan Mishan
Read this back when first published. Had to read it again, especially with all the false flag alien invasion stuff on the internet.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is a silly easy read with a decent ending. Makes a good gift for people who are conspiracy theorist or for those like to make fun of conspiracy theorist.Published 18 months ago by David E. Aeh
Another one of Christopher Buckley’s entertaining stories featuring a colorful cast of characters highlighting the comedy that is the Washington elite. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Adam