A word of warning: I'm sick, hopped up on cold meds, and barely able to keep my eyes open - but my stupid brain won't let me relax until I have a review on the books and I can't move on to another book until I have officially finished this one. Even though I can totally read several books at once, but if I am finished with a book, I can't start a new one until I'm FINISHED... which means reviewed in this crazytown brain of mine. So, you know. It might be more rambly and incoherent (and ...more
I loved the premise, and I'm usually all for political satire, but I just didn't care for the writing. I think this is a good example of how everyone talks in the novel:
"Ask yourself, Do you really wa ...more
Clearly that isn't going to happen. The problem is tha ...more
The time and place: America, a few years down the road. Prime rates are at 18 percent. Inflation is at thirty percent. Foreign countries are refusing to loan America any more money. The United States is at war with six areas, including Quebec, and the National Guard is spread so thin that it is now safe for other countries to invite the U.S. to declare war.
And in the midst of all these financial crises, 77 million Americans--Baby Boomers all--are beginn ...more
I picked this up in the Midway airport on my way back from Chicago and wow...what a wonderful find!
Picture it: 77 million Baby Boomers are on the verge of retirement, which is putting a strain on the already floundering Social Security system. The US economy is in the toilet and Congress just passed a bill raising Social Security taxes 30% for the under thirty crowd.
Enter Cassandra Devine. She's a PR spin doctor at a high-profile Washington, D.C firm that specializes ...more
Supposedly a political satire; this books says nothing valuable about politics, society or culture, and is not in the least bit funny. I don't think I even slipped out a chuckle the whole time, much less laughed. Boomsday is filled with plenty of Ivy League-rs who have never heard of political science, game theory, and have no idea how to say anything wittier then the F word. ...more
For this, Christopher Buckley owes a debt to Jonathan Swift's "A Mo ...more
In "Boomsday" Buckley creates a hot, blonde, former military, PR crusader with a predilection for Ayn Rand in Cassandra Devine. During the day she helps her boss cre ...more
Review in March 15, 2007 LJ:
This latest satire from Buckley (Thank You for Not Smoking) tackles the looming Social Security crisis, which will be triggered when all the baby boomers begin retiring, an occasion known as Boomsday. Cassandra Devine, a 29-year-old Washington PR flack, kicks off the novel's action by suggesting on her blog that members of her cohort, the "Whatever" generation, protest by taking action against gated communities, known harbors of soon-to-re ...more
Once again, political satirist Christopher Buckley (Thank You for Smoking) delivers a firecracker of a novel that explodes with imagination, irony, and wit. Buckley sometimes overexplains, to show off how smart he is, but he is discussing Social Security here. Besides boring subject matter, the novel contains a completely over-the-top premise and a lead character that strains credibility. So the overexplanation works, for the most part, because it evokes laughs. "If you're looking for a lighter,...more
Even though the topic is clearly anti-Boomer, the book is full of Baby Boomer cultural references. I had to look up several of them on wikipedia.
Buckley's portrayal of the generation gap is kind of odd, too...for instance, why doesn't Cass know what Teflon is, but she knows French poetry and American history inside out? Please, that's just unrealistic - she is not a head-in-the-clouds ...more
Actually, if I'm stuck in a waiting room, or in an airport, with nothing else to do, no other books and no wireless, and this was handy, I might finish it. Which is really what a book like this is for.
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Good ...more