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Jennifer Government by Max Barry
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Mar 24, 11

Recommended for: people who like JJ Abrams

In a word, Max Barry is overrated. He has no ear for dialogue and his characters are completely flat and forgettable. He has an annoying habit of making his female characters drop-dead gorgeous and going on at length about just how gorgeous they are. And exactly what they’re wearing. That being said, he’s got a good enough sense of pacing and enough satirical bite (though it never breaks the skin) to keep a person reading. I mean, there has to be some explanation for the fact that I read three of his books in two weeks. I find myself irritated with his mediocre writing and tired observations yet unable to put his books down until they’re done. Jennifer Government is set in a dystopian future in which the individual is so irrelevant that they take on the name of whatever corporation they work for. There are some truly funny moments but the book just feels like unfulfilled potential. I would say he's like the JJ Abrams of books: you kinda like the ideas but the execution blows.
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Steve Ain't that the truth.

Jonathan Harbour That JJ comment is right on target, but I disagree that this book is worth 1 star. May not be a great book but very, very memorable and a decent plot. If you are insatiable with this author's books, why do you hate them so much? That's kind of neurotic isn't it? Masochistic? What if you really love his books and find that emotion disturbing? j/k, I'm just messing with ya.. :)

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