Bruce Reid's Reviews > Super-Cannes
Bruce Reid's review
Dec 25, 2008
Another beautifully written but intentionally sterile dissection of the mad, taboo extremes to which bored inhabitants of high-tech wonderlands can be driven. The only appropriate description for this kind of thing is Ballardian, but going to the well too often plays up the hazard of becoming your own adjective. Beyond some gratingly overintellectualized anti-capitalist posturing, there's nothing here Ballard hasn't done far better and more disturbingly in High Rise or Running Wild, among others. Still, no denying he's the master of describing the louche sickliness of "Edens without a serpent." At least for once one of Ballard's passive, voyeuristic narrators gets called on his crap.
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December 1, 2008 – Finished Reading
December 25, 2008 – Shelved