In Max Barry s twisted, hilarious and terrifying vision of the near future, the world is run by giant corporations and employees take the last names of the companies they work for It s a globalised, ultra capitalist free market paradise Hack Nike is a lowly merchandising officer who s not very good at negotiating his salary So when John Nike and John Nike, executives frIn Max Barry s twisted, hilarious and terrifying vision of the near future, the world is run by giant corporations and employees take the last names of the companies they work for It s a globalised, ultra capitalist free market paradise Hack Nike is a lowly merchandising officer who s not very good at negotiating his salary So when John Nike and John Nike, executives from the promised land of Marketing, offer him a contract, he signs without reading it Unfortunately, Hack s new contract involves shooting teenagers to build up street cred for Nike s new line of 2,500 trainers Hack goes to the police but they assume that he s asking for a subcontracting deal and lease the assassination to the experienced NRA Enter Jennifer Government, a tough talking agent with a barcode tattoo under her eye and a personal problem with John Nike the boss of the other John Nike And a gun Hack is about to find out what it really means to mess with market forces.
Jennifer Government In Max Barry s twisted hilarious and terrifying vision of the near future the world is run by giant corporations and employees take the last names of the companies they work for It s a globalised u
Jennifer Government maths This is one of my favourite books EVER and I don t give a damn if Some people say it s overhyped and overrated Some people say it s predictable Some people say it s pure, badly written crap Some people say all the characters in the story are stupid, flat and unlikeable And I certainly don t give a damn about the book snobs who compare this book to the supposed greatness of novels written by Huxley, Orwell, Stephenson and the like The reverse book snob in me happens to t [...]
A marketopia populated by the rabid people, surnamed after the companies they work for An inane world for profit Tongue in the cheek market worshipping leading to perception of capital and enterprise as the pinnacle of human achievement And don t forget your constitutional rights, fraud included Add to that all the nice touches The gun of sentimental value The Nike hype The John guy assaulting a gal and all the way threatening to sue her for damages Wow Consider me a Max Barry convert Q Hey, don [...]
If asked to write the foreword to some 20th anniversary commemorative edition, I would say that Max Barry s Jennifer Government is like a bottle of Diet Neal Stephenson served with a twist of Christopher Moore or perhaps a dash of Tom Robbins There is something uncannily similar between Snow Crash and Jennifer Government in the comic book pacing in the hyperbolic and impossible but chillingly familiar geo political climate that he illustrates in the characters that reek of auto erotic caricature [...]
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 b [...]
I gave this book 2 stars, because I thought it was a good ride, but honestly it s only good at all if you can get past the fact that all of the characters are completely one dimensional, poorly thought out, do things that are totally unrealistic, and have little to no motivation to do anything but do things that are completely bizarre Seriously, Hack, the main character if there is one, is like Tess of the D Urbervilles He practically sleepwalks his way through the book and then when he grows a [...]
There is so much I want to say about this book It is so jammed packed with interesting ideas and characters that there are a million places to start Perhaps I ll just get the crude and vulgar out of the way first.The world of Jennifer Government reads like an Ayn Rand wet dream Corporations have free reign in what is called the United States of America but actually comprises North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and the British isles or, for you George Orwell fans out there, Oceania T [...]
This was really fucking good Not quite five star read, but I m giving it 5 anyway Because.Review might come If I ever do the other 5000 I ve been promising.
In some ways, Max Barry s Jennifer Government is like the inverse of Orwell s 1984 It s set in the near future where things have gone loopy, but instead of an out of control, totalitarian government oppressing everyone, it s uncontrollable megacorporations and hypercapitalism or, one could argue, hyperlibertarianism that s ruining everyone s day Unfortunately, Jennifer Government is unlike 1984 in that it s not particularly well written.The hook, like I said, is that Barry has created a near fut [...]
Aw, this was kind of disappointing on the second read I remembered it being really clever and fast paced and fun, and it was fast paced and a little bit clever, but also much cornier and flatter than I remembered The characters were very one dimensional, and the plot was fairly original but totally predictable Honestly and I feel like this is a terribly back handed compliment , I think this would be a great action movie.
Interesting book A blistering satire on corporate culture, the book is written with a sparse, sharp style It flies by I read it while on the plane I don t enjoy flying and it took me right out of the shuddering cabin and into the world of corporations, advertisement, and violence.In the future, corporations rule the world, at least in USA and Commonwealth Last names are abandoned in favor of employer names John Nike, Lisa Disney, Michelle McDonalds and so on Jobs are everything Hack Nike works i [...]
Max Barry s would be futuristic satire reads like a failed screenplay, replete with generic action sequences populated with dumb, spiteful characters Its setting is thinly conceived and curiously dated, as if the hyper capitalist day after tomorrow it presents exists only to excuse the author s unconvincing social speculations He certainly doesn t seem inspired by the time shift in any operational way The novel s views on technology and media are so retrograde that, apart from its improbable cor [...]
You know how it seems like certain American corporations have wormed their way into practically every market overseas McDonalds, Pepsi, Coke, etc This novel takes it to the extreme as it supposes what would happen if corporations and capitalism took over the world and government was minimized into an underfunded major crime e.g murder prevention body There are no longer family surnamesyou take the name of the company that you work for like Bob Nike or Cathy McDonalds You have to give the hospita [...]
I was currently reading another book, but stupidly left the iy in the car It was rainy out, and I was in my jammies Having no desire to get wet, I pulled Jennifer Government, by Max Barry, off the shelf.I started reading.About the authorting Dedication ok Two quotes by Thomas Jefferson nice touch Then an author s note There are a lot of real company names and trademarks in this book, most in situations you are unlikely to see on the covers of any annual reports That s because this is a novel, an [...]
entertaining female heroine who kicks a frightening future possiblity your last name is determined by your corporate affiliation everything is commercialized, even emergency services if you can t pay you won t be aidedhealth care is already there in Americaoral corporate marketing executives concoct a new advertising campaign create hype by murdering the initial buyers of their new shoe line other executives, disconnected from real appreciation for human life, see it as proactive and tap them to [...]
If McDonalds ruled the world it would look like this book Or, rather, if Nike owned the world.The Low Down Dirty Welcome to the not so far away future, where everyone is identified by the company they work for Hence, our trigger man in every sense of the word, sort of is Hack Nike Hack Nike works for John Nike and John Nike No, that wasn t a typo There are two John Nikes in this book One is prettier than the other John Nike has decided that the greatest marketing scheme of all time includes shoo [...]
There is a lot I liked about Jennifer Government Thematically a few things hit really close to home right now The merging of private industry with government functions, the availability of lifesaving services such as EMS and police to only the wealthy, and schools being for profit run by corporations all come to mind It was an easy read, a bit too popcorn for my tastes or my tastes at this moment I would probably read Max Barry.
Jennifer Government poses the most humorous future gone wrong I ve encountered in the many of the other books of its kind that I ve read I ve kind of been on a dystopian kick lately, and Barry s world of tomorrow isn t quite as grim as some other authors have dreamed up, but there ve been some big changes.First, 75% of the planet is now part of the United States, with only pockets of foreign countries still rooted in democracy and free market The parts of the world governed by the US are under c [...]
Jennifer Government is one of the books I was lucky enough to come across by pure chance through BookCrossing I first read the book in 2006, absolutely loved it and it quickly became one of my favourite reads ever In subsequent years I read Max Barry s other books but Jennifer Government is still my favourite of his to this day.I decided to read the book again this summer and was taken aback at first because I wasn t enjoying it as much as I did the first time I think this was mainly because I h [...]
I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias, apocalypses and post apocalypses Plagues too, I love a good plague, it s all very comforting to know there are these nice fictional places where everything s gone wrong, most people are dead, lots of people are either being chased by zombies, or forced to compete in death matches, or being psychologically tortured by some sort of powerful organisation or entity.What sets them apart, according to the people who write and critique dystopia etc fiction, is [...]
Jennifer Government works for the Government in a world where everyone takes their last name from their employer or their school Hack Nike works for Nike, and Billy NRA joins the National Rifle Association, and Hayley McDonald s goes to a McDonald s school Jennifer is tipped off that there s going to be a murder when Nike releases its new and hottest shoe, but she fails to catch the perpetrator and gets herself shot in the line of duty Jennifer, however, is relentless in her pursuit of justice A [...]
Jennifer Government is a novel that tries to have its cake and eat it On the one hand it is an obvious satire on corporate power and greed and the inability of states to control these wayward creatures, on the other the story highlights individuals who by either opposing or aspiring to be major players in this selfish corporatism quite frequently espouse the self same macho values that got corporatism where it is While castigating the whole set up Max Barry also revels in the rogue survivalist a [...]
I ll have to be honest with you, I really am not sure if this novel was set in some kind of futuristic, dystopian society, or if it was set in an alternate reality of our current society At first I thought it might be futuristic, but in one scene two people are fighting Black Friday style for a VCR on sale Now this book was written in 2002 and so VCR would have still been a viable medium at that point, so this has me leaning towards alternate reality Not that it matters in the slightest when the [...]
En un mundo donde Australia es parte de EE.UU las escuelas est n patrocinadas por marcas de juguetes y la gente usa como apellido la empresa para la que trabaja un pringao con una cantidad de luces no excesivamente elevada se ve envuelto en una trama en la que los asesinatos son acciones de marketing y el gobierno s lo los investiga si la familia del finado paga la investigaci n Parodia del anarcocapitalismo en la misma l nea que Mercaderes del Espacio a la que se cita expresamente , Leyes de Me [...]
I started this book once or twice, and decided to add it to this year s book challenge I just now finished it, and I have thoughts about it.I liked the way Barry used his characters to drive the story It reminded me a little bit of Big Trouble the movie I haven t read the book He starts with these seemingly disparate characters and then throws them all into a roiling pot of conspiracies, assassination and kidnapping I ve often heard as a person having a cinematic writing style, but I think this [...]
This story takes place in an alternate universe where corporations are way stronger than the government, which is essentially its own company The characters lack a family name, using their employer instead How various individuals named John Nike or Mike McDonalds aren t often confused is not explained.Max Barry has created an interesting world, as least in the places he explored The rest feels like a thin facade with no internal logic The nonexistent character growth is barely overshadowed by th [...]
Like much speculative fiction, the premise is better than the execution, but the premise isn t even that great This might have seemed edgy at one time, but after having explored the extreme anti corporate culture a bit in college you know, the Ad Busters phase that many of us go through it s tired and played out than anything else.Any number of anti corporate narratives are satisfying and feature people you can actually care about Mirror s Edge or Jet Set Radio Future to name a couple video ga [...]
One of my favourite books ever It is extremely smart creative, packed with brilliant ideas from beginning to end, there s always something going on and I really liked the way all the characters interact I enjoyed Barry s Syrupand Company but to me Jennifer Government is definitely his best book.For those interested, Max Barry created a free nation simulation game based on Jennifer Governement NationStates.
A great book with a very interesting take on the future, were it not for all the foul language in it.
It isn t fantastic writing, but it s so much fun it makes up for it A little dated now, but it s biting satire of the late 90s early 00s brand obsessed America.
Look around your house Sneakers, computers, movies, household items How many of those things are made by massive, multinational corporations Probably all of them And how many of these companies are from America Lots, I ll bet.In her book No Logo, Naomi Klein takes a trip through the history of branding the association of a particular company with a particular product Given that most products with similar function sneakers, for example are fairly similar in their makeup and function, the companie [...]