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Posted December 13, 2003
If you want to find out what Vollman is about, this is the best place to start and I would say, having read 3 other books by him, that this is his best work. There is a lot of familiar territory for folks who enjoy Gravity's Rainbow and JR. But Vollman is his own writer and of the young hotshots who emerged in the late 80's and early 90's--Richard Powers, David Foster Wallace--Vollman is the best writer. Nothing ever seems forced with Vollman and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of chemistry, computer hardware, American history and pop culture which he finds ways to mesh into a world vision without just showing off. Explaining too much about this book would be a mistake. On the one hand, we have monopolistic power; on the other, fanatical rebels. Sound familiar?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2003
A sadistic satire on power monopolies
Vollmann displays a deft handling of words and a true mastership of modern storytelling. Reading this novel, (the three others I read by him were not as good) one is reminded of the true power and delight of writing. The book professes to be a cartoon (a comically sadistic, surrealistic one at that!) about the 'Insect Wars': insects versus humans in a never-ending battle for world domination. Electric power monopolies, ethereal and sinister, 'Blue Globes' and the (literally) immortal CEO and sadist Mr. White, of 'White Power & Light' electric company, are the foils to the main character 'Bug', a disaffected white middleclass kid who becomes a merciless guerilla with the aid of insect homing devices. Modern writing at it's best.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.