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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; First Edition edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679452931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679452935
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,460,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Christopher Buckley's Little Green Men had me laughing out lout... Chris Buckley is America's top humourist' THE SPECTATOR 'Buckley is both wondefully satiric and blessed with the gift of storytelling. Little Green Men is a page-turner that will appeal to believers and non-believers alike.' FINANCIAL TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An hilarious novel from the US's master satirist, Christopher Buckley.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. TM JONES on 29 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
Little Green Men is all about the clandestine organisation that is responsible for the hoaxing of all UFO events, from sitings, through abductions, to "probing" and "harvesting".
Whent a memebr of the organisation does not get the move he desires, he decides to take matters into his own hands and orders the "abduction" of one of Washington's top media personalities. This sets of a chain of events that are amusing to the last.
The book opens up the worlds of UFO's, Washington Society and Political Arenas to inspection and ridicule. The characters are not stereotypical, and have a real depth delivered by Buckley's careful portrayal of the human psyche. It is easy to step into any of the shoes of the main players and feel for them.
All in all a very good read that will have you tittering away to yourself. As the covers suggests, it is for believers and non-believers alike and despite the comical thread is thought provoking. A strong recommendation from me!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved it. Unlike some readers, I don't think it was inferior to Thank You For Smoking--I think it was the equal of the earlier masterpiece. Buckley isn't always terrific--witness Steaming to Bamboola and Wet Work--but when he's going for sophisticated humor instead of lyrical journalism (Bamboola) or flat-out repulsiveness (Wet Work), he has no equal. When I finished the last page of Little Green Men, I turned immediately to Page 1 and read the whole book again, to savor the language and wit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Anyone expecting the trademark Buckley found in "Thank You For Smoking" and "The White House Mess" will be disappointed. I wonder about the motives and critical acumen of people like Kerry Fried who refer to "Little Green Men" as "hilarious", or Gabriella Stern who claims that Buckley is "clever and barbed as usual". The usually wicked, humorous plots, the die-laughing dialogue and the hilariously descriptive character thoughts and emotions found in Buckleys other works are, unfortunately, absent in this one. It appears as if little effort was put into character and plot development, the author attempting to place more emphasis on rather silly dialogue - nothing like the kind to which a Buckley fan should be accustomed. Halfway through the book, just when one expects an increase in the so-far-so-good momentum, the plot thins and the story dwindles into absurdity and frivolity, requiring, on the part of the reader, some effort to get to the end. The literary judgement and opinions of the reviewer who claims that this book is "as funny as anything he (Buckley) has ever written" really cannot be trusted. The individuals who rated this book at five stars are, sadly, quite easily amused and entertained. To the first time readers of Buckley who liked this novel, I would suggest either or both of the titles mentioned at the beginning of this review. Buckley is a writer of rare talent and genius. He should be able to redeem himself with his next effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 1999
Format: Hardcover
There were points in the book where I was laughing so hard I had to put it down. I was outside on the deck and the neighbours were giving me strange looks. I've recommended it to all my friends. Every once in a while we all need to read something "easy". Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
The author of Thank You for Smoking returns with another tongue-in-cheek look at Washington society and capital city politics. When a highly respected political interviewer experiences an extremely close encounter on a golf course, his social standing is destroyed, only to be rebuilt when he gains a huge popular following of fellow abductees. But his abduction is not all it seems thanks to the involvement of a disgruntled employee in an ultra-secret government agency. Lives are threatened and changed forever but the book never causes the smile to fade from your face. How could it when one of the main characters is named Murfletit?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved Buckley's previous book, Thank You for Smoking, and eagerly anticipated the release of Little Green Men. I was disappointed. Gone are the cutting insights and absolutely hysterical humor. It seems as though, after making a name for himself with Smoking, Buckley has decided he no longer needs to work at his craft to win readers. That's a shame. I laughed out loud many times during Smoking, not once during this book. In fact, a barely managed a grin now and then. Buckley can be a simply terrific, engaging, and hilarious writer when he wants to be -- but not this time.
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Format: Hardcover
Unlike Christopher Buckley's "The White House Mess" and "Thank You for Smoking", "Little Green Men" is a book that goes beyond Washington into the world of paranoia that is the modern-day UFO/abductee movement.
Much has already been written about the transparent nature of the Will/Banion character, but there are other Washington heavies being satirized here, particularly Vernon Jordan as a fixer more concerned with protecting his long-term power base than any short-term friends. Not to mention Pamela Harriman, Strom Thurmond, and a few others (such as a few shots at Buckley's arch-nemesis Tom Clancy, both under Clancy's real name and at a Clancy-like character with a quite off-color name).
Buckley's work is clearly the product of a lot of in-depth research. Those familiar with UFO lore will recognize the Stanton Friedman (the goateed nuclear physicist), Budd Hopkins, Shirley MacLaine, and Colonel Phillip Corso characters, though Friedman is portrayed as much more diabolical (plus Buckley mixes in a bit of Jim "face on Mars" Hoagland).
He understands the fringe of the UFO movement quite well (Linda Howe, under her real name, and her obsession with supposedly alien-caused cattle mutilations provide numerous comic moments).
I found myself laughing quite frequently throughout this book, because Buckley knows his both his central topic as well as the power game that is played in Washington.
Without spoiling the plot, I can say that Buckley posits a comically realistic (if untrue) scenario where the abductees aren't all crazy and there aren't any greys or Nordics running around grabbing people off the road and invading their nether regions.
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