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The end of an era.,
This review is from: I Can Make You Hate (Hardcover)
Charlie Brooker's apocalyptic misanthropy was something to see, certainly; and this, together with a hugely impressive gift for invective, made him incredibly popular. so much so, of course, that he eventually became part of the establishment he once railed against, making unexceptional sitcoms and gameshows, marrying a fellow celeb, having kids. So he's not as poor and alienated, now, as his public persona decrees.
That's not a criticism, though. It would be far worse if Mr. Brooker continued to live some fake persona, rather than do as he does in this book, and soften up somewhat. Good on him. But it doesn't make for that entertaining a collection of work, this being a collection of sometimes halfhearted odds and ends that will, I imagine, be the last collection of short journalism he does.
As another reviewer has pointed out, this is somewhat reminiscent of mid-period Clive James, when that writer went from angry young man to establishment figure, and like James, Brooker will keep being funny, but in a different way.
So the books OK, but not as essential as his other stuff, I'd say.