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on 28 July 2013
Scat is a great character and I like him. I think the storyline is witty and smart, but possibly too mature and sophisticated for me. I like how unique it is - a fictional book about business. Max Berry did a great job of constantly throwing problems in Scat and 6's path which weren't solved easily (most books it turns out characters find an obvious solution). This novel is great for someone who's probably 30+ because of the mature themes. There isn't any sex or violence, I mean mature in the way that it is intelligent and some moments are subtle which I had to re-read to understand. On the other hand, I felt like there was a cycle story wise with Scat (tiny spoiler) gets job, gets fired, uses Cindy, gets job.... so it had an element of predictability. Also, other books I've read made me feel an emotion, whereas a lot of this book is very logical and focused on the plans of characters. As a final note, I think this writer could be good at writing romantic fiction, as he came up with inventive and creative ways to describe 6's attractiveness.
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on 27 August 2013
Hated it! I think this is for me the first book that tries to be funny but failed to make me giggle once. The fast pace writing comes across for me, more than anything else, as a lazy excuse for not actually writing imaginable portraits of situations and characters. It is not particularly smart in any way what so ever. The plot is weak, lacks focus and not engaging at all. If I was Paltrow, Cruise, Ryder or any of the other celebrities "portrayed" in this mediocre book I would take an offence in the cheap way the writer takes advantage of their famous names. The ending was hurried and as predictable as a family friendly sit-com.

There is a spoken line in the book that goes like this: "It's a democratic society. Your opinion of what's quality is no more valid than mine. Popularity is quality"

This is not true. The review for this book proves it. Maybe that's what advertisement have done with our society?
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on 15 September 2013
This novel is a pure pleasure read. At just under 300 pages, this satire on the marketing world never felt like a chore and it is, at times, very witty. There are lots of interesting notes about marketing but the true pull of this story is the relationship between the two protagonists. I read it over 2-3 days or so, with the majority being read on the last day because I quite simply couldn't put it down. I won't spoil it too much by going into excessive detail about what happens and why I loved it but I thoroughly recommend. I really hope they release the film in England soon.
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on 29 January 2015
This book means well, but if it's any consolation, it's better than the film
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on 10 January 2016
I've heard great feedback for the friend i bought it from.
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on 2 January 2015
Great book - quite funny whilst informative.
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on 24 March 2015
Beautiful,

Such a shame the film did it no Justice
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on 5 August 2012
I enjoyed this novel immensely, a very humorous examination of marketing that still holds true today.
The storyline is also very enjoyable.
I bought this for a holiday read and finished it in the first few days it was so good.
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on 8 October 2013
I have read several Max Barry books over the summer.
This is in my opinion an outstanding read.Keeps you
on the edge of your seat till the last page!
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on 23 February 2014
this book is unbelievable. every single paragraph ends brilliantly. I had was devastated when I finished it. heading straight for his other books now
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