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on 9 July 1999
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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