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Bug Jack Barron [Mass Market Paperback]

Norman Spinrad
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June 1983
Lover and hero, Jack Barron, the sold-out media god of the Bug Jack Barron Show, has one last chance to hit it big when he meets Benedict Howards, the power-mad man with the secret to immortality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sept. 28 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While not 1984 or brave new world it is one book that you should read. Pick up a copy, read and gift to other intelligent people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where are you when we need you Jack Barron May 5 2002
...this work was dated, it is dated in its language, it is dated in the world view that it presented, but it is perhaps most dated in presenting a "media" figure who has retained some morality and who refuses to completely sell out to the powers to be.
In a nut shell, a once powerful leader of a left leaning political group has sold out his ideals, to become the host of the best rating current affairs show in America. By chance he is offered the chance to break a story on the most powerful corporate figure in America, a story which could change the fabric of America. Does he break the story, or does he accept the very attractive offer made by the corporate figure - after all wouldn't we all like to forever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An old book that doesn't wear well March 5 2002
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I read this book -- and was somewhat impressed -- when I was a kid, but rereading it today it seems like a book written mostly to impress adolescents of the 1970s. The female characters are poorly drawn, the hip lingo is *really* out-dated, and the conundrum faced by the protagonist fails to grab today's adult readers. Even the profanity is boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, Wonderful Imagination July 24 2001
Norman Spinrad is one of those authors who never "broke out" but not because of the quality of his work. I would rank him with Ellison and Dick for quality. In short, he should be one of the greats.
His imagination is so rich that you will spend as much, or more, time thinking about what you are reading as actually reading his work. This book is a tremendous example of his gift. Spinrad understands the direction our purient privacy denying society twenty years before we arrived in our current sorry state.
If anything, reading this book you often forget when he was writing because the society he describes is seemingly so famil
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