3.5/5. Slightly underwhelming after reading 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' (no matter how clunky PKD writes sometimes). A friend of mine compared it to Pynchon, which might be another reason for my being slightly underwhelmed. The good parts: this book is at times laugh-out-loud funny, a rare and always laudable quality in a novel. The representation of post-communist Russia is very compatible with my childhood memories of grainy, dreary news footage back in het '90s. The lesser parts: doesn't quite manage to fold the real and imaginary into each other as much as I would like it to; parallels between ancient religion and television, though clever, are a bit hamfisted in execution at times, despite the fact that it does seem an obvious - and therefore easy - allegory. Still, definitely worth a read, easy to do in two days - as long as you can stay off the TV and PC....Continua
On the cover it says "Nabokov for the cyber age" and "Will Self of the former Evil Empire". <br />Right, you'd better be really good.