THE BIG UEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
A terminally cute 1980s campus novel—as first-novelist Stephenson blends imitation-Thomas Pynchon with imitation Animal House: Apocalypse Meets the Practical Joke is the primary motif. Sarah Jane Johnson, student-body president, and Casimir Radon, physics major, seem to be the only two authentic humans left at American Megaversity—a metastasized academic plant squeezed vertically into a few ... Read full review
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To hear Wikipedia tell it, author Neal Stephenson was ashamed of this book. It was his first novel, written in 1984, and when Stephenson hit the big time it was a natural choice for the publisher to bring it back into print. Stephenson refused until he saw that copies were selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. "[T]he only thing worse than people reading the book was paying that much to read it."