"This massive, messy novel is great fun. Combining graphic eroticism, lively intellectual debate and interplanetary travel, it is the saga of a tireless wanderer/wastrel called Bramble, whose theaters of operation are as prosaic as a brewery in Pittsburgh and as exotic as the red surface of Mars, with intermediary stops in dozens of women’s bedrooms, a dead-on higher-education parody called Skyscraper University, the heat of Florida and the deep freeze of Alaska."
"One of the historian’s jobs is to take all the shards—all the accounts, statistics, stories, and documents of a particular time—and make them click into place like a pattern in a kaleidoscope. Jeffrey B. Miller does this admirably in Behind the Lines.
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