Different reader. This one reads every character as a nasal geek. Better characters. Stah-High is a burnt out hesher, like Jeff Spiccoli. Maybe that w..Show More »as funny when this was written in 1987, but the character is just useless and annoying. Cobb is a burnt out former scientist who comes off as only slightly less useless and ineffective. None of the characters in this book are sympathetic. They're just annoying and weak.