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Channel Blue [Kindle Edition]

Jay Martel
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Book Description

Skip the blurbs and just start reading this very funny book' MICHAEL MOORE.

Earth used to be Galaxy Entertainment's most lucrative show. The inhabitants of the Western Galaxy - the saviest, richest demographic in the Milky Way - just couldn't get enough of the day-to-day details of the average Earthling's live.

But Channel Blue's ratings are flagging and its producers are planning a spectacular finale. In just three weeks, their TV show will go out with a bang. The trouble is, so will Earth.

Only one man can save our planet and he's hardly a likely hero...


Editorial Reviews

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'A laugh-out-loud look at the absurdities of modern-day America' Louis Theroux. 'Skip the blurbs and just start reading this very funny book' Michael Moore. 'One part Waugh, one part Vonnegut, one part Truman Show' Tom Perrotta. 'His Hitch-hikerisms work neatly ... it's a lot of fun' Independent. 'Martel is never predictable; his characters are fresh, gloriously detailed and never surplus to requirement' SciFiNow.

About the Author

Jay Martel is an award-winning writer and producer. He collaborated with Michael Moore on his acclaimed documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and was contributing editor at Rolling Stone.

Product Details

  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DKMVMMU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Channel Surfing No More!!!! February 6, 2014
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To start this review, I will rewrite what I wrote on the author's page. "Reading Channel Blue, love it, one of the funniest things I have read in a while, and deftly satirical as well. Great stuff. I "Literally" love it."

Jay Martel has created an intricately woven tale of science fiction, comedy, and a sort of "Hollywood Insider" type of story. The novel involves a down on his luck screenwriter Perry Bunt who has sunk to the lowest level conceivable. That of being a teacher of the craft he once made his living in; screenwriting. He still holds fast to many of his ideals and when he decides to stop fighting against the ocean of crappy writing he is drowning in, he comes across the main thrust of this book. That we, all the inhabitants of earth, are all merely players on a once hugely successful network within the Galaxy Entertainment lineup. Perry then finds out that we are being cancelled.

The author of this novel has worked in the entertainment industry for many years and is a successful comedy writer. He brings his expertise to this deftly woven tale of blended genres, realism, comedy, science fiction, and satire. The novel read like that of an episodic show at times, with each chapter feeling like its own mini episode. The novel came together to create what amounts to a complete series of television. The writing was exceptional, and you could tell once you started reading this book, that you were in for a great ride, and one would hope that this is the first of many novels by this talented writer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Vonnegut in his prime December 31, 2013
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Channel Blue is a rare book these days, hilarious, perceptively political and science fiction all wrapped up in one terrific read. It's as if Vonnegut and Bill Maher hitchhiked across the galaxy together just to make you laugh and think. It's full of terrific writing but I especially love the line, "Perry learned that no news wasn't good news, but was instead bad news taking its time."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Buy Buy! Read Read Read! January 6, 2014
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Channel Blue was a fantastically fun read! Intelligent and hilarious! Science fiction is not usually my go-to but it didn’t take long for me to get caught up in Jay Martel’s well-written observations of a world somewhat alien to me WITH ALIENS. You don’t need to be in the know of the world of entertainment to appreciate the clever satire. Buy this book for yourself and for family and friends who appreciate wit!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun provocative read! March 28, 2014
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Channel Blue kept me turning pages - and laughing - through a gentle social commentary of continual twists. In a somewhat bawdy romp, surprises keep coming one after another, down to the very last paragraph. Deft with words, Martel ends with a sly glint of hope, a relief from laughing at our culture's incongruities.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Channel Blue is a wild little joy ride of a book! March 12, 2014
By JP
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Channel Blue is a wild little joy ride of a book! Missing Arthur Dent and the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"? Wondering what it be like to have an extended riff on South Park's "Cancelled" episode (when the boys find out that the Earth is a massive reality show for the entertainment of aliens)? Well, look no further. If you're up for a fun little romp through our current entertainment-media-industrial complex (with some nice personal notes besides), then this is a good place to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a crazy world we live in. December 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Jay Martel has given us a view of our crazy world, which would fascinate alien life-forms everywhere. His commentary on our crazy world, told through the characters of this book is funny and too close to reality for comfort. What a great, funny book! I could not wait to see what happened next and Jay's imagination with the characters especially the aliens was great! This book is a definite must read for anyone who wants to laugh... a lot
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend January 7, 2014
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Here’s why I highly recommend this book: it’s a really, really funny book..…but if you take away all the funny it’s still a great book cuz the story is so wildly interesting. Not many books I can say that about. In fact, at the moment, I can’t think of another one. Buy, read, enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Channel Blue - Truly Brilliant! December 12, 2014
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Wow, this book really knocked my socks off! I haven't read anything quite so amusing for quite some time and I loved every single letter of the book.

This book has a very interesting, thought-provoking and very original story to tell. In the age of reality TV this book is really of the moment and shows the side-effects of this form of TV to the very extreme. How creepy is the thought that millions of aliens on other planets could be watching your every move as a form of entertainment and you don't even know it, and what happens if they tire of you and the show gets cancelled, what happens to the cast then? A very simple premise, throw in a very inept hero, a beautiful heroine (or is she?) and a cast of millions along with a good splash of comedy and mirth and you have this book all wrapped up with a bow.

It's a truly brilliantly written book. Perry Bunt, the 'hero' is an every-man, no-one special with no-one special in his life, he could be any one of us which I think is why this book is so successful, this book could be about any one of us readers. He has no special powers and he's generally a bit a flop with a spectacularly failed career trailing after him, he has a run of the mill job, teaching, and is a bit of failure with the opposite sex. His life is pretty much going no-where..... fast! His shining light in the world is the stunningly beautiful Amanda and boy, is she so not what she appears to be and that is were the trouble for Perry begins!

In conclusion Jay Martel has written a very inventive, hilarious and very of the moment book. His writing style is very easy to read and he writes characters that are easily recognisable and that you can't help but be entertained by.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The Truman Show, NOT
Derivative, glib, tiresome. Not the worst I ever read - clearly, this is a talented writer, but this prject fails.
Published 11 days ago by Pandamom
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't usually read a science fiction book but I ...
I don't usually read a science fiction book but I found this one very enjoyable. It was interesting to see how many different turns the plot went in trying to save everyone.
Published 1 month ago by Snowdiver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
At least as good as my favorite Christopher Moore books.
Published 1 month ago by JeffBocaR
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
It was an Interesting concept but by the end I was getting bored with it. Not a bad story for mindless amusement but I won't be waiting for a sequel.
Published 2 months ago by S. Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is definitely a fun book. Other reviews give you plot outlines
This is definitely a fun book. Other reviews give you plot outlines. I will tell you that this book was so good that as I was reading it over a few days I would describe... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars the aliens are us
Interesting concept,holds your interest,well written.
Published 2 months ago by stan welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clever
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting concept but a bit weak in the ending.
Published 2 months ago by Candace M. Trout
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think it can't get any weirder, it does! Loved it !
Imaginative, full of surprises and downright weird, funny and dead on the money on what reality shows really are. A time to reflect on what we are and do as society as a whole.
Published 2 months ago by Zack Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Crazy fun read.
Published 2 months ago by LaRetta S-Z
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