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Length: 374 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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.

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  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DKMVMMU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trey Ellis on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C Is The Big Dog on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ann Olander on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Railsback on January 26, 2015
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In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrik, in "2001: A Space Odyssey", posed the hypothesis that God is really an alien race that has rid itself of bodily limitations and everyday travails and travels effortlessly among the planets. Now, Jay Martel follows that hypothesis by asking: "Wouldn't those guys be really bored? Wouldn't they do *anything* for entertainment?". It is a question that seems absurd for about 2 seconds, then scarily astute--especially when you look around and see how the affluent of our world live.

This book will make you think--about today as well as about the science-fiction future--but also keeps you turning pages as the clever story unwinds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2014
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Very funny but biting view of modern politics, war, social change, sex, religion, education, and media just to name a few. You name it, he pokes at it. Simultaneously, this is not a polemic. It's funny, well written, and has good character development. Plot is a little weird at times, but I guess that is to be expected. Laughed so loud while reading I got dirty looks from my wife. Definitely recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JP on March 12, 2014
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Connor on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brennan on January 7, 2015
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book, but it sounded like it could be funny. It started slow and I lost interest until around halfway through I got pulled back in. I thought the 2nd party of the book was pretty good. It's not one of the best books I've ever read but it was a nice change of pace. I gave it three stars because I didn't really get pulled in right away, but it's satirical view of people on earth made it worth finishing. I'd recommend this book as a good summer read.
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