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Show Time Paperback – May 15, 2012
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Phil Harvey elegantly dissects the plummeting values of 21st-century America, while his plot twists seize the reader by the lapels. A great read! --David Stewart, best-selling author of American Emperor: Aaron Burr s Challenge to Jefferson s America
How far can reality TV go to satisfy the lust for sensation? Show Time delves into our primal instincts. It s an exciting novel, hard to put down, and highly recommended. --The Midwest Book Review
A vision of the future that is laugh-out-loud, until we realize how much it looks like the world we live in now. --Frank S. Joseph, award-winning author of To Love Mercy
Show Time is a biting commentary on society. Mr. Harvey writes with pure genius. You'll be riveted until the final page, and will be left thinking about this tale for a long, long time. Warning: Some may feel as if they cannot continue due to the gritty emotional content. Finish it anyway you won't regret it. I'm going to buy everything I can find by this amazing writer. --Debracadabra, LibraryThing
About the Author
Harvey nonfiction includes: Let Every Child Be Wanted, which drew praise from former President Jimmy Carter; Government Creep, which, as one reviewer noted, proves that government has invaded virtually every nook and cranny of our lives ; and The Government vs. Erotica, which Publishers Weekly and Booklist praised, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable nominated as the year s best book on intellectual freedom, and Media Coalition called a frightening, enlightening story.
By day, Phil Harvey is president of DKT International, a nonprofit family planning and AIDS prevention organization, and president and majority shareholder of Adam & Eve, a mail-order business that sells sexually oriented books and films. He lives with his wife, Harriet Lesser, in Cabin John, Maryland.
Top Customer Reviews
The story takes reader to the near future, introducing us to the reality TV show where seven participants - three women and four men with different backgrounds - willingly decide to stay on a desolate island in the middle of Lake Superior for seven months with the insufficient food and other supplies for the coming winter. The reason for the suffering of such pain is expected - the survivors will win $400 000 each if they can manage to live until the last day.
The island is full of microphones and cameras, and to make sure that not a single second of interesting content will be missed, the sky is full of flying drones. The general audience will see the cut versions, while those willing to pay more will have full access to whole footage. It’s a show time!
And if at the beginning seemed the participants have outwitted the network and the public that seeks blood and spectacle, it's just the beginning of the show full of surprises…
Phil Harvey wrote a book that would be absolute joy to the fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ with the important difference that here the competitors are adults that provided the author an opportunity to further characterize them and introduce into action some motives that were not appropriate for a teenage audience.
On the other hand, the book leaves room for improvement in terms of the pace and the development of the story that will make the occasional reader impatient in order to find out which surprises producers are hiding for the participants trying to make this show more unpredictable.Read more ›
No one will be airlifted out in the case of injury or illness or starvation. These 7 strangers will have to do whatever it takes to make it through the long, cold months. With their eyes on the $400,000 prize, how far will they go to win?
Show Time was not written by an amateur. Phil Harvey is very skilled at his craft. Nothing in this book "drags" or slows down including the dialogue. When it comes to his characters, you may love them or you may hate them but you will not forget them.
I did not want this book to end yet I raced to the end.
Seven people are purposely marooned on uninhabited Peshekee Island one mile wide, seven long, in the middle of Lake Superior (at max 160 miles wide, 350 miles long). They have less food than they will need, by arrangement with the producers of "reality" television. Some have weapons. Hidden among the forested acres are dozens of cameras and microphones, and at regular intervals drone monitors swing over the island. The producers want everyone in the world to watch the conflicts that arise through the winter months. The campers' goal is not just to survive, but to make money, $400,000 each if they don't bail out or cheat. The TV folks need to bolster their ratings; the seven people willing to risk their lives are promised bonuses if the ratings go up. The plot of SHOW TIME revolves around the participants' desire to make the adventure more dramatic than it is on Day 71, when they secretly plan to fake a murder. Meanwhile, the producers must please the Emir of Pan Arabia, a "super subscriber" who can dictate content.Read more ›
"Show Time" deals with seven average, everyday people who agree to attempt to survive a harsh, northern Lake Superior winter as shown over national TV. There's plenty of motivation for these intrepid campers because each survivor receives $400,000. Speaking of those characters, author Phil Harvey barely fleshes them out and all seven are as about unlikeable a group as I can remember from any novel I've read. Instead of banding together as the terrible winter starts to take its toll on them, they continue to nitpick, insult, and chip away at each other. There are no winners here.
As messed up as these losers are, they look like model citizens when compared to to slimy network executives in the background of the program. There's one scene involving these executives and a number of US Senators during a Senate inquiry over the show's ethics and morals that's downright laughable.
The book's only redeemable quality (and the one that kept me plodding along) was a couple of decent plot twists.
When I won the book as part of an early reviewers program, I was excited to read it and offer my thoughts over what sounded like an interesting premise. That excitement vanished about as quickly as the nice Lake Superior fall weather as I limped to the finish with the characters in "Show Time".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is like Hunger Games meets Survivor (the reality TV series) meets The Truman Show (movie). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claire
Should be more like this. I see some sequels coming. Enjoyed the plot and characters. If you watch Survivor, read this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debra Williams
Super cool idea for a book. Great characters, great plot = great read! I would like to see more books from the author using the same format with different characters - just like... Read morePublished 3 months ago by bill katerle
I was a First Read Winner of this book and was looking forward to reading it. The books description sounded interesting and a bit different so I entered the giveaway. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Toste
SHOW TIME by Phil Harvey is paints a picture of the next evolution of reality TV. Seven strangers, chosen specifically for their volatile nature and moral failings, are placed on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ehoward29
Harvey has done a good job with his characters but I just did not enjoy this book. thanks to netgalley for the arc.Published 4 months ago by kathleen g
I was gracioulsy provided a copy of this book through Netgalley.
To be honest I was very hesitant to read this book. When I see the name P. Read more
I'd say that I'm on the fence about this one. I was able to get through it and thought it was an ok read. Nothing spectacular though.Published 4 months ago by Jamie