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Channel Blue by [Martel, Jay]
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"This funny, clever SF novel owes a substantial literary debt to Douglas Adams—as do countless comic SF novels—but Martel is telling his own story, and it’s a good, fun story indeed."  —Booklist


"Delightful, Douglas Adams-esque. . . . Who knew that the end of the world could be so bloody funny?"  —tor.com

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: 1458 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: #448,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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Mixed feelings. I like the writing style, the plot, however, as promising as it sounded, I found it lacking. It was not as funny as previous reviewers stated, and honestly the plot twist, sounded naive to me. I did enjoy the book though, hence the 4 stars, and I like the ending solution to the problem that the characters found, but the 'religious references' I did not enjoy, such as ridiculizing faith, and GOD and Satan being producers (or ex-producers) of the show. All in all, good read, but kind of childish plot to me.
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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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“Channel Blue” is a story you’ve seen many times. A valued alien demographic can’t get enough of the hottest reality show in the universe…watching the lives of earthlings. The “cast” have turned arrogant and their alien fans find themselves no longer interested in the show. The decidedly Douglas Adams-esque producers see their only option as blowing up the Earth. Perry Bunt, a professor, is the only human that really knows what’s going on and a former student gives him the challenge of saving humanity. Perry is faced with an impossible task and on a deadline.

If you have never read or seen anything like “Channel Blue” before, you might enjoy the work. It is technically well written (though there are a few minor grammatical errors). The book is highly rated and has a fan audience that feels strongly that the novel was for them.
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