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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, 5 Aug. 2005
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C. Green "happily low brow" (Quenington, Glos, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Slick (Paperback)
Slick is not what you expect. A comedy set in the world of Californian mass-media, this is not a searing expose of the murky world of PR inhabited only by shady, disreputable and dislikable characters. Nor is it a farcical comedy of errors. It is altogether more thoughtful, subtle and clever than most books that inhabit this genre.
Narrated in the first person by the 'hero' Scott Singer, master of invisible PR, Slick recounts his attempts to save the reputation of a well known African-American hip-hop star and the chaos that ensues when his plans go awry. In the process it contains some sharp observations on subjects as wide ranging as the cult of celebrity, media manipulation, race relations, popular music, the treatment of those with disabilities, family life and the environmental movement. These are often witty, sometimes hilarious but when appropriate can be serious and sensible. There is a depth to this book that is suprising and welcome.
Equally surprising is the way that the author challenges readers' assumptions. In similar stories, for example, the character of Scott Singer would begin as a shallow, unconscionable and dislikable fool and go through a cathartic Damascus-like conversion to good during the course of the book. Instead, from the word go and despite some of his more questionable actions, it is impossible to dislike the man. He makes for an entertaining and welcome narrator who is drawn in shades of grey and is all too human. It is this and other unexpected twists on convention that help lift Slick above the hum-drum.
It is not perfect mind. As the story progresses it too often becomes blighted by an excess of setimentality, and when this happens it takes off the delightfully sharp edge it otherwise has. This mostly relates to Singer's dealings with a young Afro-American girl he chooses to act as Trojan horse against the media onslaught against his client, and is the only relationship that doesn't really ring true. Certainly it doesn't when compared to the gentle, adult and humorous romance that Singer falls into in what is a highly entertaining sub-plot and a highlight of the book.
Overall it is very difficult to give an accurate impression of what Slick is all about because it confounds easy description. It is however, a supremely well written, polished and intelligent book that deals with contemporary issues with heart and warmth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting the next book, 23 Sept. 2005
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I'm in total agreement with strictlylowbrow's review. This is a very entertaining and thought-provoking book and the writing is snappy, funny and often brilliant, with phrases worth stealing. The two drawbacks are the extreme length--the result of quite a lot of repetition--and the sentimentality, especially regarding the character of Harmony. It's always unwise for a writer to fall in love with one of his own characters, and this one--who's willing to let another major character suffer for her own benefit--didn't strike this reader as nearly as perfect as the protagonist (and author) seemed to think. And there's always something deeply annoying about a protagonist going all noble and sacrificial--especially when the protagonist is also the narrator. In this case, it just makes him seem a bit silly. By the way, I'm a publicist, yet the scam confused even me the way it came going back and forth with such a "Who's On First?" complexity. But the book is such well-written fun, and raises such important issues that it's well worth the investment. I know I'll look forward to Price's next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colouring the world...., 21 July 2005
This review is from: Slick (Paperback)
Slick is dangerous. Slick is satire. Slick is clever. Slick is pacy. Slick is weird. Slick is slick.
I shan't detail you in on the plot; to do so would be to ruin the conceits but suffice to say this: if you enjoy a well written, witty, smart book that offers insights, angles, characters that are real and an unflinchingly optimistically cycnical take on people go for it. At a fiver, you won't regret!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 - an amazing, funny and thought-provoking read, 20 Dec. 2004
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This review is from: Slick (Paperback)
This is an amazing book which looks at the way the media manipulates us as consumers. It's funny, intelligent and will make you think as well as being thoroughly entertaining.
I couldn't put it down. Daniel Price reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut crossed with Will Self by way of Douglas Coupland.
A very Slick debut...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put this down..., 4 Sept. 2011
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This is such a great book. I have just re-read it again after a couple of years and am struck about how relevant it still seems. Granted that some of the technologies have moved on a bit since written, but the idea that media can be manipulated on such a grand scale seems truer than ever.

Unlike other reviewers, I actually liked the length of the book and found the story to be engaging up until the last page. Scott's obsession with Harmony does seem to not be authentic at points, but maybe that because we are not used to such a relationship happening between publicist and "victim".

If you are fascinated about the ideas of media manipulation then you will enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 July 2010
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This is a sharp and funny satire. It's much better written than it pretends to be through its pulpy first-person tone. The issue is clearly close to the author's heart, and he lapses into proselytizing here and there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books of all time, 19 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Slick (Kindle Edition)
I was lucky to read this in paperback 10 years ago. Awesome then and awesome now. I'm a lucky devil
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