Slick Hardcover – 1 Aug 2004
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Price's debut just might do for unctuous PR flacks what Paradise Lost did for the Prince of Darkness himself... SLICK's bitterly comic tone is as polished and precise as anything by Will Self. (TIME OUT)
This book is a page-turner for anyone inside or outside the media. I wouldn't be surprised if the movie adaptation was already in the making! (MEDIA WEEK)
Fast paced, witty and clever. (Jay Cooper)
SLICK is an original, outrageous, hilarious novel of media intrigue and manipulation... I love it. (John Stauber, co author, WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I work in the field of perception management, although the less colorful term is 'media manipulation.' We're the CIA of PR, the sublime little gremlins who live just outside your senses, selling you products and concepts without you even knowing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was lucky to read this in paperback 10 years ago. Awesome then and awesome now. I'm a lucky devilPublished 17 months ago by REENA GOPAUL
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. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2011 by V. Jakes