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Slick Hardcover – 1 Aug 2004

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books (Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400062349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400062348
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,447,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: 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.
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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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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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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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