Channel SK1N tells the story of Nola Blue: pop prodigy, the girl every teen wants to be, or be with. She has talent, hit tunes, international fame, everything she could possibly want. But when she begins to pick up TV signals on her skin, Nola is forced on a journey far beyond the boundaries of the mega-stardom she was moulded for.
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There is still much of the madness and deft prose of Noon's previous works in this book, his first since Falling Out of Cars, ten years ago. But much of the color has been washed a ...more
Despite being described as 'Frankenstein for the X-Factor Generation' it is very reminiscent of older films and books that express fear of or serious doubts pertaining to mass media, celebrities, and the such. Nothing we didn't have in Cronenberg's movies (Videodrome!), William Gibson's fiction (Idoru, Mon ...more
The problem is, it's Noon's first book in a decade, and yet he doesn't really seem to have moved on in that time. Or if he has, it's not far enough - a tragi ...more
The story is both brief and bleak, the targets of the manufactured pop industry and reality TV feel too easy - this is a book that fee ...more
If you've ever read anything by him, you will be very comfortable with his wordplay, and sometimes rambling explorations of a concept. He writes scathingly about our media and image obsession, and I absolutely love the pure creativity of his premise.
I recommend this book, highly. It was worth the wait.
He studied fine art and drama at Manchester University and was subsequently appointed writer in residence at the city's Royal Exchange theatre. But Noon did not stay too long in the theatrical world, possibly because the realism associated with the theatre was not conducive to the fant...more