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Channel SK1N

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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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Published August 3rd 2012 (first published August 2nd 2012)
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Daniel Roy
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slipstream, sf
When Vurt came out in 1993, I thought Jeff Noon was the best thing that ever happened to SF. His novel was like an acid trip of an impossible future of headache-inducing colors and greased up pixels. Reading Channel SK1N twenty years later, I wonder if Mr. Noon's future has simply become the echo of an impossible past.

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
Tamara Romero
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
First: I must stress the fact that I’m thrilled to read new work of my (probably) favorite writer after... 10 years? My expectations were high, and the story totally delivers. The writing here is just beautiful and the author sticks to his will of working with language on several levels, as he used to do years ago. The story is a quirky tale about Nola Blue, a somewhat depressed popstar who starts receiving television signals on her skin. She becomes a living aerial and she'll be wandering aroun ...more
Mirosław Aleksander
This one doesn't quite work for me. I found it repetitive, but, admittedly, you have to have read the thing that is being repeated, so I do see how some people might have liked it more than me.

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
Simon Brind
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jeff Noon's first novel in almost a decade isn't really a book at all, at least not in the traditional sense. He's trying to do something with prose - and it remains prose, even though the style often appears to cross over into poetry - that has more in common with video than text. We've seen a similar style in bits of his earlier works and some of the short stories, and he uses it a lot on twitter in his 150 character "spores" - I am certain it is twitter that has spawned this book.

Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was just not good. Made worse, actually, by the couple seeds of really interesting ideas that were in it, but they definitely seemed to rot and die in the ground - probably because of over-watering with weird stream of consciousness sentence fragments and pretty much unreadable pseudo-cyber poetry nonsense. I really liked Noon's earlier stuff, and had thought his last book (the last couple maybe) was a solid step in the direction of books that one can actually read and enjoy. Not the case h ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Starting off feeling like a modern retelling of classic anime Perfect Blue, this novel quickly incorporates the familiar themes, wordplay and experiments that make it undeniably a Jeff Noon novel. I can't think of any other writer this good at conveying a feeling of synesthesia. He managed to blend music and writing in Needle in the Groove with hypnotic results. I felt this novel attempts to do the same with writing and visual communication, both on tv and online. He sometimes misses the mark, b ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's weird, there's bat-shit crazy, then there"s Jeff Noon, In a near future England obsessed with popularity and the media we follow a young starlet as she starts to broadcast media signals on her own skin. throw in a sub-plot about a reality TV show that has achieved the status of a religious cult, where people watch a contender slowly go mental living in an empty, transparent dome. All delivered in Noon's trademark surreal style.
Artur Coelho
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
No inesquecível primeiro parágrafo de Neuromancer William Gibson descreve o céu como da cor de ecrãs de televisão. Um ano antes David Cronenberg brincava escatologicamente com as teorias de Marshall McLuhan em Videodrome, filme onde as ilusões televisivas ganham vida própria e a carne humana se mescla com a tecnologia video em formato VHS. Uma implicação das ideias de McLuhan é a influência dos media na consciência humana. Expostos a novos media, a nossa forma de pensar altera-se, e por extensão ...more
I first encountered Jeff Noon’s works through a reading from his second novel Pollen he did in a Camden Town bookstore while I was on vacation in London. I wasn’t really reading any Science Fiction anymore at this time, but I was looking for something to do that evening when I saw the announcement and his novels seemed very well written, so I decided I might as well give it a try. And I am very glad that I did, not only because I walked away with a signed copy of Pollen from that reading but als ...more
Olof-Joachim Frahm
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know, maybe I have to read it again, but it didn't quite capture my interest as much as the previous books.
Marc Nash
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is swathed in genius, wonderful linguistic and imagistic set-pieces, yet doesn't quite hold together in a satisfying whole. Its world is a media saturated one, where pop singing sensations are created by George Gold, a Simon Cowell figure, but have a very limited shelf-life and live hopelessly isolated lives to protect them from the public's insatiable demand to paw at them. But Gold himself has lost his flesh and blood daughter to the most popular reality show of the day, "The Pleasure ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
It's great to be reading a Jeff Noon novel again, ten years after his last. His style is as unique as ever; lost in the margins between prose and poetry, writing and music, cyberpunk and fantasy, and clearly having great fun throughout. But Channel SK1N is not the rollicking adventure that Vurt, Pollen or Nymphomation were - it's much more of a mood piece, like Falling Out of Cars. I finished that book feeling a little let down, and the same is true here, but maybe I need to reset my expectation ...more
Alex Sarll
I knew it would happen sooner or later - an author I love released an ebook exclusive, so I finally bought one, rather than sticking to free classics. And it's appropriate that it should be Noon, who's always been fascinated by the idea of media blurring into one another, and into humanity. As here, where a young woman ends up with TV skin.
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
Książka inna niż wszystkie. Wiadomo Uczta wyobraźni obowiązuje. Wiem, że to SF, ale w książce troszeczkę zabrakło mi realizmu i pewne nieścisłości. Nie rozumiem w jaki sposób nie można powiększyć fragmentu obrazu, jakaś magia? To nie fantasy. Ostatecznie można zrobić zdjęcie zdjęciu i powiększyć. Chyba, że świat stworzony przez Jeffa jest taki jak nasz ale bez możliwości powiększenia ;) W książce jest wiele świetnych motywów, ale czepiam się akurat tego. Autor bardzo się starał stworzyć klimat, ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I count Noon amongst my favourite authors, but I didn't enjoy this one at all. The writing style is reminiscent of 2000's Needle In The Groove, with traditional prose regularly breaking down into poetry or just a jumble of un-punctuated words, but whereas in the former case it felt appropriate and conductive to the tale being told, here it feels forced and uneasy.

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
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-paper-books
Oh how I've missed you Mr. Noon. This is the first novel of his since 'Falling Out of Cars' which I loved and this one did not disappoint. A clever mix of sci-fi, social observation, meta-narrative and a flat out great story. Interesting only published as an ebook. A story about the fickle nature of celebrity, and the public's voracious appetite for it, and sadly believable model of constant consumption of entertainment news / gossip and reality entertainment. For fans of clever, intelligent sci ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's been a long wait since the last Noon novel. This is a short, sad story of a starlet quite literally consumed by the media. In particular, it is a meditation on the omnipresent influence of television. The main issue I have with the book is that its subject matter feels strangely out of step with the times. In places it feels like scifi that would have been fashionable 10-15 years ago... Noon's wonderfully lyrical prose and nightmarish imagery saves the book though, he certainly remains a un ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly what I expect from Jeff Noon - dizzying at times, a fast ride through a slow revelation.
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.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Jeff Noon's writing style. I love the way the story and the words become nearly lyrical. This was enough to satisfy me. But. I did want just a tad more more, I wanted more ideas, more weirdness. It was strangely grounded compared to his other stuff (or at least how I remembered them). The characters were also a bit empty. Stuff happened _to_ them. But that wasn't so much a problem for me.
Steve Gillway
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, humour
I recommend listening to Joy Division while reading this book. The dissonance and urban feel help to connect with the ideas. Really good book. I noticed that I was rattling through the book. It sweeps along, caustically expanding on current aspects of modern life. He's been away from a while and it is pleasing to see Jeff Noon putting some new stuff out. It's encouraged me to go back to the previous books which I read in the dim and distant past
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-stuff
So glad he's back, noon's ideas are so imaginative they will touch everything you see evermore. I read this really quickly and have read a lot since but the imagery and idea of this are so original and meaningful and relevant they cut through everything else. Not a huge fan of the poetry moments as sometimes they communicate little to me and fill in where action or plot would sit in a traditional book.
Kate Sherrod
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strange and subtle prose-poem about shattered attention spans, hypermediation, and the most likely form in which any actual transhumanism might take. May produce sensations of tickling. Watch your abdomens, and remember that we don't need anything so clumsily obvious as videotape slots anymore.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
A welcome return to form, although Channel Sk1n falls short of Noon's best work, the likes of Vyrt, and Pollen. The prose is fresh, vibrant and at times, poetic. However, it does feel to some degree like an expanded short story.
Daimo Peat
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I, like many others, have been waiting for a new book from the spectacular author, Jeff Noon. However, this just didn't get me interested in the way his other novels have. I was spellbound with previous books and was hoping to get the same experience from Channel Sk1N.
Steen Ledet
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book of lyrical prose, science fiction, media theory and posthuman philosophy. Taking an SF scenario, what would happen if one contracted a media virus which projected TV images on your skin, Noon writes engagingly and beautifully about the blending of human and media.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Nola picking up broadcasts.
Surrounded by words, flashes of heat, of noise, fluzz and flicker. All broken, all scattered, fragments of meaning. Feeling the signals as they danced, feeling her skin respond, to burn and itch."
Sébastien Comeau
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-read
Really disliked this book. I felt the author was trying too hard to be stylish in his writing and it is off-putting. It is very actual in its themes but I didn't connect with it at all.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Noon always strings words together nicely and has a lovely sense of the surreal, but this one didn't carry me away in the same way that some of his earlier books (Vurt and Pollen in particular) did.
Otto Thebierdude
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
great read yet again from Mr Noon
makes me want more, its like reading a video game love it
I think it's time to dust of my copy of Vurt for another read :-)
Scotto Moore
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Pretentious drivel. Very disappointing. The movie Videodrome still owns this territory; this book contributes nothing.
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