This Is Your Captain Speaking

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“Jon Methven’s relentlessly inventive debut novel … is a satire of American culture that includes jabs at reality TV and corrupt politicians … Methven keeps the plot humming, all the way to the sticky end. He’s an exciting new voice.”

Boston Globe (Review here)

“The cheeky send-up is aggressively experimental, but Methven manages to tell an engaging story amid the antic high jinks. B+”

- Entertainment Weekly (Review here)

“A Pynchonesque, offbeat parody of American media coverage and celebrity. . . . a smart, fast-paced farce in which Methven ably satirizes America’s signature take on reality and culture of greed.”

- Booklist

“[A] buoyant debut . . . Fans of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency will relish this frequent contributor’s snappy farce about publicity, celebrity culture, and a ne’er-do-well’s attempt to save some crippled orphans by way of one Beatle’s frozen swimmers.”

- Publishers Weekly

“What if the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ were completely faked by an unscrupulous airline company in order to boost prices? And what if we got a guy to write the whole thing up just like Carl Hiaasen? . . . Don’t miss Methven’s psychotic, if interactive, reading group guide at the end.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“A miracle on the Hudson, Twitter and sperm: The Great American Novel … Methven’s very funny, slightly batshit debut novel.”

- Time Out Chicago

“Take one of the top feel-good news stories of this century, add a layer of deceit and cynicism worthy of the Nixon White House and a very healthy dose of humor …. Targeting celebrity-obsession, the always-on news cycle and corporate America, Methven raises both questions and laughs.”

- New York Post

“Every so often a first novel comes along that blows your hair back with its ingenuity, that jumpstarts your faith in imaginative literature, and  Jon Methven  has written one of those novels. This is an astonishing debut, a comedic masterwork worthy of the great Joe Orton and Stanley Elkin. Outrageous and gorgeously absurd, it shows us, with fearless accuracy, what a twisted tribe we have become.”

- William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters

"I’m not sure how it happened, but Thomas Pynchon and Donald Barthelme bumped into one another while toting their samples into a sperm bank. Jon Methven is the result. This Is Your Captain Speaking proves that Methven has his finger on the pulse of the absurd, the topical, the real.  Here’s a novel that soars and soars. And swaggers relentlessly.                                                                                         

- George Singleton, author of Stray Decorum

"A playful and witty send-up of our media-mad culture. Methven is a comic writer to watch, and This is Your Captain Speaking is a promising debut."

- Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here

“Jon Methven’s fiction debut is so inventive, assured and hilarious, that it instantly establishes him as a major satirist for these times. This Is Your Captain Speaking is a shrewd response to an America besotted with image, celebrities and reality shows.”

- Bucknell Magazine

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