The Blue Light Project: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Spanning a four-day hostage situation in the not-too-distant future, The Blue Light Project looks on as a city unravels and three lives intersect in unlikely ways.

When an armed man seizes a television studio in the center of town, Thom Pegg, a former investigative journalist turned tabloid reporter, is as surprised as anyone to learn that he is the only person to whom the ...
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The Blue Light Project: A Novel

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Overview

Spanning a four-day hostage situation in the not-too-distant future, The Blue Light Project looks on as a city unravels and three lives intersect in unlikely ways.

When an armed man seizes a television studio in the center of town, Thom Pegg, a former investigative journalist turned tabloid reporter, is as surprised as anyone to learn that he is the only person to whom the hostage taker will speak, bringing him inside the studio and in contact with the frightening truth.

From outside, meanwhile, the drama of the enthralled and horrified city is revealed through the eyes of two very different people thrown together by the crisis. Eve is an Olympic gold medalist and local hero. Rabbit is a renegade street artist who has just completed a massive and mysterious installation on the tops of hundreds of buildings throughout the city.

As events churn to chaos, Taylor paints a powerful picture of the sinister side of our interconnected world, taking us on a dizzying journey through black sites, 24/7 media cycles, cults of celebrity, gang stalking, underground art, societal paranoia, and dangerous cynicism. The result is a gripping work of dark brilliance, from which Taylor ultimately surprises us with grounds for hope.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593764500
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Timothy Taylor is the author of Stanley Park (Counterpoint 2003), which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, and the short story collection Silent Cruise (Counterpoint 2002), for which he won the Journey Prize. He lives in Vancouver.
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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    The Blue Light Project

    The Blue Light Project is a social commentary into today's society. What starts out as a mysterious person takes hostages at a television studio during a children's talent show, it is certainly not the central arc of the novel, but more of an action that somehow connects the characters of the story. You have the street artist, a former Olympic athlete, and a journalist whose points of views are the crux of the novel. This is not a thriller but a study of today's culture and the obsession with fame.

    One has to be in the right mind set to read this book as it doesn't follow the norm with no clear plot line. I had a times difficulty getting into it.

    67 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    I think the real savior in the book is Rabbit, whose great achievement, his technological message, would seem to be "Let There Be Light!" Reminiscent of the creation, isn't it? Is that all that we need? Are we looking for a way back?

    This novel is strange. It is difficult to ascertain a specific time frame or a locality. The story moves back and forth from one location to another, from one character to another and also from one time frame to another. It does come together at some point, but not all of my questions were resolved. It seems to be set in a time when the whole world is suffering from ADD, taking risks, almost just to attract attention and dazzle crowds that love meaningless soundbites to which they assign great meaning, street cultures are revered and have taken on the persona of the "gang" in a completely different, almost more acceptable way, it is as if the street sub-culture is all on drugs, spaced out, looking for trouble, yet they are perfectly accepted by the younger generation and media. They seem hyper, and several rival gangs vie for street space, turf, to voice ideas or plaster walls with them. The defiance is justified and applauded, authority is mocked and disrespected, greed and envy are thriving as is schadenfreude! Does this pattern sound familiar yet? There is little transparency in the world and it sounds awfully close to the way we live today; it makes the premise of the book even more frightening; it is almost too close for comfort. The book comes together around a hostage crisis. Some of the children from KiddieFame, a children's talent show, of sorts, have been taken captive during a "kill" episode, in which one of the contestants is removed from the competition, often the best one, as schadenfreude often does rule. It turns into a real rather than a pretend, game of violence. But, no one knows why, no one knows who is behind this heinous act. Who would capture children, and yet, it is vaguely familiar, isn't it? It is reminiscent of the Russian hostage crisis, in Chechen, which took place on the same date, years before. The populace seems to identify with issues far too deeply, to assume too much self importance and a pretense of having influence to change things dramatically in bizarre and unusual ways. Discontent and anger permeate the atmosphere and this novel surely illustrates what can happen when a "world goes mad", when someone goes mad and tries to infect the world with that madness; in order to achieve redemption for his "crimes" he spreads the feeling of terror, like a disease which moves out into the ether. We have only to think about the cult of people that arose to follow Casey Anthony, for and against. We have only to think of the bizarre ways in which the lawyers used facts to influence judgment, to know that our time is dangerously close to the time in the book. Society is failing. There is an equal feeling of vicarious pleasure and disappointment, shared by the mob. It comes in waves. When the hostage taking begins, there are people making frantic predictions, having no idea whatsoever about what they are saying. They are assuming the hostage taker is a terrorist, they accuse a government they don't trust of orchestrating the event, they think it will blow over, be nothing. They live in a fantasy. They actually seem to enjoy this crisis. They, the people, that is, seem to have been geared up for this. Maybe it is all the reality shows that have prepared them to feel this way. They like being voyeurs, feeling like authority, defying authority, feeling like they are important. One has to wonder why we are obsessed with the dysfunctional, especially after reading this novel. Are we simply obsessed with schadenfreude?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Don't Waste Your Time

    Have you ever gone to see a movie and about 20 minutes into it, you're thinking it's a terrible movie, but you stay thinking maybe it will get better? Then more than half way through you realize it hasn't gotten any better, but you stay to the end because you've already invested so much time in it and, who knows, it might get somewhat better, but it never does. That's exactly what happened to me with this book. The story meandered and never quite came together and the language was often very cumbersome .

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Not for me

    I wish I had not wasted my time reading this book. There was a lot of detailed character development which was unnessary for this weak plot.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Wonderfully refreshing, I loved it.

    With the mixed reviews I wasn't sure about reading it, but I'm so glad I did. Learned a few things about the physical social world out on another level, one that very few of us ever see. Although the hostage crisis is proported to be the center of the interaction between the characters, I felt that their own stories rode over that crisis - that their stories were really the center of the stage of the book. You can put this book down, and pick it up later, but the veins of the storylines keep running through your brain when you're not reading it. It's a story of hope and change - give it a try, you won't regret it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    This was not my favorite. It took forever (like months!!) before

    This was not my favorite. It took forever (like months!!) before I could get interested in the story, and even then, I found the overall story confusing as there was no clear plot line. Also, the author's style of writing was hard to understand. Sometimes he would write sentences and I couldn't tell if it was what the character was thinking or actually saying, so that was confusing. Definitely didn't pull me in. Considering it took me over 3 months to read it because it wasn't super interesting, I'm surprised I finished it at all. I mostly picked this one up because at the time it was free, and I thought the hostage situation would play a bigger role in the overall story. But it doesn't.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Not good

    One of the worst books I've evr read. Spends way too much time on character stories with no real conclusion. It took a long time to read as I just couldn't get into the book...I had to force myself to finish it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Slow build to an interesting story

    It took some time to get into this book, but it eventually grabs your attention.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Thought it was just another free book.

    This was a fun, quick read. Had an interesting plot. It did jump around a bit which was at times confusing, but it was still a good read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    I couldn't even finish it, enough said. And I believe in finishi

    I couldn't even finish it, enough said.
    And I believe in finishing every book I start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Couldn't finish

    I have had this on my shelf almost two years since it was offered as a FREE FRIDAY selection. Tried to get into it numerous times and couldn't. It was just way to out there for my taste. If there is going to be violence, I want to understand the reason why.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Being a committed reader, from my point of view, requires that o

    Being a committed reader, from my point of view, requires that once a book is begun it must be completed.  With few exceptions, this has proven to be a rewarding discipline.  Shortly after I began reading this book, I had to remind myself of my commitment.  The book begins slowly and gains little speed to an end that is violent, confusing and uncertain.
    When an individual interrupts a popular reality show, Kiddiefame, and takes hostage over 100 of the participants and audience members, a crisis begins.  When it is discovered this person has a bomb, the city reacts to this event (terrorism, kidnapping, media circus?) by becoming polarized along political lines and tension rises the longer the crisis lasts.  In the midst of this moment, Eve Latour, Olympic gold medalist and city hero is looking for her brother, Ali, who has been missing for seven years; Rabbit, a street artist with a past that is intriguing; Thom Pegg, an alcoholic journalist whose Pulitzer Prize was revoked after it was discovered that the winning news story had, at its center, a fictional character, are all intimately involved in this ongoing crisis.  At the onset, their involvement appears random but their worlds begin to collide as the bombers reasons for action become clear.  
    The story never “found its legs” for me.  As I read, I enjoyed learning of the three main characters, but the plot was too manufactured, overly violent and splintered to hold the level of attention merited by the well-developed central characters.  The title speaks of Rabbit’s design that will bring together what the bomber has sought to break apart.  When it is unveiled, it “succeeds” only by contrivance and left me feeling as if I had been short-changed.
    Obviously, this book is not one I can highly recommend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Street art

    This was a interesting drama that played itself out around a catastrophy that wounded a city and the blue light project that healed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Interesting story

    Written well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Huge Disappointment!

    This book went absolutely nowhere! This author has ADD, ADHD, and just old fashioned "keep can't your mind on one idea at a time" so people can follow the story, IF there ever is a story. Ideas and characters hop around like they are from different worlds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Thought-Provoking and Entertaining

    Author did amazing job at telling the stiry from various perspectives and in a non-sequential timeline. Never felt lost even when perapective or time changed. Each character had unique oersonalities that were developed in impressive detail throughout book. Enjoyed the ending, which inspired hope without being an unrealistically perfect happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Not for Me

    This book read more like a first draft than a finished manuscript.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Couldn't really get into this one...

    I must be honest. I don't believe I ever really got "into" this book at all. It's well-written and the author did an excellent job of describing the setting and the majority of the characters, but in the end, there are way too many pieces of the puzzle left and none of them fit together. I feel more confused about what I just read than anything else. Three stars for this one. I liked it, but I just don't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Facinating Descriptions

    The book was facinating as it explored underground art and pop culture. A great read for anyone interested in seeing through the eyes of another.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Boring

    I am on page 79 and finally decided this is not worth my time. To say it is hard to get inti is an understatement.

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