Stephan Lee
May 25, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

This Is Your Captain Speaking

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jon Methven
genre
Fiction

We gave it an B+

Americans regard Capt. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger’s emergency landing on the Hudson River as a near-mythical act of true heroism. In this absurdist satire, a similar splash landing proves to be a full-scale hoax, not a miracle, and two passengers — a trafficker of celebrity sperm and a puppet-armed news anchor — find themselves at the center of the conspiracy. The cheeky send-up in This Is Your Captain Speaking is aggressively experimental, but Methven manages to tell an engaging story amid the antic high jinks. B+

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