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Agent to the Stars Mass Market Paperback – Nov 30 2010
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“With a plot that starts out as the rough life of a young agent in Hollywood and rapidly metamorphoses into B-movie territory as a remarkably intelligent first-contact yarn, this book is absurd, funny, and satirically perceptive.” ―Booklist on Agent to the Stars
“If Stephen King were to try his hand at science fiction, he'd be lucky to be half as entertaining as John Scalzi.” ―Dallas Morning News on The Ghost Brigades
“With a plot that starts out as the rough life of a young agent in Hollywood and rapidly metamorphoses into B-movie territory as a remarkably intelligent first-contact yarn, this book is absurd, funny, and satirically perceptive.”
--Booklist on Agent to the Stars
“If Stephen King were to try his hand at science fiction, he’d be lucky to be half as entertaining as John Scalzi.”
--Dallas Morning News on The Ghost Brigades
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As Popeye would say (after attending finishing school) "He is what he is and that's all that he is." And boy are we a better world for that.
Scalzi establishes his distinctive style - irreverent - smart ass - wise acre - know it all - in his characters, and a fast paced plot that continually - takes odd turns - doesn't go where it should go - has twist on twists - leads down dark alleys (oops that was me last Friday night after the bar - Sorry !). Anyway, you are never sure where you are going to end up plot wise with Scalzi; all I can say is you are going to have GREAT FUN along the way
The book is a simple alien arrives on Earth after a long trip with 2000 other members of his race and wants to get to know humanity. Only problem is it's natural state is like a giant booger that has been ridden hard and left out in the heat to ripen. In other words a nightmare with BO.
What better way to introduce your self to humanity then get an agent. You know, those guys that represent movie stars and sports jocks.
Thomas Stein gets this out of this world assignment and soon mayhem ensues. How do you introduce a smelly booger to humanity with any credibility.
Soon Tom (I'm his friend so can call him Tom, but you aren't so call him Mt Stein - okay !!) is on a roller coaster of dread and excitement.
Highly recommended book and author.
The premise of the book is that an alien race wants to make first contact with earth. They've been hovering over the planet for years observing life on the planet through the TV shows beamed into outer space. The Yherajk (for that is their name) have an image problem. They are smart and funny but ugly. Fearing that their outer appearance will make them unwelcome they have decided that the best way to introduce themselves to the human race is to hire a Hollywood agent.
This book is funny. The premise is fun, the banter is witty and the story is both heart-warming and silly. The only thing I didn't really care for was the way the ending was presented. The actual conclusion is brilliant but it's almost as if the writer decided it was time to shorten the story and he uses newspaper headliners to make the leap over the concluding months. I could have easily read the extra 100-150 pages it would have taken to flesh out the rest of the conclusion. And I sincerely hope there is a sequel in the works.
If you are a science-fiction fan and you like your aliens witty, intelligent and friendly then you will like this book.
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Whenever I am depressed with all the grim future sci fi novels out there, I reread Agent to the Stars - it is a complete delight - full of humorous twists (dog lovers especially... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Judith
I am a big fan of John Scalzi. I like his inventiveness when it comes to the framework of the story. His characters exhibit good depth. Absurdity evident but not overpowering.Published on May 21 2013 by Amazon Customer