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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reissue edition (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765357003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765357007
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is an enjoyable novel of alien encounter of the fun kind when aliens decide to get a hollywood agent to help introduce them to humanity. I really enjoy Joe Scalzi's writing style which uses first person to bring the reader into the protaganist's head. It is quirky and still brings a serious message of tolerance and understanding for all people, regardless of race, religion or smell. It is light without being vapid. I strongly recommend it.
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This is the book that started it all. This is the book that John Scalzi wrote to see if he could write books. This guy was born to be an author.

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.
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In the Author's Note at the beginning of the book, John Scalzi calls Agent to the Stars, his practice novel. The novel he wrote just to see if he could write. He can.

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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