Agent to the Stars

Agent to the Stars

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"The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2005
Tor Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781250176516
Branch Call Number: SF SCALZI
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 23 cm

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scribby
Feb 22, 2019

The author takes the sci-fi/horror trope of gelatinous brain-sucking aliens and turns it on its head by making said aliens good-natured, friendly, funny, and enamored of Hollywood. The result is a comedy that itself reads like a screenplay for a B-movie comedy. There are a few flaws: some of the situations seem a little contrived; the characters react too matter-of-factly to the aliens; the creepiness factor is conveniently ignored (except for a couple of belated, and short, discussions); and the dialogue relies too much on characters speaking other characters’ names even when only two are present. But despite these, the book is quite entertaining – a good, and often hilarious, light read.

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7626dee
Jan 07, 2019

Great humor for a first encounter novel. We will have to hope whatever aliens visit us have a really good sense of humor if they even bother. Most advanced races would take a pass and some would have to think about exterminating humans as a very dangerous species.

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kb726
Oct 03, 2018

I can't get enough of Scalzi's stuff; this guy cracks me up!

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CurlyWhirly
Apr 28, 2018

The user below did not read this book - She's just posting as many comments about books as possible as her way of dominating VPL's dashboard.

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 28, 2018

Alien needing a talent agent as spin doctor given negative propaganda in blockbuster movies an excellent LOL premise. Author also skewers the paparazzi & the entertainment industry with its concentrated ownership, narcissistic actors, mommy managers & power hungry overpromise underdeliver talent agents.
Yes, it was bit creepy as smelly blobby wisecracking alien created from 200 aliens & protagonist's boss got life memories of dog (& body), dead actress (ditto), protagonist's girlfriend & protagonist's grandmother to gain perspective (dog food commercial) or intelligence & covertly get movie role as WWII survivor & civil right activist to get Oscar nomination.

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AngryCrow
Sep 04, 2014

One of the best, funniest, and original stories I've read. From the back page only, I spent a long time putting off this book, but having finally read it, I began to regret that decision. "Agent to the Stars" takes on a new perspective to aliens, and the characters are marvelously well structured and balanced. A book full of twists and turns, will keep you interested and thinking until the very end and then some.

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mwgorman
Jun 03, 2014

This is the most entertaining novel I've read in years. I give it my highest recommendation. After reading a copy from the library, I even bought a copy to loan to friends. You'll love it!

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jrj9
Jan 29, 2010

I just finished reading this for the second time and I'm still laughing. Finally, aliens with a sense of humor! Scalzi manages to be hilarious, cynical and unexpectedly touching by turns; a great take on first contact stories.

If you don't want to wait for a printed copy, a draft of the story is available online here: http://www.scalzi.com/agent/

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