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  • Title: Agent to the Stars
  • Author: John Scalzi Wil Wheaton
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  • Page: 145
  • Format: Audiobook
  • 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 HollywThe 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.
    Agent to the Stars 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

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    1. Agent to the Stars is actually John Scalzi s first book, self published before Old Man s War as a practice to see if he could write and then again later after he was established The practice was well played, he can write, and this is a damn fine example of how well Funny, often very funny, reading like Christopher Moore or A Lee Martinez than other science fiction or fantasy writers, this is an amusing twist on a first contact story Scalzi demonstrates his imagination, his skill and his humanit [...]

    2. 4.0 stars SUPERSTAR AGENT WORKING FOR ALIENSUND CRAAAAZYMAYBE, BUT MAYBE NOT.Then one day Mr Big Shot Hollywood Agent is contacted by an ambassador from an alien species that wants him to arrange the introduction of their people to the World Unfortunately, Mr Agent is than a little skeptical and things look really hopeless for the Alien visitors It is amazing how accurate the guys from South Park were on this one Intrigued by the words of L.Ron Hubbard, Mr Big Shot Agent agrees to set up an app [...]

    3. Yes, I know this was John Scalzi s starter novel, written as an exercise, just to see if he could do it I know it wasn t traditionally published until years later, when his subsequent better books had already earned him name recognition and numerous Hugo nominations I know that I don t really care though this book cost me the same 7.99 as his other stories, and I don t feel the need to give it the benefit of the doubt.Besides, if one thing is clear, it is the fact that Scalzi got a lot of use ou [...]

    4. Tom Stein is a Hollywood agent He represents one super hot actress The rest of his clients are a collection of has beens, never weres, near misses, and not there yets, the sort of folks that fill out the bottom half of every junior agent s dance card He puts it quite philosophically when he proclaims Someone has to play the second spear carrier on the left, and someone has to represent them.That all changes the day Tom s boss asks him to a clandestine meeting The aliens are coming And they d lik [...]

    5. Loved the book.The humor was just my style the way the Yherajk communicated was a hoot.What I also liked was that even though the MC was a smartass, he wasn t made out to be a jaded guy or an agent who took advantage of other people to survive.I was expecting a romance between Tom and Michell but Miranda was a far better choice.The book wasn t too long but just the right length which always wins points with me Joshua was my favorite character.Loved how the ending unveiling was handled, as well a [...]

    6. Simply put, it s brilliant.I agree in every detail with the comments about this book in the wonderful review by Kaethe that put me onto it Her review provides a series of very good reasons to read the book, without spoiling the fascinating and intricate story that lies within As I discovered, it provides a second set of points that will make much sense after you read the book The dialogue in this book is among the funniest I have ever read It is hugely successful as a satire of major players in [...]

    7. This was my first book by John Scalzi, and I listened to the audio narrated by Wil Wheaton what a winning combination The humor in the book was right up my alley, Wil Wheaton s narration fit perfectly, and this book was just pure fun I would have willingly listened to this from start to finish in one sitting if it had been possible Add to my TBR list Scalzi and Wil Wheaton audio.

    8. This is light, feel good science fiction with huge heart What starts off as a funny attack on Hollywood with lots of inside references and jokes every line, eventually morphs into a terrific little story about humanity coming together to celebrate some new friends on the block Scalzi is just a terrific storyteller, and he just has a way of keeping you turning the pages and smiling That is than enough to satisfy me.

    9. John Scalzi is one of my favorite sf writers and as you have probably noticed I am reading trough his older books until something new is published.Agent to the Stars got my attention with an unique and quirky premise The aliens hire Hollywood agent to introduce them to the humanity DWhile I enjoyed the idea, the execution left me feeling somewhat unsure of my feelings The pace was uneven The humor was there but was not in full Szalzi mode The characters needed a bit to make them real.This book [...]

    10. 4.5 out of 5 starsI can t believe this is John Scalzi s first book Agent to the Stars is an imaginative, unique, and funny work of science fiction In this novel one of Hollywood s hottest young agents is tasked with introducing a very unappealing alien race to humans you don t encounter a premise like this one every day While I expected this to be smart and entertaining, things eventually took a turn for something serious making me consider a philosophical and ethical question for a bit And of [...]

    11. Executive Summary A decent, but not great sci fi story You can see the early signs of Mr Scalzi s work, but not nearly as developed as in his later works.Audio book This is the third audiobook I ve listened to read by Wil Wheaton I think it might be his best of the three He does a much better job with voice variation for the characters in the book Voices aren t his strong suit, especially female voices I still enjoy him as a narrator however.Full ReviewIf taken in a vacuum, knowing this is a nov [...]

    12. Tom Stein is a nice young Hollywood agent when his boss pulls him into a private meeting and lays a bombshell on him the Yherajk, an alien race that has come to Earth to make first contact, needs representation They ve been watching our TV broadcasts for years, so they know what humans think of aliens, especially aliens who are amorphous blobs of bad smelling goop who can, incidentally, insert tendrils into your brain and take over your body So instead of landing on the White House lawn, they ve [...]

    13. Haven t read a bad John Scalzi book yet Always funny and clever, this is no exception I enjoyed the concept of aliens making first contact on Earth through a Hollywood agent Makes sense since aliens can listen in on all of our broadcasts Intuitively, those in Hollywood then must be the ones who control and influence our species Rrriiight Right

    14. Humorous sci fi is so much my thing, so obviously I loved this The tone reminded me of Hitchhiker s Guide so if you liked that book you d probably enjoy this one.

    15. Sept 8 2011I stayed up too late last night because I didn t want to stop reading this First, it s entertaining as hell There s an insider s view of movie making as a business, there s science fiction, there s romance, there s a very complicated plot, there s snappy repartee, but just like His Girl Friday, there s also an examination of what duty we owe to humanity, of what fair play looks like In this, Scalzi s first novel, as in his most recent one Fuzzy Nation, there is thoughtful consideratio [...]

    16. For months, my coworkers who read have been telling me to read Old Man s War It sounds like a depressing, overly macho book, and has had it priced at 10 I m unwilling to take the risk.Agent to the Stars, though, was 2.99, and the plot sounded nice and fluffy An alien race has been observing human culture via our television shows, and, now, they want to make contact with us The problem is, they re not exactly our idea of attractive they re gelatinous blobs who communicate via noxious odors Their [...]

    17. 4.5Let s just start by saying that this is a very silly book just read the blurb for proof but Scalzi did it with so much skill and gusto that, would you believe it, it achieves greatness.By combining an atypical first contact story with the cut throat Hollywood world, and adding a good dose of banter while not taking itself seriously, the author offers us a hilarious and compelling tale.Silly yes but not stupid You just have to look at the plot, once you ve read it of course Pretty ingenious An [...]

    18. Stuff first contact into a blender churning with Hollywood culture, economics, and psychosis, and what do you get A fast, fun, and funny, rollicking, off the wall sci fi shot of adrenalin What can you ask for Scalzi is probably insane, but he s a smart insane, and, accordingly, he s immensely entertaining On top of that, his irreverent, rapid fire, smart alec dialogue works for me This isn t the most cerebral sci fi you ll ever read, but despite its levity and, at times silliness the book juggl [...]

    19. Aliens are awesomeThis was my first Scalzi but it certainly will not be my last I adored this book As in seriously adored It totally helped that Will Wheaton narrated He s on my perfect list Right up there with homeboy husband to be Nicholas Boulton.If you like aliens coming to earth and hiring a PR firm to help introduce them to humans and you like sarcasm, you will like this book, A LOT.

    20. At least four stars.What a hoot This may not be great fiction, but it was an unusual approach and a fun read.I have no idea if Scalzi accurately reported how Hollywood works or he was just playing to stereotypes, but I laughed so hard I cried.Everything worked out too neatly and I could see a lot of the plot turns coming, but what the heck

    21. Good Story 87 Scott and Julie hire an agent but he spends all his time with a water bottle full of talking jello What do you do if you are an alien race who wants to open friendly relations with humans but knows from watching television and movies that we are likely to see them as bad aliens due to outward appearances If you are as steeped in pop culture as these aliens are, then it is obvious Hire a Hollywood agent John Scalzi takes us on a light hearted romp that also is a keen look at pop cul [...]

    22. Aliens come to Earth but because they are hideously ugly and smell like rotten fish They need to carefully plan their first contact, they don t want the human race to be repulsed by them So, they hire a Hollywood agent to mange them Sounds like a crazy version of Clarke s Childhood End Well in basic concept it s similar.This is one of Scalzi s comedic books and falls into the same category as The Android s Dream If you have read any of his other funny stuff you know what to expect A totally absu [...]

    23. In the preface, Scalzi talks about his being his tester novel the one he wrote to see if he could do it It s the story of an alien race that decides to come to Earth after intercepting our broadcast signals They ve decided not to invade but instead hire a Hollywood talent agent to help them make their big debut There s just one small problem the aliens are gelatinous and smell pretty foul The story takes off from there, alternating between the alien whose name is Joshua trying to find a way to l [...]

    24. Phone home, E.T and get the mothership to haul your wrinkled little butts out because the Yherajk pronounced yee heer aahg k has arrived and they got the best agent in Hollywood to engineer their first contact Although desperately lacking in the looks department Yherajk will slob and glob their way into your unsuspecting heart while releasing fumes of weapon grade B.O and dropping cheesy movie lines along the way Seriously, this book is so funny you shouldn t read it while consuming hot beverage [...]

    25. Really enjoyed this one Definitely reads like a screenplay Very dialogue heavy Not an important book, but a humorous and pleasant one A very fast, light, fluffy read with a big heart 4 stars

    26. This was my first time reading John Scalzi and it was so good Such a funny, sharp and witty novel I ll definitely read of his books and I highly recommend this.

    27. Ahoy there mateys Members of me crew may remember that I have a love for John Scalzi as he was featured in Broadside No 5, tidings from the crew fer the dispatcher, and on the horizon fer the miniatures As I work me way through all things Scalzi, I realized I had never read his first written novel.His author s note talks about how this book became published and states It began in 1997 as my practice novel that is to say, the novel I wrote to see if I could write a novel I had no intention of ev [...]

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