- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reissue edition (14 December 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765357003
- ISBN-13: 978-0765357007
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3 x 17.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android's Dream and The Last Colony. He has won the Hugo Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.
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It was hard to put down once I started. It was solidly framed, the narrative arc was well implemented, the characters and dialog was nuanced, and multifaceted. But I didn't expect the profundity, or the moving, insightful climactic thrust.
What I liked about this one were the interesting, well-rounded characters that I could care about, the amusing interactions and clever plot ideas. It was just a joyous, fun read that left me wishing the world really worked that way.
But Mr. Scalzi can feel better when I say that I'm currently reading a later novel, The Android's Dream. and I like it just as much if not more. And while I'm not equally thrilled with everything Scalzi has written - Redshirts bugged me in various ways - there isn't anything of his I've disliked and I've continued to seek out his works. Moreover, I've turned my wife into a Scalzi fan as well and she loved Agent to the Stars as much as I did. Highly recommended.
The story is fast-paced,good natured, light/upbeat, whimsical and funny. Its an ideal book for the sci-fi fan to share with a non-fan spouse. I dont think my wife has read a sci-fi book in her life, but she is currently reading this, laughing regularly and enjoying it a lot. I sold it to her as Jerry Maguire with aliens . . . which she thought sounded terrible since "I didnt like Jerry Maguire and I dont like aliens". (Who didnt like Jerry Maguire??) The humor in the book is integrated and flows from the story -- i.e. not arguably forced humor, as in Douglas Adams.
While this clearly isnt "serious" sci-fi, there *is* a real sci-fi story, written in an engaging and likable manner that sci-fi fans will have no problem blazing through. In short, despite the appeal to non-fans, I think fans will enjoy it too.
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 buger 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 smellu buger 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. Look up some of other books