The perfect commuting book - the miles will just fade into the background. I knew Scalzi as an easy reading author, and now I have to add easy listening, as well. That's a good thing -- I don't always want deep and thought provoking, more often these days I want pleasant escapism and this fits the bill perfectly. And Will Wheaton just nails the narration - what a great fit. Highly recommended.
This was such a fun book! I love this author. I have read one other book of his, Locked In (also an amazing book). Agent to the Stars was a fun easy read. Will Wheaton also did an awesome narration. I've listened to him on several other books and he always gives a great performance which I think adds to the novel.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a Sci-Fi comedy.
Scalzi's writing style in "Agent to the Stars" exudes an amusing, geeky ridiculousness that melds seamlessly with Wil Wheaton's performance. The choice of Scalzi's subject material and his execution seem to suggest that he spends a lot of time wondering, "Wouldn't it be funny if...?" and then dedicating the subsequent months exploring the scenarios and crafting a story around them.
However, this isn't to say Scalzi's writing feel vapid or pre-fabricated. In fact, "Agent to the Stars" is peppered with moments that hint at the potential for heavier philosophical moments, though Scalzi had the wisdom to never allow the the story to take itself too seriously. In this way, and in his mildly irreverent, moderately absurd style, Scalzi is reminiscent of Pratchett, the writer of the Disc World Series--though I hesitate to make any other comparisons.
In short, this was a fun read. Well done, Scalzi. Well done, Wheaton. I am properly charmed.
I really enjoyed the premise of this science fiction story and understood it would be heavily tongue-in-cheek. the humor and pacing were both done well, but in the second half I started doubting everyone's actions, taking me out of the story. there seemed to be little or no consistency to the characters' logic or emotion, which left me almost totally unengaged as the story resolved.
I'd specify, but it would require spoilers... let's just say I spent a lot of time yelling at my phone about questionable philosophy and human relationships.
it's a shame - I felt it was almost very good.
I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be light hearted and fun and it was. I did not expect it to be quite so humane. It is more than social satire. And yet, it doesn't take itself too seriously. The author makes Hollywood agents appealing. And makes smelly gelatinous cube aliens, ironically, more than just a fart joke. The whole book is an exercise in taking things typically viewed as disgusting (human or alien) and showing that they have heart and a moral center. But yeah, still with the occasional well timed fart joke.
Wheaton is quite good at performing this, with clear and effective voices for the different characters.
I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Will Wheaton's performance is great here. The book itself is light fun, but could have been tightened up in editing. I found myself figuring out every next plot point well before it appeared.