The book was advertised as comedy. One or two lines are mildly amusing, but that's being generous. The narration was poor and the story just didn't hold anything of interest. This will be the first book where I've had to request a refund.
I have read all of John's Old Mans war series and loved it. I went into this with low expectations because it seemed so different. I was very delightfully surprised. It is a great story that makes you laugh, cry, and think. Thank you John for the wonderful story.
I am a big fan of the author, this book however was a huge disappointment.
It starts out with a great premise, but the book centers around a philosophical argument.
The book centers around the argument about taking over the body and memories of someone who's brain dead. It goes on and on around this. A few minutes of this would have been fine, but this really dragged. I was waiting for something else.
Fiction and science fiction in particular requires some suspension of belief, but this one, with it's Trojan horse approach of introducing aliens to mankind was just ridiculous, especially considering the alarmists and fear mongers amongst us.
Agent to the Stars is fun and lighthearted, but doesn't have much tension. Great for something to listen to or read that won't keep you up, obsessed. Wheaton does a good job keeping the various characters sounding different enough to be confusing. Overall pleasantly adequate.
"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham
I have mixed feelings about John Scalzi as an author. I have mixed feelings about Wil Wheaton as an actor. But there are no mixed feelings for me about this book. It's a goofy premise that starts off reading like an extended joke. Like something Robert Sheckley would have written "back in the day." I decided to go with it because it was an enjoyable joke with just enough teeth in it to be interesting and because Wheaton's reading was superb. Seriously ... superb. I kept waiting for the joke to wear thin or the story to get too stupid or for Wheaton to botch a character. And ... none of that ever happened. It was an enjoyable ride all the way through! I think just about anyone would enjoy it, but of course it is especially targeted at those who like sci-fi and Hollywood in general.
Yes, it's pretty light-hearted fare. So I don't want to oversell it. (And I did get annoyed with Scalzi for making half the women in the book have names that started with M.) But if you are interested in a fun romp with an interesting take on alien contact, this is your book.
I never read the print version, However the audio version is good
I didn't really have a favorite part, but overall I liked the book
Wil could have been better. I think he rushed thru it and didn't quite capture some of the emotion that I think the author was going for.
No. I didn't have to force my way thru this book, but it wasn't edge of my seat book.
Overall it was a good story. Well done, but nowhere near a classic sci fy book, but worth a listen.
Lots packed into a small story. It's clear Scalzi knows his material, and the reflection behind the plot is believable. Quick characters are still fleshed out, and Wheaton's performance is, as usual, exact. Funny, touching, and human, I laughed out loud while listening to this book biking. Got some good looks from passing motorists!