avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
This was my first Scalzi book and I absolutely loved it. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator. Agent to the Stars is funny, sharp, and unexpectedly sweet.
I would recommend this book to anyone, not just science fiction fans!
Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.
This book sold me on Wil Wheaton's abilities as an audiobook actor. I first tried out Fuzzy Nation and was extremely bored and, because I liked the Old Man's War series so much (with William Dufris) I blamed Wheaton for ruining Scalzi's writing. Well, I was shown in this book that I was completely wrong.
Wheaton perfectly portrays the human male and female characters as well as the androgynous alien characters, giving them a wonderful balance of the human qualities they hope to convince us they have and the alien qualities that are inherent to their nature.
The book is surprisingly suspenseful, flawlessly weaving its way through comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy to portray a fairly plausible set of circumstances that had you in the midst of all of the uncertainty. I found myself wanting to try to help the protagonists in their dilemmas, brainstorming ideas as the book went on. I laughed out loud, and constantly wanted to applaud Scalzi on his cleverness.
The extraterrestrials are a very different sort, exceptionally creative and unique in design. I worked my way through this book months ago and still think about the mechanistic details of the aliens and their reproduction. Yes, there is some pretty detailed alien reproduction in this book, but it's... to use a cliche... out of this world.
Scalzi's Old Man's War series is superb, but it's pretty grim stuff. Agent to the Stars is just as good, but has a lighter tone and often (though not always) goes for the funny. Wil Wheaton's voice and voice acting matches the material perfectly. Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation is also narrated by Wil Wheaton; I'm planning to buy that too.
I picked this up for some light reading between big novels (plus it was on sale at Audible). I was very impressed with the quality of the writing. Scalzi could have just written a simple comedy but instead he really developed the characters and worked hard to keep the plot moving forward.
I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.
this story is so many things. wonderful, warming, inspiring, omg why did you make me cry, and witty, funny, clever.
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The Idea of an alien race needing an hollywood agent to be introduced to earth is creative and funny. Lots of humor including some laugh out loud moments with a wise cracking alien that looks like a jello mound.
Now I am someone who does not think that bad language enhances a story but often detracts from it, so when the 1st sentence of the book included an F-bomb I was worried.
There is some language, but not enough to ruin the book and the main culprit was a very discusting person who was not in the book for long. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The reader did an excellent job.
Good lighthearted read! I recommend it.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
My first Scalzi experience was Red Shirts. It was funny and extremely fun to read. Agent To The Stars is all of the above, but a bit less complicated.
You don't have to like science fiction to enjoy this book. But I wouldn't advise either book if you don't like the humor of Woody Allen. I loved both books, laughing all the way through...
I loved this one. I really loved. It was funny, clever, witty. The people were oddly believable even in a story that was totally wacky. It stands out as one of the best science fictions books of my last decade and one of my favorite ever sci fi audiobooks. One of the mast interesting things about Scalzi is his ability to write well in a wide variety of styles. He can be serious, funny, a mix of both. He can be wild and crazy and highly technical ... and he makes it work. No one in the genre today works harder or produces more. This was the first of his books I ever read, but it hooked me like a fish on a line. Read it. If you like sci fi or just appreciate well-written and witty stories, this one will not disappoint you.
I first started to listen to this book about a year ago. It seemed dumb to me! An Alien that stinks, staying in a fish tank wants to go live in the agents house. I ended the book! About a year later I seen the book again at Audible and it had 4 to 5 stars. I went back to my collection and gave it another try. I'm Glad I did. It was kind of cool in many ways. It hads it's funny moments. It was Very Well Narrated that helped alot. Try it you'll like it.
The characters were not caricatures, if that makes sense. The aliens were sympathetic without being "ET" and the humans were wry without being uber-sophisticated.
Choosing not to give too much away, I will simply say Oscar.