This was the first novel Scalzi wrote, initially putting it up for free on the web. It's got a great premise and presents our hero agent with a conundrum:how to make foul smelling gelatinous aliens "sell" to humanity for first contact. It's such a conundrum, in fact, that I suspect Scalzi realized he didn't have a good answer. The last quarter of the book is preposterous and sells the premise short. But, getting to that part is pretty fun and there's lots of humor going 'round. Not a masterpiece by any means, but well worth a read/listen.
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