Novel: Agent to the Stars
Author: John Scalzi
Rating: Five out of five Siggies

I had just finished FIGHT CLUB and was rolling in the glee of finally finding a novel that I didn't bitch about, I just enjoyed the crap out of it. That filled my book karma quota, which usually means the next three or four books are going to either suck balls or just be so-so.

I picked up AGENT TO THE STARS at Book Expo America. I read Scalzi's OLD MAN'S WAR not too long ago and loved it. AGENT was free (a galley copy, no royalty for you, Scalzi, sorry about that) so I put the dog on the leash and dug in.

Was it possible to go two-for-two with friggin' awesome books? Apparently, it was. Scalzi writes fantastic dialogue. Funny, intelligent, full of the little digs that bounce back and forth between you and good friends. It seems clear he had fun writing this, maybe as much as I had reading it.

AGENT is a fun book. If you liked my short story CHUCKLES MULROONEY, ATTOURNEY FOR THE DAMNED you will love AGENT.

The premise is simple -- aliens finally visit Earth, but theare not the cute E.T. variety. They are smelly gelatanous blobs. They hire a Hollywood agent to introduce them to humanity, to figure out how to show people an alience race that looks far more like snot than Alf. Aliens, snot, Hollywood agents -- you can see the hilarity begin to add up.

Having just lost a dog, I found the dog scenes in Agent to be fantastic. Loved this book. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

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sounds cool

gotta give it a try someday.

-->saved to booklist.

[1st Dutch junkie] All that matters is getting my fix.

 

[1st Dutch junkie] All that matters is getting my fix.

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I'll pick it up at my library

G-Man

When life gives you lemons, make applesauce. -Angelica Pickles

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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I have 40 pages of it to go

and I absolutly love it. It is hard to believe that now one would publish it at first. Get this. My library has one of the special signed copies of the book.

G-Man

Yeah, mind-bottling. You know, when things are so crazy it gets your thoughts all trapped, like in a bottle? - Chazz Micheal Micheals

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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Went by way too fast

amazing book. he should make a series about it.

G-Man

"Why didn't you stay in the car?"

"It's never safe in the car!"

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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sounds like a great find. is

sounds like a great find. is it available at major bookstores? 

 

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I will be sure to check this out

 

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I just reserved a copy at the library

This looks interesting. I got to thinking about Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer. Instead of agents, an alien in that book has to get a lawyer when he's accused of (and arrested for) murder.

You don't understand. I'M not locked in here with YOU. YOU'RE locked in here with ME. - Rorschach




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It was a great book!

Thanks for recommendation. I picked it up from the library a couple of days ago and had a hard time putting it down. I laughed, I cried, I hurled (okay, just the first one). After I finish this stack of books I have here, I'm going to check out more of his work.

 

You don't understand. I'M not locked in here with YOU. YOU'RE locked in here with ME. - Rorschach




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I like it as well!

I like it as well!
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E-books

Hey Scott, I really enjoyed Infected, so it's time for me to purchase Contagious. I'm thinking about buying an e-book reader (I love my tech toys alomst as much as I love to read) and ordering Contagious for that. Do hardworking author's get compensated fairly for e-books? I want to know before I buy. Thanks!
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Depends on what you buy

Anything you buy through Audible.com is not going to give me anything. Audible takes something like 80 to 88 percent of the cost of the book.

If you buy THE ROOKIE from the iTunes store, to read on your iPhone or iPod Touch, I make more from that than I do from a hardcover of CONTAGIOUS or INFECTED (crazy, sure, but true). 

But the main point here is you buy what's convenient for you. You are the customer. I appreciate your business no matter how you patronize my efforts, but you're the one spending your cash so do what works for you. 

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