I didn't expect much from Agent to the Stars since it was a first novel that had not been published until Scalzi had already built his readership, but I really love this book! I cared for the characters, enjoyed the plot, and even got a little misty-eyed at the ending. Although it is by no means perfect, this novel is a great fun read. Highly recommended.
This was the story of how aliens with a bit of savvy might go about initiating first contact... Not by speaking with governments, but by speaking to Hollywood. It's a fascinating and original idea, and Scalzi does a great job of making a wonderful, tongue-in-cheek tale of alien contact.
A highly-researched novel with all the I's dotted and the T's crossed this is *not*. There are plenty of places where I found myself asking, "But what if?" and other places where I thought that Scalzi's depiction of the "common man's" response was a bit more optimistic (in service to his story) than was strictly believable.
But in the introduction, Scalzi himself notes that he'd never actually intended to publish this: it was his first practice novel. And if you read it to enjoy the wonderful characterizations of humans and aliens, setting aside the logic flaws, the book truly shines. I had a wonderful time with it.
5 of 5 stars.
Amusing and delightful read. Aliens make the trip to introduce themselves after learning all they know of us from our TV broadcasts.
A good sci-fi book that keeps you entertained. There are some loose ends, but overall the book is well worth the time spent reading it. Best of all, there were no vampires or zombies in it.
Another good recommendation for the author's work is that none of his books are posted here. Apparently, those who read his novels find them to be keepers.