Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
John Scalzi is slapstick SF about an alien race which has come to Earth needing an agent to represent them in Hollywood and beyond. Not only are they ugly, you see, (like a blob of Jello is ugly) but they stink. Thomas Stein will take them on for a fee, although in this case the word "stars" is more literal, not referring to fame among bipeds, but to actual stars. (As in giant orbs of hot, radiating gas many times larger than any planet.) This is Scalzi's first novel, read by Wil Wheaton, a writer and narrator whose most memorable recent recording was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. While the story can't be taken seriously, it does provide moments of levity and imaginative abandon. Funny and well written.