Agent to the Stars

Agent to the Stars

eBook - 2008
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From New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award-winner, John Scalzi, a gleeful mash-up of science fiction and Hollywood satire

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish.

So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal.

Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

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Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2008
ISBN: 9781429961431
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 28, 2018

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 28, 2018

Alien needing a talent agent as spin doctor given negative propaganda in blockbuster movies an excellent LOL premise. Author also skewers the paparazzi & the entertainment industry with its concentrated ownership, narcissistic actors, mommy managers & power hungry overpromise underdeliver talent agents.
Yes, it was bit creepy as smelly blobby wisecracking alien created from 200 aliens & protagonist's boss got life memories of dog (& body), dead actress (ditto), protagonist's girlfriend & protagonist's grandmother to gain perspective (dog food commercial) or intelligence & covertly get movie role as WWII survivor & civil right activist to get Oscar nomination.

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AngryCrow
Sep 04, 2014

One of the best, funniest, and original stories I've read. From the back page only, I spent a long time putting off this book, but having finally read it, I began to regret that decision. "Agent to the Stars" takes on a new perspective to aliens, and the characters are marvelously well structured and balanced. A book full of twists and turns, will keep you interested and thinking until the very end and then some.

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mwgorman
Jun 03, 2014

This is the most entertaining novel I've read in years. I give it my highest recommendation. After reading a copy from the library, I even bought a copy to loan to friends. You'll love it!

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jrj9
Jan 29, 2010

I just finished reading this for the second time and I'm still laughing. Finally, aliens with a sense of humor! Scalzi manages to be hilarious, cynical and unexpectedly touching by turns; a great take on first contact stories.

If you don't want to wait for a printed copy, a draft of the story is available online here: http://www.scalzi.com/agent/

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