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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.
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.
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!
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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