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Book Note: John Scalzi, Agent to the Stars

I read this book about 10-Oct-2005. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1997. This note was last modified Wednesday, 19-Oct-2005 13:34:21 PDT.

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A first novel, written in an unreasonably short time, and deliberately not something serious. A bunch of writers are gonna hurt this guy if they get the chance.

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So far, the introduction of the aliens is interesting, the flashback to the actual first contact is interesting, and the main character, a second-string actors' agent, is fairly pleasant company.

The alien biology even kinda-sorta makes something out of Doc Smith's old idea that the Eddorians split to create new individuals with new zest and energy.

The plot is continuing, but I still can't see what the book is about, and I'm over 3/4 through. Still, the trip is fun.

Okay, the plot is in fact a bit loose; but at least not telegraphed. Clever idea, to embody an alien as a famous movie star, and make her a much better actor because of it, and have her announce first contact when she wins the Oscar.


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