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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
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May 08, 12

bookshelves: novels, sciencefiction
Read in May, 2012

John Scalzi is the Nick Hornsby of science fiction. His writing is quick, breezy, filled with humor but still perceptive and well crafted. I even found myself with the leading character played by John Cusack, both voice and occasional image.

Agent to the Stars is different from Scalzi's other books. It is based on present day earth. In many ways it is more humor than science fiction. That said, it is still very much science fiction.

Scalzi may have approached this novel purely on the whim of seeing what he could do to make the denizens from The Blob and Invasion of the Body Snatchers loveable. He even tells you how he is going to do it upfront.

The characters are pretty standard, two dimensional with glimpses of three dimensions. The plot was interesting, kept us moving. I was sorry to see it finish, sorry that it couldn't be a series. It affirms my opinion that Scalzi is a very good writer using the sci-fi genre. It rates a solid four stars.
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