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Project HALFSHEEP: Or How the Agency's Alien Got High

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The lords of a dying planet send Piyat, a terrified “volunteer,” on a voyage across the universe. The reluctant alien crashes in the fear-washed landscape of Cold War America near the site of the nation’s first nuclear test. Captured by the Army and stolen by the CIA, she falls into the hands of a guilt-ridden ex-operative, a psychiatrist with a lust for pharmacology, and ...more
Paperback, 1st, 351 pages
Published April 23rd 2014 by Bear Page Press (first published March 21st 2014)
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Peter Diggins
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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ET on speed. Maybe LSD? Would you believe aspirin, perhaps…?
This is a brilliant novel. The alien is quite marvellous and the supporting cast all add real value to the story. Thrust from the distant planet of Utorb and onto post WW2 earth for a ‘volunteer’ mission, Piyat the terrified alien is soon captured by the army, subsequently commandeered by the CIA and forced into a substance abuse program. Brilliant storytelling.

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I received a free copy of this
Mike Billington
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fictional aliens have visited Earth many times in the past.
Some have been friendly, others terrifying but none - even E.T. - have been as "human" as Piyat, the unwilling female volunteer shot to Earth from a dying planet in author Susan Hasler's excellent "Project HALFSHEEP: Or How the Agency's Alien Got High."
I found this to be a wonderful book on many levels.
It is, for example, beautifully written. Hasler has a real command of the language and her talents are on full display in this novel of l
Brenda Cheers
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel had me chuckling from the first page until the end. The wit and humour contained within the story were a delight.
An alien is sent, hysterical and screaming, to planet Earth. The army and CIA compete for control of this creature, feeling that possession of it would raise their status in secret circles. Thus begins a series of bungles and dirty tricks. To say more would mean spoiling this delightful story.
I was interested to read the “About Susan Hasler” section at the end and it made
Mal Warwick
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In 1953, the fledgling CIA under Director Allen Dulles launched a mind-control program called MKUltra. The project was an experiment on human subjects with drugs that included LSD years before Timothy Leary turned on and dropped out. Caught up in the anti-Communist hysteria of the time, the CIA was searching for new ways to interrogate and ultimately control prisoners, just as they imagined "the Communists" were already doing. These illegal experiments resulted in several deaths, most famously t ...more
Winifred Morris
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a complex novel to describe or review. There’s a lot of humor. Since the alien learned English from Webster’s dictionary, her word choice is an ongoing source of humor. She says she “misplaced my consciousness” and got in a “feces load of trouble.” Her observations of humanity are also amusing as well as right on.

“The humans think if they chop him [time] small and give him a ticking sound, if they strap him to their wrists, they can understand time, but it’s not so. He is not nor ever w
Shannon Haddock
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book with the only problem being that, towards the end, it got almost too depressing to keep reading at times.

The first thing I have to say about this book is to not let the blurb fool you. It is about everything said in the blurb, but it’s also about sexism, which is period appropriately portrayed without being exaggerated, and about the marks horrible events leave on your mind. These themes are brilliantly interwoven with the tale of the alien.

The characters were wonderfu
S.L. Shelton
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story was a very skillfully crafted, humorous yet suspenseful, jab at various government entities (alien ones included). I found myself laughing aloud on a number of occasions as I read this unique treasure, and despite the humorous nature of the relaying, I found it quite suspenseful and tense throughout.

"Remembering how the humans frequently commented that my proboscis “gave them the willies,” I rubbed it against Vince’s hand. He moved back so quickly, he knocked his chair over and sprawl
Elizabeth Woodrum
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a witty tale! The story of the alien who comes to Earth and ends up being fought over and used for drug testing was surprisingly funny. The story is set during the cold war and the feel of the story seems to reflect that era. I especially enjoyed the CIA aspect of the story as well. The story is paced very well, and it never seemed to drag. The characters are well developed and keep the story fresh, especially the main character of the alien, who had me giggling on many occasions. I admit t ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from the author for an honest review.

(Language, drug use) Project Halfsheep is well-written book by Susan Hasler. It has a solid plot that pulls you into it. I liked the alien and although the promised plot takes a while to develop there are no slow spaces. Everything is well thought out and flows from one scene to the next. Susan Hasler does an excellent job at keeping the unbelievable believable, and the story is completely unique.

There were a few things that became
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Project HALFSHEEP was really good and interesting. It was a little hard to get past the science fiction stuff of it but at it's core it has a great satirical point and the intertwining story lines keep a reader interested. There were so many different messages throughout the book that I think every reader would be able to find something to relate to. Overall a great read. I also received this book in a Good Reads giveaway and am thrilled that I did because I am unsure I would have read it otherw ...more
Janice Lierz
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a story. An alien with a razor-sharp wit and a team of CIA oddballs—we’re back in the 60’s where the CIA decides to run drug tests on our extraterrestrial protagonist. The story is smart and funny, leaving me wondering how much of it was true. What if? I was fascinated and captivated. A good read!
Cyma Khan
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious! Loved the unique concept and I enjoyed the idea of the alien. Flowing dialogue and solid characters.
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Piyat, an alien from a faraway planet, crash lands in the New Mexico desert in 1947. She is soon taken into custody by the US federal government; most of the book is dedicated to the power struggles surrounding what to do about her.

The back cover copy describes Project Halfsheep as "a thoughtful and darkly funny blend of science fiction and political satire." I took this to mean that I should expect something like The Hitchhiker's Guid
Denise Jewell
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not care for this story at all, though the authors writing was done very well. This story puts you in the mind of a forties for fifties sci-fi B movie and due to the book being set it this time period it felt right. This is a story about an alien that is “volunteered” to be sent to earth or possibly just intergalactic space travel and lands on earth. The alien was given many names but was Doug the longest so I will call her that as well. Doug is a wonderful and super intelligent alien but ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book through GoodReads First Reads, and at first I was skeptical. As I read, the book became more than just garden variety science fiction. There is a great deal of feminist undertones (as well as overt overtones) and the writing is similar in style to that of Libba Bray, despite it being an adult book. For the most part, this book was fun and lighthearted, although the story seemed to be stretched over too many pages and ample descriptions of drug use. All in all, I enjoyed it, ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, recommend, won
I received this book free through Goodreads.

Susan has a wonderful way with words.
Her take on Doug's (one of her many names) phrasing after she's given a dictionary are quite amusing.
I kind of wish they had remembered to try the typewriter again.
There would have been some crazy conversations.
Of course that would have totally changed the book.

A very enjoyable book.

Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this one as a first read. This book is about a alien that crash onto earth. She lands in the hands of CIA. The fun goes on from there. This book made me laugh the whole way through. However , it still has some great tense scenes and drama that made it a great read. I will definitely read more of this author.
Josh Curtis
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book as a winner of a first reads giveaway. this was an excellent book. Very well written, great story line, and likeable characters. I would consider reading this book again.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. A little slow a t first but then it got very good. I still wish he could have seen Trudy one last time though. It seems they had a special bond at the beginning.
I received this book free from
Tim Habert
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway.
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Susan Hasler grew up in rural Virginia surrounded by pets of all description. She earned degrees in Russian language and literature from the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkeley. She spent 21 years at the Central Intelligence Agency working in various jobs from Soviet analyst to speechwriter for the Director of Central Intelligence. She worked in the Counterterrorism C ...more