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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  36 reviews
The Stargazer’s Embassy explores the frightening phenomenon of alien abduction from a different point of view: in this story, it is the aliens who seem fearful of Julia Glazer, the woman they are desperately trying to make contact with. Violent and despairing after the murder of the one person she loved, a psychiatrist who was studying abductees, Julia continues to rebuff ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Mayapple Press
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In Eleanor Lerman’s novel The Stargazer’s Embassy, stories of alien abductions are true, but that isn’t quite the problem protagonist Julia Glazer is having. To her, they’ve been more of a nuisance than anything. Aliens hang around the periphery of her life, dressed in weird costumes and never quite trying to make contact. They seem wary of her, though weirdly protective. She tries to shoo them away like stray cats but they keep popping
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for this Arc!

I honestly thought this was going to be a tongue-in-cheek novel based on the cover and even more so because the author is a poet and is pushing this title within literary SF.

What I read was nothing of the sort.

Instead, we get a very grounded and realistic rendition of the alien abduction world from a very strange member within it. She wants nothing to do with any of it. And, oddly enough, she was never abducted, just visited. A lot. There's a mystery here, of c
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, I must say that was better than I thought it would be. Not that I thought I wouldn't like it, but the synopsis makes it sound a bit oddball. I'm good with reading strange stories but this wasn't strange at all. In fact, I would say aside from our protagonist having a long history of alien contact, this could almost read as plain fiction regarding alien abduction stories. And then there was the writing. It was descriptive and vivid. I really felt like I was watching, rather than reading, th ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book by the title.
Now that is a strange concept I must admit and it was the writing that sustained me. That is equally surprising as it is set in a genre I don't normally read.
I guess where the writing is so good is the establishment of brilliant characters that sustain the story and propel it forward into a page turner.
Julia Glazer is an enigma who has secrets she rarely reveals based on her mother and the disconnect she feels still long after her death. Her mother Laura
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received a free copy of this ebook on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book! What a relief to read a so-called "literary" sci-fi novel that isn't ashamed of being speculative fiction. Lerman resists the hipster temptation so prevalent in literary sci-fi, of keeping an ironic distance. Instead, she dives in and actually takes seriously the question of what it would actually be like to live inside one of the sensational, even lurid, plots that detail encounters
One of my Goodreads friends was reading a science fiction novel called The Stargazer's Embassy by Eleanor Lerman. I read the description and thought it had potential. So I requested it on Net Galley and received a digital review copy for free via the publisher.

I want to make it clear that the focus of this novel, alien abductions, is normally a theme that doesn't interest me. I don't believe they happen in the real world and I wouldn't have thought that alien abductions could make a good basis f
Moray Teale
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Having read in the blurb that this sci-fi novel "explores the frightening phenomenon of alien abduction from a different point of view" I was intrigued. Not least because otherwise I would never willingly pick up a novel about alien abduction in the first place. I was surprised, then, to find that The Stargazer's Embassy seemed to offer little but the most tired and obvious of clichés, juxtaposing both now-common contradictory opinion about alien contact: the benign alien race bringing aid and h ...more
Hello all, afraid I fell off the planet for a bit due to a combination of processing the news of the day, extra hours at work, and the inescapable feeling that I did not possess enough time to put words together adequately. Tonight isn't really especially different, but I have to stay awake to do a couple loads of laundry and this seems like a good place to focus my attention. Anywho, onto a review!

Eleanor Lerman's The Stargazer's Embassy puts an intriguing tilt on the usual alien encounter narr
I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Before I had even read this book I cycled through an array of reactions.
I love almost anything about space so I was attracted to title but after reading the blurb "explores the frightening phenomenon of alien abduction from a different point of view" I got the sinking feeling that this might be a tale of woe involving probes and UFOs and evidence for why we must believe abductees' stories. Then finally I saw the author was an
Tim Hicks
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I don't doubt that this is competently written, by a poet no less.
And it takes a somewhat new direction that should be acknowledged.

But it's not really SF, and I wonder if the completely generic "grays" are a signal of that.
It's really a moody, slow, philosophical piece about death and acceptance, the sort of thing
I wouldn't touch with a barge pole if it were presented as mainstream.

There is so much that isn't explained, not least of which is that only a few people can see the grays even tho
Cate Crafter
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The Stargazer's Embassy is a rather intriguing read, it's pacing is slow in places but the subject matter is unique and compelling enough to overcome such an obstacle. The most interesting characters have to be the Aliens or "things" as by the end of the novel you're left wondering about what their fate could potentially be and if they ever will find what they are looking for.  Ultimately, it's the spiritual and complex philosophical thought system that is explored that makes The Stargazer's Emb ...more
Felicia (Little Prairie Library)
This is one of the most unique sci-fi novels I've read! It's about aliens but reads like literary fiction. I hate the description here on Goodreads because it spoils things that happen only halfway through the book! It sounds super weird, and it is kind of weird, but the writing is so beautiful that it doesn't feel weird at all. I really liked it, thanks to the publisher for sending it to me!
Jacquelyn Rusaw
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
The Stargazer's Embassy is a book about Julia Glazer a seemingly normal house cleaner who likes to keep to her self read books and listen to her music. Looks can be very deceiving. Until she meets and starts dating John Benton a Pulitzer Prize winning psychiatrist who's career has taken a beating just recently when he starts focusing his career on treating patients who are victims of alien abductions and UFO sightings. Although there relationship seemingly seems well there seems to be an awful l ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An overall enjoyable, well-written book. Not what I expected, but a unique and at times, hard-to-put-down story. I did have some issues with the slow pace and I was thrown off at the end of the first section and the jump forward in time. I enjoyed reading the story arc in the first section and had trouble getting interested in the story again in the second section. The character development was excellent and I loved the writing. I'll be watching for other books by Eleanor Lerman. Thanks to NetGa ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
Parts of this review sound a little harsh, but overall I liked the vibe and conclusion of Eleanor Lerman's The Stargazer's Embassy.

The Stargazer's Embassy explores the frightening phenomenon of alien abduction from a different point of view: in this story, it is the aliens who seem fearful of Julia Glazer, the woman they are desperately trying to make contact with. Violent and despairing after the murder of the one person she loved, a psychiatrist who was studying abductees, Julia continues to r
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stargazer’s Embassy is unlike any alien novel written before. Thought provoking and addictive, this is a must read and should be on everyone’s e-reader and book shelf. Judging by the title, what appears to be a quirky cosmic sci-fi novel is actually a rich metaphysical novel that ponders some important existential questions. What really happens after death? What are
Katherine Hayward Pérez
I thought the title of this sounded interesting, so I requested it from NetGalley. I'm a real sci fi fan. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a touching tale of Julia, who has been plagued by alien experiences, whether she's at work or wherever and I get the feeling early on in the book that she just wants a normal life.
Things start to change when she goes to a gathering to see shooting stars...

Before I read the synopsis, I assumed from the title that this would be a book based at some kin
S.J. Higbee
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julia is the edgy protagonist who immediately gripped me and pulled me into the start of this one, which pings off the page with tension as we begin to get to know her. The tale slowly unspools as we learn her backstory and why she is constantly alert. Lerman’s depiction of a damaged character whose trust was destroyed during her childhood is very effective. Julia, suspicious and closed off, finds it difficult to bond with anyone and prefers to work as a cleaner alone, so she is able to react qu ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a child living at The Stargazer’s Embassy bar in upstate New York, Julia Glazer’s mother had tried to introduce her to a group of space aliens but she had refused. Even after her mother’s death, Julia continued to resent her for, as she saw it, choosing the aliens over her. Now she works as a cleaning woman in New York, working as many hours as she can get, always with her disc player on to ensure that she is not bothered by these aliens who still seem determined to contact her. But, despite ...more
Madalina Negrea
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Netgalley approved early copy, another wonderful author and another unique experience for me.
Let me say I don't usually read science fiction books, let alone alien abduction books, but I requested it anyway and I'm happy I did.
First of all, the plot is tightly woven, though its two parts are split in two, separated by a decade. Or, I could say a ten years cool-off period. Each part builts up to its own resolution, it's fast paced and alert. The second part is deeper, I think, trynig to g
Kris Sellgren
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This well-written, thoughtful novel is not so much science fiction as it is a story of a mother's betrayal and the consequences of keeping secrets. Except for the aliens.

Julia feels betrayed by her mother ever since her mother took her into the woods to meet "things". Silent "things" in badly-fitting human clothes that Julia hates upon sight. Julia's step-father, who owns a bar called the Stargazer's Embassy, tell everyone his wife stargazes as she goes out into the woods nightly. Now that her m
Bryce O'Connor
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

I enjoy a good pulpy sci-fi story from time to time, and that's about all I expected from The Stargazer's Embassy. What I didn't expect was a very well-written and intelligent piece of speculative fiction that still managed to be a page-turner, much like the over-the-top alien story I had expected it to be.

There are moments when the sci-fi elements threaten to become ridiculous, even silly, but that never kept me from investing myself in the story
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this is the type of book that the less you know about it, the better it is. So if you haven't yet read the description then don't!! The story focuses on alien abduction/contact but in a slow-building, suspenseful way. The main character Julia could be anyone and her relatability is what grounds the story in Sci fi realism. The story is told from Julia's perspective. Her unreliability as a narrator and limited knowledge of why she is being followed by aliens (not giving anything away ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Took me a really, really long time to get into this one. If I hadn't enjoyed Radiomen so much I might not have finished it, in fact. But the second half made up for it.
It's an introspective, moody sort of book. Deep, even. Lots of gray areas.
The characters are well drawn, the plot as believable as a book that posits space aliens really are visiting earth is as likely to get. I found myself cheering for Julia Glazer. She's no Ellen Ripley, but she's human and honest and flawed and interesting. I
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, femme
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Let me begin by saying that this book was an EXTREMELY slow read. And I’m not interested in books about alien abductions or alien invasion. Ok, ok, so I usually stay away from any alien-related books. So why the heck did I even continue this book?

The main character, Julia Glazer is what many readers would consider the melancholy racked, predictable, and predictable character. This book reads more like a memoir, so don’t expect any space aliens or gory al
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman

Julia Glazer moved from a small town in upstate New York and now cleans offices and homes in New York City to maintain a solitary life. As she finishes work on one hot summer evening she joins a small crowd to watch the Perseid meteors where she meets psychiatrist John Benton. Slowly over time a relationship develops but begins to fall apart when Julia learns that John is involved in research about persons with UFO experiences. This upsets and angers Juli
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Literary soft science fiction

I enjoyed this book. Eleanor Lerman is an excellent writer and the book was hard to put down. As literary fiction, it did a great job of portraying the human condition, but as science fiction it was disappointing. For most of the book, I could not tell if this was a book about alien experiences or psychiatry. But the question comes down to whether I enjoyed the book or not, and I did. I liked the first-person narrative and I thought the ending (no spoilers) was exce
Parichita Singh
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book from Net Galley in exchange of the honest review.

The book in itself presented a novel story which presented the alien and alien abduction. I won't call it completely the science fiction as it felt like the study of the mindset of the people. The characters and plots are well-developed, and they captured my attention well.

I only had a gripe with the ending which did not sit well with me.

Overall an interesting read which I will recommend.
Mick Ryan
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beauty!

Love her characters and the premise of this and Radiomen. Hope she writes more like these, a lot of Sci fi is so up itself and with these, as with all great writing, the humanity shines through.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, fiction, netgalley
My honest reaction: "GIRL, THIS IS SO BOOOORRRRINNNGGGG." Or, "Pick up your feet Julia, Jesus." So, a hard no for me.

I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Eleanor Lerman is a writer who lives in New York. Her first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was nominated for a National Book Award. She has since published four other award-winning collections of poetry—Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet ...more