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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
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Dec 17, 2009

really liked it
Read from June 08 to 12, 2016

I don't read (or watch) much comedy these days. I find 99% of it banal, pointless fluff. All gag, no heart. When I started Scalzi's first-ever novel, I had some qualms. The light, trippy tone is usually the kind of thing that heralds exactly the kind of comedy I don't like.

But this isn't that kind of book at all. Scalzi is a master of quick dialogue and good humor. Even better, he never takes himself or his often ridiculous subject matter too seriously. He's always winking and nudging at his own expense, and it's awesome.

But even better, this is that rarest of all beasts these days: a comedy that actually has something to say. Honestly, I'm pretty awed to discover this was Scalzi's first attempt at a novel. Not only does he rip off polished prose and dialogue, but he sows in deeply layered and meaningful themes. This is a comedy with a heart, and my appreciation for that is vast.
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