Saturday, January 4, 2014
Book Review: Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Author: John Scalzi
Enjoyment Rating: ****
This book would be rated: PG-13 for language
Tom Stein is a Hollywood agent who just got a great deal for his highest-profile client, actress Michelle Beck, when he's called into his boss's office for an unusual proposition-- Carl wants him to drop a majority of his clients in order to represent a gigantic blob of slime from an alien planet. Although Tom is plenty freaked out, he agrees, and a madcap adventure ensues as Tom, Carl, Joshua (the alien), and Tom's assistant Miranda embark on a quest to introduce the friendly aliens to the human race in a way that won't inspire revolt and widespread panic.
I'm not someone who ordinarily enjoys science fiction. I think it helps, in this case, that the book takes place on Earth and the majority of the characters are human. As a devoted reader of the People Magazine app on my phone, this book represented a lot of what I like-- great characters, a quick-moving plot, an engaging narrative voice, and lots of Hollywood gossip, with a little alien extras on the side.