Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi (18 May — 19 May)

I think I’ve mentioned before that I rather like John Scalzi’s work, from his Old Man’s War series to his wonderful blog. So when I saw this book, his first (but not first published) novel, for 25 cents at a street fair, well, I couldn’t help but purchase it. And Zoe’s Tale, for another quarter. If only the rest of his work had been there too!

Anyway. Agent to the Stars is fun and fluffy. Tom Stein is an agent to a variety of Hollywood “stars” — one real star, a few decent actors, and a bunch of riff-raff. After landing his star, Michelle Beck, a $12 million contract for some crap movie, Stein gets a meeting with the boss, all by his lonesome. His assistant isn’t even allowed in! This is because boss dude Carl wants Tom to represent a new client… a blob alien called Joshua. Joshua and his blob-alien kin have travelled to Earth to make friends and have decided that since American entertainment rules the world, why not get an American entertainment agent to represent their interests? Of course.

The plot is a liiiiittle ridiculous, but it’s throughly entertaining if you don’t think about it too hard. Which is as it should be. 🙂 I hope that my hypothetical first novel is (hypothetically) as awesome as Scalzi’s was.

Rating: 8/10