Spotted in the wild, and subsequently purchased: Cory Doctorow’s latest, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, which I found at the local bookstore here in Troy, Ohio, the very same bookstore that have never once ever had Old Man’s War on the shelves, grumble, grumble. The book’s official release is July 1, but Amazon also claims to have copies in stock, so there you go. Cory will be releasing a Creative Commons version of the book online on July 1 as well, but I’ve read enough of Cory not to have to need a sample prior to purchase, and I’m a strong believer in making sure people get paid. Call me a self-interested atavist. In any event, the book is getting excellent reviews so far (including a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which says it “demonstrates how memorably the outrageous and the everyday can coexist”) so that doesn’t hurt, either. Kick it, Cory.
Speaking of Publishers Weekly, it published a review of Agent to the Stars this week:
In this slick, lightweight SF yarn from Scalzi (Old Man’s War), Thomas Stein, a hot young Hollywood agent, has just negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal for his friend, starlet Michelle Beck, when his boss, Carl Lupo, foists a space alien called Joshua on him. Joshua and his people, the Yherajk, are intelligent, gelatinous, shape-shifting blobs that communicate telepathically and by sharing odors. They’ve been monitoring Earth’s TV broadcasts and realize that before they can make first contact, they’ll have to deal with their image problem. Tom takes on the job of making the friendly, odiferous creatures palatable to humanity, while keeping Michelle and the rest of his other acting clients happy. Several entertaining trips to the aliens’ spaceship enliven the predictable plot.
Not as nice as the Booklist review, but, eh, not too bad. You can’t win them all.