A2S Review at Curled Up With a Good Book

Since its publishing life has been so diffuse, Agent to the Stars is probably my least-reviewed novel, so it’s always nice to see it get noticed. Therefore, I was delighted to see a review of Agent at Curled Up With a Good Book today. The reviewer calls the book “one of the funniest, yet also kind of profound, novels I’ve read in a long time.” I can’t complain about that.

16 Comments on “A2S Review at Curled Up With a Good Book”

  1. Johne Cook – Wisconsin, USA – Technical writer by day, creative writer and editor by night, I like prog rock, film noir, space opera, and the Green Bay Packers.
    Johne Cook

    I’ve gotten to know Cory Doctorow as a result of trying to get my teenage son to read for pleasure. I gave him an autographed copy of Little Brother, and that started the ball rolling. He read some other Doctorow books and wanted more, so I gave him this one, Agent to the Stars. He really liked it, and I’m giving him The Android’s Dream next.

  2. johnottinger – John Ottinger III's reviews, interviews and articles have appeared in WORLD, Publishers Weekly, Black Gate, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, SF Signal, Sacramento Book Review, Thaumatrope, and at Tor.com. John is an affiliate member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
    John

    This is bit uncouth, being shameless self promotion, but I have written one of those few reviews of Agent to the Stars. Thought you might want to know.

    http://otter.covblogs.com/archives/2008/10/book-review-agent-to-the-stars-by-john-scalzi.html

  3. You know, I should really curl up with a book some time soon. Stupid life getting in the way. I bought the new release of Agent to the Stars, and I STILL haven’t read Zoe’s Tale. Along with Metatropolis, you occupy 3 spots in my shame pile. Maybe I should stop web surfing, and actually go read or something…

  4. I agree with those folks that Agent to the Stars is a great book. I loved it. I didn’t hear of it until is was only available at exorbitant cost from Amazon, so I didn’t buy it, but fortunately my local library had a copy. It was on a shelf labelled something like “Great books that are often overlooked.”

  5. I was thinking about it the other day. Have you been around real Hollywood agents? Do you think they really talk to one another like that? I loved the back and forth. It was awesome. And seemed very real – but I thought about it and it occurred to me that I have no idea what that environment is really like. Then I wondered how you knew to write it the way you did.

    Sorry if that’s too many questions but this was running through my mind a couple days ago as I did dishes – and suddenly here is my opportunity to ask and be on topic.

  6. Stoolpigeon:

    I was a movie critic off and on for more than a decade, so yes, I’ve met my share of agents in Hollywood. Also, you know. I have one.

  7. I’m actually just reading the book that just wont quit at the moment – again – so I was interested to see it mentioned on your blog.

    I also didn’t realize that this was your first work: I was lent the book by my brother in law, who I recommended OMW to. He bought just about your entire collection within about a month :)

  8. I’m waiting for a friend of mine who *worked* in a Hollywood agency for an agent for a few years and knows more than she wants to about that end of the business to read it and tell me what she thinks!

    I laughed all the way through it. Really enjoyed it.

  9. bananasfk – Technical mad person and ballet class for fun. I also like baiting god blogger's more info B5 d++ t k s-- u-- f+ i o++ x e l- c++. One post a day keeps the mad doctors away - or 'A Day Without Bananas In The Falklands is Like a Day Without Sunshine'.
    bananasfk

    John – my library (you get money too) does not have this book and the libraries budget is spent this year.

  10. LOVED this book :). In fact, it was the first book by you that I read (since I could get it right off the ‘net, no waiting, to get a feel for this ‘new’ author I was reccomended). Read it, and was hooked!

  11. I’ve just finished the book too, and loved it. Thanks for another great read.

  12. I lent my copy to my cousin Chris, the USC School of Cinema & Television grad, over Christmas and he told me that it was “….hilarious, compassionate, and spot-on.”

    JJB

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