Playing an alien on a television show, Richard Faraday is astonished when he is mistaken for an alien by real extraterrestrial visitors, who are threatening the galaxy with interstellar war unless Richard's character, a diplomat, can save the day." ... Read more
Customer Reviews (11)
A Fun Sci Fi Comedy
This book was quite entertaining and presented some interesting ideas.It was comical and engaging (hard to stop at the end of each chapter).Some of it was a little predictable, but the book is just for fun and not a hard-core sci-fi novel.Truly enjoyable reading!
Imaginative and humorous
The story glides through the first few chapters like actor Richard Harmon's well-oiled studio limosine, leaving the reader to wonder where this alien tour through Hollywood is taking him.
The writers draw on their extensive experience of behind-the-scenes action in the film and television industry to create background and introduce a number of characters. (Peter Jurasik played that lovable, roguish miscreant Londo in the hit television series Babylon 5)
Gradually, the narrative picks up pace and the humour becomes more fluent and natural. At the same time, key character Harmon learns of the dire consequences for planet Earth, should he fail on the mission the equally confused and bewildered aliens have determined for him.
As the story develops, numerous sentient life-forms are cleverly described and the reader becomes engaged by intricate questions of inter-species philosophy and understanding. Humour and quite serious discussion are capably blended with enough danger and tension to keep things moving nicely. In a very ingenious and lucid section, the hero uses his knowledge of Shakespeare to argue for saving a minor alien race from two giants of inter-stellar destruction.
The story has a warm, furry feel to it (rather like Harmon's pet hound), though in the second half it becomes quite a page-turner. It is `proper' SF with laser weapons, hollowed out planets and interstellar travel, so top marks for that!
Over the course of the novel, the reader is lead to believe that no matter how odd, alien, or far beyond human comprehension, out there across the galaxy things cannot really go too badly wrong if left in the hands of a really competent actor! However, there are mischievous forces at work, both ancient and exceptionally powerful. Can even an actor succeed against these odds?
Substitute for Sominex
a sure cure for insomnia. It took a committee to produce this?
Great, witty fun!
Hilariously written, entertaining, and somehow plausible, this story is much better than the one borrowed... er... written for a movie with a similar plot.The authors obviously had a great working relationship with Keith's technical mastery and humor paired with Jurasik's Hollywood insight.If you like humorous sci-fi and fantasy a la Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, this is a must-read!
An Satirical Act
After a slightly slow start this book takes off making a lot off fun of those who believe in vice all knowing super intelligent aliens. Also one gets a bit of a hilarious alien perspective of our world, i.e. those who like to see a litle fun being made of Hollywood may get a few laughs. In addition, those believing in alien conspiracies get to know one thing that these bigheaded, bigeyed, small, gray ones ultimately may be doing over here.
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