The Brogardi appeared out of nowhere, and -- telegraphing their peaceful intentions -- they landed in the middle of nowhere: New York State's Catskills Mountains resorts. It was an alien invasion, of the most peaceful, friendly kind.Read more...
The Brogardi appeared out of nowhere, and -- telegraphing their peaceful intentions -- they landed in the middle of nowhere: New York State's Catskills Mountains resorts. It was an alien invasion, of the most peaceful, friendly kind. But there had to be something sinister behind it all, right?
Movie executive Jake Berman lives fiction for a living, promoting movies to the masses. He's happy, and only moderately harried. But his peaceful existence is thrown into overdrive when one of the aliens sets his sights beyond the decaying resorts of the east -- when he decides it's time to invade Hollywood
Daniel M. Kimmel is a film critic and professor of film. His book on the history of FOX TV, "The Fourth Network" received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, "The Dream Team," and "I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies." His collection of essays, "Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies," was a 2012 nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work. He is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics, and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. This is his first novel.
" Kimmel's first novel is] a true joy... let's hope there are more to come." --Don Sakers, "Analog Science Fiction and Fact"
"This is the book we've been waiting for from Dan Kimmel -- funny, knowing, fast paced, full of humor, and told with a big heart. An absolute joy." ---Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of "Red Planet Blues"
"Dan Kimmel's first novel is a funny and delightful tour de force that will appeal to movie fans as well as science-fiction readers." --Michael A. Burstein, John W. Campbell Award-winning author of "I Remember the Future"
"Exceptionally funny... pretty damned spectacular... this is the funniest book of the year and one of the best debut SF novels in ages " --Chris Garcia, "The Drink Tank"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Following the success of his Hugo-nominated essay collection, Jar-Jar Binks Must Die, film critic Kimmel makes his novel debut with this madcap comedy about aliens in Hollywood. Jake Berman is an executive publicist for Graham Studios, a mid-level movie studio known for its family-friendly fare. Its newest release is overshadowed by the arrival of the Brogardi, blue-skinned humanoid aliens eager to establish diplomatic relations with Earth. When Abi Gezunt comes to Graham intending to be the first Brogardi featured in an Earth film, Jake is assigned to wrangle the studio’s newest star while keeping the production secret from the Hollywood gossip mill. Hijinks, culture clashes, and confusion ensue as the production gets underway. While some of the humor feels forced and Kimmel’s Hollywood is constructed from clichés and well-worn tropes, there’s still plenty to like in this freewheeling, laugh-out-loud satire of the movie industry. Agent: Alison J. Picard, Alison J. Picard Agency. (Jan.)