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Posted April 10, 2010
Incredibly original story!
I highly recommend this off-beat story of a young man out of touch with his own life. That separateness is the result of a trauma that is slowly revealed across the book, and it leads him to several questionable life decisions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Once you get past the gore, you realize that Evan Mandery has created a full cast of bizarre-but-believable characters whom you grow to care about.
An excellent read.
Posted April 6, 2010
A wonderful, fun book
I like to read before bed, and I go through a lot of books. What's rare is that I turn to my spouse to say, "this book is really good!" That's what happened with First Contact. Evan Mandery has created a fun read that still gives you food for thought and makes you feel a connection with the characters while never taking itself too seriously.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The author goes off on tangents that wouldn't work anywhere near as well if tried by a less skilled author. Instead, in this book, they add to the lighthearted fun inherent in the story. Matters of the gravest concern are at stake in First Contact, and still it's an uplifting novel.
From a president who is a composite of what some of us may have feared certain holders of that office have truly been (this one having a particular obsession with finding the right underwear) to his long-suffering aide, to raccoons and aliens from a far away world, this isn't your run-of-the-mill novel, but that's a very good thing.
Never losing its pace or its sense of humor, you won't want to put it down!
Posted March 19, 2010
Mandery's First Contact is an engaging read: clever and a nice ride. I enjoyed it immensely, so much so that I postponed finishing it. The book has a slightly twisted, optimistic flavor, with a dryness that fits in well with the story. Mandery seems to kick the gods a bit, and weighs in upon some pretty dark themes, without requiring that the reader do more than appreciate life more fully. In sum, it's entertaining, saccarine-free, and sharp.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2010
One of the most enjoyable books I have ever read
Disguised as a boisterous journey through the galaxy and beyond, Mandery skewers the forces of provincialism as he comments on the important things: relationships, government, the quest for knowledge, chocodiles, and Bundt cake. This is satire at its best, the work of a master. Carefully crafted and riotously funny on the outside, what I will remember about this book is the compassion and humantity at its core.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2010
Smart Salmagundi Satire
First Contact transports and inserts the reader into a political science fiction hullabaloo. An intelligent read that is difficult to put down, the level of intimacy between the author and the reader can only be compared to two compatriots conversing in the middle of a busy café where hopes, dreams and the meaning of life are consumed along with whimsically-named foodstuffs. The novel presents a unique reading experience heavily influenced by the artistic stylings of Monty Python, Douglas Adams and a young Woody Allen. Mandery's bang on observations about real, everyday situations and relationships were dispensed in a playful, comedic manner that forewarns, "it's later than you think." This is one new author to watch spinning a tale dying to be played out on the big screen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2010
Calling All Jon Stewart Fans
Do you hear that? That's the sound of Jon Stewart kicking himself, because he didn't write this hilarious book. Mixing politics, science fiction, philosophy, and love with a splash of pop culture references, Mandery has created a novel so funny that it's easy to forget how smart it is. Filled with fast-paced, witty dialogue, First Contact does the two things any great read does: It makes you laugh and makes you think.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2010
Hilarious, Thought-Provoking & Well Written
When I started reading it I was hooked right away, the characters, aside from the hilariously-clueless W-inspired president, are original and funny. The writing is witty as well as poignant. I found myself laughing out loud on the NYC subway, which got me a few looks from the other passengers. I figured that the book would be just one big laugh. I was wrong. Besides humorous, it was thoughtful and full of the kind of spirit that this world needs more. Still the events of the book are so funny don't be surprised if you miss your stop on the train or stay up all night to finish the book. Just take my word for it and buy it. You will not be sorry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.