Monday, July 26, 2010

Book Reviewish - First Contact

The past few days I've been reading this book called First Contact, by Evan Mandery. It is, to sum it up a bit, one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. I would be sitting in a coffee shop or the back table at a library and just start laughing out loud on nearly every single page.

In this book, aliens from the planet Rigel-Rigel have made "first contact" with Earth. They want to come and learn more about the people of Earth, what we are like, what our culture's like. So, they pick the USA, make contact with some people there, and come to visit the White House.

The primary character, Ralph, is sort of an atache to the president, and is responsible for basically running errands for the president. Throughout the novel, he falls in love, buys the president sandwiches (on his own dime) and, in some rather funny moments, tries to find the president the perfect pair of underpants.

The president is very skeptical of the fact that aliens from space have made contact with the USA. He does not believe that aliens exist. He is, however, convinced that the aliens that do not exist are Jewish and keep kosher. This, well, turns out to be false, and some pretty hilarious events ensue.

As you may know, I hate to give too much away when I read, so I will say this to end: if you only read one book this whole year, make it First Contact.

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