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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608440427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608440429
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,402,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is science fiction.
Toni
I read the book start to finish on a lengthy plane ride, and it really helped the day fly by.
Scott Brassart
The characters are very memorable and distinctive.
Ann Greer

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It wasn't too many pages into "Earth, the Musical," that I forgot I was reading. Instead I was watching a romantic musical comedy from the 1930's, but in glorious color and surround-sound, Dolby 5.0., and aliens shape-shifting into, for the most part, very sexy human beings. Lyrics and song titles are embedded into the dialogue. When first you find one, you want to start all over again to see if you can find the ones you missed. I think I caught them all, and the soundtrack I heard was amazing. I loved the aliens pointing out our human flaws, flaws we are prone to overlook were it not for the incisive eyes (some of them have many) of extraterrestrials. And that is because Jan St. Louis has an incisive eye regarding the human condition and a penchant for creating the most twisted, comical scenarios I've come across in a long time.

She has created a whole new genre: The novel/musical/movie. I started it on a plane trip and the people sitting near me must have thought I'd gone loony because I was laughing out loud so hard, and there is no greater gift than someone making me laugh with gusto. The dialogue is amazing, with characters commenting on their commenting on their comments. From the first page to the last, you will be smitten with her lovable characters (and some that aren't so lovable, but always comical,) and though the Earth (nay, the whole galaxy) was in peril, I was too wrapped up in this wonderfully quirky book to care! A fantastic read! Thank you!
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Thoroughly entertaining! This book has an appeal to all types of readers. There is romance. There is adventure. There is suspense. There is humor. There is science fiction.

Be sure to check out the author's website that is mentioned in the book: [...]

The website includes a book club / reader's guide section. I recommend either reading this along with the book or read it afterwards. I read a few chapters at a time and then read the readers guide for those chapters. Don't look ahead though or you will spoil what's to come in the book. Reading the guide notes is certainly not necessary to enjoy the book, but it will provide amazing insight to the writing. This is a work of genius with a sense of humor.

Here is a fun fact that won't give away the plot. Alien names are derived from backward spelling of famous people's names. This is one of the fun facts you can get from the reader's guide that you may not pick up on your own.

To you book club readers, the author's website includes a section to aid in discussion. I don't belong to a book club, but if I did, I think this would be an excellent book to review (and lots of fun too).
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"Earth, The Musical," could have been subtitled "The Adventures of Rollie and Silvie" or "Alien Sirens" or even, "The Hazards of Intergalactic Love Affairs" but any of those subtitles would understate the complexity of this multilayered story.

Evidently author Jan St. Louis not only has great interest in the mysteries of space and time but was willing to devote much energy to research. Who knew (except certain scientists) that the Large Hadron Collider existed deep in a tunnel bordering France and Switzerland? Or that the brightest star in The Orion Belt is Alnitak? Or even that we have a local version of a magnetic hot spot right in our own high desert?
We would not have known these things if a serious problem had not arisen deep in space between neighboring peoples which required the presence on earth of Silvie, a problem solver from Alnitak. It seems that her purpose here is to recruit earthlings for some nefarious scheme back home in The Orion Belt. With her deep purple eyes, red hair and melodic voice, her task would seem to be a snap- - - - but you will have to read the book.
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By DeAnn Lubell on June 16, 2010
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Reading one sentence of Earth the Musical is like trying to eat one potato chip and stop....you can't. It's addictive. It's too delicious to quit. Having to read this story in my spare time was a challenge. It was impossible to let a day go by, or night as in this case, without absorbing every word I could before sleep forced me to stop. Jan St. Louis has produced one of the most brilliant science-fiction/romance books I have ever read. She has a magical way with words that not only challenges, but simply seduces the intellectual senses of the reader. I'd like to venture inside her mind when she is creating each mind-boggling scene with words that wickedly sword-fight with one another in one instance and roll along like unlikely friends in another. I've taken note of the time she must have spent in the halls of scientific research to add validity to an outrageous tale where the underdog (the earthling) has been force to up his intelligence quota in the galactic mental chessboard game of his life. The story is absorbing, thought-provoking, fun, and funny.
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By Ann Greer on October 28, 2010
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Jan St. Louis sure knows how to put words together -- this is evident from the very first paragraph. It took me a while to get used to the characters and locals -- but once I got into it, it was like riding a roller coaster. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I've never read anything like this book before, and loved the hidden references throughout that kept me on my toes. The characters are very memorable and distinctive. Loved the bits of philosophy thrown in now and then and like with Proust, appreciated the different levels of perception...and dimension. Now, if only I knew all those song references throughout...perhaps a CD with the songs will be available in the future. oh -- genre -- sci fi fantasy with humor, romance and adventure thrown in! Great descriptions of Coachella Valley landmarks like Harriet and Pappy's in Desert Hot Springs.
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