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How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everyone wants to know how I proposed to Claire. Well, it’s complicated...


Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TWGBFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perils of interspecies dating. February 5, 2012
By para
Format:Kindle Edition
As low writer on the totem pole at his magazine, Charlie gets the pleasure of coming home to his girlfriend to explain he will be going on a series of dates with various aliens for a human (well, alien) interest piece. It would be a disservice to spoil the story by going into any more detail.

So far all I've read by Scalzi are a few short stories, all of comedic bent. His writing style suits the material well. Personally I have found most good but a bit insubstantial for my tastes. The detail he gives his characters and settings are astounding, and usually I'm left wishing the stories themselves were stronger and up to the high standards of those elements.

Not so here. Charlie's tale is engrossing and the humor and plot are wonderfully balanced. Everything works beautifully here. Even though it's a short story it's more than worth the current price ($0.99).

Highly recommended.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quick Read - Recommended February 11, 2012
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"How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story" is an amusing Sci-Fi story of inter-species relations by one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors, John Scalzi (Old Man's War and The Android's Dream). The story is very short but, for what it is, it didn't need to be any longer.

No plot spoilers from me: The story is told by Charlie, a junior writer for a magazine that gets assigned to do an "Alien Interest" story and has to "date" members of the alien races that have embassies on Earth (it is hinted that there are many of these). Unfortunately Charlie has a serious girlfriend, Claire, and really has no idea what aliens do on dates... This was an entertaining "fish out of water" story that painted some very funny imagery but it does contain a scene that was more explicit than expected.

I enjoyed this and will be looking for my Scalzi shorts, recommended!

CFH
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and creative sci-fi fun! March 19, 2012
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This is a great little story!

With such smooth writing skills you feel like you're swept up in the story right away, as Charlie learns he must write a story for his magazine about alien dating rituals, even though he is practically engaged to his (human) girlfriend. To keep his job he has no choice but to take on the assignment.

John Scalzi does a great job of making the sci-fi element seem secondary to the plot of the story. It's also very funny, it even made me giggle out loud a couple of times. Who wouldn't want to know what happens on human-alien dates?

Excellent short story, I would recommend it to any sci-fi fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fluff August 16, 2012
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Like an old "Twilight Zone" episode, How I Proposed to My Wife has a lot to recommend it. The overall journey of the protagonist, the clever dialogue, the strange aliens, and the strong willed (and almost "had it up to here") fiancee are all well done. It doesn't have anything deep or extreme to offer, but it doesn't need to. My biggest disappointment was that there wasn't another clever story to follow (usually see these in collections!). Very fast read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious June 9, 2012
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This is exactly what I want out of a short story. Something quick and fun. I love this... and after the coda sections in Redshirts I would say that I almost enjoy Scalzi more in the short form. He is an amazing writer, and his stories sing in a way that I am reminded of Asimov or Phillip K. Dick. Scalzi are you hearing this? We want an anthology of only you! Just short stories! 99 cents each! Now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reminder May 27, 2012
By Krash
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so happy Scalzi offered this short story free - outside of a quick fun read, it reminded me how much I loved his other work, and I went and purchased Kindle editions of the Old Man's War saga. Not many science fiction writers nowdays canvhandle the humorous short in the tradition of a Tenn or Davidson; Scalzi is among the few.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like he was there January 19, 2012
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Many writers have a hard time making a story about alien sex seem convincing. John Scalzi is not one of those writers. This story is compelling and very, very funny. It's easily worth the token price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got a Half Hour to Spare? June 13, 2014
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And in that half hour do you want to find yourself having a couple of good belly laughs? I did have extra time and had just come down from a horror novel of over 700 pages. So this is what the Doctor ordered. And I'm glad he did.

I've never read this author before and if any of his other work is as imaginative as this - I may just have someone new to read.

I'm still chuckling over where the rash shots may have been injected!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars John Scalzi is one of the best current Sci Fi authors out there.
John Scalzi is one of the best current SF authors out there.
He is so creative--all of his books are totally different, but are great reads. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Alison in CA
2.0 out of 5 stars A cute story, but nothing earth shattering. It ...
A cute story, but nothing earth shattering. It doesn't pique my interest enough to seek out other titles from this author.
Published 9 days ago by Larry J. Frieders
4.0 out of 5 stars "So honey, I have to write this article about what its like to date...
A really lovely story that would never ever happen to any guy anywhere, even in the future. BUT that small fact is very easy to forget as you read on and enjoy this totally... Read more
Published 26 days ago by G. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice and funny and enjoyable all in all
Published 28 days ago by ori ben zvi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very cool
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Munson
4.0 out of 5 stars short but sweet read
I enjoyed this short story very much. I read it in one sitting. Humorous and witty. I recommend his other works too.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen S. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Minorly humorous short story
I am a Scalzi fan but this book will not entrance you. It is a somewhat humorous short story that takes a few minutes to read. Cost of 99 cents seems fair.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Bullitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny sci-fi short story
This was an amusing short story and not bad at the price. I like a lot of the work by Scalzi and this one definitely let his sense of humor out more than others.
Published 2 months ago by P. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud
Short but quite funny. And sweet. A follow on story featuring the same lead characters would be great. But you're asking, "What - no synopsis? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It was kind of like the other alien book
This was a good story. It was kind of like the other alien book.
Published 3 months ago by MarsMan
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More About the Author

John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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