Top positive review
One person found this helpful
Slow Burning Introduction...
on 24 May 2014
...to an incredible series!
So glad I have access to these on Kindle, I first set about reading them around 20 years ago, and, inexplicably, the local library only had the first 7. (In fairness, inter-library loans could've sorted that, but I was young and foolish then...)
So I've gone back to the beginning. I vividly remember being utterly bewildered by this book upon first reading it, it was quite unlike any sci-fi I'd read before. As many reviewers have pointed out, it does have an uneven, at times painfully slow, pace, but it's worth persevering with, I promise.
The story focuses on the main protagonist and his efforts to set up "Mission Earth", which he needs to both succeed AND fail.
Most of the comedy comes from very shrewd observation of the human condition, as interpreted through the eyes of the alien invaders. It should also be mentioned, perhaps, that the 'Earth', and humanity, in question here is a damning caricature of the one we know and love.
I can't recommend enough that you give this a go, especially at the Kindle price. As another reviewer has suggested, you ought not to be put off by the author's legendary notoriety, and approach this with an open mind. I think you'll at least chuckle at the misadventures of the, quite deluded, Soltan Gris.