A great mixture of comedy and syfy. An alien race wants to introduce themselves to the human race, but because they’re physically repulsive, they hire a Hollywood agent to ensure that it goes well. And it does seem to be a pretty good move. Some complications arise, and we get treated to an alien entering the mind of a dying dog, and the dog is healed by the alien and can suddenly think like a human and talk. That leads to some funny scenes as the dog gets hired as a stunt dog, and the humans try to figure out how this dog can learn his tricks so quickly.
Once the alien realizes he can enter and manipulate minds,a freak situation leads to a moral dilemma, for both humans and aliens, on whether the alien should attempt the same thing with a dead human, who is the client of the aforementioned Hollywood agent.
You get to read the book and see what happens. It’s one of the best syfy books I’ve read, and I’m going to read more by Scalzi.