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First Contact: Or, It's Later Than You Think (Paperback)
June 2010 Indie Next List
“I am impressed with Mandery's concisely drawn yet vivid characters, with his 'translation' of the lives of aliens, and with the insightful commentary woven gently and insistently throughout the book. His handling of the post-modern, self-referential trope is masterful and refreshingly light. This could be confidently recommended to anyone who likes Vonnegut, Adams, Fforde, satire in general, and--yes-even Mr. Pratchett.”
— Emma Aprile, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attachÉ, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe. Parrot sketch excluded.
“First Contact was love at first sight! What a hilarious ride - the uber surreal meets The Daily Show. I’m now staring at the cosmic calendar waiting for Mandery’s next contact.”
-Tim Dorsey, Author of Nuclear Jellyfish
“Very funny... Mandery’s gleefully chaotic narrative packs just the right punch as he weaves in heady inter-galactic topics of censorship, physics, and, yes, the PTA.”
-G. Xavier Robillard, author of Captain Freedom
“Mandery’s sharp sense of humor and habit of addressing the reader make for a stimulating and intelligent read that’s never short on laughs.”