"Philosophical, other-wordly and drily amusing, Butler's novel addresses timeless issues with a strange and beautiful detachment.
-- Time Out
"Robert Olen Butler has written a wonderfully comic and appealing novel around a gentle, humane spaceman who helps us to understand what it is to be human and what it is to be funny.
-- Red Magazine
"Robert Olen Butler shows dazzingly fresh ideas in this intelligently written and witty science fiction novel.
-- Irish News
"A novel of surprising poignance Amusingly quirky [Portrays] a human world that's both in thrall to a tabloid culture of quick money and in search of some kind of spiritual redemption A pseudo-sci-fi novel that is at once funny and humane, entertaining and touching.
-- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Robert Olen Butler may be our pre-eminent practitioner of first-person narrative Butler [gives] eloquent voice to characters scarcely heard from otherwise The result [is] original, funny, bizarrely haunting.
-- Wilton Bernhardt, Chicago Tribune
"A delight You have to admire a writer who takes risks, and Robert Olen Butler takes big ones One of our most original writers.
-- Anthony Brandt, Men's Journal
"A lovely and thoughtful tribute to the nature and power of the word Intelligent, funny, and enormously likeable.
-- Kit Reed, The Washington Post Book World
"Dazzing Highly inventive Not since E.T. has there been a more captivating space creature than Desi.
-- Robert Allen Papinchak, USA Today
"An affecting, half-comic novel that triumphantly updates one of the oldest, most productive strains in Western literature Remarkable.
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune