Works Well With Others by Stephen Wytrysowski

Works Well With Others by Stephen Wytrysowski
Help Wanted Human: Book 3
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (323 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Steve’s tell-all journal continues. The alien interpreter trainees move into the Human Habitat at the Embassy and they have a new instructor — a Hoidan Zeday retired professional tongue wrestler. Steve meets Ceiling, his sexy-voiced guide on the personnel systems facilities interface. He also develops an obsessive hatred of soap dispensers and makes friends with the Hoidan Zeday plumber who is really a genetics engineer who grows equipment. The new Cricktou liaison has a run in with leftover sushi and the bureaucrats get ulcers. The trainees interpret for a joint task force rebuilding a fighter jet that the aliens damaged during first contact. Steve get adopted by the Hoidan Zeday and gets a new job. Babysitting. Plus! Lots of dancing and beer, blood letting and piercings, hypnosis and construction, a chicken and a cow!

Being an interpreter is always a sensitive and demanding job, but being an alien interpreter adds new and complex difficulties to an already challenging profession. Stephen Wytrysowski is an alien interpreter and as such he is required to maintain a journal. This journal is published as his autobiography. In this third installment of his autobiography, we see first hand what it is like to be an alien interpreter trainee, living in space in the Human Habitat at the Embassy.

Wytrysowski describes his life in intricate detail. We learn about his dead dentist and his extreme dislike for soap dispensers. The aliens in his world are unique and engaging. His best friends are the Hoidan Zeday, especially Zhigod Baa, who is not a plumber but a genetics engineer. Wytrysowski is assigned the job of babysitting the Hoidan Zeday’s ambassador’s only child, Dhir Zheed, whom he teaches to make cardboard models.

Wytrysowski tells his story with obvious respect for the alien races. He experiences the expected cultural misunderstandings, but he genuinely tries to work well with others of all species. He is therefore well-liked and is even adopted by the Hoidan Zeday in a most humorous celebration.

This book is whimsical and fun. I do think that I would have understood things more quickly if I had started the series at the beginning, and I felt that I missed some of the jokes. But I truly enjoyed the descriptions of the various aliens and their technology. The explanation of the alien repair of an Air Force F-22 was unique. The races played off each other in various interesting and often hysterical ways. One of my favorite parts was the building of a dolly as the aliens were unfamiliar with wheels but Wytrysowski genuinely wants to make it easier for the Hoidan Zeday to slide through walls in order to effect repairs to various systems.

This book is unlike most novels I have read. Rather than a tightly structured fast-moving plot, the reader finds a journal detailing many individual daily incidents which connect in a loosely drawn narrative. I recommend this autobiography to fans of science fiction who want to learn more about human-alien interactions in a humorous and engaging narrative.

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