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The shameful joys of the franchise novel...and why the force is with them

Snobby attitudes to sci-fi and fantasy can mean missing out on great stories amid popular book series – a publishing genre that is sure to grow. 999 more words

Writing & Publishing

What I've Been Reading: Student Edition

I asked all the students in my sophomore English classes to recommend a book they’d read for pleasure — one not assigned for school — in the last five years. 136 more words


Review Tuesday: The End of All Things by John Scalzi

You know what’s great about John Scalzi and the Old Man’s War series? I’ve never been disappointed with it. I know that when I pick up one of the books in the Old Man’s War series, it’s gonna be good, I’m going to love it, and I’m not going to be able to put it down until I’m done. 487 more words


"Lock In" Review

Another great influenza has swept the globe, leaving death in its wake. A small percentage of those struck by the disease become locked in, where their bodies are completely paralyzed but their minds continue to function normally. 495 more words

Big Idea - Location, Location, Location

I’ve been lucky enough to have a spot on John Scalzi’s blog for each of my novels. This time, I’m there for The Returned, talking about why I chose the locations for each of my books, and… 11 more words


Broadside No. 5 – John Scalzi

Ahoy there me mateys!  Welcome to the fifth broadside – the John Scalzi edition.  I have read every novel except one.  Must remedy that.  His novels are known for their humor.  1,413 more words


Book Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Title: Lock In

Author: John Scalzi

Genre: Science Fiction/Police Procedural

Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Awhile ago, I saw Lock In in my local independent bookstore. 1,742 more words