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Preview — Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
What, you're not swallowing that one? Okay, fine: He started writing the "Whatever" and amused about 15 people that first day. If that many. But he kept at it, for ten years and running. Now 40,0...more
My reaction is mixed. I enjoy his writing style and find his prose fairly accessible, if a bit wordy. His tone is sometimes self-congratulatory, w...more
I was warned in the foreword, but the lack a theme to the arrangement of the posts in this book was a little jarring. The posts included in this book seemed to revolve Scalzi's random musings on various subjects such as:
* American Politics: These were mostly thoughts about Clinton, Bush and Gore. Non-Americans like me may find these a bit dull. There were also a few posts abou...more
"Best Cheese of the Millenium" (12/27/99) is my absolute favorite piece in this book. It made me laugh so hard I woke my daughter who was sleeping upstairs! Of course several other essays were funny, too. But don't think this is an entirely humorous book.
Some bits were deeply touching. Personal stories and even reflections on certain news items stirred empathy and were illuminating.
Some were, well, pol...more
1) I'd have liked to have seen greater diversity in the posts that were included - seems like many of the posts here...more
The only thing I would have liked was more of a sense of cohesion. There was no organization, with the posts neither organized by original date or by subject matter. It comes across as completely random. On the other hand, that...more
I found a lot of wisdom in this book. He gave credence to a lot of things that I think about that just sound too crabby to most people. I now have a line that I will use on the Haters: "My Jesus forgive...more
Whether your a writer, a read...more
Scalzi comes across as a pretty normal family guy who happens to have some liberal points of view and apparently gets attacked quite often in the comments of his blog, so some of the essays are...more
Some standout moments: 'The Lie of Star Wars As Entert...more
I guess the thing that grates on me most about bloggers is when they offer up strong opinions and then say that they don't care what anybody thinks of them. Could anything be more disingenuous? There's a place for writing things when you don't want to hear other people's opinions...more
However, I have to say, if you are one to be easily offended, th...more
But believe it or not, the book is quite readable. Essentially, it's a collection of short essays. And while the entries here read pretty much the same as they read on his blog, the time *I* carve out for reading a book is both longer and less chaotic than the time I carve out for blog reading. So the essays become easier to reflect upon and somehow more enjoyab...more
My favorite bits: why some Christians should be called Leviticans, why every political...more
John Scalzi is a former journalist, technical writer, science fiction author, and blogger. This collection of essays is from his blog, Whatever. Scalzi takes the opportunity to opine on everything from parenting, important...more
The posts cover a range of topics from fatherhood to politics to writing to whatever(the reason for the title of the blog) happened to catch his eye that day.
Funny, intelligent, practical advice for the writer, he will make fun of himself at the drop of a hat. Opinionated, he cares not a whit what one might think of...more
Scalzi is an engaging writer. While reading, I sometimes thought the man was right on the money, other times I thought he was full of it, but the writing was always interesting, and even fun, to read. I'm not sure I totally liked the random order of the entries, but I have to admit it did...more
Some of the entries are serious in tone - supporting gay marraige, advice for young writers (and the financial advice could be applied to everyone...note to self...) - and I appreciated those all the more due to the posts with surrounding levity.
Two regrets. 1) would have loved to see more of the comments/hatemail, and 2) while I appreciated the thought behind t...more
(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)