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That Was the Millennium That Was

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A decade ago, John Scalzi wrote a series of blog entries which he called "That Was The Millennium That Was," chronicling what he thought were some of the best, worst and weirdest things of the last millennium. Originally appearing on his blog, some of the entries also appear in Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998 – 2008.

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This Was the Millennium That Was is a collection of blog posts Scalzi wrote in his blog "Whatever" toward the end of 1999, celebrating the greatest achievements of the previous millennium, if by "greatest achievements" you mean things like "Best Cheese", "Best Domesticated Animal" and "Best Serial Killer". Classic Scalzi style and humor and at times an interesting window into what the world was like just a decade ago since many of his pop culture references take on very different meaning today.
Mayank Agarwal
Sep 13, 2015 Mayank Agarwal rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story
Collection of post from Scalzi’s blog on best achievements of the millennium in many different categories, the writings have his trademark humor, most of them are interesting trivia and then some are outright boring. I did come out more knowledgeable on many little things although his thinking/writing is obviously from the point of view of a US citizen, so I may differ on many of his choices. Fun read when you have the 10 minutes breaks to kill.
Sep 27, 2010 Leilani rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, essays
A quick-reading collection of essays written in '99 selecting the best X of the millennium gone by. This was available as a free download from Scalzi's blog this summer, and I've been whittling away at it for a while, during afternoon snacks. It's perfect for that sort of little-at-a-time reading - bits of entertaining trivia & occasional illumination, seasoned with reason & opinions. A fun way to relax and learn a few things!
Sep 06, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
A collection of the Scalzi's blog posts leading into Y2K. A remarkable feat because, as Scalzi points out on his website, he couldn't just consult Wikipedia to track down all of the historical details given in his posts. It's also fun to see how much cultural references have changed (and how many remain the same) ten years later. I also learned quite a bit from this, which is always a plus.
Jan 06, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
I snagged this a while ago before I owned an e-reader. Once I got one, I ran out of excuses not to read it. Better than I expected. It does read like a series of blog postings, but by an actual author :-)

The humour is infectious, and most of the entries interesting. If you like Scalzi, you really should grab your own copy and see what you think.
Blake Nelson
Jul 31, 2010 Blake Nelson rated it liked it
A collection of blog posts from ten years ago about the best and worst of the previous millennium. You can get it free from John's site at

It is an entertaining, quick read.
February Four
Aug 13, 2010 February Four rated it liked it
It was a great and irreverent read, but ultimately I could tell this was just a series of blog posts collected in a book. Good thing it's available for free, huh?
Sep 02, 2010 Estara rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2010
Okay it's very US-centric, but there are some really funny highlights in his choices - my favourite is the entry about sanitary pads/tampons ^^.
Charles McGonigal
May 14, 2011 Charles McGonigal rated it really liked it
Some better, some worse, but a great set of essays about the second millennium. Enjoyable distraction.
Mar 26, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Quite interesting.
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John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent.

(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.)
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