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Lawrence M. Schoen

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Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of human behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction recovery facilities in Philadelphia.
He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, and since 1992 has championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small
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Lawrence M. Schoen Hi, Lee.

I'm going to have to pass on reviewing your novel. My "To Be Read" list is already more than 100 books deep, with more getting added to it…more
Hi, Lee.

I'm going to have to pass on reviewing your novel. My "To Be Read" list is already more than 100 books deep, with more getting added to it every month, and as you can see from my profile page I barely manage to find the time to get through 50 books per year.

If you want something light and fun, I'd recommend you start with the short story collection BUFFALITO BUFFET from my Amazing Conroy series. If you want something a bit heavier and more serious, my latest novel, BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD would be a good choice.

I don't know John McWhorter personally (I've been out of academia for more than a decade) but I have read some of his work. Good stuff!
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Lawrence M. Schoen Hi, Tina,

First, my apologies for taking so long to respond. On the one hand, if Goodreads sent me a note indicating you'd posted a question for me, I…more
Hi, Tina,

First, my apologies for taking so long to respond. On the one hand, if Goodreads sent me a note indicating you'd posted a question for me, I never saw it. Then too, I have been doing an insane amount of travel (because of BARSK) for the last three months. April is my "catch-up" month, and lo, I've found your question.

I'm pleased you really liked BARSK. Me too! :)

As for who I think should play Pizlo, I'm still working on that (and the rest of the cast too). Almost a year ago, I was approached by the folks at the IF LIST who wanted to set up a "Cast Barsk" page. Sounded like a fun idea to me and I gave them the go-ahead. I even started a discussion thread for the thing here on Goodreads but it's not taken off. Maybe you'd like to share your ideas? Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...(less)
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“There were times when Pizlo knew he thought too much, and other times when he thought he knew too much. This time was neither of those.”
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“Magic is the deliberate manipulation of coincidence.”
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“There's really only one choice you ever have to make in any act of creation. Will you be the instrument or the artist? If you're only now coming to realize that you've been a tool all your life, there's no one to blame for it but yourself. If you don't like that state of affairs, then act! Impose your will upon the world and walk your own path. If you don't, you'll just end up being a token in someone else's game; you'll continue to be used as they see fit. That's how the universe works. You don't have to like it, but you'd do well to get used to it.”
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Lawrence Schoen Cool News of the Day:

The folks at The IF List have created a page so you can share your thoughts for casting BARSK. http://j.mp/CastBarsk

Check it out.


Savannah Lawrence, thank you for the friendship..


message 12: by Ken

Ken Hi Lawrence :) Thanks for adding me :)


Harlequin Books Hello Lawrence, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you ever have any questions about Harlequin or our books, please feel free to ask.

Kim S, Harlequin Books ambassador


VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Lawrence! Happy reading and best of luck with your writing!

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Melissa Thanks for the friend request! I know, it's a hard question to answer! Looking forward to sharing books with you!

Melissa


Taznim thanks for the add!


Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)


message 6: by Carly

Carly Hey Lawrence, Thanks for the friendship :)


Lawrence Schoen Haylee wrote: "Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you
-Haylee"


Hi, Haylee. As a GoodReads Author, I just wanted to say "thank you" for being a GoodReads Librarian.


Haylee Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you
-Haylee


message 3: by Becca

Becca Hi Lawrence :D


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, Lawrence.


Natasha Thank you for connecting with me, Its so good to have another book loving reader as a goodreads friend. I look forward to sharing my love of books with you. Please check out my book blog "Where Every Book = A New Adventure", if you haven't already. -♥-


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