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Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017

Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017 by John Scalzi

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

First things first. This is not a novel. It is a collection of curated posts from John Scalzi’s Whatever blog.

If you have followed his blog since 2008, much of the book will not be new material. There are introductions to many of the posts with additional information and insights, however.

If you, like me, have only read the occasional blog post over the years, or none at all, you will find it at various times informative, educational, opinionated, interesting, not interesting, and sometimes a rant.

It is organized by topic, rather than timeline, which can be entertaining when the technology being discussed changes without warning. Although many of the topics are specifically related to writing and are directed at writers, as long as you are interested in how books come to be it is still definitely worth the time.

John Scalzi’s precise use of language, in and of itself, made this a joy to read.

 

I give it 4 stars.

 

https://subterraneanpress.com/dont-live-for-your-obituary

Don't Live for Your Obituary
John Scalzi

Review of Redshirts by John Scalzi

I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book.

It appealed to my warped sense of humor and the twisted homage to the Star Trek series made me laugh out loud. And occasionally giggle uncontrollably.

If you are the type of person who thinks Bored of the Rings is JUST NOT FUNNY, you will probably want to pass on this one as well. If you are the type of person who thinks Bored of the Rings is one of the best parodies ever, you will probably enjoy the first 2/3 of this book.

Let me explain.

The first 2/3 of the book (2/3, ¾, whatever, math was never my best subject.) is basically a stand-alone story. I don’t want to give away any plot twists, so bear with me. After those 24 chapters, there are three codas, each a separate section and their own short story. The codas tie into the story, and I assume are meant to add to the story, but are not necessary to the story.

I wish I had stopped after the main story. The codas just didn’t work for me. They twisted the story in different directions, and changed the tone entirely. If I reread this book I’m going to pretend the codas are not there.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

I give it 3 stars.

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http://www.amazon.com/Redshirts-Novel-Three-John-Scalzi/dp/0765334798

Review of The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

An interesting look into our sense of self from the perspective of the Special Forces introduced in Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.

In addition the book delves into our sense of community and sacrifice, privacy and trust, and, of course, love.

A thought-provoking read, to be sure!

I give it 4 stars.

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http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Brigades-John-Scalzi/dp/0765354063