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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214

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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Old Man's War

TalkingHand , May 29, 2010

After reading Old Man's War I used a spare five minutes to do a little research on our illustrious author and after visiting his blog and reading a few of his interviews posted throughout the World Wide Web I've become sort of a John Scalzi expert. So let me take you through the building process that I believe led to Old Man's War;

Go to a bookstore.

Figure out what book's are the hottest sellers

Eliminate all the genre's that you might know even a little bit about

Go home and Google "Military Science Fiction Classics"

Go back to the bookstore and buy Starship Troopers

Find out that a lot of people hated Heinlein for writing that "tongue-in-cheek, fascist, genocidal" novel

Overgeneralize many of the themes present in Starship Troopers

Add a ton of sex to make the novel more "mature"

Add several overdoses of boring sarcasm and lame jokes

Include biblical passages for "religious zealot" effect

Post unedited unrevised novel on blog and wait for the publishers to come knocking

Writing a novel is a hard thing to do, writing a good one is even harder. You can't take short-cuts, you need inspiration, and above all you must be open minded. I love John Scalzi but that doesn't mean that I read and like his books and his blogs. To be sure good is a matter of opinion. As such I'm of the opinion that this book sucks.
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