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Title: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
Author: John Scalzi
Length: 368 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
On September 13, 1998, John Scalzi sat down in front of his computer to write the first entry in his blog “Whatever” — and changed the history of the Internet as we know it today.
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 40,000 people drop by on a daily basis to see what he’s got to say.
About what? Well, about whatever: Politics, writing, family, war, popular culture and cats (especially with bacon on them). Sometimes he’s funny. Sometimes he’s serious (mostly he’s sarcastic). Sometimes people agree with him. Sometimes they send him hate mail, which he grades on originality and sends back. Along the way, Scalzi’s become a best-selling, award-winning author, a father, and a geek celebrity. But no matter what, there’s always another Whatever to amuse and/or enrage his readers.
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded collects some of the best and most popular Whatever entries over the history of the blog, from some of the very first entries right up into 2008. It’s a decade of Whatever, presented in delightfully random form — just the way it should be.
How and when I got it:
I’m not sure when exactly, but I bought a copy sometime in the past couple of years.
Why I want to read it:
I love John Scalzi’s novels — I think I’ve read them all! At some point after discovering how much I loved his writing style, I visited his blog, Whatever. And kept going back.
I’ve been following Whatever for several years now, but didn’t start until after the period covered in this book. I know I love his snark and intelligence and humor (and cat photos), so I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy this book too, although I suspect I’ll want to read it in little bits and pieces over time.
368 pages of Whatever sounds like A LOT, after all.
What do you think? Would you read this book?
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6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #240: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi”
I haven’t read the author before, but if I did pick up the book, I would probably read in bits and pieces, sometimes that’s what works with essays and I guess blog posts as well.
I think so too. I know I like his writing — so I think this is one of those books that I just leave lying around in a convenient location so I can open it at random when the mood strikes.
I am not really the kind of person who sends hate mail to busy living my life. 😊
Well, that’s good! I would never either… but I love the idea of a great writer responding to his hate mail.
Ok this is cool. I had no idea this book existed! I’ve been following Whatever for years and I especially love every word he writes about politics, and as you know, leading up to the election he has a lot to say!
He’s actually been kind of quiet on politics for the last couple of weeks, hasn’t he? I follow his blog, but haven’t seen a lot of updates beyond his daughter’s posts and cat pictures!