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February 19, 2007

TSD Review on SFReviews.net

SFReviews.net weighs in on "The Sagan Diary," liking some parts more than others but ending up generally positive in the end:

Quibbles about style aside, The Sagan Diary reinforces the humanism of Scalzi's earlier books, and leaves you with a simple message. This is your life. Live it.

Indeed. The review is here. Also, thanks to the last line of the review, I have this song running around in my brain. Ah, the early 90s.

Posted by john at February 19, 2007 01:54 PM

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Martin Wagner | February 19, 2007 02:24 PM

Wow. I've never heard that song. How the hell did I miss these people in the 80's?

Chang, father of pangolins | February 19, 2007 02:25 PM

WOw. The girl in the video is teh hott. But I've never heard the song. Glad it didn't scar my brain.

Good work on the review. I guess I should read the book, although I've heard it already.

Steve Buchheit | February 19, 2007 02:29 PM

It sounds like a mostly positive review (must get that macro working). And I don't know about Tom, but in my own head my prose is much more florid and prosaic when I'm ruminating than what comes out in my everyday speech and writing, so I'd expect a diary to reflect that. Especially one writen with a BrainPal. I haven't had a chance yet to listen to the audio, yet, but it sounds like it would be right on.

Martin Wagner | February 19, 2007 02:40 PM

Ah. Not 80's, early 90's. Duh.

Apparently the CD is still floating around.

John Scalzi | February 19, 2007 02:49 PM

Yup. Also, there are better tracks on the album. I particularly like "May This Be Your Last Sorrow" and "It's Written All Over My Face."

Paul | February 19, 2007 03:13 PM

Damn you, Scalzi! I had never heard that song before, and I was happy that way. Now I've got one more stupidly talentless band to try and erase from my memory.

Tumbleweed | February 19, 2007 04:16 PM

Could be worse. You could be hearing PoP! Goes My Heart. :)

Eddie Clark | February 19, 2007 06:54 PM

Heh, the last line of that review made ME think of "Life's what you make it" by Talk Talk (whose last 2 albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock, are a total departure from their earlier New Romantic-y stuff and 2 of the best albums no one has ever heard of).

Jeremiah | February 20, 2007 12:10 AM

Do I need to read Ghost Brigades before I read this? Cuz TSD is on my desk. Screaming to be read. I just don't want to be lost.

John Scalzi | February 20, 2007 12:43 AM

It helps if you do, Jeremiah. It takes place after TGB but before "The Last Colony." But it has a preface section that serves to catch you up if you don't (I put it in there for that purpose).

Jeremiah | February 20, 2007 07:45 AM


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