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June 04, 2007

Agony Column Podcast and Review of The Last Colony

When I was on tour, I stopped in with Rick Kleffel of the Agony Column for a long and wide-ranging interview, in which we talked about the books, being online, my personal history, and so on. If you're interested, here's the link to that. I'm particularly pleased with the interview because it is almost entirely "um" and "uh" free. And that's hard to do.

Also Rick has posted a formal review of The Last Colony here, and it's a nice one:

'The Last Colony' will kick your butt across the cosmos and make you care. It will make you smile. As the conclusion to a series, it will simply satisfy readers. Maybe you'll even shed a tear or two.

Well, you know. I try. In any event, enjoy.

Posted by john at June 4, 2007 08:39 AM

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Nick Stump | June 4, 2007 09:11 AM

A really nice review. It's great when a critic really gets it. I'm in the middle of The Last Colony right now and it's the reason I didn't go to bed last night. New rule--never start a Scalzi novel at 2:00 A.M.

John, you've accomplished something very difficult. You've written a great trilogy. If I didn't know I would assume you were a veteran yourself. But even more importantly, you have created characters the reader really grows to care about and the these characters will surely live on when we old soldiers are dust.

I don't write very many gushing letters, but as I try to squeeze the juice out of these last few pages, I only wish it were a series. Well--I still have the last five Patrick O'Brian books and I suppose I'll crack one today to fill the empty spot.

By the way, I've contacted the artist who's doing your limited issue covers. I can't pull his name out of my head right now but he's a very nice fellow and has a great website where he sells prints. Lots of amazing images. I'm buying a couple for my office.

Howard | June 4, 2007 09:20 AM

Vincent Chong

Steve Buchheit | June 4, 2007 09:33 AM

Thanks for the link, John. Been waiting for this.

"Plus, he blows stuff up real good." Best review line evar.

Shawn Powers | June 4, 2007 11:09 AM

One question -- is the "al" in your name pronounced like the all in ball, or like the all in ballerina?

I only ask so that I look like less of an ass when I pronounce your name to others...

John Scalzi | June 4, 2007 11:13 AM

I prefer the "ball" pronunciation, but others in my family prefer the other version, so either is fine.

Shawn Powers | June 4, 2007 11:27 AM

So now I can look like a stalker, and say, "John actually prefers 'Sc-all-zi', but not everyone in his family does."

Yay for stalker street cred!

Sam Taylor | June 4, 2007 12:35 PM

Reviews like that are good for the soul :) When I get a book published, I hope I get reviews like that.

On a side note, maybe you should do workshop or a few posts on "The Art of Blowing Stuff Up Real Good". :) (Aspiring authors would really like to know)

Jonathan Vos Post | June 4, 2007 01:07 PM

" ... kick your butt across the cosmos... "

Concidently, the same words used by Johnny Carson about Carl Sagan, and Elizabeth I about William Shakespeare.

Anonymous | June 4, 2007 01:37 PM

I hate to be a troglodyte, but does that interview exist in print somewhere? I really hate listening to things like interviews and reviews.

John Scalzi | June 4, 2007 01:39 PM


gedalia | June 5, 2007 02:48 AM

after listening to the podcast:

john ringo also had a thing about using the vetrans and expirienced in a hyman beforw battle and gustfront, or am i wrong?

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