Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008

by John Scalzi
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Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi

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 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 post to amuse and/or enrage his readers.

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded collects some of the best and most popular Whatever entries from the first ten years of the blog – a decade of Whatever, presented in delightfully random form, just as it should be.

* Winner of the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book

* Introduction by Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man’s War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe’s Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: “After the Coup”

Other Tor Books
The Android’s Dream
Agent to the Stars
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
Fuzzy Nation
Redshirts
Lock In
The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429967716
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 514,357
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android's Dream and The Last Colony. He has won the Hugo Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.


John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for Redshirts, and his debut novel Old Man’s War was a finalist for Hugo Award as well. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android’s Dream, The Last Colony and The Human Division. He has won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, The Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
Well, you've sure got to hand it to Scalzi for monetizing his blog... A book of old blog posts is a dream that every blogger must have. But believe it or not, the book is quite readable. Essentially, it's a collection of short essays. And while the entries here read pretty much the same as they read on his blog, the time *I* carve out for reading a book is both longer and less chaotic than the time I carve out for blog reading. So the essays become easier to reflect upon and somehow more enjoyable. It's an interesting switch. The entries themselves cover a multitude of topics: current events & politics, the business of writing, Scalzi's take on religion, and all the random bits that Scalzi's blog has touched on over the years. Some are better than others (of course), and every once in a while I found myself wishing I could see the other comments of readers. I was very happy to have picked this one up for a moment when I just didn't want more fiction. 4 of 5 stars.
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tworthen More than 1 year ago
As I began reading this book, my first thought was that deceased author, Robert A. Heinlein, was channeling his thoughts through John Scalzi. Somewhat to the political and cultural right of center, these extracts from Scalzi's blog are will provide much ammunition for lively discussions with people of left, right or center persuasions. Also a great bathroom book.
Solter More than 1 year ago
Its an interesting excerpt from his blog. A little heavy on the social messages, but mostly it is amusing and is broken into easy blog entries making it really easy to read piecewise. It is good, but I would recommend his sci-fi much more.