John Scalzi has released his reading of Alexandra Erin’s parody — “John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular,” the Audiobook, Read by Me, John Scalzi”
Fans have donated over $10,000 to Con-or-Bust since the appeal began, which also unlocks the stretch goal — so Scalzi will commission a song about his lack of popularity as well.
My work here is done.
Thanks Jim and MattY and all others who donated or spread the word.
Jim Henley: You crack me up.
And most of all thank Gabriel F., our very own ideas woman! This was a stroke of genius on her part.
I hope that the strained, verbose title is not an indicator of the quality of the humor contained within.
Pratt is a pen name right? Who wrote this? Was it scalzi?
Alexandra Erin wrote it.
‘…or how big the wall around Europe should be…’
I was hoping they could Kelsey Grammar, but I guess Scalzi is all right.
I wanted to like this, but I bounced at chapters 5.
I am not a big fan of Scalzi’s books but he reads aloud very well.
Theo is now ringing the telephone company – which was funny in the book and is hysterical in Scalzi’s reading.
I propose he stops writing and just reads aloud what Erin writes from now on.
Presumably Jim Henley can arrange this.
Eh, the idea I had a bunch of other people thought of at the same time. Glad Erin and Scalzi could make it happen and donate the money(10k+?!), while we get the something entertaining out of it. Everyone wins! Well, almost everyone.
@paulcarp: I see what you did there.
‘…because biblical science says…’
I hope Alexandra has collected her other puppy book reviews, as well. They were great.
So…. the book and the audio recording may very well be on my Hugo nominations form…
Although, can we nominate the original as a work of fiction? 😉
I listened to this while unblocking a drain. Laughed out loud a few times, especially at the Appendices
Scalzi must be in good favour at Audible after Lock In did so well for them. I wonder if they would like some more of his work…
Oh my God he did do the
VDTP voice! 😀
If Scalzi’s writing career ever flags, I suggest he tries his hand as voice actor instead. He does a good mix between petulant child and out-of-touch geezer.
Rats – I heard for $15,000 we could have had Morgan Fairchild read it 🙁
Here’s a comment from Theo Pratt’s blog that’s maybe useful as a blurb:
The more SJWs do things like this, the bigger the legends about you grow, Vox. And the bigger the legends, the more terror you will strike into your enemies.
Soon he shall reach those fabled heights of Wile E Coyote, Saint of Infallible Strategic Attacks, whose plan was to wear an anvil for a hat all along. May he compulsively comment on his enemies, see their successes before his and hear the laughter of their women.
John Scalzi Is Not A Very Terrifying Author And I Myself Am Quite Terrifying.
I’m not sure which thread I should plonk this in, so I’ll just use this one. Thought y’all might appreciate another gem from John C. Wright’s blog (emphasis mine):
Yeah, I know, a cheap shot, but consider the context.
What’s the generally-accepted unit for measuring allusion? Having read Mr. Wright’s work, I expect it’s either a pile or a heap. Certainly something high and deep.
When I read Wright bragging that his work is filled with allusion so you know it’s great, I can’t help but recall Bloom County: “Foreshadowing: A sign of valid, substantive literature.”
My family decided to go to Worldcon just after Easter. My wife and I hadn’t been to a concert or paid any attention to fannish stuff since the late 80s. We became aware of the puppy saga just about that time, and I decided that I really needed to read each work in every category before voting.
Quality, style and topic ran the gamut, but John C. Wright’s work really stood out for me. They were the least enjoyable work I’ve read in years. Worse than Leviticus, which I can at least see as useful to understanding the basics of my Christian faith.
I have a hard time squaring the presence of his piles of words on a slate devoted to celebrating “ripping good yarns”. I guess I’m just a reader, and can’t be expected to understand …
On the other hand, I’m really enjoying Kloos, Leckie, Nagata, Chu and others. My authors-to-read list is growing faster than I acne really cope with, so all in all I can’t complain.
John H said:
So, not an refined aesthete of exquisite literary accomplishment, in your opinion, then? Not one of the finest authors writing today??
This. He has missed his vocation, that reading was hilarious