Book Review – Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In: A Novel of the Near FutureLock In: A Novel of the Near Future by John Scalzi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was nothing more than an old-fashioned murder mystery dressed up as SciFi, and not a very good one at that. It was entirely dialogue driven, and the dialogue wasn’t very good either, it sounded phony and unnatural, like it does when the writer constantly struggles to come up with clever phrases and comebacks for his characters.

As for the mystery itself, everything was dangling in the air until the very last, few pages, at which time it was all neatly unraveled. Everything was told, nothing left for the reader to figure out, predict or anticipate.

As for the basic premise of the novel – people who are “locked in” functioning in the world through mechanical “threeps” – there were just too many holes and glitches for me to find it believable, or even plausible.

Reading Fatigue

Adapted from “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” by Pete Seeger with later additions by Joe Hickerson.

Where have all the good books gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the good books gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the good books gone?
Lars read them every one.
When will he ever learn?
When will he eeever learn?

Is it possible that I have read all the good books ever written and I’m left with the garbage?

There is also the remote chance that I’m suffering from EOD (Early Onset Dementia).

I enjoy history, both fiction and non-fiction. Favorite periods are Roman Imperial and the Middle Ages. If non-fiction I don’t like my reading material to be overly scholarly, but don’t dumb it down too much either. Assume I have a brain.

I’m also a big fan of science fiction. Favorite authors include Peter F Hamilton and Stephen Baxter.

I thought I enjoyed philosophy, but it tends to be way over my head (Wittgenstein, Kant, Kierkegaard (besides, most people seem to derive their knowledge of the “heavy” philosophers from secondary and even tertiary commentaries of their works and the opinions of their professors)) or just opinion (no finger pointing for now), or they blather on about stuff I already intuitively know or don’t care about. Still open for suggestions, though.