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Lock In
Lock In | John Scalzi
A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.But "complicated" doesn't begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery - and the real crime - is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It's nothing you could have expected.
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bookishbitch
Lock In | John Scalzi
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I scored myself a small bookshelf at Goodwill for 2 bucks. It's the perfect size for my vintage sci-fi and fantasy books, plus the few other mass market paperbacks I have. (It is not my favorite size.) Tagged book is one on the shelf tbr.

Chrissyreadit That‘s a great find! 3w
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RamsFan1963
Lock In | John Scalzi
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📚 Tagged, plus Lord of Light/Zelazny and Lord of the Rings/Tolkien
✒ Keith Laumer, Fritz Leiber
📽 Last of the Mohican, The Lost Boys
🎙 Cyndi Lauper
🎶 Livin' Thing/ELO, London Calling/The Clash, Learning to Fly/Pink Floyd

#manicmonday #letterL @CBee

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yoavshai
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 291.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Pedrocamacho
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

This book was a lot of fun. It is part sci-if, part mystery. There is a pandemic, but it is used for world building, i.e. this isn‘t a pandemic book. I‘ll surely read the next one.

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Puredragonstar
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

What a great book! I love the science and the flow of this book. Not only did it feel relevant to what‘s happening in the world today, I related to the character on personal matters. I really enjoyed the mystery that they were investigating, full of twists and turns. Love Wil Wheatons narration! Would highly recommend!

AutumnRLS I loved this and the second one is even better! 1y
Cheshirecat913 I just picked this up from our library book sale. Glad to hear it is good. 1y
Scurvygirl This was a great read! 1y
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BBooks
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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John Scalzi is my now one of my favorite authors. Didn't think it would be as good as The Dispatcher but it was.

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bookishbitch
Lock In | John Scalzi
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I bought this because the concept sounded interesting. And now we are living during our own pandemic. It's all just kind of surreal sometimes. #tbrpile

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JoyBlue
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

It's a bit eerie reading this—published in 2014 and set in the “near future“ about “a new, highly contagious virus“—during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Lock In is billed as science fiction and mystery. It's markedly different in tone from Scalzi's other books (i.e. no humor/silliness—generally what I seek when I turn to Scalzi). The mystery is not at all challenging. [Mystery has long been my favorite genre, so this is mildly disappointing.] ⬇

JoyBlue As I mention often, character- and relationship-development figure prominently in my ratings. This has enough of both that I'll read the sequel. [It doesn't hurt that I already own both books.] 2y
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TheSpineView
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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#SciFiSeptember @klou
#Upgrade

The main character in this near future Sci-Fi story is trapped in a body that can't move due to a disease. Dubbed as "Lock In" these victims upgrade, if you will, to an avatar in order to function.

Klou Love this concept! Great choice!! 2y
TheSpineView @Klou It was a great story, very inventive. The author did an outstanding job of describing the disease and the people affected by it. 2y
Klou Definitely want to read this one!! These challenges are more useful than just for fun; great recommendations, too! Thanks! 2y
TheSpineView @Klou IKR! 😀 2y
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Jason7
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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Mehso-so

This is a middle of the road sci-fi novel that starts off a little confusing. It gets easier to understand after the first few chapters but lags in places and never fully takes off in my opinion. There‘s are better options out there. Overall rating: 3.74 stars

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howjessicareads
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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1. John Scalzi is just the best!
2. Nope. Almost never.
3. Yesssss. Especially for breakfast.
4. 8(ish)
5. Thanks for all the well wishes earlier! We are all pretty good today. Had a really chill/relaxed day at home, watching some Harry Potter movies. 🙂 Just what we needed!
#friyayintro

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annkuch13
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

I finished this reread yesterday to refresh for the sequel. It was just as good as the first time through. Scalzi pulls off a cool mix of scifi worldbuilding and procedural mystery.

ozma.of.oz The sequel is so good! 3y
annkuch13 @chaoticgoodhufflepuff I started it on my commute today and am really liking it! I'm glad to hear it stays good! 3y
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balletbookworm
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

A compulsively readable cyberpunk FBI thriller. I loved how he pushed the tech to the edge and beyond it but also made it seem relevant (the debate about “freeing” Hadens felt very similar to debates about cochlear implants, etc). The world-building is also effortlessly diverse. Onto the next book!

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LuckyLuna113
Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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An original Science Fiction murder mystery.

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shanaqui
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Listemed to this a tiny bit more today while cross-stitching. It's a good thing I've read it before, with how long I'm taking to listen to it.

Here's Breakfast enjoying some quality stitching/reading time with me today! #BunniesofLitsy

Clare-Dragonfly That looks awkward! Silly bun! 😍🐰 4y
shanaqui @Clare-Dragonfly It's actually pretty comfy! He has good balance and just nestles in, leaving me with both hands free. 4y
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Jennivardier
Lock In | John Scalzi
Pickpick

This was such a great read! Complex, but perfectly presented

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bookishbitch
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Books bought after seeing them listed here on Litsy. Thanks I guess. #resistancewasfutile #seewhatididthere

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collegecatlady
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

I LOVED this book. The world that Scalzi creates and the characters that live in it are compulsively readable. This is one of those books I was itching to get back to while I was out in the real world adulting. This was my first Scalzi and I will be returning most definitely. I also loved the cast of non-binary and disabled characters. This cishet man gets it right. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

amywithbooks This sounds interesting! Stacked! 4y
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collegecatlady
Lock In | John Scalzi
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#blackfriday and #cybermonday really cut into my finances 😂 Now I just wait for all these to be delivered! #bookmail is the best though!

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shanaqui
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Listening to this as a refresher before reading the sequel. It's fun -- I always read Chris as male, so I got Amber Benson's narration to see if it changed my mind. Not sure yet, but she does a pretty good job anyway at least!

Pictured, my new hobby.

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erzascarletbookgasm
Lock In | John Scalzi
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You‘ll need a key to get out.. which 🔑?
#NewHogwartsAdventure #keys

JennyM I love this pic 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome pic 🔑🔑🔑 4y
Chrissyreadit Where did you get your keys? 4y
Loric Ooh sounds good! 4y
vkois88 Good one! @chrissyreadit look at a craft store! Sometimes they are mixed in as multimedia art for scrapbooking, etc. I think Tim (Jim? Does anyone know his name???) Holtz has a line of antique looking keys 😊 4y
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TheSpineView
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

Loved it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The story was very original and it was plausible. I was drawn in from the start. The MC was relatable and his personality fit the story. The plot was well executed and fast paced. Will Wheaton did the narration. I like the tone of his speaking voice and he always brings the characters to life. 4.5 ⭐ for him.

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TheSpineView
Lock In | John Scalzi
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#24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid

I made it by the skin of my teeth. Finished All the Light We Cannot See and read Lock In. Also started two others. It was a productive weekend!

BeansPage Woohoo!!! Great job!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Trollkonstnaren Awesome 😀 4y
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tessavi
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

Scalzi used the word 'said' a lot in the beginning but once I was invested in the story, I stopped noticing it. I didn't like it as much as his other books I read so far, but it's a solid story. I wonder if I would have enjoyed Will Wheatons narration more 🤔

tessavi Loved how Scalzi didn't mentiin the gender of Chris at all! 4y
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Whodunit85
Lock In | John Scalzi
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I made it to chapter four, and couldn't stand the thought of hearing the word 'said' even one more time.

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tessavi
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Finished my book sleeve while listening to the tagged book. It has been ages since I have sewn anything, and this turned out too wide for most books 😅
#audiosewing #booksleeve

MicrobeMom Super cute! Love the llamas. 4y
tessavi @MicrobeMom Thank you! I saw the fabric and just had to get it 🐏 4y
mariaku21 Ooh looks good. Love the print 4y
tessavi @mariaku21 Thanks! 4y
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tessavi
Lock In | John Scalzi
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The Audible sci-fi and fantasy sale is bad for my wallet! 😱
I also purchased the tagged book.
#audiblesale

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ness
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

And done! First day of #24in48 finished. Time in: 13 hours. Phew!

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ness
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Took an award committee audiobook break while we drove down to the arena to see Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling! Now back to Lock In until they come on. Going strong with about 9 hours! #24in48

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ness
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Time for a quick reread before diving into the sequel! #24in48

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KtheBookwyrm
Lock In | John Scalzi
Pickpick

I just realized I never posted a review for this. This was great! It was a mystery thriller type of book just as mush as it was a sci-fi novel (maybe more). Normally I don‘t care too much about mystery novels but this was an exception to that rule. Can‘t wait to get my hands on Head On.

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ozma.of.oz
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

This took me so long because I ended up switching between the two of these every chapter, which was a really interesting experience. 😆

This was so much fun! New and plausible technology, politics, thrilling chase scenes, and a casual diversity that I absolutely loved.

I ended up liking Amber more, because I feel she did better with the other characters. But both were fun to listen to. And I've already bought the sequel! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

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Lalaxiii
Lock In | John Scalzi
Pickpick

One of my favourite books! My go to on days when I just want to read something familiar. The near future world that Scalzi created is so realistic that I almost believe that it‘s real. They way he works around this new truth, reading about Chris just seems like Haden‘s is a normal part of life. Love it.

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KtheBookwyrm
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Can I just say that first off, it feels weird to be reading this small of a book. I‘ve been reading these monstrous tomes lately, so this 336 peg mass market paperback just feels weird in my hands. So light and delicate. In actual book news, I really like this book so far. The world is very interesting, there‘s a fun little mystery unfolding, and the genderless MC is an interesting touch. Also—love that cover!

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8leagueboot
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Severe back pain means this is my view a lot right now. Thank goodness for books (especially thrillers)!

cobwebmoth Hope your back feels better soon! 5y
Avanders Hope your back feels better soon!! 5y
8leagueboot @cobwebmoth @Avanders thank you! I hope so, too! 🤞 5y
Redwritinghood Back pain is awful. Hope you feel better soon. 5y
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BookMaven9
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

A light and breezy futuristic romp with some mad murder mystery solving skills. An enjoyable read.

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Snow
Lock In | John Scalzi
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I'd say it's a pretty perfect Friday. Sitting under a kitty, reading "Lock In", and really enjoying it. ?
(I find myself wondering how I'd design my liminal space. There would definitely be cats.)

LizzieChantree Cute photo. 😀📚 5y
Snow @LizzieChantree thanks ☺️ 5y
AlaMich She (he?) is a beautiful tuxedo. We had a wonderful tuxedo for almost 18 years. 😻 (edited) 5y
Snow @AlaMich aww thank you. They really are something ❤️ (and he's a he 😊) 5y
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Andrew65
Lock In | John Scalzi
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This bargain (Q9.99) is available on Audible in the U.K. today (until midnight). Even better it is read by Wil Wheaton. Has anyone read it? Any thoughts?

ShadrachAnki I read it back in 2015 (print, not audio) and I remember enjoying it. Didn't write any sort of review though; that has always been a struggle for me. So all I can really tell you is that I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. 5y
Andrew65 @ShadrachAnki Thanks for that information, at Q9.99 what have I got to lose. I too struggle to regularly write reviews! 5y
Oryx I'm getting it too. I think I remember seeing a good review on Book Riot 5y
Andrew65 @Oryx Thanks 😊 5y
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ozma.of.oz
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@burnTheShopdown is a terrible, terrible enabler.

AshleyHoss820 😂😂😂 This is so great! Bookworms are the best/worst enablers! DO IT! 5y
smut.corner Can‘t stop won‘t stop 😂❤️ 5y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 5y
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The.Intentional.Reader
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Bad news - sitting in the dentist office for the 2nd time today. Good news- I started this book this morning and I‘m almost halfway done though!

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Crash
Lock In | John Scalzi
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No phone or Wi-Fi at the new house yet, another few weeks due to a big mess up, I can get a phone signal if I stand in one small spot. Here are the new book shelves, got to better organise it but they are up.

Texreader Oooh how lovely 5y
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kgriffith
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

I do appreciate a good standalone sci-fi novel, there seem to be so few compared to series. And Scalzi gives good twitter, I‘ll give him that. 3.5/5 stars: docked half of one for the lack of creativity in his actual writing.

prowlix There‘s actually a sequel to this coming out later this year. 5y
kgriffith @prowlix Ah, good to know. I don‘t know if I‘ll listen to it, but I may read it eventually. @keggergoldy were you aware? 5y
keggergoldy I had no idea! I was just so pleased with this book's disability angle. 5y
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keggergoldy Also, he's more of a world-builder snark guy. But I knew that going in. 5y
kgriffith @keggergoldy Same. I don‘t know Scalzi‘s own dis/ability identity but the parallels to autism and Deafness in particular were really well-developed, I thought. 5y
kgriffith @keggergoldy Ah, yeah, I didn‘t know, I was going in blind with only your recommendation 😊 But, he gets to be on my list of white cishet dudes whose work I‘ll read, if not pay for. 😉 (edited) 5y
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kgriffith
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I really wanted there to be a parallel between Haden‘s and an existing community, and the bonus novella delivered. I frequently thought of the Deaf community when listening to this book, so I was pleased to hear the comparison.

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kgriffith
Lock In | John Scalzi
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The story is great but the constant use of “he said,” “I asked,” etc after each line of dialog is grating. I don‘t think I would notice it as much on the page as in my ears.

xicanti This is why I don't listen to Scalzi. Too many dialogue tags. 5y
kgriffith @xicanti Oh good, it‘s not just me then! I catch myself thinking, why didn‘t you use “muttered” there, or “why did you have to specify that it was dialog, so unnecessary.” It reads very juvenilely to me. 5y
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kgriffith
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This world-building is so good, excellently paced and not too expository.

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kgriffith
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Started this audio after deciding to tackle the new year with a new bullet journal, using what I‘ve learned about how it has and hasn‘t worked for me so far. I‘m usually pretty meh about New Years resolutions, but the timing is right for me to really tune into some intentions, so here we are.

kgriffith @adventuresthruwonderland This was partly inspired by revisiting my favorite bujo blog post, so thank you! 5y
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AlaMich
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I just started the Amber Benson version of the audio (the other version narrator is Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher on Star Trek). I'm having a weird issue with all the "I saids" and "she saids." All books have them, but when you read in print, you can skip over them. On audio, you can't, and for some reason the way Benson says them drives me CRAZY. Like, to the point where I am considering bailing. ?#audiobookissues

xicanti I always notice Scalzi's dialogue tags so much more on audio. It's kept me from listening to him as much as I otherwise might. 5y
Well-ReadNeck I listened to the Wheaton version and enjoyed it. I don't remember specifically noticing the tags, certainly not enough for them to rub. Perhaps try that one? (edited) 5y
AlaMich @xicanti I'm glad I'm not the only one. 😬 5y
AlaMich @Well-ReadNeck I listened to part of the sample...it was better, but I think that now that I'm so focused on it, I'll still notice it. It's hard being me sometimes. 😔 5y
Constant_Reader I listened to the Wheaton version and I agree. The heard it too. It was driving me nuts. I also considered bailing because of it but in the end I liked the story. 5y
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MallenNC
Lock In | John Scalzi
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This is one of my favorite #futuristic books, though I don't read a ton of sci-fi. I can't even describe it well but I'm excited that the sequel will finally be out next year. #sizzlinsummerbooks @Tiffy_Reads

Purrfectpages I've wanted to read this one for awhile! 5y
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Miznanner
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Just finished this today--- a quick, fun read that has been hiding in my TBR. I have no idea how sound the science is but the combo of post virus and sci fi with interesting characters and a pretty fascinating plot had me reading way past my bedtime. I *hope* he continues the series. Anyone looking for something to get lost in at the beach@or cabin this weekend, this might be what you need.

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TindraTieren
Lock In | John Scalzi
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Re-listened to this now that I know a sequel is coming. I didn't know the thing about the protagonist on my first listen, so I really put effort into figuring out my biases (shaped by which version Audible threw at me before I knew there were multiple) and found that Scalzi really did a good job of making it all about your biases.

The novella at the end is pretty neat, too.