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Head on
Head on | John Scalzi
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"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty--most of them in someone else's body." --USA TodayJohn Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps," robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.Is it an accident or murder? FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth--and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.
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annkuch13
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I really enjoyed the mix of mystery and scifi in this sequel. Getting a deeper look into the worldbuilding and seeing more of all the characters was great. I like how the advanced technology makes it both easier and harder to investigate and solve the case. Plus there's a cat named Donut, so how can anything not be amazing about this book?

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balletbookworm
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4.5 of 5 stars. Not quite as immersive as Lock In but still compulsively readable - I really liked the introduction of franchise sports as a way to drive the crime procedural plot forward. And the humor. It scratches a few of those Thursday Next itches I have. If Scalzi wanted to make this an ongoing series I would totally read it.

Took me two books to figure out that Chris, being a first-person narrator, is never referred to in any gendered way.

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Booklover2
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Mehso-so

This one is book 2 yet it can totally stand alone. If you like elements of sci fi, detective stories and mysteries, with a touch of humor, definitely read these books.

I gave it 3 stars due to not enough character development surrounding the mystery. The mains are all good and solid, but lacking something in the story overall. It was readable and light but honestly, nothing thrilling.

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tessavi
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The great world building of the previous book continues in Head On. I liked the characters interaction and if there are going to be more books in this world, I'll definitely give them a shot.

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LuckyLuna113
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Good but not as good as the first one.

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Errrka24
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Library books FTW.

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TheSpineView
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First book finished in this readathon. I loved this series. The second was just as good as the first. The blending of murder mystery and Sci-Fi worked so well. Usually one or the other suffers but not so here. A world in which people have to use avatars due to an illness is plausible and how humans interacted was spot on. I could eadily see more books in this series.
#24B4Monday #24IN48 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Sounds great!👍🏻 10mo
Andrew65 Well done. 👍😊 10mo
AutumnRLS I really liked this novel. I think I almost preferred this one to the first one. Scalzi is so accessible and funny as a scifi writer. Great stuff. 10mo
TheSpineView @AutumnRLS Totally agree! 10mo
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TheSpineView
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

📖 Tagged. BTW, I am loving it!❤
📖 Gryffindor
📖 Young Sheldon

rachelsbrittain I really enjoyed Head On! Thanks for joining in ❤💛❤ 10mo
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TheSpineView
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Here is my planned reading for this #24B4Monday readathon. I have started Ensnare and Head On and should finish those. Then I will move on to The Blameless Dead and The Wolf and The Watchman after that if I can. 🤞

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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A sport played by human brains piloting replaceable android bodies is legit terrifying. I appreciate the world building, but good lord.

Our FBI duo is back, investigating the suspicious death of a Haden athlete, uncovering vast conspiracies and dealing with the repercussions from last book.

One of the things I love the most about this series is the gender neutral language, not only about the narrator, but from all other characters. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I also really want to read all the academic literature about gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression that was undoubtedly written post-Haden. 11mo
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TheSpineView
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Today's book haul from Book Outlet. I managed to snag a signed first edition of Head On. 🧡📚

RadicalReader @TheSpineView gorgeous book spines 13mo
Shaneyney If you haven‘t ready Ursula LeGuin, your in for a pleasant surprise! Are those part of the Earth Sea set? 13mo
TheSpineView @Shaneyney I have not read anything by her. I am looking forward to it! Not sure if part of the Earth Sea set. 13mo
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RamsFan1963
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At times the plot became a bit too convoluted for my tastes, but overall it was an entertaining mystery with a satisfying conclusion that tied everything up with a nice bow. 4 💥💥💥💥 out of 5

Cathythoughts Great review ! I feel the same about the convoluted plot ! I‘d have to take notes all the way .. 1y
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RamsFan1963
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I hadn't planned to read this next, but it came from the library hold today so I want to start asap....

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TheSpineView
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Today's book mail! I loved the first book Lock In. Found this used hardcover at Thrift Books. Can't wait to read!

AutumnRLS Great book. I may have liked this one better than the first and I don't even like sports! Scalzi is the best. 1y
TheSpineView @AutumnRLS Agree! Scalzi tells great stories. I am excited to read the book. 1y
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Lauredhel
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Turns out disability problems don't go away even with magical future neural net tech.

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wtimblin
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I enjoyed Lock In, so hopefully will enjoy this one too

Geeklet I really like Scalzi. All of his characters have the same snarky tone but whatever, they‘re funny. 1y
wtimblin @Geeklet Haha, I agree, I do like his characters. 1y
2BR02B I made the mistake of listening to Lock In on audio, and the female narrator lowered her vocal register to voice male characters. As a result, all the men sounded like twelve year old boys with Boston accents. It was unfortunate. 1y
wtimblin @2BR02B haha! The audio version I listened to was Will Wheaton. It was very good. I sometimes like it when narrators try to so voices of the other sex, can go really bad or really funny! 1y
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Eggbeater
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A detective story combined with a well fleshed out sci fi world in which disabled people pilot robots for accessibility. One fascinating feature is that the protagonist's gender is never revealed. It doesn't turn out to be relevant to the story. I think that says a lot about the creative open-mindedness of the author.
The book is snarky, intriguing, unique, and the audio I had was narrated by Wil Wheaton. What could be better?

RaimeyGallant Sounds super intriguing. 1y
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leahrosereads
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I absolutely loved Lock In when I read it earlier this year, so I can't wait to dive back into this world!

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ness
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Done! A good SF murder mystery. Like the first, it had some inconsistencies with names (book 1: Janis or Janice? book 2: Elise or Elsie?), but I notice these things because, hi, hello, I used to be a copy editor. This book was a blast, though—and this from someone who doesn‘t usually enjoy mysteries. Recommend! #24in48

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ness
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Sequel time! #24in48

JoRead That cover 😍 1y
ness @JoRead Right? It‘s so great! 👌👌👌 1y
JoRead I haven't read a good sci-fi in a long while so I may just have to pick this one soon 1y
ness @JoRead It‘s really good so far! My partner read it first and laughed aloud a lot. The first one is fantastic, too. 1y
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sherrynuts
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This was a random pick-up in the library, so I didn't have high expectations since I'd never heard anyone mention the title or author. It was amazing though! I love the world Scalzi has built and the characters he's created. I didn't realize this was a follow-up book, but now I get to go back and read the first one and couldn't be happier! 😍

wanderinglynn I love Scalzi! My first Scalzi was Redshirts, which played on the old Star Trek redshirt joke. I‘ve now read several of his books & this one is on my TBR! 👍🏻❤️ 1y
sherrynuts @wanderinglynn I hope you enjoy it! I'm going to put all of his books on hold at the library now, starting with Lock In. 😁 1y
wanderinglynn @sherrynuts I just finished Scalzi‘s Fuzzy Nation and loved it. 1y
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SGJ
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Is this a regional construction, maybe? I‘ve never heard it. I like it, though. Anyway, a third through this one already, and I think I started about ten minutes ago. Scalzi always reads fast: good exposition handling, dialogue-driven story, and all the surprises and reversals we need to keep us turning the page. Funny, too.

wanderinglynn I would say it‘s more a legal phrase. It‘s a phrase I use in drafting agreements and contracts. 1y
LibrarianRyan I see it in state documents. 1y
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Khi0n3
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Great sequel! I look forward to more books set in this world he has created.

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Giabow
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Scalzi and cold brew. Two great things on a Sunday morning.

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kgriffith
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“It‘s a cat,” I said. “If Donut wants to spend time with you, he‘ll show up in your room and sit on your important things.” #CatsofLitsy

rubyslippersreads 😹😹😹 2y
AlaMich And if you‘ve ever read his blog, whatever.scalzi.com, you‘ll know that he knows whereof he speaks. He has a Twitter account for his cats @thescamperbeasts 😊😻 (edited) 2y
kgriffith @AlaMich I see one tweet where someone used that as a hashtag but no account — will check the blog?? 2y
AlaMich @kgriffith oh I wasn‘t thinking, that‘s the twitter hashtag 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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kgriffith
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Okay so idk what it‘s about but I love my hair so much that I‘m taking a lot of selfies? While listening to my audiobook, of course.
I‘m reminded that Scalzi uses a lot of dialog tags, which annoys me: can we not adjust audio, especially to accommodate those details?

JHSiess Your hair is fabulous. 👍💇‍♀️ I'd be taking selfies, too! Mine is driving me nuts. Hair stylist/friend talked me into growing out my spikes . . . it has reached the awkward stage . . . & I have weird waves I've never had before. Likely post-menopausal hormone rearrangement-induced. Probably TMI. 😳 Back to reading now . . . 📖 2y
TiredLibrarian Not just good hair; love the lips 💄💋😊 2y
Buddys_Momma You look great and I‘m loving the lipstick 💄👍🏽 2y
kylienoele Looking GREAT! 👏🏻💃🏻 2y
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kgriffith
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#audiowalk to the Dykes on Bikes fundraiser. Happy #Pride Month! #glitter #femmeAF

erinreads 🔥🔥🔥 2y
JSW 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 glitter forever 2y
Clwojick That lipstick! 😱😍❤️ 2y
JoScho Glitter is my fave!! 2y
kylienoele That lipstick is perfect!!!!!! 2y
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encinarus
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As usual with Scalzi the book was fun, smoothly paced, and entertaining. I always look forward to Scalzi's banter and this doesn't disappoint. It works well as a sequel to Lock In as it expands the world and gives hadens more agency. Our viewpoint character continues to illustrate that wealth is a super power of its own, particularly when combined with a disability that grants him disposable bodies.

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kgriffith
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Eyelit Love it! 2y
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kgriffith
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“Basically, Hilketa is both representation, and alienation, for Hadens. So, it‘s complicated. Well, for a Haden. For non-Hadens, it‘s just cool to see threeps pull off each other‘s heads.”

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kgriffith
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In one of only two deliberate exceptions to the “no cishet white dudes” reading rule, I‘m ready for this one. #audiobooks

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vivastory
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Thanks a bunch @readinginthedark ! It's a fine addition to my signed books!

readinginthedark You‘re welcome! 2y
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Scott_BookInvasion
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Elevengeddon! I was specially invited to hang out in the ‘Green Room‘ prior to the event and got to hang out (more like observe in awe) the authors just chatting and chillin. So awesome!

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John Scalzi
Scott Sigler
Peter Clines
Myke Cole(sitting on table)
(Don‘t recognize the lady with the sunglasses and white collar)
Cory Doctorow
Sylvain Neuvel
Aaron Mahnke
Tom Leveen

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Me
+K Arsenault Rivera
V. E. SCHWAB!!!

BookaholicNatty This is awesome @MisfitNerdBooks I bet this was an amazing event!!!! I really want to meet Sylvain Neuvel at some point!!! 2y
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ocdIrene
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Panpan

This latest Scalzi novel did nothing for me. Even Wil Wheaton‘s entertaining narration could not save this reading experience. While the opening chapters pulled me back into Chris‘ world, I just could not get into this murder mystery. Maybe it was the sports angle or the corporate greed. Maybe it was the mix of characters. I did like the cat. For the last few chapters, I found myself not truly paying attention. Total meh.

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Sue
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I can‘t believe I only read Scalzi for the first time last year, I just love his work so much. Lock in was my first Scalzi book. Head on is the next book in that world, following agents Shane and Vann into a new and troubling mystery.

Also, here‘s an article which talks a little about the genderlessness of Chris Shane.

http://www.denofgeek.com/us/books/john-scalzi/272694/john-scalzi-on-gender-sport...
#boutofbooks

rachelm I love him. Just started his books last year too. I adored 2y
8leagueboot I just finished Lock In and it was so fun! 2y
parasolofdoom I just read my first Scalzi earlier this month! 2y
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Sue @rachelm The Collapsing Empire is sooo good! I‘m waiting impatiently for the next instalment, 2y
Sue @8leagueboot Lock In was my first as well, and I picked up the Wil Wheaton audiobook, so I had no clue that it was also voiced by a female narrator or about the gender thing until I saw the article. @parasolofdoom That series is sitting on my shelf awaiting my attention. Did you enjoy it? 2y
parasolofdoom I did! It went by quickly, k 2y
parasolofdoom I definitely will be reading more soon 2y
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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

I loved the snappy, fun dialogue between Chris and Vann...the kind of dialogue Scalzi is known for.
I also loved the world he created.
However, I felt the storyline itself was a bit confusing and the secondary characters sounded similar and weren't all that memorable.

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jsburbidge
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A nice quick read with all the typical Scalzi characteristics - decent plotting, engaging surface characterization but without a lot of depth, high readability. Like many police procedurals (which this is) most of the characters range from unappealing to malign. The glimpses of the world we catch make it look somewhat unappealing as well (deliberately on Scalzi's part - this has a polemical foundation). Still, recommended.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Trying not to lose my head (pun intended) over this new one by John Scalzi. Read the first in the series “Lock In” and it was amazing. Just got this from my local library yesterday and already about halfway through it.

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Scott_BookInvasion
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I prefer the more sci-fi Scalzi but I‘m digging his foray into crime who-dun-it kinda novels.

BookaholicNatty Love this post!❤️ 2y
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Corar
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I liked Lock In better, but this one was pretty good too. I hope Scalzi writes more books in this world.

rather_be_reading scalzi on my tbr 2y
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DavidDiamond
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As an avid e-reader, this will be my first book in years. This paper stuff is weird.😜
#nowreading

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Shaunesay
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Heading into #readathon hour 4, I'll be listening to Head On and running some errands, then starting on Good Guys when I get back! Also snacking on some turkey bacon! #deweys24hourreadathon

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tottman
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Loved the first book, Lock In. Can't wait to read this. Scalzi always delivers.

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Mindelan
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Really enjoyed this sequel. This is a series where people with disabilities are not reduced to a plot point or a someone who must be fixed. Scalzi populates his world with characters living with Haden‘s, and they are multi-dimensional people. He includes discussion of complex concepts like privilege and characters with complex identities (thinking of the twins) without trying to tie them up in a neat little bow, and it doesn‘t slow down the plot⬇️

Mindelan I hope Scalzi‘s success encourages publishers to take on more stories like this. #disabilitybooks 2y
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DavidDiamond
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rather_be_reading awesome! 2y
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Mindelan
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I am having a pretty garbage migraine week & have been unable to do much. So I‘ve been doing some #audiocoloring with John Scalzi‘s new book. I am not as attentive as usual, so I feel like I‘m missing some things, but that just means I can re-read later! I‘m really enjoying it despite my brain fog. He creates an engaging narrative and complex characters. I am loving getting to know Agent Vann better. Her extreme crankiness delights me.

Mindelan The coloring book is You Are Here by Jenny Lawson. 2y
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TeeCee
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Digging it - Wil Wheaton reading!

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stuartjrodriguez
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John Scalzi writes some of the most fun and eminently readable SFF around, and HEAD ON, sequel to 2014‘s LOCK IN, is no exception. Agent Chris Shane returns, this time to solve the mystery behind the death of an athlete playing a gladiatorial soccer-like game for Hadens. Corporate intrigue, murder, and wisecracks abound. Scalzi‘s always a blast, and this is a super fun read!