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Mon, March 11th, 2013
Hostile Questions: John Barnes
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

John Barnes has published over 30 books. So I guess he thinks he’s a real smart guy? Let’s dig a little deeper into these so-called “books” of his. Hmm. Two collaborations with Buzz Aldrin. Well, I guess that’s not nothing. A 2010 Printz Honor for Tales of the Madman Underground. Fine, fine. I admit that […]


Mon, March 4th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Christopher Paolini
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Christopher Paolini may think he’s king of his kingdom, what with the millions of copies of Inheritance Cycle books sold and being a global publishing phenomenon and whatnot, but I am not the meager serf that I seem. Yea, I hast memorized every one of the gazillion words Sir Paolini has written, all in preparation […]


Mon, February 25th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Zoe Archer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Zoe Archer knows how to mix it up. This ain’t plain old la-la romance she’s writing. We’re talking paranormal historical romance (Hellraisers series). We’re talking steampunk adventure romance (Esther Chronicles). We’re talking magical Victorian romance (Blades of the Rose series). We’re talking spaceship science-fiction romance (Collision Course). In fact, I’m betting you could put any […]


Tue, February 19th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Sarah Dessen
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Let me just throw a few Sarah Dessen titles at your face. That Summer. Someone Like You.  Dreamland. What Happened to Goodbye. Did that hurt? Not enough? Well, she’s got a bunch more, so you might as well relent and read a few. Refuse and face the wrath of her army of devoted fans–seriously, they’ll […]


Mon, February 11th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Megan Hart
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’m sure it’s oft been noted that Megan Hart has the perfect name for a writer of romance. “Hart,” as we know, brings to mind “heart,” that emblem of love and passion. And “Megan,” as we know, is an ancient Norse word meaning “Writer of a Whole Bunch of Books Sporting Covers of Men and […]


Mon, February 4th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Cara McKenna
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the mood to see perspiring torsos, seductively blowing manes of hair, and high-riding skirts, I head right on over to the website of Cara McKenna and gawk at the book jackets and synopses, which tease me with everything from the erotic promise of an “unheated subway […]


Tue, January 22nd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Paolo Bacigalupi
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Paolo Bacigalupi really knows how to draw the hostility out of a questioner. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Printz, and a National Book Award finalist, he’s got just the kind of medal-laden shelf that I live to upend. So it’s freaking killing me that I can’t quite do it. Y’all read The Drowned Cities? […]


Mon, January 14th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Maggie Stiefvater
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Maggie Stiefvater loves animals!!! Having put out a number of books on doggies (Shiver), horsies (The Scorpio Races), and birdies (The Raven Boys), she’s clearly in line for one of those hilarious guest spots on late-night TV where she brings out the funny orangutan and it climbs all over Jay Leno. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! What fun! Well, […]


Mon, January 7th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Lex Thomas
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas was one of my favorite YA debuts of 2012: your basic we’re-all-stuck-inside-this-high-school-and-will-probably-all-kill-one-another-before-it’s-over thriller lifted to giddy heights by remorseless plot twists and a refusal to stop making the absolute worst thing ever happen over and over again. Its inglorious glories were enough to land it on our 2012 Editors’ […]


Mon, December 17th, 2012
Hostile Questions: James Greer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

James Greer has led a life ripe for the hostile questioning. He’s a former editor of Spin magazine. (Magazines? Ha! Look how those turned out!) He’s the screenwriter behind several films, including Max Keeble’s Big Move and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. (The jokes write themselves!) He’s the author of several books, including the […]





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