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Archive for the 'Hostile Questions' Category

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 […]

Mon, December 10th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Adam Selzer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Adam Selzer: Do you know that name? Well, you might. He has published over 10 books since 2007 and maintains blogs on everything from Chicago history to naughty playground songs to retro YA. In short, he’s the type of unstoppable word-producing machine who scares writers-block-plagued let-me-try-this-sentence-one-more-time hunt-and-peckers straight out of the room. But none of […]

Mon, December 3rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Andrew Smith
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Hey, remember when you were reading Andrew Smith‘s The Marbury Lens and were like “Gosh, this is a nice story about two friends learning some important life lessons and OH CHRIST WHAT THE DAMN HELL NO WAY CHOKE PUKE SCREAM CRY”? Good times, huh? Well, that’s Smith in a nutshell: burning your brain out with […]

Mon, November 26th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Sam Weller
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

When you think Ray Bradbury, what do you think of next? Well, yeah, Martians, but after that? Yeah, OK, futuristic book burnings, of course. But after that? Anyway, somewhere not too far down the list is Sam Weller, the world’s leading expert on the late legend. Weller’s indispensable biography, The Bradbury Chronicles, was followed up […]

Wed, November 21st, 2012
Hostile Questions: Laini Taylor
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Laini Taylor is perhaps best known for Lips Touch: Three Times and the trilogy beginning with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the newly released Days of Blood and Starlight. Well, that and the pink hair. Pink hair is hard to pull off. Just ask those authors who have tried and failed: R.L. Stine, Agatha […]

Mon, November 12th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Margo Lanagan
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

For someone with such a fine pedigree–the Printz Honors for both Black Juice and Tender Morsels are just the beginning–Margo Lanagan sure has a way of making people squeamish. Oh, if I had but a nickle for every time I saw a literary judge hand Lanagan a plaque or statuette . . . and then […]

Mon, November 5th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Camille Paglia
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’m not the first to be hostile to Camille Paglia. As the author of Sexual Personae; Break, Blow, Burn; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps, Paglia is something of an expert at ruffling feathers. (Speaking of feathers, she also wrote The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock.) The worlds zigs; Paglia zags. […]

Tue, October 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Jonathan Maberry
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I could begin this by listing all of Jonathan Maberry‘s books, but that would be a bona fide tragedy for Hostile Questions fans, because it would take me several weeks and by then I’d be, you know, dead. If anyone could resurrect me, though, it would be Maberry, the literary world’s go-to guy for all […]

Mon, October 22nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Joe Hill
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Oh, Joe Hill. Joe, Joe, Joe. Where did things go so wrong for you? First you wrote Heart-Shaped Box. Hearts… as in love? Boxes… as in candy? Definitely a romance novel, far as I can tell, and yet not a single romance reader has said a durned thing about the prose setting their loins a-tingle. […]

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