Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Full-Circle

One of the first people (outside of my family) to read my manuscript was a creature I only knew as “Lizard” via the DreaminDemon forums. She heard I’d written a book. I heard back that she was an editor. She got a copy of the rough draft. I got back a work with a higher word-count in the margin than the body. Turned out, I didn’t really know how to write. Not properly, anyway. Over the next few weeks, I worked on the second book while Lisa made suggestions in…

Book Review: Long Lost

I am a huge geek for books and roller coasters, but I shy away from comparing the two. For one thing, if you get off of a great thrill ride and scream to the people waiting in line, “MAN! That was just like a great book!”, most of them are probably going to file out and go get a funnel cake. And when I see a book compared to a roller coaster I never know exactly what in the world that means. It seems to denote an up-and-down plot, for…

Tragedy. Debacle. The greatest bag ever.

Meet my new favorite thing: The MAXXUM from SwissGear by Wenger Computer Backpack in Red: Yeah, it’s a mouthful. But this pack has plenty of room for it all. And it makes shouldering an uncomfortable burden — well — comfortable! How did I come to own such a remarkable portable storage containment unit? It took a tragedy, followed by a debacle, to result in such a fortuitous acquisition. Get uncomfortable, this won’t take too long: Many moons ago, I bought my first laptop. Soon after, I bought my first laptop…

Book Review: The Monster of Florence

With The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi take the genre of True Crime to an entirely new level. In fact, they take the genre to a new genre. Meta-True-Crime, perhaps? If there is a Fourth Wall for non-fiction, this book smashes right through it. In fiction the Fourth Wall is what separates the viewer from the viewed. It is what keeps the story from being aware of itself and its audience. Occasionally an artist will knowingly push through this barrier for dramatic effect. Players on a stage…

Film Review: Quarantine

I am literally checking over my shoulder as I write this review in my unlit office. If my wife were to sneak up behind me right now and “boo” me, it would be grounds for divorce. We just got through watching Quarantine in our pitch-black living room and we both feel like we’ve lost a year off of our lives. You’ve seen how they never manage to stop an outbreak in most horror films, right? They’re always trying to quarantine off the infected, but they do a horrible job of…