Hugh Howey

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

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…

Book Review: Blasphemy

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator is coming online for the first time. Buried in a high mesa on a Navajo reservation, it is poised to make the greatest scientific discovery in the history of mankind. But on the eve of its momentous first run, something unexpected happens. An event so bizarre that the 12 men and women operating the experiment, some of the smartest people in the world, are unable to comprehend their findings. As they seal themselves in the mesa and stall for time, the political leaders that…