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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I've been asked a couple of times over the last day or so, presumably because people know I write science fiction, about my thoughts on the death of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.Fact is, I don't have any. I think I hit Vonnegut at the wrong point in my reading life--maybe tried to read him too early, or started with the wrong thing--and never went back to him. Didn't seem to me, at that time, that he wrote "real" science fiction (of course, since he distanced himself from the field pretty vigorously, he probably would agree with me).I think my older brothers read and liked him, and I had friends in university who were crazy about his stuff, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:22, April 13th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A nice little review of Magnesium

My editor at Rosen Publishing passed along this review of my children's science book Magnesium yesterday:"This is the second book in this series that I have reviewed and again, the author has done a fine job of explaining what can be a complex and confusing subject. Although not a scientist, I enjoyed the anecdotal information provided with an explanation of the element, its discovery, importance and uses. The colorful illustrations help to illustrate the concepts being discussed and will help make this useful for student reports." - Sheila Morken, K-12 Librarian, La Center Schools, Lower Columbia (Washington State) Review GroupThese kind of educational series books (of which I write quite a few) don't always ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:17, April 19th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A blogger reviews Genetics Demystified

JinxIdoru (a blog) has reviewed Genetics Demystified, and rather favorably, too:I have to say that if all of the Demystified books are as good as this one, then I am sold. It was very clear and explained complicated concepts in an understandable form. The quizzes were a great way to check my grasp of the material and gave me direction as to the parts of the chapter that I may not have fully grasped. I will definitely read more of these books.Nice to hear!

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:13, April 20th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Does this count as a review?

From Andrea Miccaver's LiveJournal All Guts, No Glory:Dropped the dud like a spud and am now reading Lost in Translation by Edward Willett. A much better read. For one thing, there are flying monkey dog alien things. For another, someone gets skinned on page 10 and heads explode on page 18. There's also this thing called plot involving people with odd names and telepathics. But back to the head explosions . . .Flying monkey dog alien things, skinnings and exploding heads...what's not to like?Obviously a woman after my own heart. (But turn down your speakers before you visit her home page!)

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:48, May 22nd, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

An Andy Nebula blog review:

"Fun old fashioned sf. I didn't like the main characters, but it's flippantly cheesy." - Goblin Wintercearig.Hey, I want "Flippantly cheesy!" emblazoned on my next book. I think it's my favorite review quote thus far.

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:38, August 8th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A review of my children’s biography of Jimi Hendrix…

...has appeared in VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), "The library magazine serving those who serve young adults."My Enslow book Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky is reviewed along with Karen Clemens Warrick's James Dean: Dream As If You'll Live Forever. Both are part of a series called American Rebels, for which I also wrote my upcoming biography of Janis Joplin.Reviewer Heather Pittman says, in part:"Willet's" (sic--I have a perennial problem with people dropping the second "t" from Willett) "description of Jimi Hendrix is also objective. Hendrix's difficult childhood, drug problems, and lack of business sense are depicted along with his career as an influential artist responsible for changing music forever with his ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:04, September 9th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A few reader comments for Lost in Translation…

...from Paperback Swap:"Great story about two empaths from different species who must work together to find common ground and avert interstellar war. Enjoyed the character development (human and alien).""This book was a very good read for me. The characters were good and well thought out. The author took the homage of walking in another person's shoes to the limit with his ideas of the empathic Translators who quite literally do do it."Of course, since this is from a site called "Paperback Swap" I suspect neither of these readers actually, you know, bought the book, but you can't have everything.

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:51, September 27th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A nice mini-review of my story The Wind…

...turned up at G-Pop:The Wind by Edward Willett brought back memories of another ghostly tale by none other than Edgar Allen Poe, entitled The Tell-Tale Heart. At first you feel some sympathy toward this man who, once happily married and at home in his childhood home, finds himself alone, his wife gone and his house seemingly working against him. Sympathy, that is, until you discover just why the house seems to be falling apart around him.Edgar Allen Poe, eh? I can live with that."The Wind" is in Dark Wisdom #11.

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:17, October 1st, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

She hates it, she really hates it!

Just to prove I don't only point you to positive reviews of my stuff, here's someone who really, really didn't like Lost in Translation.On the other hand, she did finish it...so I guess I could say she found it "un-put-downable," couldn't I?

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:00, October 11th, 2007 under Blog | 1 Comment »

First review for Marseguro

It's from the Harriet Klausner, of course. Here's the final paragraph of the whole thing:The regime in power is so xenophobic that it makes war on innocent men, women and children subduing colony worlds by deadly force. Marseguro is determined not to be conquered but if they use the only means available to stop the troops Earth is sending their way, a great travesty will occur. Their moral dilemma is only on of the reasons this novel is so fascinating. The Selkie culture and infrastructure is very picturesque and easily pictured by readers who will want to visit his exotic world. Hopefully Edward Willet will write a sequel starring Marseguro.I'm glad Harriet likes my ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:23, December 16th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »