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J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive autodidact attempting to write his way out of the loony bin.
A self-aggrandizing science fiction and fantasy author who publishes lurid stories and, worse, the occasional popular philosophy article, he is also a very minor authority on Open Source media production (a topic on which he is, unfortunately, published regularly in LinuxJournal).
In addition to his wanton abuse of the printed word, he unscrupulously uses his decade-long experience as an audio and video producer with his painfully florid and gritty writing style to create deeply immersive audio universes. This habit, which he indulges in public, has garnered him seven Parsec nominations and helped him make his first professional fiction and philosophy sales (a trend which, for the good of the world at large, we can only hope abates soon). Meanwhile, his growing, rabid fan-base is currently plotting to imprison him and force him to produce endless new literary abominations for their amusement. We can only hope they succeed.
Should you be so inclined, you can communicate with this shady character, as well as find podcasts, articles, and other literary abominations at http://www.jdsawyer.net
on Feb. 09, 2012 :
(Note, review based on podcast version)
One thing Dan excels with is characters, and this book he really shows his skill. What do you get when you take 8 real people and throw them in a single locked house for the better part of two weeks?
The people are real, with faults and virtues, the setting works so well, snowed in with no escape. But Dan manages to bring as much humor and laughter as he does spine-tingling chills.
Definitely worth a read or 3.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Lucie Le Blanc
on Dec. 29, 2011 :
Look at the tags, will you ? Done ? This story is all that and more !!! Creepy, sexy and very addictive !
(reviewed within a month of purchase)