Wunderkind PR sent me an advance reader copy (at no cost to me, full disclosure) of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I enjoyed his movie Fanboys, and started to read it as soon as possible. I’m very happy they sent it to me, RP1 is a book full of nerdy goodness.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
The last time we saw the crew of After the End Times, they were a dominate, albeit new, online news site. Uncovering conspiracy, shouting truth at the world and poking dead things with sicks. (Gotta have some fun, right?) Things started going bad. Don’t worry, no spoilers, but in a world where the dead stand up and chow down on the living… saying things went bad means they went very bad indeed. Continue reading →
I got a copy of The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook for my birthday a few months back (should an FTC disclaimer be required, consider this it), and it’s taken me a while to get around to writing this review. I had to put some thought into this one. Something about the book bothered me, and it’s taken me a long time to dig around inside that vague discomfort and shape my thoughts into something I could articulate.
I wouldn’t say the book was bad, I enjoyed parts of The Iron Duke quite a bit. Some elements are awkwardly pieced together. The discrepancy almost made it seem like 2 different stories were stitched together. Continue reading →