Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Albo's Book Club: Ready Player One!
I've droned on and on about my commuting woes. It's not that I'm complaining though...it's afforded me the opportunity to listen to many audio books that I otherwise might not have had time to read. I've decided to make mention of some of my recent favorites on PungentChicken.com to hopefully turn other people on to them.
It's rare to see books that meld modern pop-culture with a great narrative without falling into cliche. The test is always whether or not the story seems contrived. I found a book recently that brings together a lot of nerdy memories from the 1980's (ostensibly I'm a child of the 80's...though I more fairly recall the 90's) with a classic zero-to-hero story. It's hallmarks include virtual reality, Ultraman, Dungeons & Dragons-like games and my faves.... Mechagodzilla!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a story that pulls it all off nicely . It follows a kid that unwittingly becomes the hero of a story he never meant to be a part of. He struggles to meet his daily goal of survival, only to end up going on the journey of a lifetime. He's accompanied by an assortment of characters that he's never met in real life..only through a virtual world (the Oasis) that everyone is addicted to. The real world is falling apart, but one can be anything in the Oasis.
I'm not going to blow up the plot-line, but do your self a favor and check out this book for a fun read. It's Ender's Game meets Lord of the Rings meets a plate of bacon!!
Two Wings Up!!!
Ernest Cline...your rock! Drop me a line.
Ready Player One
P.S. Extra points for the audiobook. It's expertly narrated by none other than Wil Wheaton.