Update: Finished reading on November 7th, 2015. Original review to follow post-reading thoughts.
I shouldn’t have paid heed to reviews. I had as much fun with Armada as I did with Ready Player One. Yes, his stories are chalked full of geek cameos, but they’re either explained, or they’re so obvious as to not need explanation. I can easily say I was not expecting the ending at all. I haven’t read other books that are similar (Ender’s) that some people say Cline poached off of, but I imagine that because Cline mentioned them in his novel, he made sure that distinguish his story from the others similar in nature.
Cline is definitely on my list of science-fiction authors to follow.
As of November 3rd, 2015, I’m reading Ernest Cline’s latest foray into the art of noveling, Armada. I’m coming into it with mixed expectations. Yes, I read Ready Player One with no idea as to how much I’d love it, despite not being aware of many of the 80’s references. But there have been quite a few reviews (from general people) who have said that its too obscure for the general geek out there.
From the Goodreads blurb:
“Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.
And then he sees the flying saucer.” See the rest of the blurb, and any other information pertinent to the novel on Goodreads here.
I don’t usually hedge my bets based off of reviews, be they from a global newspaper or an average person, but I’ll definitely keep my expectations in check…at least until Ready Player Two (That title is not final, but merely my speculation for a sequel) ships in the future.
I’m trying to read it before Fallout 4 drops in a week, so expect to see my response within the week.
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