Books ! It’s Book Reviews

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I am spoiled because I have an INDIGO button on my desktop. And when I click it, books come to me, sometimes in less than 2 days. When necessary, I shop in the Brick and Mortar store, when I want a book, TODAY…

The books sitting on my bed side table are:

  • The Spirituality of Imperfection – Ernest Kurtz
  • The Insect Farm – Stuart Prebble
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

The last two books I finished reading this week are:

 

  • Punishment – Linden Macintyre
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

I have a running collection of books written by Linden Macintyre. I’ve read every book he has written. Each one of them is a stellar piece of literature. They run on a familiar theme. The Maritimes are a very integral part of Linden’s storytelling.

In Punishment … We are in Nova Scotia. The lead Character is a man who grew up there, and finds himself working for the correctional system in Ontario. The story revolves around a man who was behind the wall, well, behind several walls, as the story unfolds.

As the story pans out, that ex con is released and returns to his old haunts in Nova Scotia.

The story is a mix of corrections, old love, relationships, crime and what happens when you mix all these ingredients together in a “page turner” book.

If I tell you any more, it would spoil your read.

In any case … Read This Book.

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Ready Player One, was a book that Casey Neistat pimped on his You Tube Channel last week. He pimped the book, because Steven Spielberg is making the movie, of the same name. Before the film is released Casey implored us to READ the BOOK, because, like Casey said … A film can only do so much magic to turn the book into a film.

If you were a kid growing up in the 1980’s, then Ready Player One is right up your alley. It would also serve you better, if you were a gamer geek in the 1980’s, either gaming on a game system, Atari, Commodore, or Apple, you get it.

The other part of the story, that I am familiar with, but never played, was Dungeons and Dragons. This game is integral to the story from start to finish.

The book opens in the year 2045. And the main character PARZIVAL …

The world has gone to hell. Global Warming, Famine, Hunger, War, the running out of Fossil fuels (gas) have turned the World upside down.

James Halliday, a man in his seventies, who grew up in the 1980’s has just died.

He leaves billions of dollars to the gaming community, because he has no family, no dependents, and no wife. The kicker here is, that he has spent his entire life building games.

And one last game is about to take place.

In the year 2045 a virtual reality world exists that everyone around the world is engaged in. That would be The OASIS. A virtual world that is the biggest platform system operating in that time period.

A group of gamer young people take part in the Final Game competition to find Halliday’s Easter Egg that he has hidden within Anorak’s Castle.

Parzival, Aech, Art3mis and Shoto.

If you LOVE 1980’s Music, Film, Trivia, Books, GAMES … Then this book is for you.

Having grown up in the 1980’s myself as a teenager, I loved all the pop culture references and game talk and trivia.

This story is a story about what happens when honest gamers, who have put in a lifetime of study in all things POP, go head to head with a conglomerate that is out to win the prize, by any means necessary (read Cheating their way to the prize) and what happens when the worlds best gamers gather in a universe far far away inside the OASIS system, and how they defeat the conglomerate and attain Halliday’s Easter Egg.

It is certainly a Page Turner.

I’m not sure how good Spielberg’s team is in duplicating every little piece of the story completely. I don’t think it is humanly possible to recreate OASIS and all the gaming consoles, references, and space ships and characters who live inside the story.

We shall see. And Like Casey Neistat said … READ THIS BOOK !

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