Book Review: Ready Player Two

When was the last time I totally bashed on a book? Gave it a 1 star rating? Never, really, because if a book was that bad or such a bore, I wouldn’t be able to finish it. I don’t even know how I finished Ready Player Two. I’m surprised at myself. (I suspect it was being stuck on a 6 hour flight and only with my Kindle as entertainment.)

Ready Player Two may be the biggest disappointment in sequel history. This book goes down in my reading history as the book that was written purely for making the author money and has no storytelling/entertainment value. Goodbye fan-base! The first third of the book dragged on with Wade Watts feeling sorry and mopey with himself for his breakup, and we’re supposed to feel sorry for him or what? No, no I do not sympathize nor care that his girlfriend broke up with him. Are we trying to redeem him from the first book or something? It’s ok, Ernest Cline, protagonists can still be jerks, but let’s have his actions redeem him, not his sappy thoughts about his failed love life.

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“I must go now”

I’m currently reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Yes! Finally reading again!), and came to this page with this beautiful poem:

I must go now.

Let you go.

Love is too often

The answer for staying.

Too seldom the reason

For going.

I drop the line

And watch you drift away.

All along

You thought

The fiery current

Of your lover’s breast

Pulled you to the deep.

But it was my heart-tide

Releasing you

To float adrift

With seaweed.

~Amanda Hamilton, “Where the Crawdads Sing”, page 213, by Delia Owens

This poem by Amanda Hamilton came up as Kya reflected on Chase Andrews’ scheme to lure the her in with a relationship and marriage as bait, then bedded her, and finally dropped her for someone else. Feeling used and forever mistrusting of others, Kya’s reflection here is of letting go and hits a soft spot in my emotional mind of the past year. Perhaps love shouldn’t be dabbled with. “Perhaps love is best left as a fallow field.”

Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am torn between the opinion that The Time Traveler’s Wife was a very powerful love story you should read and thinking it was overly romanticized – this kind of love doesn’t exist! The story is an interesting take on time traveling and what it might look like if your ability to time travel was due to an abnormal set of genes. These time-travel genes would exert themselves in your behavior and make you disappear, usually at a time that is most inconvenient. Furthermore, you travel into either the past or the future and land buck-naked with no possessions on your body. Why was your disappearing behavior triggered? It could be do to stress and anxiety at the present moment, or for no reason at all.

At the beginning, I was immediately perplexed by the logistics of how Henry’s time traveling can happen. I kept reading and kept reading, hoping that Niffenegger would provide an explanation on the how. For example, I kept questioning “Is there a parallel timeline?”, or “Why aren’t events causal across the past, present and future?”, and “How can he keep his job as a librarian?”, as well as “Why is young Clare so accepting of Henry as a 40 year old man?” After a quarter of a way through, as a reader, you begin to accept the fact that you won’t get your answers to all these questions and you’ll just have to accept the world as it comes.

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Book Review: Origin

I will forever remain a Dan Brown fan, and a large part of my contributing to his fandom is due to the consistency of his writing style and the themes he brings up in an engaging and thrilling way. It is not Brown’s style to be convoluting or overly complex in his storytelling. He has subplots going in parallel to the main plot, but nothing that will make readers lose track of what happened last to whichever character. It’s a simple good-guy-vs-evil-religious-nut kind of novel.

Origin is no different than his previous works in this regard, to some readers’ dismay. Professor Langdon finds himself in the middle of a mystery murder and races through time and historical towns to find the answer to the classic “Who dun it?” question. I love this setting – Barcelona, Spain – and feel compelled to visit it as soon as plane tickets come down. Just look at this beautiful La Sagrada Familia basilica that is STILL in the works to this modern day since 135 years ago!  Continue reading

Book Review: Ready Player One

This one was very easy to get into, and by goodness, it’s being turned into a movie as we type! Front the beginning, I was sucked into this gloom, gray, dirty, dusty world, and as a new world, it was captivating! I mean, there is no more meaning to life than the one we’ve created in the virtual world, isn’t it? Ernest Cline’s new world was one I could easily imagine – the feeling is similar for me while reading The Giver or Hunger Games. It was a dreary one, and Cline gave this dystopia a new take with nostagic video games.

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Mind you, I never played video games longer than 30 minutes. I’ve never owned a console until I turned eleven (I think), and that was only a Game Boy Advanced. Computer or other TV games, I never got into them and didn’t bother trying to ask my parents to buy it for me. I also didn’t have anyone to play with.

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