My husband finally got around to reading Ready Player One, just in time for the movie, and he wanted to check out another book by Cline, so we both started reading (and listening) at the same time. I LOVED Ready Player One so even though I’m not huge of scifi I figured I’d like this one too.
And…I mostly enjoyed it. I love Cline’s writing, it’s so witty, and coupled with Will Wheaton’s narration it becomes just a fun ride. I could listen to him read it all day. The thing about the story is that for the first half it was so silly I kept wishing the main character would just wake up and realize it was all a dream or something. But then when it was explained and I was like ok, that actually makes sense, I really like this! it went on to follow the exact same tropes of every story like this. I even made a bet with my husband about all the things that would definitely happen and sadly I won every one of them. I didn’t want to. I wished he would subvert the tropes somehow, but no, it all laid out exactly like I thought it would.
I know a lot of people are complaining he ripped off Ender’s Game and some others, but I don’t mind the similarities. Re-tellings are my favorite genre! I don’t need a new idea, just great execution and some twists to shake it up. This had two of the three, and I’m glad I read it, especially as a gamer.
The only thing that bothered me though, is when the World of Warcraft playing mom said ‘Late for a video game’ with practically an eyeroll. Umm no. Anyone who plays WoW competitively knows that you don’t make 20+ other people wait on you because ‘it’s just a video game’. Everyone’s time matters. People make sure their work schedules and family time doesn’t fall on raid nights to be able to play, and when you can’t start a raid because someone’s not there you’re wasting that time. In my guild, that costs you your raid spot.
Anyway, a pretty good read, but it’s no Ready Player One (aaaaah I can’t wait for the movie!!!).
I did not expect to love this book so much.
Modern day fairy tale retellings have a huge caveat for me. They either make it so the fairy tale never existed, which feels fake, or they make it too close to the original storyline (or its retellings) where it’s more eye-roll worthy than unique.
If I had to categorize, Geekerella was the latter, with the modernized name ‘Ella’ a staple in these kinds of stories, and yet it was still so fresh and wonderful and inspiring I would read a hundred more of these.
I could list all the ways I relate to her in terms of geekery and fandom, from my /played on WoW to my horde tattoo, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the comradery in the geek world that really made the book for me. When everyone came together at one part I teared up because that’s what it’s like to connect with people without ever knowing them.
This book was a fun and adorable read, and if you’re geeky and looking for something short and sweet this is perfect.
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this ARC!
Today I unveil my new Minecraft book for kids – and it’s FREE until Sunday on Kindle!
Best friends Moot and Ward find a black-and-white cat alone in the forest. With its owner nowhere to be seen, they undertake a journey to a faraway village. Will they find who the cat belongs to?
Case of the Lost Ocelot is an unofficial Minecraft story for young readers ages 6-8. With full color pages and engaging narrative, this is the perfect transition between the early reader series and junior novels.
Get yours today!
It’s Halloween time and zombies are on everyone’s mind, so what better time than to do a post-apocalyptic screenshot contest, brought to you by the ATR Gamers gaming community, based on their favorite holy paladin’s new YA dystopian novel, Rise of the Chosen.
Take a book related screenshot anywhere in World of Warcraft, BF4, Minecraft, GTA, or Overwatch, and provide a short description. Some things we’ll be looking out for:
3. Specific details
Excerpt available free on Amazon in the Look Inside section for an idea of what to enter with.
First place: Pick any mount or pet from the Blizzard shop (maximum $30 value) or a $30 ThinkGeek gift card plus VIP access for ATR Gamers.
Second place: Pick any pet from the Blizzard shop (maximum $15 value) or a $15 ThinkGeek gift card and an ATR Gamers T-shirt.
All you need is a screenshot to enter. The description must include how it ties in with Rise of the Chosen.
One screenshot per entrant. Must have a valid email and mailing address for the gifts to be sent out. The contest will run from October 18th, 2016 to October 31st, 2016. Winners will be selected and notified by November 14th, 2016. If winner does not respond within 14 days after contact, a new winner will be chosen. Participants grant free use of all submitted files. Winners and runners up will have their screenshots posted right here for everyone to see!
No purchase necessary to enter or win. ThinkGeek gift cards are US only, and Blizzard Store gift items are for World of Warcraft only. Please do not enter if you cannot get the items shipped to you. Void where prohibited by law. This contest is not sponsored by Blizzard Entertainment or other game companies.
Follow this link to enter!
Good luck and have fun!