Ready Player One

In the 2018 Reading Challenge “Ready Player One” satisfied the book made into a movie category. I originally found this book at an independent bookstore, and picked it up based on the snippet written by a staff member. Some time after I purchased the book, I went to the movies. While I was anxiously awaiting the movie to begin, I saw a trailer for a movie of this book. It captivated me and I felt the urge to move this book up on my TBR list.

“Ready Player One” is an adventure read that is sure to capture a variety of readers with its elements. This book has just about everything from video games and virtual reality, good guy vs bad guy, a hero, 80’s throwbacks and a little budding romance. It’s unbelievable how Ernest Cline found a way to encompass such a variety into his writing. The variety adds to the story line making it spectacular.

The best, yet possibly most cliche part of the story was the battle between the good guys trying to save the world, while the bad guys just want everything for themselves. This served as the main point of conflict in the story, and what a joy it was to read. Ernest Cline’s writing brought thrill to the battles and anticipation to how events would play out. He keeps the reader on the edge of their seat nearly guessing at who is going to win, eagerly awaiting the excitement of the final battle.

While reading, I found myself intrigued, wondering about how this story would look in real life, particularly involving virtual reality. Virtual reality in real life is just starting out, while in the book it’s nearly a main character. I couldn’t help but wonder how different life would be if the book came to life. What do you think life would be like if “Ready Player One” came to life?

 

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The Philosopher’s Flight

In the 2018 Reading Challenge “The Philosopher’s Flight” fell under the category of book published this year.

“The Philosopher’s Flight” is sure to dazzle, and impress readers’ looking for a historical novel with a magical twist. The setting: World War 1 America with women having the ability to fly and transport, while the men play supporting roles. The tale includes family conflict, a young man coming of age. flying, romance, and triumph. The simple version, it includes the right elements to make it a story worth sharing.

The world Tom Miller creates captures the senses of the reader, giving them the full experience. I found myself vocally expressing my feelings multiple times throughout the course of the book. The writing and story grabbed a hold of me and just wouldn’t let go.

The best, or at least one of my favorite parts, it the coming of age story that takes place. In this world where woman have the ‘cool’ flying jobs, men have the supporting roles. Except, of course, for a young man looking to follow in his mother’s footsteps. He has his mind set to achieving his goal, while others keep telling him it can’t happen. This mostly, doesn’t stop him. He wants to do it, and achieve nothing less than the best. His perseverance is amazing, and something I admired.

What first attracted me to this book was that the woman dominated this world. What kept me interested was Tom Miller’s writing. This book is sure to impress many other reader’s like myself, and I hope you take the time to check it out.

The Circle

“The Circle” is an incredible book, that will hit the reader right to the core. It is amazing, powerful, and incredibly relevant to life in today’s world. It is a story that revolves around technology, and how it impacts life, and our interactions with people.

This is a book with a story that is all about technology, big companies and their impact on society. It’s an idea that is powerful, scary, and thought intriguing. In this case, it involves a company called the Circle. While the idea behind the company started out logical, semi-simple and helpful, as it grew it became something else altogether.

The main character Mae, is quite the individual. After getting hired by the Circle she feels incredibly lucky for the opportunity to work for the company, even in a beginner level position. After all, employees move up quickly in the system so she probably won’t be there long. Working at The Circle was a bit of an adjustment for Mae, the expectations were a little different than her previous job. After the adjustment period, and lessons learned, she came to realize what life at The Circle meant and started to excel. She found her place and everything felt right.

As the reader gets to know Mae during the story, and watch her grow as an employee they may notice conflicts she has with herself. At first the conflict is obvious, she is used to her previous way of life and is confused and taken aback by what her new company expects of her. She thinks her behavior is acceptable, The Circle doesn’t. They bring it up with her and the reader can feel the confusion she has about why this is a problem and how she can fix it. As her character grows the reader can see a change in her viewpoint. She thinks this is all ok and how it should be and is unable to understand why others in her life don’t seem to share her viewpoint.

The ideas The Circle had as the company grew could be considered rather disturbing, depending on the reader’s views. The main goal, they want to know everything, literally everything, taking mystery and guessing away from life. But, that’s not enough, they want the ability to track everything as well, bringing the concept full circle. In this world, secrets and a private life are something of the past. What the Circle sets out to do will leave the reader in disbelief, and possibly even appalled at the company’s behavior.

If you take the time to read this book, I ask if you could think about what it would be like to live in this sort of world. Can you imagine the impact that it would have on your life? Would your life be completely changed? How would you feel about a company that did the sort of things the Circle did? These are just some of the things that came to my mind as I read the book. It’s the type of book that gets a reader to think, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

A Dance with Dragons

“A Dance with Dragons” is the final published installment in the A Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R. R. Martin. As with the other books in this series, the reader will not be disappointed, except for the fact that there is not another book published. There are a few events at the end of the book where the reader is left dangling.

When first starting “A Dance with Dragons” the reader can be thrown off because they have to jump back in time. This book starts off with the characters not included in “A Feast for Crows”, thus starting off with where “A Strom of Swords” left them off. So, after adding more characters and events, the reader has to keep that in the back of their mind while they catch up with the rest of the characters. It can be a lot. The good thing is that towards the end everything comes full circle and all the characters are included when the timelines match up.

What can draw a reader to read this book in spite of the series being unfinished, especially myself, is that one finds out what the characters left out of “A Feast for Crows” were up to. It wouldn’t be complete if George R. R. Martin did not add in more characters, or give some of them their own focus. The various viewpoints portrayed can show the reader some perspective on what is happening in the story.

There are a lot of consistencies throughout the series that stayed true in this book. This includes the amount of detail that George R. R. Martin illustrates, and the amount of characters the reader has to keep track of. It takes an incredible amount of talent to create such a detailed, intricate story. It’s no wonder that this series was created into an HBO TV series.

Looking back to the beginning of the series, George R. R. Martin has outdone himself. In the beginning, there were hints dropped about some creatures, or magical beings that could make an appearance. Now, in book five more of the things are coming alive while summer is quickly nearing an end. When all the timelines line up in “A Dance with Dragons” the reader can get the sense that the books are coming to something big and epic that George R. R. Martin has taken his time leading up to. The story is finally getting good, and even more intense, and the reader is left waiting and withering for the next book in the series to be published.

A Feast for Crows

“A Feast for Crows” is the 4th book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series written by the talented George R. R. Martin. What made this book different is that it focused on a certain part of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms, rather than all the areas. With this change, new characters were introduced, and it felt as though more happened over the course of the book.

While I enjoyed the introduction of the new characters, I felt that it slowed down my reading some. George R. R. Martin didn’t’ make it as obvious who they were, so as I began to read about them I would search for clues. After I found the clues to figure out who they were, next I had to find out how they fit into the bigger story, and who’s side they were on. Sometimes, I would still be mildly confused . I’m not used to so many new characters being introduced into a book that already seems to have a thick and involved story line.

George R. R. Martin amazes me with his writing. The characters are detailed, the plot is thick with drama, each character is an individual with a purpose while still having bigger part in the overall story. There are battles taking place, people on missions to search for missing children, and medieval times with magic qualities. I get the feeling that the events that have taken place are leading up to something epic, I’m just not sure what yet. Also, I can’t believe that somebody can keep a reader hooked for so long and not leave them bored.

There is one downfall as a reader, one cannot get attached to any of the characters. I am a typically supporter of the good guys in the story, and George R. R. Martin has turned it into a form of weakness. He has made them his targets, thus bringing out a range of emotions for me as a reader. I’m fairly positive that anybody who witnessed me reading could attest to this fact. I was definitely more vocal and animated reading this book, and the others in the series prior to this.

The Handmaid’s Tale

OQTS0538“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a simply written, thought provoking book. Margaret Atwood did a beautiful job writing a story that makes the reader wonder about a world created with such simplicity and purpose.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a dystopian future where birth rates have decreased, and the Handmaids, like Offred, are able to leave the house once a day to do shopping, or for special occasions like births. The woman who are considered to be fertile are chosen for their role in society because the birth rates are so low.
Through Offred, readers are able to learn about the striking before and after difference of her world and how it came to be. As a result of this first person perspective the reader is able to have an idea of the impact of this new society and how one person feels about it. It may only be a part of the story, but it still tells a lot.
As I was reading I thought about what it would be like to be in Offred’s place. I’m pretty sure I would go crazy! There are times where the simplicity sounds nice, like less of a hassle than the present day. However, there are other things like the lack of individuality that I’m not sure I would handle well.
All in all I would recommend this book to anyone interested. For a simply written book there is a lot to the story and I plan on reading it again one day.