Archive for October, 2013

52 pick up: September update!

Posted in Books on October 7, 2013 by thebigsmoke

I completely forgot to update my blog with my September reads, so here they are, rather belatedly.

38. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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This was recommended to me by two different people, so I felt obliged to read it.  It’s a sci-fi adventure story set in a dystopian near future, where everyone logs into a virtual world called the Oasis.  The creator of this virtual world dies and leaves his fortune to the first person to navigate a series of puzzles and challenges based on 80s pop culture.

At first, I was a little put off, because the book boasts its nerd credentials a little too proudly.  It felt like the literary equivalent of someone wearing a Bazinga t-shirt to the pub.  It’s like, okay Ernest Cline, I get it, you like nerdy shit and you’re proud to be a social outcast.  Good for you.

However, I managed to get past this and found the story highly entertaining.  It’s not deep sci-fi, it’s more of an adventure, but I didn’t mind that.  I got caught up and enjoyed the book for what it is.

39. The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley

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Totally forgot that I had read this before until I reached the end.  Obviously it was forgettable the first time I read it.  This time around it was actually a lot better.

The central character is cloned multiple times and the lives of the different clones are different narrative branches.  At times, particularly early on, this is a confusing gimmick, but it was my favourite thing about the book.

40. Created, The Destroyer by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir

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This is the first book in the expansive Remo Williams series, which I have been meaning to dip into for a long time.  I found it a very easy read but not particularly good, although I am told the series gets a bit better by the third book.  At some point I might pick up a few more for some light reading.

41. Breakout by Richard Stark

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Sadly, I’m almost through the Parker books, so I’m staggering my reading of the last few.  I find them an effortless read and this latest was no exception.  Essentially a collection of situations involving Parker trying to escape.  Very fast paced and very well written.

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