52 pick up: September update!

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

38. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


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


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


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


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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