Book Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One is one of those books that I had heard about and always wanted to read. Heck, I actually thought I had read it at one point or another because my memory plays tricks on me. When the movie came out, I knew I had to see it because it was such a great book. Then I saw the movie and realized that it wasn’t a story I was familiar with, which seemed odd since I thought I had read it. Now, I wonder what book I had read that made me think it was Ready Player One.

readyplayeroneAnyway, the movie actually got me really interested into wanting to read the book and experience the full story, so I bought the book shortly after I saw the movie and then never read it. I actually have to explanation for why I didn’t read it, but I came across it this past week and got mad at myself for not reading it, so I read it. Let me tell you, I’m glad I finally read it. It was such a great book! The movie was good, but this book was amazing.

As someone who enjoys games and especially some of the classics, this book was made for me. In fact, I could easily be Wade, so reading this book was like reading an alternate timeline of myself. I had a hard time putting this book down because I wanted to see what would happen next in their battle to find the egg. The suspense in this from time to time really got to me, and I found myself staying up late at night to just get to a decent part where I felt I could finally log off … err … I mean stop reading.

I’m kind of sad that the book ended honestly. I know it had to end at some point, but man I hated it when I saw the Acknowledgements section because I knew the story was over. I will probably read this one again at some point, which is rare for me because I’m always trying to read new stuff, but that is how good this one is. I have actually just found a new #1 book, which just unseated my former #1, Landover: Magic Kingdom For Sale, and Landover has been my #1 for close to 20 years, so congrats Ernest Cline!

With that said, I highly recommend this book. It has 80’s references, it has a bunch of nerdy gaming references, it has action, it has romance, and it even has a mech battle! If any of that sounds appealing to you then you must read this book, even if you think you have already read it.

Different Kind of Reading

In a previous post, I mentioned that I had started reading some of the older Marvel comic books because I signed up for the Marvel Unlimited service, and I am really enjoying it. I have now branched out to reading six different series when the plan was to only read one: Avengers. I wanted to read the Avengers from the beginning starting in 1963. The problem is the book kept referencing something that happened in a different comic, so I would get curious and find that book it mentioned and start reading it, and that leads me to another book. I’ve actually had to limit myself to the ones I have if I ever want to get out of the 1960’s in a reasonable period of time.

I’ve now been reading these comics for a couple of months. I’ve read close to 200 comics so far, and it dawned on me that I haven’t really read any of the books I was planning to read in June. It is now the 4th of July (Happy 4th by the way!), and I just realized I had planned to read five books last month. Instead, I’ve just been reading the comics and having a blast. There is something to those early comics that just amuse me. I can definitely tell they were written in a different time, and Stan Lee seemed to have some obsession with alliteration when naming villains.

Something that has made me laugh are reviews that people post on Goodreads about some of these books. I decided to start tracking what I’ve read on Goodreads with the comics when I found out they have each book listed, and I started reading some of the brief reviews. The ones that make me chuckle are the ones that complain the older comics take longer to read because of all the writing in them. Those are the people that give other comic book readers a bad name especially when others are like “you just want to read comics because you don’t want to read.” Apparently, this is true for some people.

I do need to get back to some of the books I’ve been meaning to read, but I’m going to alternate between my books and my comic books. It’s a different kind of reading and one that I didn’t think I’d enjoy as much as I do right now, and I’m glad that I do.

New Month New Book

46121414It’s that time again: a new month! And that means a new group of books for Amazon Prime members to pick from to receive a free e-book. I actually enjoy this perk of being an Amazon Prime member because I’ve stumbled upon a few authors that I have fallen in love with through the program. And since I’m a big fan of thrillers, this is the book I picked to read for June: Trance by Adam Southward.

This one actually intrigues me because most of the thrillers I end up reading feature similar types of individuals: some type of patriotic person who is ex-military and now works on his own or with a secret government group stopping dangerous people. For whatever reason, that seems to be the type of thriller I always end up reading and enjoying. This time around it looks like the main character in the book is a psychologist who interviews someone who appears to be controlling others. Sound very interesting.

I do plan to write a review of the book when I am done, and I will post it here on my blog, but first, I am currently working on finishing up another book I have been dying to read: Blue Sky Tomorrows by L.J. Hachmeister. L.J. is in my group of favorite authors and her most recent book came out about six days ago. So that one is my current book and then I will get onto reading Trance and see how good that one ends up being.

Two Peters?!

I recently picked up a subscription to Marvel Unlimited because I wanted to read some of the older comics. Specifically, I wanted to read the Avengers comics from the beginning in the 1960’s. I’ve been working on reading through that series, but it has stalled at like #39 because I’ve started doing what I always do when reading comics: I start getting into other stuff. In this case, I started reading Tales of Suspense after it was referenced a few times in the Avengers comics, and I wanted to see what they were referring to. That then lead to a reference about Spider-Man in Tales of Suspense #58 that made me want to start reading The Amazing Spider-Man comics.

I just finished the first issue, which turns out to be a double issue, and I had to laugh at a mistake that was made early on. The very first panel of the book references Peter as Peter Parker:

Then the second half of the book switches to calling him Peter Palmer:

And the book continues to call him Peter Palmer for the remainder of the second half, which I found very amusing. My guess is it was a lettering mistake that was made, but it still makes it amusing to read. I wasn’t aware that there were two Peters that worked as Spider-Man.

When Proving a Point Goes Wrong

Yesterday, I decided that it was time to move beyond Windows as the operating system for my computer. It’s not that I don’t like Windows, but I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated by little issues with my computer. Plus, I’ve had that itch to get back into using Linux primarily because I like Linux. It’s different, and I enjoy stuff like that. I personally enjoy using things like package managers to handle the content on my computer. So, yesterday was the day to finally switch completely to Linux.

At the same time, I felt like I had something to prove to my brother and my best friend who were visiting. They both know that I enjoy Linux and wondered if I would ever fully switch. While they were here, I was working on setting up my computer. I decided to try a new OS that I hadn’t tried yet, and I heard some good things about Pop!, so I downloaded it and installed it. I really liked the look of it, but I struggled getting some of the stuff I normally use in Linux installed on the OS, so I figured to try an OS I’ve used before: Linux Mint.

Mint was the OS that got me to actually like Linux. I had tried Linux off and on for a few years but always got frustrated trying to get it set up. Mint was the OS that got me to fall in love with Linux, so it is always my go to selection when another one just isn’t working well for me. I hopped on the Mint website, downloaded the most recent iso, and installed it on my flash drive. Then I rebooted. The OS wouldn’t load.

At this point, both my brother and best friend were asking me if I had screwed up my computer because the screen would get a whole bunch of lines and then just go to a blank screen when I tried to boot off my flash drive. I wasn’t sure what was going on, so I tried again. Same results. I started doing some digging on a different computer to see what might be going wrong and someone mentioned having issues using USB 3 drives and that they installed it on a USB 2 port and worked. So, I tried that. No luck. Then I burned the iso to a disk. No luck. So I decided to go back to Pop! to see if I could get that to work. The OS started giving me issues like not responding to my keyboard from time to time.

During this whole time, both my brother and friend were finding this rather amusing. “Mr. Linux is having trouble with his computer,” and I was getting increasingly frustrated. After awhile, they¬† both had left, and I was left to myself to figure out what was going on. After some troubleshooting and digging, I decided the only thing I could do at this point was get Windows back on the computer for now, so I spent the last hour of my day reinstalling Windows and getting that running again.

I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it was rather annoying because of the timing. Usually, I’m good troubleshooting issues, but I think it was just the situation that got to me. I’m still curious what was up with Mint not wanting to boot. Guess I’ll get that working some day. Until then, I guess I’m still a Windows user.