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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

In the not-too-distant future, an eccentric and insanely rich, game programmer creates a virtual reality world that almost the entire world’s population prefers “living” in over real life. When this geek god dies he leaves his legacy to the one who can find it. He created the ultimate Easter egg hunt that takes place in the virtual reality world he created and the first person to find it, wins.

This book had me in it’s grips immediately. I got all the way through level one without stopping. I’m not finished with this book yet but I know it will still get a 5 star rating after I have reached the last page. I can’t wait until tonight when I can lose myself in it again!

Update: I finished the book in two sittings – it was that good. I have been miserable for the last two days at work due to lack of sleep, but, believe me, it was well worth it!

Being a geek girl who was a teenager in the 80’s, I totally related to this book. I loved the references to all the shows and movies I loved when growing up. Oh, if only it were an option back then to go to high school in virtual reality.

This book was just great fun to read!

>Strange day

>Are you sure it’s not Monday today?

I couldn’t get out of bed this morning; I’m still trying to get used to the time change. I don’t like getting up when it’s still dark out. I wish we could just leave the time alone – one way or the other.

Then I remembered it was Friday. We get to wear jeans on Fridays – that’s worth getting out of bed for. Unless the laundry hasn’t been done in over a week because it’s been an extremely wild lately with zero time to do laundry. The only clean jeans I had were in the dryer – still damp from who knows how long ago. Just thinking of that feeling of cold, damp, clammy jeans when you put them on the in the morning was almost enough to make me go back to bed.

Almost.

I put the jeans on anyway and stumbled out the door to the car. The garage door was all freaked out and didn’t want to close. It kept going back up, I suppose something was over the sensor. I kept pushing the button making the door go up and down, up and down, until finally it squealed its way to the bottom. Then out the driveway I went.

Looking at the clock I realized I was going to be late for work. Well, I may as well stop for coffee since I’m already late. Kwik Trip or bust! I get my coffee and continue on my way. When getting out of my car and picking up my coffee cup – I haven’t drank any yet – I notice there is a puddle underneath the cup. Crap! A leaker!

Holding the cup well away from me, I still managed to get coffee all down the front of my jacket and pants. Oh well, my jeans were still damp anyway, what’s the difference? I walk to my office as fast as I can while holding my coffee cup at arm’s length away from me. When I get to my desk I pour what was left of my coffee into my to-go cup – the one I never seem to have with me when I stop at Kwik Trip. Then I noticed why it was leaking… there was a huge crack in the cup. I have no idea when/were/how that came to be but it was there all the same.

After I had the coffee situation taken care of, I tried to turn my computer on for the day and saw the blue screen of death! I rebooted and it seems to be working ok now. Hope it was a fluke!

After lunch, I went down to the little bookstore to hang up some posters and while I was there I noticed a Kim Stanley Robinson book. I picked it up and looked at it. The lady that was working there told me she had never heard of Kim Stanley Robinson and asked what kind of book it was.

Me “Science Fiction.”

Her “Oh, I quit reading that stuff in High School.”

Hmmm, I didn’t know quite what to say about that. I was kind of shocked and felt I was being judged. My mom always told me if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. So, I kept my mouth shut, put the book back and walked out of the store.

There is a silver lining on this black cloud that’s over me today. I will have a quiet evening all to myself tonight – I hope – to finish reading The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington,to continue reading Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and to work on the dwindling collection of beer in my fridge.

Cheers!

Oh yeah! I just remembered some more silver lining!

I received my copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith that I won on sweeps4bloggers! I can’t wait to start reading it but feel I should finish at least one of the other books I’m reading right now.

Currently Reading:
Inkheart
Sword of Truth Series Book 6
Anna Karenina
Green Mars
The Sad Tale of the Brother’s Grossbart

>Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

>A great story of colonizing Mars in the not-so-distant future. It describes the hardships the scientists went through when they were going through training in Antarctica, during the trip to Mars and when they finally get there. It also gets into the political impact colonizing Mars has on Earth. The different viewpoints of how to use the resources on Mars, whether or not to terraform and the inevitable revolution that occurs as a result of the many opposing views.

Definitely worth reading the sequel Blue Mars – where the terraforming and revolution continues.