Ready Player One … Boop Beep Boop

I was recommended this book by a friend who said she enjoyed it immensely. I had bought it over a year ago, but finally got around to reading it in February this year.

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Ready Player One was suggested to me by a friend who knows the types of book that I like. I thought it was going to be a trip down the nostalgic lane, but it was so much more than that.

The book is set in the OASIS, a virtual reality system that with the right equipment can feel like the real thing, where people are searching for Halliday’s Egg, an Easter Egg that contains riches beyond belief to the person who finds it first.

The story is from the point of view of Wade Watts, an 18 year old “gunter” – Egg Hunter – obsessed with the 80s and Halliday as most people in OASIS are. He receives a wake up call when the first key is found and he learns what lengths some people will go to in order to win the competition.

Cline draws upon his own childhood and teenage years as the background and inspiration to flesh out the book. Being an avid gamer and roleplayer in the 80s, I can see all the inspiration through the games, books, films and TV programs. The detail is incredible, and at times you forget you are reading a book as you are transported in there.

It is one of the only books that when I finished it, I immediately started it again to see what I missed.

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon UK Paperback

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon UK Kindle

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon US Paperback

Ready Player One ……………..  Amazon US Kindle

Elite: Dangerous – Reclamation

Having been a fan of Elite since I played it on the ZX Spectrum over 30 years ago, this book had a lot of work to do to impress me. In the words of a famous smuggler from a different galaxy “I have been from one side of the galaxy to the other” and I have visited many planets and systems.

This book by Drew Wagar started off with a bang and it didn’t let up. The characters are believable, and the locations are described well. At one point someone is referring to things as they used to be, and it was a definite throwback to the original game. The intrigue and twists are very well done and you find yourself holding your breath at points.

It is a fast paced book that hits the ground running. You don’t need to know the game to read the book, it does well as a standalone.

If you like science fiction, this is a definite addition to your library.

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Elite Reclamation – Amazon US

Elite Reclamation – Amazon UK

Sunday Photo Fiction ¦¦ Music For All Ages

Every week a photo is used as a prompt for a story using around 200 words. If you want to have a go, head over to Sunday Photo Fiction and take a look at all the details. If you want to see what others have written, then head to the InLinkz link up page and click on any of the images there to read one of the stories.

70 07 July 27th 2014

Tripsy looked at the buildings in front and giggled. “Pretty houses, pretty, pretty houses”, she said in her high-pitched voice. Beau looked at her wishing she would shut up. Opening his case, he laid it on the table nearby and started plugging wires into the back of the case and then into sockets and other devices so it looked like a tangle of linguine dangling from the back of the case and then splaying out in different directions.

Breathing in calmness and exhaling tension, he flicked the switch and a humming sound filled the air, with vibrations emanating from the case. He looked at the houses, waiting for someone to come out. He frowned when there was no movement except Tripsy prancing and running like a four-year old. Beau adjusted dials sliders and turned the volume up again, but still there was no movement.

Scratching his head, he went to look at the houses and saw his sister running to the case. He called out to her to stop, but she slammed her hand down on the case, which resulted in huge white and blue flash. When he could see again, the only thing left of the houses was their foundations.

Sunday Photo Fiction: Trash And Treasure

Every week a photo is used as a prompt for a story of around 200 words. If you want to have a go, take a look here, and if you want to see what others have written, then click on the frog.

 

58 05 May 4th 2014

 

Keeping watch, he wanted to make sure nobody saw him. The junk just lay there in the vehicle with nobody seemingly watching. He knew he would have to be quick to see what treasures sat amongst the trash. Keeping to the shadows, he stopped briefly as a figure moved past. He counted the steps of the passerby, listening to them move a while before stopping, scuffling around and then carrying on and fading into the distance.

Breathing a sigh of relief, he poked his head out of the shadows where he stood and looked both ways. Seeing nobody around, he stealthily made his way to the next alcove, still watching to make sure nobody moved near his intended prize. Darting in and out of shadows, he inched ever closer to his goal.

He crept between cars making sure not to touch them, and then made a lunge for the trash. Placing an appendage on the side of the vehicle, a brief flash lit the sky as the lorry vanished as the alien consumed it upon contact. He stood and breathed in the essence and felt power course through him. He felt his body change, as he became a facsimile of the vehicle, knowing that humans would now become his fodder.