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text 2017-10-28 17:19
Ready Player One: The Movie March 30, 2018
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

I'd heard rumors Ready Player One was going to be made into a movie. Now I see there is a release date and a trailer.  Yay! I cannot wait to see it. I hope they do the book justice. It's being made by Stephen Spielberg, so I have some confidence it will.

 

Trailer: http://readyplayeronemovie.com/

 

My advice, if this looks interesting to you and you haven't done so, read the book first!  The audio version narrated by Wil Wheaton is also excellent, if you like audio books.  No matter how good a job they do with the movie, it won't be able to be as good as the book.

 

READ THE BOOK! You know you wanna!

 

Review:

There are already very good and helpful reviews for this one, all I can really add is to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

In case any think they might be lost with the 80's cultural references and gaming, I don't think there's much to worry about.  For the most part things referenced are given enough information to be able to follow. 

 

Since a large portion of the action does take place within a mega online multiplayer computer game a reader would need to find that interesting in order to enjoy this, but don't assume you need to be a huge gamer to enjoy it.

 

I thought this was interesting, well-written, action packed and enjoyed it completely!

 

 

And in case this book made you want to play Atari's Adventure again, here ya go:

http://chrome.atari.com/adventure

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review 2017-09-12 16:50
A Navy SEAL book that talks about PTSD
Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic - Mark L. Donald,Scott Mactavish

This is a great book from the perspective that it is the first SEAL book I have read where the author talks about PTSD and how he deals with it and firstly by not dealing with it.

 

Mark Donald is humble and the part of the book where he is awarded the Medal of Valor and the lesson he learns from the ceremony, the guilt he feels, and one of his many mentors about the medal is great!  (I'm not giving it away for those of you who want to read it).

 

The Battle of Khand Pass and the QRF chapters are the only chapters that contain page turning, edge of your seat, adrenaline rush battle scenes or descriptions which is not much of the book and makes it very different than many other SEAL books in this respect.

 

This book is rather a story of Mark's childhood and the struggles he faced as a Mexican American living in New Mexico being raised by ostensibly a single mom due to his father's own demons with PTSD.

 

The book goes on to detail how Mark first joined the Marines then moved to the Navy and started BUD/S training and became a SEAL then a corpsmen, then a PA and had to do double duty after 9/11.

 

This is a great book that I highly recommend and one of the most humble and respectful of SEAL books I have read.

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review 2017-09-05 22:48
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The readymade [ready-made] thief. - Augustus Rose
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text 2017-09-05 21:11
The readymade [ready-made] thief. - Augustus Rose

Wow!! I stayed up way into the early morning reading this book. I could not help it, I could not put it down. Well, until, unfortunately, close to the ending. I was simply too tired from lack of sleep to get into all the technical aspects that are presented. It was tedious and very, very descriptive. 

However, let me say this the descriptions were an amazing part of this book. I really felt myself "creeping" with Lee and Tomi inside those abandoned buildings. When reading the blurb about the book, I thought it was a post apocalyptic world. I was surprise to find that it was pretty much modern day. So many abandoned buildings! 

I loved the characters of Lee and Tomi. The author did a great job with their character development. He also did a great job with Steve and Lee's mother which led me to a "I want to slap the crap out of both those" feeling that lasted throughout the book.

A thoroughly entertaining, unputdownable and amazing read.

Thanks to Penguin Group/Viking and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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text 2017-09-05 19:58
The readymade [ready-made] thief. - Augustus Rose

Wow!! I stayed up way into the early morning reading this book. I could not help it, I could not put it down. Well, until, unfortunately, close to the ending. I was simply too tired from lack of sleep to get into all the technical aspects that are presented. It was tedious and very, very descriptive. 

However, let me say this the descriptions were an amazing part of this book. I really felt myself "creeping" with Lee and Tomi inside those abandoned buildings. When reading the blurb about the book, I thought it was a post apocalyptic world. I was surprise to find that it was pretty much modern day. So many abandoned buildings! 

I loved the characters of Lee and Tomi. The author did a great job with their character development. He also did a great job with Steve and Lee's mother which led me to a "I want to slap the crap out of both those" feeling that lasted throughout the book.

A thoroughly entertaining, unputdownable and amazing read.

Thanks to Penguin Group/Viking and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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