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review 2018-08-19 11:21
Ready Player One
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

The most amazing fast forward and flashback at the same time. If we have oasis in real life - you would never see me walk out of my room ever again.

Going outside is highly overrated.

Ready Player One is time traveling without the use of a speed force or a machine developed by mad scientists. While reading – you would either find yourself in the past or in the future. I just can’t imagine how much dedication Ernest Cline put up to get this book to be liked by the people who are actually from the ’80s and the Generation Z who are technology know-it-all.


Hats off to you Sir Cline for giving all of us something to geek about and for introducing a very good ’80s jam.


As someone who was born in 1999 (nearly 2000) I’m way too late to experience anything from the ’80s. Not the classic films nor the retro games. For a reader who isn’t familiar with half of the references used in this book, I don’t know how many times I have wished to be born on the said era just so I could say it also gave me a sense of nostalgia. Fortunately, there’s google and internet to tell me what these references are.


You can say “Oh this book wasn’t for you then. Why did you even bother reading it?” but I have to to disagree. This book is still a haven to my nerdiness. Nothing stopped me from actually enjoying this book and solve James Halliday’s riddles and look for puzzle pieces with the rest of the High Five.


Speaking of our top five in the leaderboard, these characters made this book 10x better. Artemis, Aech, Daito, Shoto and Parzival have their own distinct voices and are characters that undoubtedly make the readers root for them to team up because they are all bad-assess and with them as a clan they will easily defeat IOI.


Also, we have Wade Watts whose narration was very refreshing to read especially when you realize there is someone who can be as trashy as you. There were times when he’s too unbelievably perfect for managing to answer Halliday’s riddles just from thin air but still you can’t deny that he has a burning passion for the oasis that he dedicated his whole life learning everything about Halliday. Although there were lots of flaws to Wade’s character like how he sees Artemis as a trophy to be won or how pathetically he had been when she broke up with him, he still redeemed himself in the end.


Yes there were cons – but were easily foreshadowed by the world building, the action, and all the intriguing aspects of this book. The ending was already more than enough and I don’t see the need of a sequel but because it has been already announced I have no choice but to just set high expectations for it.

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review 2018-08-12 16:09
Willing Suspension of Disbelief: “The First Lensman” by E. E. Doc Smith
First Lensman (The Lensman Series) - Jack Gaughan,E.E. "Doc" Smith

"Nobody does anything for nothing. Altruism is beautiful in theory, but it has never been known to work in practice."

In “The First Lensman” by E. E. Doc Smith

In many or most written SF, certainly in SF films, the canny audience member engages in a willing suspension of disbelief. The question for me often comes down to just a couple considerations--is it a bridge too far, just too many stupidities of too gross a scale for me to be able to buy-in? And am I enjoying myself on other levels--is it just so fun or cool or exciting, or are the characters and story just so damned compelling, that I can't help but have a good time? So, if I'm not offended by the stupidity, and the work in question as a narrative, then I'm happily able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy it. 

Ok. it's only SF but..



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-02-09 14:23
"Młyn do mumii"

„Młyn do mumii” przenosi nas do dziewiętnastowiecznej Pragi, gdzie główny bohater, komisarz Leopold Durman, prowadzi śledztwo w sprawie serii makabrycznych morderstw.


„w czasach, kiedy Niemcy jeszcze porozumiewali się na drzewach bekaniem, Czesi już pisali wiersze”

Petr Stančík „Młyn do mumii”


Autor przekracza wiele granic literackiego smaku i gatunku. W trakcie lektury przechodzimy więc od retro kryminału do awanturniczej powieści przygodowej wkraczającej równie ochoczo na miejsce zbrodni co do burdelu czy knajpy. Przy okazji musimy przebrnąć przez elementy wyrwane żywcem z romantycznych poematów wzbogaconych o fantasy czy fantastykę naukową. Nieustannie towarzyszy nam niczym rzeka, niekończący się spis czeskich piw i opisów co bardziej krwistych dań. Układa się z tego dość składna, choć w sumie trochę męcząca całość, która często musi być zszywana interwencją fantastycznych istot i sił pochodzących spoza świata realnego. Choć może się też wydawać, że świat realny i fabuła książki nie jest wcale zszywana, lecz rozdzierana przez fantastyczną otoczkę... Trudno mi to do końca ocenić.



Książkę można polecić miłośnikom retro-kryminałów i momentami karkołomnych rozwiązań, nie przejmujących się fizyką i logiką świata realnego. Mnie urzekły smaczki dotyczące życia społeczeństwa czeskiego w politycznych austro-węgierskich ramach.


Książkę w wersji elektronicznej można kupić np. w księgarni Ebookpoint: Petr Stančík "Młyn do mumii".

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review 2017-08-30 23:27
I really like this retro cozy series!


Ellison has had a trying time with the death of her husband and her mother trying to set her up with who she believes is good marrying material. Her mother is so snobbish and old fashioned and she also expects her parties to go over without a side of murder. 


Lately it seems Ellison has been in the vicinity of a few near misses and detective Anarchy Jones thinks someone is trying to kill her and puts protection around her. So she has to deal with that and a full house as her aunt shows up as well as her sister. She really has her hands full with both of them and its a bit stressing, then a woman is killed at her mother's party and they think it was meant to be Ellison, but was it.


Ellison refuses to think someone is trying to kill her and starts looking into things but more and more things keep happening. If she doesn't figure out what is going on it could really end up killing her.  I thought it was a very good mystery though I kind of had it figured out but I still enjoyed it. :)


According to the info on Goodreads this book's story line started one year before I was born...lol. Which is why I deem it retro since it's not historical. :) I really like the 1970's setting and I really enjoyed this one. Ellison was hurt by what she found out about her husband (in book one) so she doesn't trust men to much although she has two who are vying for her attention. I like Hunter just fine but I just like the detective more, there is just something about good ole Anarchy Jones. I also think I like him because her mother doesn't...lol. 


I would recommend this to anyone who loves cozies and it's not a cutesy one either which I like from time to time. 


I love the narrator of this series Callie Beaulieu she just has the right tone of voice for this one.

Source: www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Clouds-in-My-Coffee-Audiobook/B01M0D1IZU/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1504127578&sr=1-1
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review 2017-01-26 15:22
Falling in Death and Love- Magnus Stanke

     This is a good suspense thriller written with an easy read style and a good deal of wit. The 1970s setting in Mallorca works very well, as do the bunch of main characters. All of who are unique enough that one has little danger of confusion. We read into a holiday romance that promises to be so much more, and then for tragic reason proves to be life changing for one and life ending for the other.

     This is a plot easily ruined by knowing too much, like so many popular films one sees a week too late. Try to avoid reading the plethora of spoiler reviews. Not easy I know. As to the question of converting this book for film medias, it would make a gift of a screen script.

     I don’t usually manage to read books in a sitting, however good they are, and I didn’t quite manage with this one, but not through lack of trying. Young readers for who the ‘70s are ancient history, and older readers put off by early pages of period ‘hippiness’, read on, you won’t be disappointed. This really is a good adrenaline rush read, not just another middle-aged author dreaming up a regretfully missed life of dope, speed, and sex in the sun. And yes, Sushi chefs really were moving in on Europe right back when baby-boomers were still young, even though we associate Japanese style cuisine more with western city life in the new millennium.

     The book is so well written, especially when one accounts for the fact that Stanke is German, and writing in a second language, English. Correct me if I’m wrong, someone, but I don’t think this book has versions in German, Spanish, or any other language, and it certainly hasn’t been translated by anyone other than the author. Stanke has both a feel for language and the skill to weave a good yarn.



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