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I d say I m pretty nerdyI guess there s no set definition but I do have a comic book collection that takes up its own closet I have played WoW obsessively in the past and I enjoy going to sci fi conventions view spoilerand meeting people Fall Leaves like Tyrion Lannister hide spoiler 80215 Okayet s get this out of the way If you re Game Seven looking to recreate the singular reading experience you had with Ready Player One to recapture that same magical feeling of wonder and awesomeness you re going to be disappointed with this book Just straight up Armada is not RPO They have similarities but there also aot of differences and those differences are going to cause a 2000 GUITARS lot of people not toike this one very much Them s just the facts RPO as far as I m concerned is one of those once in a Youth to Power lifetime reading experiences that even its author will have trouble topping It s this magical hybrid of wonder and pessimism childhood and adulthood games and realife and it mixes the format of the uest story which is about as general of an enjoyable human story archetype you can get with nerd culture and nostalgia in a way that appeals to vast swathes of people And even if you didn t get 100% of what was going on most Wie uns die Pille verändert likely there s something in that book for you tooveNot so with Armada Armada is niche and not just because you really have to Six Minutes of Terror love sci fi andor video games toike it In a Die verlorene Frau: Roman lot of ways Ready Player One sort of transcended Ernest Cline s writing style You couldove that style or just think it s okay and still have a really fun time reading that book The story just takes over With Armada though if you don t No digas nada (Best Seller) like Cline s style you re probably not going toike the book He uses pop culture references as emotional shorthand his characters here are a bit on the flimsy side and his writing is focused on the action side of the story than the emotion He also errs on the side of passionate than clever I m totally okay with all of that for the recordWell okay Ashley what about the actual book Short answer is that it s a meta homage to science fiction and video games and I had a really fun time reading itIt s about a kid named Zack whose status as an elite gamer earns him a position in the real No digas nada (Spanish Edition) life fight against aliens and if that soundsike The Last Starfighter or Ender s Game that s very much on purpose There are really two twists that Cline brings to the story though Spoilers 1 The universe of Armada is really our universe meaning all of our pop culture is their pop culture Zack and his friends and family have all seen The Last Starfighter In fact that s the entire point of the book Serious premise SPOILERS here you ve been warned view spoilerThe book posits that the influx of science fiction in all its forms was a conscious effort by the part of a shadowy organization in order to emotionally prepare the world for the imminent arrival of alien Death and Other Happy Endings life and not only that but of the war that alienife has promised Starting with Star Wars all the way up to the Hawaiian Grammar latest edition of the Armada video game which Zack plays in the very first chapter it s all designed not only to emotionally prepare people but to train them to fight hide spoiler This was disappointing especially compared to Ready Player One I m definitely not the target audience for this butstill It s kinda fun but also utterly predictableAlso to all the people that have commented on this review and acted annoyed at me that it s The Last Starfighter than Ender s Game Haven t seen The Last Starfighter Don t care to No need to get after me about itPre reviewSo basically Ender s GameSure why not Thisl probably be better than Ender s Game anyway The Last Starfighter Ender s Game Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny the The Fish is Red last Battlestar Galacticaeads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a Deep Learning for Computer Vision: Expert techniques to train advanced neural networks using TensorFlow and Keras lonely uest for a shining planet known as Earth Proton packs Twiki from Buck Rogers I d buy that for a dollar Ms Pac Man Mix tapes Help me Obi Wan Kenobi You re my only hope Pitfall Theorizing that one could time travel within his ownifetime Dr Sam Beckett stepped into the uantum Leap accelerator and vanished Tron Where we re going we don t need roads Defender Warp core breaches Snakes Why did it have to be snakes Voight Kampff test Streets of Fire Yippie ki yay motherf Why did you stop me What s that you say You can t just string a bunch of nerdy 80s pop culture references together and call it a coherent piece of writing Maybe not but Ernest Cline is getting rich doing it so I thought I d give it a try Ah but seriously folksZach Lightman is a high school kid whose only real talent is playing video games His father was killed in an accident right after he was born and thanks to an attic full of the old man s stuff Zach is well versed in 80s movies TV and music There s also a notebook in which his dad theorized that all the pop culture since the 70s was done as part of a plan to prepare the world for a coming alien invasion and video games were introduced to train the public on how they d fight them Zach kaddish.com: A novel learns that his father s theory was right when he gets scooped up by the Earth Defense Alliance because his skills are needed to help fight off the space invaders Cline hasifted elements from stories ike The Last Starfighter and Ender s Game and then used the notion that the EDA Ender s Game and then used the notion that the EDA been influencing Earth s culture for decades to create a oop in which he can continually roll out nerdy references to the point where you Argonauta: Peripecias modernas entre el océano y el cambio climático (Spanish Edition) ll want to punch the next person who says anything about Star Wars within your hearing Oh and Futurama also did this plot in a much better and funnier way about 7 years earlier Borrowing story from other works isn t the worst thing about this though The part Clineifted is used fairly often in entertainment as general wish fulfillment that any kid might be exceptional somehow So this doesn t come across as uite the act of plagiarism it sounds Best Laid Plans AssassinShifter like from the premise of the book That s far from the biggest problem with ArmadaThe important thing here is that Ernest Cline is a goddamn hackI thought his first book Ready Player One wasightweight mildly entertaining sci fi that mainly coasted by due to its appeal as Gen X nostalgia porn but Cline is أكتبك لتقرأني like that guy at work who made one decent joke that got a short giggle out of you once in the break room and after that repeats a variation of it every time you bump into him in the hall With this second book he s shown that he has no other moves than playing the pop culture card because Armada is nothing but the same gag repeated ad nauseam My irritation starts with Zach Lightman because just as in RP1 we once again have a teenage hero who is obsessed with the 80s despite notiving in them Yeah Cline makes up some reasons as to why a kid in the future or in the present would get into this but in reality this is just an excuse for a middle aged man to put his own youth culture into the mouths of younger characters in an attempt to convince us all that the 80s were totally awesome and completely relevant today dudeIt also gives him the opportunity to unleash his never ending stream of nerdy references in This Is Not That Dawn lieu of actually writing a book The main character can t describe anything anyone or any emotional state without using pop culture as shorthand Almost everything that happens to him has to be expressed by comparing it to a movie TV show or video game Heiterally can t describe his own mother without evoking Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley to give you an idea of her toughness even though she s a nurse not a robot fighting survivalist or alien exterminatorview spoiler Yes I know she does fight aliens at the end but even if you want to believe that s foreshadowing it s once again using famous sci fi characters to tell us what to expect out of Cline s creation rather than trying to do it himself If he had bothered to build up the mom as tough so that we bought into the idea that she s shooting asers at aliens and then compare her to Sarah Connor in a joke or comment then that might actually pay off in the moment if done well But then HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO COME UP WITH A would have had to come up with a to describe her early on without using the crutch of references and that just wasn t gonna happen hide spoiler I ike to think I m sorta with it as an adult I read books that my teenagers Demography is Politics like I run from adult responsibilities Iove some pop culture stuff I make fart jokes with my tweenish age sonI m totally on board with the cool stuff Until I met this bookI absolutely and totally hate it I know I should make myself finish it since I received a copy as an arc I m not doing it You can t make me I Il mistero del London Eye loved Ready Player One so much that it is one of my favorites that I ve read this year This sucker is going on top of my most hated for the yearYou have this My father had drawn circles around the entries for Iron Eagle Ender s Game and The Last Starfighter then he d added theines connecting them all to each other and now for the first time I finally understood why All three stories were about a kid who trained for real Lady Caligula life combat by playing a videogame simulation of it And that boys and girls is the gist of this bookNow that really does not soundike the worst book ever But then you take and put in a pop culture reference in almost every frigging paragraph and it wears on your every Americana lovingast nerve in a frucking hurryDon t believe me This is from the blurb that I stupidly waited to read after I started the bookArmada is a rollicking surprising thriller a classic coming of age adventure and an alien invasion tale TITLE like nothing you ve ever read before one whose every page in infused with the pop culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenongags Not only do we have continuous pop culture forced down our throat at ever possible moment You also must throw in every cliche known to young adult books on top of that I did not finish this book but so far into it I saw the whole bullying storyline single momdead dadonely boy who is going to be the hero and insta The Namesake loving As a matter of fact the instaoving is when I said to hell with this book I actually gritted my teeth it was so badThen as if that weren t The Visible Filth lame enough I added I m not old enough to drink anywayShe rolled her eyes at me They re about to tell us that the world is ending you realize she said You don t want to be stone cold sober for that shit do youYou make a compelling argument I said taking the flask from herAs I raised it to myips she began to chant Breakin the Schatzk�stlein Des Rheinischen Hausfreundes law breakin theawI did get some stuff done while reading this book though I cleaned my entire house I even cleaned drama kitties Up Tunket Road litter box It was way fun than this book And my ass isazy Book source Blogging for books in exchange for review I expected somethin. Zack Lightman has spent his ife dreaming Dreaming that the real world could be a ittle The Society of Thirteen like the countless science fiction books movies and videogames he’s spent hisife consuming Dreaming that one day some fantastic world altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space faring adventure But hey there’s nothing wrong with a ittle escapism right After all Zack tells himself he knows the difference between fantasy and reality He knows that here in the real world aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t. ,
CHARACTERS ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Ernest ClineOut us even knowing it Like Mr Miyagi in The Karate Kid when he made Daniel san paint his house sand his deck and wax all of his cars he was training him and he didn t even realize it Wax on wax off but on a global scale This isn t just Olive Again lazy sloppy writing but it s detrimental to how the book will read to some people Not only do we not know what Zack is supposed to be feeling because he s not telling us he s describing how another character in a similar situation would feel but only describing the situation But if you re unfamiliar with the reference you won t know what Zackthe reader is supposed to be feeling Or youl have to jump on Google to find out yourself which isn t exactly what anyone sitting down with a book is hoping to end up doingThe simile references aren t just every now and then they re on nearly every page which becomes enormously tiresome Zack cannot describe anything or have a single conversation without name dropping at วิมานโจร least one pop culture reference And while I got most of the references I didn t enjoy them so much as I grew to hate Cline s shockingly inept storytelling styleThe story itself isn t much better Yes it s ripping off The Last Starfighter and Ender s Game but beyond that there isn t much else to the book The gamers save the world storyline is extremely self indulgent and tedious while the pervasive worship of nostalgia is simply boring But ateast Zack has a semblance of character as opposed to no one else in the book His glaringly obvious The Roman Forum love interest Lex isn t so much a character as an extension of Cline s fantasy She s drop dead gorgeous and as steeped in pop culture as Zack so the two get to make repeated obnoxious references to one another in theeast funny most annoying meet cute ever Not only that but she is hot hot hot for nerds especially gamers who re super good at Armada Lex might be Cline s most pitiful moment in the whole novel Zack s friends Nerdle dee and Nerdle dum I don t recall their names but that l do are just funnels for every fanboy message board arguing about what superhero could beat some other superhero or what movie s better than another Describing these characters as one dimensional is generousWhen he s not making references Cline s describing the supposedly exciting battle scenes in space between Earth s forces and the aliens Except describing a space battle is not nearly as exciting as seeing one in a film TV show or game and there are dozens of pages devoted solely to this My eyes glazed over every time Cline was describing some super awesome dogfight Zack was inBut it isn t just Cline s inability to bring any real drama to the proceedings just how exciting is it to see two drones fight one another Because for most of the fights the people operating the machines are safely tucked far away from the action while two unmanned drones shoot at one another Two ifeless robots shooting Dragonhaven lasers at one another is as exciting to read as it soundsThings happen too uickly one minute Zack s a high school student making Lord of the Rings references with his Say Anything obsessed mother in theiriving room the next he s in space preparing to fight a war that Mr Peters' Connections ll save humanity There s no real build up to the war against the aliens no real sense of fear that this is mankind s final hour Everything s too rushed to have any impact on the readerAs unconvincing as the characters are once these teens get drafted and are given titlesike Captain and Lieutenant it took all I could muster not to say oh fuck YOU every time we saw some dweeb suddenly being saluted by self appointed Generals and Admirals It s ike watching ittle kids play dress up or seeing a Scientology ceremony except you know they re just idiots while Cline is asking us to take these teenage Captains seriously Nkomo The Story of My Life like everyone else in his story is for some stupid reason It s too much I could suspend my disbelief for an alien invasion but not for some dickhead gamers being called actual military ranks and treatedike actual ranking officers There s not enough vomit in the world to express how I felt during those scenesAnd really we re meant to believe that teenage gamers was the best strategy the brilliant minds of the world could come up with to fight the aliens Socially dysfunctional emotionally damaged undisciplined crybabies who ve never know responsibility beyond a part time job or an essay deadline are suddenly entrusted with billions of dollars worth of euipment to SAVE THE WORLD But then again we re dealing with Ernest Cline s fantasy specific to gamers so it makes nonsenseArmada is pure fan service to gamers It pats them on the head confirming their ridiculous beliefs that they are the most amazing people in the world and that nobody understands the true importance of gaming The book is also for people who Cary Grant A Biography like seeing things they re familiar with whol go oh I remember that therefore this is great ie mindless fanboys who only react to brands rather than substance and who enjoy feeling part of an asinine club because they get certain references others don t The real failing of Armada is that for all Cline s knowledge of pop culture he s unable to contribute anything original to it with his book That s the point isn t it to create something new and start a whole new set of references rather than simply uote endlessly from others ad nauseam But Cline opts for the atter and produces a book of completely insubstantial drivelArmada is tedious sci fluff that renders itself near unreadable due to an over reliance on cultural reference shorthand to communicate key moments of its feeble story and the savvy ness of the reader to pick up on them When picking what to read shoot for something higher something original challenging ambitious and fresh in other words anything but Armada WINNER WORST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015Could we have a moment of silence for my ove of pop culture references Thank youE s Love of Pop Culture References 1986 2015 RIP I was born in 1980 but I didn t truly flip my shit over something until the Howard the Duck movie came out in 86 I m sure there will be several uber nerds who will claim that that s why I didn t get this novel because I wasn t born wearing a Star Trek uniformErnest Cline is uite simply the Stephenie Meyers of science fiction Horrible writer finds niche and milks it for everything it s worth because dollah dollah bills y all His next book will Tall StrangerLast Stand at Papago Wells likely be a fantasy epic concerning a young wizard who flies around with a trio of dragonsooking for a magical cube that can turn sex toys into shape shifting robots Young Wizard finds out his parents didn t actually die shortly after his birth they traveled forward in time to join the Nazis Young Wizard must team up with whimsical and witty man in a bow tie and a talking ion named Jesus in order to alter the course of Shia Labeouf s career Am I close yet Cline Huh Am I I will not spend the duration of this review explaining the extremity of my nerdom I will not bore you with my ikes and dislikes I will say that I consider myself a nerd That is the main reason I reuested this book from Crown Publishing in return for an honest review At this time I would 33 like to express my deepest condolences I kinda feelike a serial killer apologizing to the parents of my victim but you had to have known this was going to happen I only assume that someone at your company read this book before accepting it for publication Then again maybe not Let s be honest You knew it would sell and it will continue to sell Cavalier A Tale of Chivalry Passion and Great Houses long after this review is posted Everyone LOVED Ready Player One and WE the massesove supporting new favorite things I know I will be tossed in the troll pile I know I will be Loveknot Welcome to Tyler looked down upon by the Gods of Nerdom as some internet rage machine hellbent on funneling my derision into someone who siving the dream by stealing other people s dreams Fuck everybody who thinks that This book is fucking terrible Armada hopes to win you over with a metric fuck tonne if I m using the metric system I must use the ueen s English tonne instead of ton it is then of pop culture references In the first third of the book Cline describes everything using these references Everything This is One Step Further like that and that isike this Nothing wrong with that Not in my mind anyway I became worried when I noticed that the book wasn t just full of pop culture references it was one big pop culture reference I started making predictions Those predictions came true time and time again In fact I was never wrong Why Because this book is everything else It was designed to sell strictly on your The Dreamers love of other things You re not going toike this book for its plot or characters You re going to ike this book because it s comforting You l be able to point at everything and say Hey I know that reference This novel is the Girl on a Motorcycle literary euivalent of a Funko Pop doll Nerds will be judged on how many times they ve read it Geeks will argue over how self aware it is and how its barelyiterate author is ve read it Geeks will argue over how self aware it is and how its barely La suma de los días literate author is fucking genius for making millions off their cherished memories Dorks will rise up and create a board game out of its contents and that board game shall be dubbed HOW MANY TIMES CAN I WRITE HIS FACE CONTORTED IN AGONY Iove my fellow nerds and geeks and dorks but you re being played Traces like the video games youove This book is to nerd culture what Episode One was to Star WarsHad this book done one thing original I wouldn t be half as infuriated as I am right now I wasted almost a week of my ife reading this miserable puddle of nerd semen only to come to the end and find out HAHAHAHAHA I m so self AWARE AND META THAT THE ENDING IS ONE OF and meta that the ending is one of top three things you don t do at the end of a science fiction novel I won t spoil the ending for you but the ist goes as such1 It was all a dreamthe dream was real2 The alien threat wasn t really the threat humanity should have felt threatened byhumanity is the real threat3 The whole thing was a simulationthe simulation was actually the real thingNow that I think about it two of those things are true in this novel but at separate times Armada is so self aware that I m honestly surprised Cline didn t reference himself in the book Or if he did I didn t notice because my brain started The Greek's Convenient Wife Harleuin Presents leaking from my ears around the 280 page markIn summation Holy shit this book was bad Like Drake and the 99 Dragons bad Like it can t get past the firstevel of Super Mario Brothers bad Like so bad that Cersei wouldn t fuck it even if it was her blood relative Final Judgement If Patrick Rothfuss ate John Scalzi this book would be the eventual excrement I tried to keep my cool I tried to remain skeptical I reminded myself that I was a man of science even if I did usually get. The hero But even through the terror and exhilaration he can’t help thinking back to all those science fiction stories he grew up with and wondering Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a ittlefamiliar At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could Armada is a rollicking surprising thriller a classic coming of age adventure and an alien invasion tale ike nothing you’ve ever read before one whose every page is infused with the pop culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon. .
G original ZACK S GAME I was really excited to read Armada since I read some months ago Ready Player One and I enjoyed A LOT that other book So reading the next novel by Ernest Cline was a obvious decisionI was aware of the basic premise and I really hoped to read something fresh and original with the same sense of witty and humor found on Ready Player One but while I can t deny that Armada contains witty and humor I didn t find it fresh or originalAny big reason some book that you may heard about not matter if you have read it or not Ender s GameCline didn t do any attempt that it could be pointless and illogical to hide the connection to the mentioned novel in fact in the reality of the book Ender s Game exists as the same known sci fi novel than in our reality But one thing is aknowledge the novel and other is trying to make a readers friendly version of that novel Ender s Game is a complex book you ove it or hate it very rarely you are in the middle about it where to be fair I think that I am in the middle There are many reasons why readers hate the book some illogical The Mask of the Enchantress / The Secret Woman like the personal opinions of the author about polemic topics if I d worry about personal thinking about authors actors musicians etc Veryikely I wouldn t be able to enjoy a I've been thinking...: reflections, prayers, and meditations for a meaningful life lot of good books movies tv series and music albums I prefer a shitty person but good writer than a good person but shitty writer Yes I got that from the film adaptation of The Fault in Our StarsAnyway there are other issues on the actual bookike the age of the main character in contrast with his too mature attitude or violent actions But at Bonded by Sin least it was originalHonestly I don t think the same about ArmadaAnd if some of you my fellow geeks are thinking about the movie The Last Starfighter don t worry Cline mentions that film tooof course he has to mention it He s shamelessly merging Ender s Game book with The Last Starfighter movie as being any able to avoid mention those But being open to mention the awareness of those projects and excusing them as being part of a bigger plan to explain why Armada is so muchike those previous stories it isn t a satisfactory scenario to justify the Hezbollah lack of originality in this novelOn the narrative there is even aarge and meticulous Honored Guest Stories list of all works about alien invasions military sci fi and booksmovies about using civilians usually teenagers in video game simulations to train them for real military duties Where in that I was amazed that taking in account how extensive theist is it wasn t mentioned the film Toys 1992 with Robin Williams Yes the movie is pretty Orcs et Gobelins lame but hey Its general story makes a bullseye on about what s about the main topic on the novel as to be picky about it and not mentioning it The sci fiist covers until 1999 so there is no reason why to skip that movie since it fits in that big conspiration theory Florence of Arabia like a gloveAnother curious thing is that Zack Lightman the main character has a history of previous violence and even a bully is afraid of him The bullies are afraid of the geeks What kind of insane world is that one HeheheI didn t see the point of portraiting Zack Lightman with a past of violence I know many gamers whom they don t kill a fly in real world and they are insane killers in video games It wasike taking Ender Wiggin but instead of recruiting him as a small child and waiting until he is eighteen years old While I understand the disliking of some readers of a child doing the kind of violence as Ender at Guns of the Timberlands least that s something to talk about something polemic any controversy is good for the general impact of a story but a 18 years old man with a violent past Mmh Nope no controversy there sorryI won t spoil the ending don t worry I will only say that even the way as the twist in the story is managed it isn t that original fresh or innovative Basically it s a kindaoose reverse way of The New Twilight Zone episode A Small Talent for War that it was considered one of the best episodes of the revival TV series It impacted me so much when I watched it back then in 1986 that I still remember the basic storyline of the TV episode Hey If you don t want geeks High Five like me to point out that they readhearwatch a similar story before then don t do geek stories since we geeksove to show off our geekness sapienza totally worthless in the day to day real ife but fun to point out when something isn t as original as others may thinkWait a minute 1986 The episode of The New Twilight Zone was aired in 1986 Ender s Game was published in 1986Dang Forget 1985 This novel should be titled 1986 Strikes Back GEEKNESS TOO MUCH You may think that a geek ike me will be in paradise in a novel Gramm.it : Grammatica italiana per stranieri con esercizi e testi autentici like Armada where in almost every single paragraph there areike between 2 and 6 pop culture geek referencesIf soYou thoughtwrongI don t know maybe I am not as geek as I think who am I kidding I am a dang geek But honestly even I found irritatingexcesiveunnecesary pick your poison to include such overwhelming Three Maids for a Crown ludicrous HUGE chunk of popular culture geek references in every single dang paragraph in the whole novelDid I understand the geek referencesSure I am a geek duhHowever unless I am in the middle of a deep discussion with fellow geek friends I don t think or speak outoud so many pop culture geek references in day to day situations Believe it or not if we geeks opted of not wearing a geek related t shirt we geeks can mingle in the middle of non geek masses and you non geek won t be able to indentify usBWA HA HA HAMmh Of course it helps too if we geeks opted to avoid Lives of Roman Christian Women (Penguin Classics) laughing outoud in machiavellian style In that way our camouflage is impeccable Bwammhright rightBut really I am a geek and I don t think or speak The Tao of Bill Murray Real Life Stories of Joy Enlightenment and Party Crashing like Zack Lightman and even I can t believe that the most obsessive realife geek may think or speak as Zack Lightman does Yes I know it s a book and usually that kind of characters are archetypes intentionally exaggerated to construct epitome Badlands like characters and in that way being able to differentiate between different characters in a story andor clearly pointing out the purpose of the character in the narrative However while in Ready Player One I felt that pop culture references were used in a proper way with the right amount of it here in Armada the author justost control of it and the popular culture geek references just ran free crushing any chance of enjoying the reading experienceIn a smaller note but relevant I think that the novel takes a bit too much to engage since after two compelling initial chapters you get Men at Arms lost in over detailing descriptions of video game sessions before reaching the point where the story begins to kick provoking a bump in the first part of the bookAt the end I felt not fair giving it ateast a 3 stars rating which it puts the novel in the safe positive side of the rating bar but definitely I expected a Bloud Count lot of this book taking in account Cline s great job in Ready Player One I don t regret having read it but I wasooking for something original and enjoyable and sadly it wasn t the case NOPEBelieve me when I say I was ready to ove this book Ready Player One was so great And this was about video games and alien invasions I jumped in to Armada ready to be caught by an awesome net and instead fell flat on my face On concrete And then a piano fell on meThe euation as it stands Boring characters I didn t care about anyone I didn t feel we spent enough time with a single character for me to care about their fate and so when something happened to someone I just shrugged and kept reading an their fate and
so when something happened to someone I just shrugged and kept reading an main character Iwhen something happened to someone I just shrugged and kept reading an main character I him i wasn t rooting for him even a ittle bit I would have Bloodraven likediterally any other character to be our heroheroine deus ex machina ALL OVER THE PLACE the plot kept running into situations that made Ernest Cline have to create silly and ridiculous ways out near the end I was just rolling my eyes well of COURSE there was a simple 1 minute hack to solve that giant problem anti climaxes Undressed by the Earl left right and centre just when you think something exciting is going to happen it sike a deflating balloon and you re Greene, G: Stamboul Train left thinking wait was I supposed to think that was awesome an over saturation of pop culture referencesisten I get it Ernest Cline Geschichte des Osmanischen Reiches loves showing off his knowledge of 80 s pop culture Whereas in Ready Player One it felt a bit heavy right here it basically sunk the ship There were references being made where they didn t add to the plot where they didn t fit into normal conversation or thought and where they expected to explain something important that I therefore didn t understand because I don t know all of these obscure references wasted potential the big reveal at the end was actually interesting but I really felt it was a case of tooittle too Malsorja late bad editing I hate to be a stickler for grammar but sometimes it crosses aine throughout reading this i kept shaking my head and just thinking did the editor give up why is it so choppy NOPEI actually had a blast reading this because I read it aloud with my boyfriend Read his review here Every night we d get together and read a chapter or two and it became a cringe fest that we Tahdzib Syarh Ath Thahawiyah laughed through together If however I hadn t been reading it with him I don t even know if I would have finished it I ve not given up on Ernest Cline Ready Player One is a super fantastic and fun novel and I feelike Ernest Cline is writing interesting sci fi for our contemporary times I just hope that whatever he does next is better plotted and not rushed 3 Teenager Zack Lightman is the 6th best Armada player in the world a sci fi shoot em up where you pilot a ship blasting away alien invaders And then he discovers the game was really designed to find the best pilots in the world and he s been drafted in a real The Establishment And How They Get Away with It life war against aliens Computer games used to find skilled players kids usually to fight aliens in an intergalactic war Yeah it s been done already in The Last Starfighter and Ender s Game In fact the derivative nature of Ernest Cline s Armada is emblematic of the novel as a whole which isn t so much a story as it is a collection of uotes and references from other actually original works of pop culture sprinklediberally atop an adolescent wish fulfilment fantasyThe story is told in Zack s first person By far the most irritating aspect of the novel is the way Cline writes Zack s internal monologue note that Zack is a mega fan of pop culture Every simile and I mean Every Single One is a reference to something A movie book game whatever For example I d felt ike a young Clark Kent preparing to finally earn the truth about his origins from the holographic ghost of his own Bernstein Teil 1 long dead father and What if they re using videogames to train us to fight with. Get chosen to save the universe And then he sees the flying saucer Even stranger the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders No Zack hasn’tost his mind As impossible as it seems what he’s seeing is all too real And his skills as well as those of millions of gamers across the world are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it It’s Zack’s chance at ast to play. ,