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  • #52665
    Cat
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    Announcing our next Book Club title, Armada by Ernest Cline. The sophomore book by the author of Ready Player One. Can lightning strike twice? Let’s find out!

    Share your feelings on the book here. Our target for the release of the next Book Club is July, so be sure to shoot us your thoughts in time to be included on the episode.

    #52678
    Max
    Participant

    I would like to find some way to read this so I can follow along without actually supporting it with my dollars…maybe I’ll library it. I just really didn’t like Ready Player One, and this book’s description sounds like it is going to pander even harder than that one did. I have to say that I do appreciate the cover art though.

    #53650
    Max
    Participant

    I ended up not reading the book, but everyone’s opinions confirmed what I expected I’d think of it it sounds like. I think Cline is a hack, personally.

    I recently watched Stranger Things on Netflix, which is the perfect example of how to properly homage things vs referencing things. That show opens up with what is effectively the same opening scene as ET (kids playing D&D, leaving in the night, creepy thing creeping around in a woodshed), but it re-contextualizes it in a way that builds on that foundation; Ernest Cline would have somebody watching E.T. in a ghostbusters shirt saying “E.T. is such a good movie, am i right?”

    #53659
    Cat
    Keymaster

    God, yeah. That’s painfully true.

    #53996
    Dillon
    Participant

    I literally bought this book to get a ticket to meet Ernest Cline and get my copy of Ready Player One signed

    #53997
    Max
    Participant

    And then what happened?

    #54006
    Dillon
    Participant

    I got both copies signed had a few minutes to ask him any questions I had so I just asked about his film fanboys and enjoyed a quick banter. He seemed to be pretty laid back in my opinion and just a fun dude to be around

    #54007
    Max
    Participant

    That’s always good to hear. Even though his work isn’t my cup of tea, I am glad he seems to be cool.

    #54146
    Armadon
    Participant

    I died a little inside with this book. all the traits in ready player one that I thought was exceptable, movie quotes and 80s name drops, were just out of place and not believable in this story.
    in both books he really wants to emphasize that a nerdy out of shape person with mo real world talents can really make a difference.
    good points
    1: how he pointed out that drone fighting was better to have in space and good a keeping casualties low. (until the enemy finds a hugh huddle of operators)
    2: how ED presented the threat to all new recruits
    3: the main character and others like him are picked up one day in a futuristic plane in plain view of anyone watching.
    4: lastly the books potential.
    there are too many problems that i dont want to get into. read at your own risk.

    on the latest book club episode, there was a mortal combat film book for adults. there were thousands of fighters brought in to fight. the “taste of whats to come” had both scorpion and subzero fight a person (can’t remember what kind) and johnny cage fought goro with a chain are the only differences i can recall.
    sadly i didnt read that audiobook by Galdapt, mores the pitty

    #54527
    MuckRaker
    Participant

    I really enjoyed Ready Player One. It wasn’t high literature, to be sure, but it was fun. I expected more of the same from Armada, and wasn’t disappointed. Was it fairly predictable? Yes. Somewhat cheesy? Yes. Still fun? Also yes. I doubt Cline will ever win any awards for his writing but he appears dependable for lightly-plotted romps through nostalgia…and those silly fantasies we all had as kids but would never admit it, a la The Last Starfighter

    Courage TFM

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