Half a Jar of Salsa Later…

Finished: Ready Player One. Next up: The Casual Vacancy.

Anyone who knows me or has spoken to me (or read my Facebook posts) at all in the last two days knows exactly how much I struggled with #5, A Book with a Number in the TitleReady Player One by Ernest Cline.  That is to say, I didn’t struggle at all to get through it, no, not at all.  I struggled because I had to put it down to go to sleep, go to work, go to my other work, and eventually made the decision to simply stay up to finish.

This evening after quiz ended and I arrived home at around 11:05, I picked up the book, a bag of Tostito’s, and a jar of Pace Salsa, and I sat down to finish that sucker.

Because DAMN.  It was a FUN read.  In fact, I enjoyed it enough that I asked a trivia question about it on Monday and decided to add the author’s newest book, Armada (release date: July 14th,) to my list as #4, A Book Published This Year.

Not in a while have I so thoroughly enjoyed reading a book.  I was enthralled by the world Cline created–a world of Second Life proportions, where people live virtually in OASIS because the real world has gone to complete shit.

Naturally, there are the evil overlords, trying to take over the virtual world…and the “good guys” who go by screenames such as Aech (pronounced “H”), Art3mis, and Perzival.  The plot revolves around a agoraphobic genius who created OASIS.  When he discovered he was dying, he programmed Easter Eggs into the virtual world and created what boils down to a world-wide scavenger hunt where the winner walks away with the guys fortune and other untold riches.

The theme of the scavenger hunt?  Pop culture from the 80’s.  Video games, movies, music, anything and everything of the 80’s era.


Oh, by the way, the ENTIRE book is like that.  Obscure references.  In certain portions, the main character is actually inserted INTO a movie and has to quote, line by line, the entire film while acting it out for points.

Ummm….how was this book not created for me?  Like, directly for me?  Because this?  This was a perfect book.

I want to read it again.

I won’t.  But I want to.

*remembers to breathe*

Everyone should go off and read this book.  But especially nerds.  Geeks, nerds, and dorks are especially welcome to this book.

For my next trick, I’ll be suffering through reading #31, A Book with Bad Reviews.  The ONLY book I considered for this category was The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

My goal is to get through it in the next two weeks because Armada will be arriving and I’m REALLY looking forward to reading that.

#31 The Casual Vacancy

The novel is set in a suburban West Country town called Pagford and begins with the death of beloved Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. Subsequently, a seat on the council is vacant and a conflict ensues before the election for his successor takes place. Factions develop, particularly concerning whether to dissociate with a local council estate, “the Fields”, with which Barry supported an alliance. However, those running for a place soon find their darkest secrets revealed on the Parish Council online forum, ruining their campaign and leaving the election in turmoil. – Wikipedia

You know, I don’t think I ever even looked up what this book was about, but damn, that sounds boring.  I guess that’s the point, but still!

Wish me luck!

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

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