So where we last left, I was going to read A Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. Well that didn’t happen. I read about 30 pages and couldn’t get a single bit further.
I then tried to read Red Rising by Pierce Brown. And only got about 30 pages into that.
I lost all hope at this point and started reading fanfiction instead…and that’s where I’ve been for the past few months.
I’ve actually been fighting the urge to reread Ready Player One…for reasons. So naturally, when I decided to pick up another book, it had to be Armada by Ernest Cline.
Armada filled #4 – A Book Published This Year. Not only was it published this year, but I have both it AND Ready Player One signed by the author himself.
High school student Zack Lightman glances out his classroom window and spots a UFO. The 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 Earth from alien invaders.
When a shuttle from Armada picks Zack up at school and delivers him to a top-secret military facility, he learns about the existence of the Earth Defense Alliance who reveal to Zack and other recruits that the Armada video game was actually developed as a simulation of an imminent alien threat from aliens. The secret kept from the public, Armada was used to identify video gamers who could pilot drone ships to protect Earth from the potential invaders.
Now the very first thing I want to start with, is that Armada in no way, shape, or form, lives up to the sophomoric hype following Ready Player One. If you’re going to choose between the two, read RPO any day. And then read it again, because it’s phenomenally fun.
Armada follows a somewhat similar formula. Make tons of geeky movie and television references to lure your fans in. Get them hooked. Add in a few plot twists. Give a LOT of action towards the end. Fool proof plan.
It works. Just not to the level of Ready Player One.
And that’s really all I have to say about it. It’s fun. It’s good. But it’s not hysterical. And it’s not great.
I enjoyed it. And now I’m ready to move on.
For my next trick, I’m loosely interpreting #17 – A Book a Friend Recommended and reading The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. It was given to me at a job interview by the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer of Guardian Mortgage. He might not be a friend yet, but he could be eventually. And it was definitely recommended to me. In fact, I figured that once I accepted the job offer, I should read it, in case it’s referenced once I start my new career.
People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending from the pulpit. By focusing your energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.
Since it is rather business oriented, I’ve also decided to tackle #13 – A Book in a Different Country by reading The Martian by Andy Weir at the same time. I chose The Martian simply because it comes out in theaters tomorrow. I’ll be seeing it on Saturday. My goal will be to have it finished by then.
The story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive.
Now, I am definitely loosely interpreting the category for this book. But bear with me here. I desperately want to read this book and couldn’t think of any other category. Mars isn’t another COUNTRY, per se. But it’s definitely not America.
So there we go.
I’ll keep you posted.