BOOK REVIEW: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.” -Ready Player One

I absolutely loved this book for so many reasons. Too many to name them all here.

Not many books keep me engrossed until the end these days. I find that the same book is getting written over and over and a new cover is slapped on.

Ready Player One’s main character, Wade, follows the famous “Hero’s Journey” story model found in most stories. The beauty lies in the way his own journey follows the same arc as many of his own favorite stories referenced in the book.

Yes, the writing is simple, and I read the word “expansive” probably 15 times whenever someone’s lawn or property was described. However, the story itself was engaging and engrossing. I found myself rooting for Wade. I felt invested in his progress in the OASIS as well as his personal growth. I was surprised that there was much character development, as fast-paced action/adventure stories tend to leave this to a minimum. I feel there is actually a fair amount of growth for multiple characters and relationships (including his with Art3mis) and felt it added to the story beautifully. By the end combat scene, you wanted them ALL (The remaining High Five) to win.

Overall: A quick read, lots of fun, fast pace, great 80’s references (I absolutely loved the Holy Grail reference near the end), excellent dystopian setting, and a fresh take on a classic story structure (the Hero’s Journey). Highly recommended.

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BOOK REVIEW: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of RavensAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me a while to bring my thoughts forward and write this review.

I originally purchased this book due to being a huge fan of Charlie Bowater (the book’s cover artist) and thought the premise sounded right up my alley.

Visually, some of the descriptors in this piece were truly visceral. Namely, the banquet scene. There is a description of rotten food (I will leave out details) that literally made me nauseated and the visual would pop up in my mind every time I ate for the next two or three days. Nausea aside, I realized this perception was actually fantastic. How incredible is it that one can bring out physical reactions from mere words? Is that not the whole point?

This is the tough part for me. I wanted so badly to immerse myself ‘visually’ in this piece, however, I found I was distracted by the exceeding number of adverbs. There are so many that, at times, I had to put the book down and re-visit it at another time. In my head, my inner editor would “re-write” a phrase that contained an adverb so I could move on and enjoy the scene. It’s like a film where you catch continuity errors and it rips you away from the story…where you suddenly realize you are no longer fully immersed in a story anymore but are just “watching a movie”.

Overall, I found this story to be emotionally captivating, visual, and a fun ride for those who are fans of fae stories.

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