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Armada by Ernest Cline – A Review of the Book

I recently finished reading Armada by Ernest Cline. You’ve probably heard of Ernest Cline from his book Ready Player One, which is currently being produced with Steven Spielberg at the helm (which almost feels like something out of the book…). Ready Player One is set in a crummy mid-twenty-first century where life in the real world is pretty awful, but life in the virtual reality world is awesome – and that virtual world is full of pop culture references (especially from the 80’s). For more on Ready Player One as it relates to Armada, check back tomorrow for my review of Armada compared to other stories.

But first, I wanted to write this review, just about the book. Trying, really hard, to just talk about this book. Because just talking about this book is hard – like Cline’s first novel, this one is full of pop culture references and does not exist alone in the universe. It’s also hard in general to talk about this book without spoilers, something I would like to try to do in this review.

Meaning I had to take a step back. Look at the description of the book on Amazon. And think back to how quickly, in the opening pages, some of the initial questions you have about the book are answered. With all of that, I think it’s safe to say that this is  an alien invasion novel… about alien invasion stories. The book, and the main character, are very genre aware as far as that all goes – and, with video games and the idea of drone warfare, your average gamer could also be the next starfighter ace…

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The Cute Girl Network, A Graphic Novel

The Cute Girl Network Graphic NovelSo as a way to assist our local library moving to a different location we checked out the maximum number of books from the library and will then return them to the new location once it is open in a month. Of course what we did was picked up as many graphic novels and comics that looked even vaguely interesting to read!

One of those happened to be The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means, MK Reed, and Joe Flood. It is a really quick read, but so much fun and deals with a lot of interesting stereotyping issues. The great piece is watching the interaction between the various characters play out and thinking of how our relationships can be different if we are with the right person. The reason I think this graphic novel works is that the two main characters are pretty likable; if they weren’t then the story would not work. Continue reading