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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Tagged alien invasion, Armada, Ernest Cline, Independence Day, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, pop culture, Ready Player One, Review, stereotypes, Storytelling, War of the Worlds, Wil Wheaton
It’s that time again – International TableTop Day! This event started the same year that we started Comparative Geeks, and we started an annual tradition of the 12 Days of TableTop Day. We featured 12 games over 12 days before the big day – so at this point, there are 36 games we have recommended for play today!
If you missed this year’s game recommendations, you can find all of them on our Instagram – or you can read on after the jump for a bit more about each game! Hopefully today finds you playing one of these or many other games, together with old friends or new friends. You can find events near you on their website. In the words of Wil Wheaton – play more games!
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Tagged 12 Days of TableTop Day, Cranium, Dixit, Firefly Out to the Black, Firefly The Game, Forbidden Island, Geek and Sundry, Goblins Inc, Hoopla, International TableTop Day, Recommendations, Review, Rivals for Catan, Scene It?, Scotland Yard, Settlers of Catan, TableTop, TableTop Day, The Twelve Days of TableTop Day, Tragedy Looper, Tsuro, Tsuro of the Seas, Wil Wheaton, Words With Friends, Zombie Dice
We are not sure yet how we are going to celebrate International TableTop Day – other than the 12 Days of TableTop Day over on our Tumblr page – but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time.
As Wil Wheaton points out in the video above, there are not only locations holding events – there are locations that have promotional goods as well for the event! Find an event near you – http://www.tabletopday.com/
Play more games! Preferably tomorrow!