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#ReadyPlayerOne mini spoiler free book review

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Ready Player One has been on my radar for a while. With my excessively geeky browsing history on Amazon, they sure seem to know me pretty well by now, so Ernest Cline's book appeared in my recommendations a while ago. I'm hella glad it did.

Set in a realistic, debilitated economy of a year 2044, where resources are few and far between and humanity is gradually deteriorating. Wade Watts like the rest of humanity seeks an escape from the difficult life of actual life by submerging himself in what has become so much more than the most epically scaled video game of all time, but a reality away from reality known as the OASIS. A person can craft their OASIS avatar to be whatever they like - fat people can become skinny, ugly people can become hotties, and people can be warriors, sports personalities, musicians, or simply live a different life within the realms of the many planets and destinations within the OASIS framework.

A story not a million miles a way from the tale of Charli…

#BigFish spoiler free mini book review

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I am yet to see the film adaptation of Big Fish, but I'd heard possitive things and decided to give the book a go first. The tale of the prolonged death of William Bloom's father, diagnosed terminally ill, the book explores the relationship between a father and son through a series of conversations between parent and child, utlising a unique mixture of both humor and sadness, creating something that is completely neither, but that is curiously melancholly throughout. I enjoyed this type of empathic story telling, and felt very connect to William throughout, feeling his frustrations, regrets and joys along with him as he struggled to find out more about his father, who seems determined to present himself through a facade of well told, bad jokes and stories of his past, which we are never quite sure how many of which are actually true.

Not a difficult read, despite the complex issues dealt with here, and nicely paced throughout, the stories within the story model works well at d…

#PoetAnderson by Tom Delonge and Suzanne Young mini spoiler free book review

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Poet Anderson was drawn to my attention, as I'm sure it will be for many, by the involvement of ex blink 182 frontman Tom Delonge. As a big fan of all things blink related, I am already familiar with Tom's obsessions with the occult, conspiracy theories, sci-fi and so forth, and make regular visits to his website Strange Times, a page dedicated to the exploration of unexplained phenomenon. As a big fan of Science-Fiction I was immediately intrigued by the premise of a novel with contributions from the musician.

The character of Jonas in the story is immediately likable and relatable with a downbeat back story - his parents died when he was younger, and his guardian and brother Alan is currently in an unresponsive coma after an accident en route to their old home town where Alan was hoping to begin work in a hotel, and Jonas would enrol at yet another new school.

Alan and Jonas are Lucid Dreamers and are able to directly effect their surrounding environment within their dreams…

#TheRosieEffect spoiler free book review

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After really enjoying the first book, 'The Rosie Project' I was really looking forward to reading the follow up' The Rosie Effect' by Graeme Simsion, although I was a little apprehensive after my friend (weirdly, also named Rosie!) said she hadn't got on with this one nearly as well as the former, which was a witty, romantic and well told story about a socially inept professor of genetics and his quest for the ideal partner.

The follow up see's the titular Rosie and Don struggle their way through a new onslaught of awkward social and life changing predicaments, many of which are massive life milestones.

The writing at the beginning of the story feels like Simsion is trying a lot harder to make the character of Don feel more Autistic, and I found some parts quite difficult to read. This does seem to settle down, and eventually I was back to being addicted to the lives of the characters old and new, struggling once again to put the book down.

In places this book…