Currently Reading: Ready Player One

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One might say that Ready Player One is a remix of Neal Stephenson’s 1992 Snow Crash. Both novels are set in an ugly future where greedy, money slave corporations have taken over the world so people constantly look for refuge in virtual reality. In RPO’s case, that virtual reality is called OASIS, a fitting name. While both novels seem in every way similar – nerd utopias, ass-kicking female characters, sarcasm, sticking it to the man… the main difference is that RPO is more like a treasure hunt perpetrated by a sort of Bill Gates character while SC is a cyberpunk detective story. Continue reading “Currently Reading: Ready Player One”

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Currently Reading: Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning

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After falling in love with Fragile Things and Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman finally comes up with another equally tantalizing, albeit slightly neurotic short stories to fill my Sunday morning with. Now, there’s nothing more disturbing than the terrifying premise of Babycakes (from Smoke and Mirrors) but Down to the Sunless Sea (page 34) has a similar scenario that you may want to get a barf bag or a tissue… or both. It invokes a disgustingly large amount of grief and disturbing notions of innocence devoured by reality. Brilliantly written and probably one of my favorites in this book. Continue reading “Currently Reading: Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning”