This will probably never be made into a movie. It it is here's the trailer:
Black screen. Opening few seconds of Rush’s 2112 play. Narration begins as s...moreThis will probably never be made into a movie. It it is here's the trailer:
Black screen. Opening few seconds of Rush’s 2112 play. Narration begins as song continues
“In a world where corporations wage economic warfare against a downtrodden population.” (Drums start in 2112) (Video shows the main character, Wade, sitting in a laundry room, wearing goggles, and watching Airwolf on a laptop computer)
“There is a virtual world that serves as the common man’s last refuge.” (Show the Oasis logo)
“Children are taught, fantasies are fulfilled, and money is made.” (Show skyscrapers gleaming in the sunlight Cut to a fit, middle-aged executive with flowing blond hair wearing a form fitting haptic body suit walking down a clean white hallway with several flunkies in tow)
“There’s a game unlike any other game ever seen before” (Exec sits in crazy haptic autoform suspended chair and puts on hi tech looking googles)
“Created by, James Halliday; a mad genius game programmer obsessed with 80’s pop culture” (2112 is still playing in the background and the following lyrics are highlighted: “Look around at this world we've made Equality our stock in trade Come and join the Brotherhood of Man Oh, what a nice, contented world”) (Video transitions from a gawky teenage boy at a table in a basement playing Dungeons and Dragons to the same guy many years later in his basement programming a computer and drinking whatever caffeinated beverage will sponsor the movie)
“And the stakes are for complete control of the virtual world within the world where people play games.” (Cut to Wade watching the video feed that announced the competition, then video game spaceship battles, then on-the-ground warfare between hundreds of avatars)
“The evil corporations want to win and control it for profit” (The exec laughs an evil cackle as the vid transitions to the exploding trailer park, while our hero sits in his junkyard hideout with his goggles on. Behind him we see several car batteries and a stationary bike wired together)
“Only one boy, and his rag tag group of friends, can stop them from destroying the Oasis.” (Wade puts on his goggles and a special effect zoom shows Wade’s avatar (Perzival), and the avatars of his friends, Art3mis, Daito, Shoto, and Aech in Aech’s basement. Their names are displayed over their heads.) (Art3mis says, “They’re calling us the High Five.”) (Cut to score board showing the high scores of Perzival (Wade), Aech, Art3mis, Shoto, and Daito)
"But only if he doesn't throw it all away." (Cut to Wade alone and hairless in his fancy apartment.) (Cut to Wade looking at Art3mis’ Intelligence file and gently touching her picture)
“For his one chance at true love” (Cut to Wade at Og’s castle, “Is she here? I want to see her?” Og, an old man with distinguished graying hair at his temples, puts his hand out and stops him.)
“This summer. Strap in for the wildest multi-player experience the world has ever seen.” (Montage:, Wade’s uncle takes his laptop, Perzival holds up a quarter, long shot of the Blade Runner building, Perzival in a room filled with virtual representations of outdated computers and game consoles, Perzival, Aech, and Art3mis put their Crystal Keys into the Crystal Gate and turn them simultaneously, and then screen goes black and there is total silence for 3 seconds)
(Three video shots punctuated by a “boom” from the audio, but no other sound. Each shot last 3 seconds) 1. A large green field populated by avatars firing their weapons at a purple force field 2. Perzival walking into the room where the lich, Acererak, is sitting 3. Super fast shot of a Samurai flying straight at Mechazilla with lots of explosions around them
(The following Oasis opening screen silently fades into view one line at a time) Identity Verification Successful. Welcome to the OASIS Login Completed: (Date the movie opens goes here)(less)
I realized a couple of years ago that not only am I not super-skilled anything, I’m not even particularly good at being myself. -Pg. 10-
Most people I k...moreI realized a couple of years ago that not only am I not super-skilled anything, I’m not even particularly good at being myself. -Pg. 10-
Most people I know live their lives moving in a constant forward direction, the whole time looking backward. -Pg. 22-
You lie in your bed and realize that if you don’t get out of bed and into the world today, it is very likely no one will even notice. -Pg. 181-
At some point in your life, this statement will be true: Tomorrow you will lose everything forever. -Pg. 211-
“...just like the concept of the ‘present,’ is a fiction.” -Pg. 216-
At its heart How to is a story about a family that uses the trope of time traveling to express how segregated we as humans are from the other humans; even - no - especially from our closest family members. It comes complete with infinite causality loops, paradoxes, alternate universes, and all the other clichés you’d expect.
Time travel stories have, I feel, become kind of annoying and pointless. Star Trek has beat Time Travel to death, and popular movies like Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure have been pretty hard to beat.
And yet, I read How to in two sittings. It’s a fun riff on the scenario and it’s an easy, fast read.
The thing most people will probably get a kick out of from this book is Yu’s breaking of the fourth wall that makes this a very meta-fiction. It is also a book that seems heavily influenced by Douglas Adams’ The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The main character’s father, one of the discoverers of time travel, gets lost in time, and the second half of the book deals with Yu’s obsessive quest to discover where/when his father is/was/will be. The scenes with Yu’s mother/not-mother were particularly touching and played on the ubiquitous regrets that we all harbor over the things that we could have done better in our lives. We could have been better children/parents/friends/siblings/spouses and to that end we will go through greater lengths to hide the pain we carry and delude ourselves with lies than we ever would to just try and be the people we want to be moving forward. Much of the material dealing with Yu’s mother directly addresses the idea that the past is not ever truly gone as long as we remember... if for no other reason than the past continues to exist, literally, as bio-chemical processes within our own physical bodies. Shame then, I say, that there is no known way for our species to foster a sort of selective genetic memory so that we are able to pass on to our descendants important information such as: 1. The proper way to handle that not-so-fresh feeling 2. How to cure a hangover 3. What “masturbate” means 4. Why did Daddy move away
Just imagine all the awkward questions that could avoided through selective genetic memory. Let’s order the scientist to get to work on this immediately.
Oh, I just realized I got off topic. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is a good book. Go buy it and read it. (less)
This is the second time I've read this book, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time.
I laughed out loud several times. That's a good thing.
But...moreThis is the second time I've read this book, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time.
I laughed out loud several times. That's a good thing.
But, also, I appreciate the fact that the protagonist is a very flawed character who I found myself cheering for. Not so much that he would get what he wanted, but that he would evolve and rise above the petty adolescent BS that was simultaneously driving him forward and holding him back.
This is a great novel that I highly recommend.(less)
The content of this book was great. In a nutshell; the evolution of technology is inevitable and semi-predictable, and correlates with human evolution...moreThe content of this book was great. In a nutshell; the evolution of technology is inevitable and semi-predictable, and correlates with human evolution, wants, and needs.
DO NOT get this book on Audible. The narrator is terrible. I got a headache listening to his boring punctuated delivery of the text. (less)
I recently listened to The Game as an audio book downloaded from Audible.com. I don’t really like audio books, but found this to...moreThe Game Neil Strauss
I recently listened to The Game as an audio book downloaded from Audible.com. I don’t really like audio books, but found this to be one of the better ones I have downloaded. This is in part because it is narrated by the author.
The Game is offered up as an inside look at the world of the professional Pick Up Artist. It's chock full of advice on how to approach an attractive stranger and start up a conversation. Because of the way Neil Strauss presents this information when you finish The Game you’ll probably feel like you could go out and get your swerve on; kinda like when you watched The Fast and the Furious and sat in the cinema parking lot revving your Hyundai’s engine.
Not that I did that or anything.
But soon into The Game you’ll realize that there is more to this book than just how to scam babes into working your cock. Beneath the veneer of smooth Game running pimpitude this is one of those books where you’re, like, supposed to learn a bigger lesson and stuff.
After Neil gets into the realm of being a Pickup Artist (PUA) he moves into this crazy Fight Club-esque testosterone fueled house. You can guess how that goes. As much as we might not like to admit it sometimes; masculine and feminine compliment each other… like peanut butter and chocolate.
What I take from this book, as a single guy, is something I’ve always known, but never really been able to put into words. The things that make for a strong first impression… the attributes that women are initially attracted to… the things that drive them nuts in the bar, the coffee shop, the super market, or the break room in the office are not the same things that keep them hanging around after the initial attraction has faded.
What attracts a mate is not what keeps a mate.
It would seem that nothing says, “I’m gonna make your toes curl and your back arch,” like sweater vests, economy cars, and diversified investment portfolios. Oh. Wait. That's not right is it?
Because of this dichotomy The Game covers some tricky subject matter. Handled wrong it could come across very misogynistic. At times certain characters hit that mark without a doubt, but the author doesn’t. He seems genuine when he claims to not be a douche. Rather, he was addicted to his new-found self-confidence and skill in making new connections with beautiful women after years of feeling alienated and inadequate.
Ultimately, the lesson The Game teaches is the same one your mom always told you; Be yourself.
But The Game recognizes that sometimes yourself has low self esteem and feels awkward talking to strangers… And if you just had a way of going up to an attractive stranger and starting a conversation that would be cool, because at the end of the day we’re all just peanut butter looking for some chocolate. (less)
Overall, Underland was another solid entry by Farren. I really like the mythos he works with and the writing is generally solid. But I absolutely hate...moreOverall, Underland was another solid entry by Farren. I really like the mythos he works with and the writing is generally solid. But I absolutely hated the end of the this book. It felt like in the last ten pages it just threw all logic out the window because he needed to wrap it up.
I think anyone into vampires will definitely enjoy these books. Just be warned that they are long, and that because Farren is working hard to build such a rich world the plot of the individual novel sometimes gets pushed aside for too long.(less)
If you are a human you should read this book. This is a very very important work. But know going in that it is graphic. I had nightmares for 3 nights...moreIf you are a human you should read this book. This is a very very important work. But know going in that it is graphic. I had nightmares for 3 nights in a row after I finished it. (less)
Excellent continuation of the series... As usual Farren spends too much of the beginning of the book on back story... but that slight complaint aside...moreExcellent continuation of the series... As usual Farren spends too much of the beginning of the book on back story... but that slight complaint aside this was another success for Fareen. He, again, manages to combine fantasy and reality into an entertaining story embellished with sex, violence, and humor. I can't wait to start the fourth book.(less)
This book was okay. The end kinda gave off a Scooby Doo vibe when everyone was standing around explaining why they did the things they did... Kinda ru...moreThis book was okay. The end kinda gave off a Scooby Doo vibe when everyone was standing around explaining why they did the things they did... Kinda ruined the experience for me.
Also, it was annoying as an audio book bc Case has way too many stupified one word question lines of dialog that only serve to goad another character into explaining things to her... I think this wouldn't be as annoying in the text, though.
Darklost is the second book in the Renquist Quartet, and it competently continues the bizarre – almost ridiculous – story of a modern day Nosferatu colony.
The first book, Time of Feasting, was set in New York City, but at the conclusion of the book they colony was forced to flee in the face of an undead (zombie isn’t quite the appropriate term) army. Darklost finds our lovable heroes in sunny L.A. where they adopt Brandon Wales (think Marlon Brando) as one of their own, fight crooked cops, and… something else…
Oh, that’s right. They go head to head with the Apogee (think Scientology). It turns out that Apogee’s head dude is pretty bad at summoning other worldly entities into our universe. I say “bad,” because he actually CAN summon non-corporeal beings… He just can’t control them once they get here. And this time he’s hard at work bringing across the most powerful of uber-powerful beings: Cthulu.
So far the first half of the Renquist Quartet has been very entertaining. I highly recommend the series to fans SF/Vampire mythologies. The series so far has flirted with absurdity, but are so well-executed they never feel cheesy or campy. (less)
George R. R. Martin is a fucking beast. His attention to detail and his ability to meld natural organic worlds with advanced Sci-Fi Tech is unparallel...moreGeorge R. R. Martin is a fucking beast. His attention to detail and his ability to meld natural organic worlds with advanced Sci-Fi Tech is unparalleled. His characters feel real, and the decisions that they make don't feel like they were made just to move the plot around... Everything just kind of flows.
Dying is set the same universe where many of Martin's other SF story are set. It's an amazing universe populated by dozens of sentient species, including offshoots of humans. Anybody who has had the chance to read the compilations of Martin's earlier works called Dreamsongs will be on familiar ground with Dying, but if you haven't you might find the book to be esoteric. However; the character development is strong enough to carry you over some of the rough patches, and some time spent studying the glossary at the end of the book will serve as cliff notes for information served up in other stories.
My only knock on the book is the thread left hanging at the end. Ugh. I understand leaving some threads loose... It only makes sense to do so in a book that is only one story - one part - of a greater whole, but the big question left open at the end of the novel is a shame. I am a huge fan of Martin, and I enjoy the fact that he routinely breaks the "Rules" that college creative writing teachers tell their students. 99% of the time he gets away with it, but Dying's epilogue is weak.