It's interesting. I don't know if I liked this book or not, despite my 4 out of 5 star rating.
This is a story of a slightly dystopian future where evIt's interesting. I don't know if I liked this book or not, despite my 4 out of 5 star rating.
This is a story of a slightly dystopian future where everyone has decided to forgo living on the corrupted, hateful earth in favor of he virtual reality known as OASIS. As far as virtual reality stories go, this one wasn't too different, there were promises of a life much better than the one offered in reality, people able to be whoever they wanted and look as they always wanted.
But the creator of OASIS, an incredibly rich rich rich man decided to give his treasure away to the player that found his easter egg. And because Jim Halliday was obsessed with everything from the 80's, the entire world of OASIS is set in a pastiche of 80's references and culture.
The main character is a boy named Wade Watts who lives a sad pathetic life as the most stereotypical game nerd you could think off. He's overweight, bad with socializing, escapes into games, and yadda yadda yadda.
So there's my main flux with RPO. I felt like this book was the nerd's ultimate fantasy, a world where he sucks, but a virtual reality where he manages to win everything due to his prowess with gaming. And in the process, maybe even get a romantic partner?
The ending is too clean for me. Too perfect and too fantastic for my cynical little heart. It felt like I was reading a middle school ya. Like a fairy tale, everything gets neatly wrapped up in the end and everyone who is good wins and everyone bad suffers.
But I did enjoy reading RPO. I had a lot of fun running through 80's land with Wade, and even trying to figure out how he was going to outsmart the bad guys. It was a good story and engaging. I finished it in a few hours, which is not something I have been able to say about most books recently.
I took a few steps in silence and realized what this meant. In this wish, apparently I was stupid. Or at least the dwarfs thought I was. I was going tI took a few steps in silence and realized what this meant. In this wish, apparently I was stupid. Or at least the dwarfs thought I was. I was going to have to set them straight about that right off.
I stood there staring at a row of cottages and wondering which one was the dwarfs’ home.
He turned back to check on me and when he noticed I hadn’t moved, he said, “Well?”
“Which one is our house?” Okay, so this wasn’t the best way to impress him with my intelligence, but what else could I do? He rolled his eyes, let out a sigh, and took me by the hand again.
I don't know what I would do without Janette Rallison, she is the queen of humor. I can pretty much forgive everything else, just based on how funny her writing is....more
Steve still had hold of the dashboard as though he expected it to jump in his lap. “I can’t believe you just did that! Are you crazy?” I gripped the stSteve still had hold of the dashboard as though he expected it to jump in his lap. “I can’t believe you just did that! Are you crazy?” I gripped the steering wheel tighter. “Why do people keep asking me that?” He turned to stare at me, his eyes worried. “Who else keeps asking you that? Are any of them doctors?”
She's just as funny as before, but this book I think was her weakest, mostly because it's another cancer book and those tend to revolve around a few things.
The guy saves a lot of people (or there are lots of miracles), and it's going to be sad.
So there really wasn't much left for Annika's character or development because all she wanted to do was save her brother and apparently really good looking actor guy is one of those people who sees through the facade of crazy fans and can tell when they're being sincere?
Yea, it didn't really pan out for me either so we're at a point where I can't believe half the story but it's still unbelievably cute.
This is a completely unapologetic series of essays with anecdotes on Eddie Huang's view on his Chinese heritage, Chinese cooking, and being the ChinesThis is a completely unapologetic series of essays with anecdotes on Eddie Huang's view on his Chinese heritage, Chinese cooking, and being the Chinese minority in a very white world.
I can see why this book doesn't fly with a lot of people, it's very vernacular, rambles on for a few paragraphs at a time, and his unabashed frankness probably offends not a few people. Heck, even I shook my head at some of the things he said about women.
But past the gangster writing, which actually did lend itself to Eddie Huang's message, I found everything he said to be poignant and truthful, especially the criticisms he has about the way Asian Americans try to get by in America. They try not to be the nail that sticks out and gets hammered. Eddie Huang says screw that, he's gonna do what he wants to do and he's going to not give three shits about what anyone else thinks. The best thing is, he's done exactly as he said and really makes one feel ashamed for not doing more.
It's written in a semi autobiographical form with real beautiful nuggets of food poetry. Eddie Huang has a real gift with words and I finished this book hungry due to his description of food, how to make it, and how much care he puts into it. Eddie Huang really loves food guys.
I think that Fresh off the Boat, the tv series, does lack a lot of what is the heart of this book, the criticisms on Asian Americans not withstanding, but that tv series is a fledgling and trying to get off and renewed, which is not a time and place to be a soapbox. I can forgive that. I can see why Eddie was angry with the show as well.
But he says so much with this book, despite it being a short read, and I think it should be mandatory for any Asian American struggling to find their identity to read this book.
Beautiful, beautiful writing. I don't know how he makes those gangsterisms sound like honeyed gold. 5/5...more
It's pretty much a remake of every other long lost twin story that I can possibly think of, which probably doesn't bode very well for this story if yoIt's pretty much a remake of every other long lost twin story that I can possibly think of, which probably doesn't bode very well for this story if you take it at first glance.
But besides the cliche storyline, I thought the main character was very realistic and made as good decisions as any sane, rational person.
Every relationship felt real and I think although not as funny as her other books, I felt like this novel spoke to me the most.
“He’s a nice guy,” Grant said. “You remind me of him sometimes—your sense of humor and your mannerisms.” There is obviously something wrong with me. A normal person would not cry after hearing that. And I’m not even sure why I started crying—whether it was the unfairness that Grant knew my father better than I did or because it was the first time anyone had ever said I reminded him of my father. Could I really have his sense of humor? Was that inherited? I couldn’t help thinking, with more desperation than I wanted to admit, that if I was like him, if my father could see himself in me, maybe he’d love me.
More hilarious quotes, but this one was pretty heartwarming as well.
I didn’t want to imagine that conversation and how utterly pathetic I had sounded
More hilarious quotes, but this one was pretty heartwarming as well.
I didn’t want to imagine that conversation and how utterly pathetic I had sounded in it. Daphne: Hi, Buddy, I have this friend who I’m trying to set up— Buddy: I’m busy that night. Daphne: I haven’t told you what night. Buddy: If she’s not capable of getting a date on her own, then I’m busy. Daphne (because Daphne is delusional when it comes to her friends): Giovanna is gorgeous, smart, and nice—everything anyone would want, but, well, she sort of has this criminal past, and there have been a few incidents lately where she appeared to be partially insane, but we’re trying to find someone who’ll make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Buddy: Guess what—I’m still busy. Daphne: I’ll pay you.
I held my hand out to him as though this would help with the explanation. "She's mad at you because even though
How is Janette Rallison so hilarious?
I held my hand out to him as though this would help with the explanation. "She's mad at you because even though she's been asking you nonstop questions about yourself, she still wants to talk about herself once in a while."
Now his eyebrows drew together in consternation. "What?"
"Logan, why do you keep saying that?"
"Because women make no sense." He put one hand on his chest. "She's mad at me because she wants to talk about herself? Does she need my permission to do that? Why has she been asking all those questions about me if she wanted to talk about herself?"
"Because she wants you to adore her."
Logan raked his hand across his hair. "My head is going to explode. It can only take so much illogic."
Really, I'm giving this four stars because I haven't read in awhile since every single book has been boring me to tears. But I actually stayed up finiReally, I'm giving this four stars because I haven't read in awhile since every single book has been boring me to tears. But I actually stayed up finishing this one because it was so addicting. And the pacing is great, not to mention the unreliable narrator thing has you guessing till the end.
It's short, fast, and easy. I guess for some people that's not grounds for a four stars, and usually it isn't, but today, it's enough.
It's a story about a woman named Rachel who has lost her job, is an alcoholic, and her only solace is watching this couple who live in a house near the train tracks on the way to work. She calls them Jess and James. But then one day, Jess disappears and Rachel thinks she knows what happened to Jess...
Multiple POV, never loses steam. The ending was probably the weakest thing about the book, but I was more or less glued to this book till the very end. ...more
Peter Thiel, one of the co-founders of Paypal, that paramount group whose members would all go to found other great tech startups, writes about the niPeter Thiel, one of the co-founders of Paypal, that paramount group whose members would all go to found other great tech startups, writes about the nine or so rules in what makes a successful startup.
It was written for a class, and transposed into a book, which suggests why everything seems to be so clearly laid out and in bite sized pieces. I know Peter Thiel has a lot of good information.
But despite what I read, I just can't see this book being a formula for the successful start up. Peter has had a lot of good help, he was white, he went to really really good schools, and he was geared for success from the beginning.
Most of Silicon Valley is made up of people just like Thiel. So there has to be some degree of white male success being a factor. If Thiel can admit that it's not ALL skill that makes start ups successful, then I'd say that he's got a lot of it right.
You can tell that Thiel and his cofounders are "nerds" with their love of Star Trek, Star Wars, and LOTR anecdotes and quotes sprinkled liberally through the book. It's actually readable and presents start ups as companies that require a human touch, like CEOs with low salaries and taking good care of employees like family. It's got some good ideas as well.
I think it suffers a bit from trying to be a bit too clear and easy to read, there were chapters that I wanted expanded, and I definitely wanted to read more about Paypal's rise, but there's lots of good information here.
I watched the movies -who hasn't? But the book is somehow beyond that. There's quite a bit of philosophy aReading Jurassic Park really takes you back.
I watched the movies -who hasn't? But the book is somehow beyond that. There's quite a bit of philosophy and roles of man and science in the face of nature.
I really loved the first prelude? chapter? of this book that talks about the moral repercussions of science, which is worth reading as a short essay for anyone going into science.
That being said, the book itself is a piece of work.
This book is FILLED with stupid people syndrome. You know, when people are running away from a predator only someone trips or accidentally bumps into a wall or whatever and now everyone is doomed? It's used to push plots along and I find it very frustrating.
I think I wanted to hand strangle nearly everyone.
Lex is as annoying as ever (she's the little girl), I know you can't kill children in movies and books, but I would have felt a not a little satisfaction if some velociraptor chomped off a foot and she learned a healthy respect for nature.
She whined and complained and got in everyone's way about 90% of the time.
Then there's Hammond, the mastermind behind Jurassic Park. Oh Hammond, you fool. He was made much more loving and stupid in the movies to portray a grandfather fool with a childish love of dinosaurs, but in the books, he's a piece of work. He's completely besotted with his dreams of Jurassic Park and being recognized for his work.
Inwardly, Wu felt relieved. Perhaps the old man was going to face the facts, after all. "What kind of fears?"
"You know, Jurassic Park's really made for children. The children of the world love dinosaurs, and the children are going to delight-just delight-in this place. Their little faces will shine with the joy of finally seeing these wonderful animals. But I am afraid . . . I may not live to see it, Henry. I may not live to see the joy on their faces."
"I think there are other problems, too," Wu said, frowning.
EVEN TIM (the little boy) who is probably half the novel's saving grace has a moment of dumb.
"Oh no," Lex said, softly. Beside her, Tim had turned away, suddenly nauseated. His night-vision goggles slipped from his forehead and landed on the ground with a metallic clink.
The juvenile's head snapped up, and it looked toward the top of the hill.
If everyone could just stop screwing up every four seconds, it might have been easier to get through the novel.
The book is much like Snakes on a Plane however, and you know who's going to die in the first few chapters, which alleviates some frustration.
I also enjoyed all the little details and research Crichton put into this book, it was a great way of making this book seem less like sci-fi and more like an alternate reality of the future.
Jamie Baker gets super powers of electricity one day in a freak accident and moves to another school.
At new school, she's a recluse but one boy won'tJamie Baker gets super powers of electricity one day in a freak accident and moves to another school.
At new school, she's a recluse but one boy won't stop bothering her. Some reporter wants to talk to her to find out what she's hiding evil scientists are chasing after her to take her powers.
That's really the entire premise of the book.... Jamie trying to figure out if she wants to be normal enough to be with Ryan or just be alone forever while running away from people who want to use her.
The last book of the series. Both Gwyneth and Gideon now have to work together for things the circle has planned for the both of them, all the meanwhi The last book of the series. Both Gwyneth and Gideon now have to work together for things the circle has planned for the both of them, all the meanwhile Lucy and Paul are running around creating havoc. Gwynne then finds a very special artifact which she must keep hidden from her cousin Charlotte and aunt, both still very upset that Gwyneth got the time travel power and not Charlotte.
I might be more inclined to like this if it wasn't so goddamn obvious that (view spoiler)[ Gideon (hide spoiler)] was in love with her, therefore making the entire premise of the book mostly a bunch of waiting as we waited for St. Clair's plan to unfold. Then when it did, neither sacrifice nor ending was really surprising.
There wasn't even a sweet make up scene to make up for everything. If you're going to have the entire story revolve around romance, I want more fluff. FLUFF.
I did like how Gwyneth did not stand for Gideon's idiotic flitzing around and cut herself off once he proved to be an asshole. Gwyneth was much more likeable in this book than in the other two, probably because she just got better at sticking to her decisions for once. Unfortunately, he does redeem himself in the end, and being immeasurably good looking, he could not be truly evil.
Ugh Gideon, if only you had been a better character, then I might not have been so frustrated that the ending was so obvious but I could do nothing to change it.