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message 1: by Chompa (new)

Chompa As a long time gamer/nerd/geek, I am moved to read this from your review, Mike.


Mike (the Paladin) It's geared to my kids' generation, but I figure you're like me. If you really got into the music of the '80s you'll enjoy the whole package here. I had a couple of friends who were in my D&D group with whom I'd also go to the arcade and burn quarters. As my son got older we got the early Nintindos, Segas and so on.


message 3: by Chompa (new)

Chompa Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "It's geared to my kids' generation, but I figure you're like me. If you really got into the music of the '80s you'll enjoy the whole package here. I had a couple of friends who were in my D&D group..."

Well, the music of the 80's never appealed to me at all, but the rest should be good!


message 4: by Angrymog (new)

Angrymog You sound like quite an awesome dad! ^_^


Mike (the Paladin) ...you'd probably have to ask my kids, LOL.


message 6: by Phil (new)

Phil Meadows Chompa, beware that the fun parts of this book are intensely fun. The plot however is pretty thin. I reccommend the audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton, because you can hear him smile when he gets to say his own name in the text of the book.


Mike (the Paladin) Yeah, I had that version and it cracked me up to have Wheaton reading a story where he's mentioned.


message 8: by Travis (new)

Travis Mike,
I have a question about the book. I heard so many good things about the book (and the 80's was definitely my generation), so I downloaded the sample on my Kindle. While I was reading it, there were times when I got a very definite Christians-not-welcome-here vibe. Was that just a blunt statement that happened to be at the beginning of the story or does it continue throughout?

I'm willing to give the book a shot if it was a quick punch to the gut, but if it pervades throughout, maybe this book's not for me. What do you think? (BTW, I'm not an over zealous right-winger nut, but I don't want to force my way through a book if an author is constantly shoving their beliefs down my throat either.)

Thanks for any input.


Mike (the Paladin) It's definitely told from a secularist and politically left wing view point. I've read so many books that take that attitude I sort of put it off to one side in my mind with a "yeah I get it, you're not a Christian" or possibly "yeah I get it you have no respect for Christians".

The book tells a good story. It can be a bit insulting to Christian believers (and I am one) but it can't force it's views on anyone. I just read another book I though very well written and a good story, but it was definitely not Christian. I'd suggest a library read if you can do it. Thus you don't spend money up front and can put it down if it really annoys you. Everyone has to decide these things for themselves.

I don't recall a lot of actual attacks on Christianity but there are a lot of "unChristian" parts. All I can recommend is be aware.

If this helps, my pastor is reading it and likes it so far...not it's belief system, but it's story. Let me know what you think.


message 10: by Travis (new)

Travis Thanks for the helpful (and quick!) reply. I really appreciate your take on it. Looks like I may take a little trip to the library before heading off for our Florida vacation.


message 11: by Don (new)

Don Mike, I've been following your reviews for some time now. I'm not a geek, at least I don't think so, but I am a huge fan of sci-fi fantasy, adventure games and virtual reality (i.e. Second Life). And I went to college during the 80's, so I get the pop culture references of that era. Your review sounds like just the kind of book I would enjoy. As a born again believer, I also appreciate the forewarning about the secularist sentiments. I'll certainly keep it in mind. I look forward to the read. Thanks for the review.


Mike (the Paladin) Cool Don, thanks.

By the way....geek, nerd, whatever....not sure. Since I was a kid in the '50s I may be a "proto-nerd" or something, LOL.


message 13: by Don (new)

Don Mike, I finished the book and it was everything you said it would be. I absolutely loved it. It was a great read. I couldn't put it down. Stayed up till 1:00 in the morning to finish it. Thanks for the recommendation.


message 14: by Erik (new)

Erik I love all the history stuff (or at least the sense of history) in your reviews, Mike. I get a weird sense of temporal displacement...

It's now 2016 and *I'm* the one who organizes my group of friend's D&D session and writes the adventures and serves as DM. I can only imagine 40 years from now writing about D&D, and the Star Wars reboot, and current Dr. Who, and all that jazz.


Mike (the Paladin) That sort of gives me a jolt of mortality, as in 40 years I'd be 104. Unless there are some major leaps forward in the next decade or so you'll be where I am and I'll be with God (personally that is).

Oh well... It's funny to think of today's pop-culture being the stuff of nostalgia. Of course I'm seeing some things coming back around.


message 16: by Allen (new)

Allen Bagby This was my review: If you want a good solid well-done story, this is it. If you're a liberal drenched in the post-modern narratives of the Left you will LOVE IT. However, I'm a conservative. I'm not immersed in the narrative of the Left. I escaped. I got Red-Pilled a while back. Cline rings all the obligatory bells for liberals and the unaware to smile and nod along. That's why I knocked off 2 stars. It was completely unnecessary for the story. Global Warming, there is no God, white people are racist, corporations are fascist and the government is good <-- the typical ad nauseum BS that "artist" types have been regurgitating for decades.
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip through the 80s, the decade of ...wait for it...REAGAN! LOL.


Mike (the Paladin) I know...global warming caused us to have a colder winter than in several years and the cold weather is still hanging on here in Nashville...in spring. Al Gore is still having to run the heat in his multiple homes, that each use the same amount of electricity as a small town.


message 18: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Completely agree with you in re: Star Wars.


message 19: by Audrey (new)

Audrey I found it had a lot of infodumping; it felt like a tech manual at times. And I guess I just expect Christian/conservative bashing in every book now.


Mike (the Paladin) Yeah, I kind of read over the insults to all I hold dear...after all Christian conservative patriotic Americas are supposed to. Right?


message 21: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Apparently.


Mike (the Paladin) Yep. we're the only group you can still insult, belittle and marginalize with impunity...don't you feel special?


message 23: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Must be those nonviolent tendencies.


Mike (the Paladin) Yeah, liberals. So open minded.


message 25: by Audrey (new)

Audrey And so tolerant.


Mike (the Paladin) Right, tolerance is their "watch word". They're all for freedom of speech...so long as it's their speech.


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