Book Review: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

 

Title: Ready Player Two

By: Ernest Line

Genre: Sci-Fi

Pages: 370

Release Date: November 24th, 2020

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?

Days after Oasis founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday's vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis a thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest. A last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade's life and the future of the Oasis are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.

 

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Review:

I really wish I hadn't read this. As a huge fan of Ready Player One, when I heard this book was coming out I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I was super excited to dive back into this amazing world and some of my favorite characters, but on the other hand, I was nervous if it would be as good as the book I had fallen in love with. Unfortunately, this book fell flat on its face for me.

My wonderful characters fell apart with in the first few chapters, and it almost felt like it was ok with the author, that their back story was just brushed under the rug and it never existed.

The story its self couldn't keep my attention. How could this be?!?! I only really cared about what was happening in the last few chapters, not a good sendoff for something that has been so anticipated. Next time, I'm going to listen to my gut and not ruin something that I have loved for so long.

Book Review: 5 Star Wars Books in the Legends and Cannon Series

 


If you weren't aware before, I am a big nerd. I love Star Wars and all things scifi and fantasy. I've been working through the Star Wars book universe lately, trying my best to read all the books that are out there. It's a very long list. It would be a miracle if I make it through the whole thing, but I'm always up for a challenge. 

Here are the last 5 books that I've read in both the Cannon and Legends series.

Cloak of Deception
(Star Wars Legends Universe)
by James Luceno

From New York Times bestselling author James Luceno comes an all-new Star Wars adventure that reveals the action and intrigue unfolding directly before Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. In the outlying systems, where the Trade Federation maintains a stranglehold on shipping routes, tensions are boiling over?while back in the comfort of Coruscant, the hub of civilized space and seat of the Republic government, few senators seem inclined to investigate the problem. And those who suspect Supreme Chancellor Valorum of having a hand in the machinations are baffled?especially when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination attempt on the Chancellor.

With the crisis escalating, Valorum calls for an emergency trade summit. As humans and aliens gather, conspiracies sealed with large sums of money run rampant, and no one is entirely above suspicion. But the greatest threat of all remains unknown to everyone except three members of the Trade Federation who have entered into a shadowy alliance with a dark overlord. While the trio will be content with more money and fewer problems, Darth Sidious has grander, far more terrifying plans.

It is a time that tests the mettle of all those who strive to hold the Republic together?none more so than the Jedi Knights, who have long been the galaxy's best hope for preserving peace and justice. Yet despite their most valiant efforts, the meeting will explode into fiery chaos beyond everyone?s worst fears . . .

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!



After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.

But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right at the top of Darth Maul’s hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
 
This special edition features an all-new Darth Maul short story as well as “Star Wars:® Darth Maul: Saboteur”—both written by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno!

Also features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!



When fourteen-year-old Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to the rule from the royal palace. To keep her safe and secure, she’ll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys. Each girl is selected for her particular talents, but it will be up to Padmé to unite them as a group. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test—of themselves, and of each other.



Maul: Lockdown
(Star Wars Legends)
by Joe Schreiber

Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object capable of obliterating the Jedi and conquering the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.


The Phantom Menace
(Star Wars: Novelizations #1)
by Terry Brooks

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.

On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend. 


As you can see, I'm at the Darth Maul part of the timeline, ending my binge with The Phantom Menace. And even though I know the Phantom Menace well from the movie, Terry Brooks really brought it to life like only he could. I loved it. You can't go wrong with Brooks. 













Weekly Menu #386 And The Book Of The Week

 


Hello Monday! I can't say that everything in my household is back to normal, but for the most part, we are all well, even though we are still exhausted. 

This weeks read is Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. I actually haven't seen the movie either so this will be a new experience for me. I've heard a lot of good things about the movie, but the book is an absolute mystery to me. Make sure you come back for my review in a few weeks.

Lets get to this weeks menu. It looks delicious and I can't wait to try everything. Enjoy

WEEKLY MENU 

Sunday Confessions #78

 


Hello Sunday! I hope the first full week of the new year has treated you well. We've been dealing with a sickness in my house, but we seem to be on the mend. 

Lots of good books have passed through the blog this last week, lets recap.


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Weekly Menu #386 And The Book Of The Week
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Book Review: 5 Star Wars Books in the Legends and Cannon Series
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Book Review: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
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Sunday Confessions #79


Nothing new this week.


26/196 in my Star Wars Legends challenge
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15/20 in my Scotland challenge
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44/341 Gilmore Girls challenge
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44/100 in my 100 books before you die challenge



I hope you have a wonderful week.


Book Review: Conviction by Denise Mina

 

Title: Conviction

By: Denise Mina

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 376

Release Date: June 18th, 2019

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s just a normal morning when Anna's husband announces that he's leaving her for her best friend and taking their two daughters with him.

With her safe, comfortable world shattered, Anna distracts herself with someone else's story: a true-crime podcast. That is until she recognizes the name of one of the victims and becomes convinced that only she knows what really happened.

With nothing left to lose, she throws herself into investigating the case. But little does she know, Anna's past and present lives are about to collide, sending everything she has worked so hard to achieve into freefall.

Conviction is the compelling and unique new thriller from multiple award-winner and author of The Long Drop, Denise Mina.

 

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Review:

I picked up this book as part of my Scottish challenge. It didn't disappoint. Not only is poor Anna's life a mess, but her husband has run off with her best friend and took their two children with them. How could things get any worse? Anna is also obsessed with true crime podcasts, but who isn't these days. When Anna realizes that someone she used to know is the center of one of her beloved podcasts, she starts to investigate on her own. This opens up a can of worms.

I really enjoyed this story. It really was many stories weaved together under the cover of a fantastic book.

December 2020 Wrap Up

 


December was a whirlwind. I managed to finish my reading challenge on the last day of the year. 200 books! I made my goal a little smaller this year, just 100. My reading has slowed down, due to the change in my work situation and the kids school. I just don't have the time any more. Here are the books I read last month.

The Phantom Menace
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.
On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend.


Georgana's Secret






26/196 in my Star Wars Legends challenge
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15/20 in my Scotland challenge
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44/341 Gilmore Girls challenge
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44/100 in my 100 books before you die challenge


2020 is finally over. Here's to 2021!

Weekly Menu #385 And The Book Of The Week

 


Hello Monday! I know I'm a little late posting this. My family has been sick. Whether or not its covid, that is still to be seen. My husband is going to get a test today since he is the most sick and has been sick the longest. Thanks 2021. You're sure not getting off to a good start.

This weeks book is The Dwarves by Marcus Heitz. I've gone back to randomly picking books from my TBR pile now that I've caught up on my reviews. This book caught my attention years ago when my husband took interest in the series. We actually have this book sitting in my house and I've never read it. Shame on me, lol. Now is the time.

Lets get to this weeks menu. Due to our illness, we didn't make about half the dinners we had planned for last week, so you get them again this week. Sorry, its been a rough first 4 days of the year. Here we go.



 WEEKLY MENU 


Monday

Smash Burgers

 

Tuesday

Ramen Bowls

 

Wednesday

Hearty Taco Soup

 

Thursday

Instant Pot Potato Soup

 

Friday

Spaghetti Night

 

Saturday

Creamy Chicken Soup

 

Sunday

Leftovers Night