Last week, Ryan posted a spoiler-free review of Ernest Cline’s second novel, Armada. Now, Ryan is on-record of being a big fan of Cline’s first novel, Ready Player One. Seriously, you don’t have to go beyond the first paragraph of that linked review to see it’s either his favorite or second favorite book depending on his mood. Now me, I enjoyed Ready Player One for the most part, but not being as enamored with the 80s as the author appeared to be, it didn’t do as much for me as it did for Ryan and the other podcaster types. Besides, I hate nostalgia.
I have since finished Armada myself and we here at Gabbing Geek are not above having multiple reviews of the same thing by different writers.
So, here’s my review for Armada. SPOILERS after the cut.
Armada is one of my most-anticipated books of the year. My love for Ernie Cline’s first book, Ready Player One, has been mentioned many times on this site and in the podcast. Ready Player One is not only in my top five books of all time (and it actually flip flops between the first and second spot depending on my mood that day) but it’s also the only book that I’ve read in less than 24 hours (not counting a few books in college that involved some skimming). When I was able to obtain an advance copy of the book, I was thrilled. Now that the book is available to everyone, I’m free to tell you my spoiler-free thoughts and feels on this new book. Jump after the break to read all about it!
Did you love the 80s? The hair, the fashion, the movies, the interest rates? The 80s were totally tubular! Gabbing Geek has devoted an entire episode to this beloved decade. You can listen to it now or jump after the break to read more about it!