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Heard coughing and middle of the night chatting. Restaurant upstairs with fabulous views, good food and reasonable prices. Included breakfast excellent. Very friendly staff. The view from the terrace restaurant is extraordinary. Would absolutely return. The bathroom is very modern, and it is nice to have the little fridge in the room. The rooftop restaurant has a great breakfast and if you go up there for dinner you will see a gorgeous view of the Sea of Marmara in one direction and the lights on Haghia Sophia and on the Blue Mosque if you look the other way.
Hotel is spotlessly clean. Staff is friendly and helpful. You cant beat it for the price. The location. And the room. Excellent location, close to old city but in a fairly quiet street. Good breakfast buffet and very friendly and helpful staff. All of it. Everything was perfect. Very clean.
Excellent and friendly staff. Very helpful and gave great recommendations on where to eat. Our room was in the front of the hotel. It was quite noisy when there were parties across the street. It was a nice location. Every one eager to plrase. Good value. There was a party restaurant in front of the room. Until midnight, so noisy disco music sound bothered our sleeping. It was so terrible noise. The location was good.
Breakfast was nice with many kinds of cheese and ham. The restaurant was on the top floor with spectacular view. Amazing Service from the Hotel. I tried to rebook my stage which was no problem at all. Thanks a lot to Erol! Great location close to top sites. Very comfortable hotel and we were lucky to stay in an apartment with large living room ideal to celebrate a birthday of one of our group. Apartment quiet and better located than the rooms of the main hotel which had traffic noise. Great breakfast with lots of choice and views over the Bosporus.
Would recommend for a stay in Istanbul. I didn't like the lady over the reception, she was rude and no manners. I could see her behavior with other guest especially from the Europe side, she was laughing and talking but when I talked to her she was rude and didn't want to talk to me. I think hotel management needs to pay attention on her attitude with the customers. The location was nice and we really enjoy the location of the hotel.
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This property might pay Booking. Great location, good breakfast, clean room, friendly staffs. They have similarities, but there also a lot of differences, and those differences are going to cause a lot of people not to like this one very much. Not so with Armada. The story just takes over. He uses pop culture references as emotional shorthand, his characters here are a bit on the flimsy side, and his writing is focused more on the action side of the story than the emotion. He also errs more on the side of passionate than clever. Well, okay, Ashley, what about the actual book?
There are really two twists that Cline brings to the story, though. Zack and his friends and family have all seen The Last Starfighter. Why risk your actual bodies when you could. Probably my two favorite things about this book were the ways that Zack and thus Cline kept pointing out all the sci-fi tropes he could, and explaining why they made no sense, and then actually making that an important part of the plot. I also really loved the relationship between Zack and his parents his dad having died when he was a baby.
And not only that, he dies for no actual reason I could see in the plot. He should have kept him alive. All in all, Cline is still one of my favorite authors. Even if he never again writes something that I love so unreservedly as I love Ready Player One , he still writes fun, nerdy stories like no one else in the business right now. I will read anything he sees fit to write. It was totally worth it. Armada isn't better than Ready Player One , but I didn't expect it to be. Lots of thoughts in eventual full review. Pre-release: It has a cover and a blurb and a release date.
View all 16 comments. Jul 17, Alejandro rated it liked it Shelves: alternate-reality , science-fiction , humor , military , espionage , video-games , politics , novel. I expected something more original So, reading the next novel by Ernest Cline was a obvious decision. Any big rea I expected something more original Any big reason? I prefer a shitty person but good writer than a good person but shitty writer.
Anyway, there are other issues on the actual book like the age of the main character in contrast with his too mature attitude or violent actions. But, at least it was original. Yes, the movie is pretty lame, but hey! Another curious thing is that Zack Lightman, the main character, has a history of previous violence and even a bully is afraid of him. The bullies are afraid of the geeks?! What kind of insane world is that one?! It was like taking Ender Wiggin but instead of recruiting him as a small child and waiting until he is eighteen years old.
Nope, no controversy there, sorry. It impacted me so much when I watched it, back then in , that I still remember the basic storyline of the TV episode. Wait a minute! The episode of The New Twilight Zone was aired in ??! Ender's Game was published in !!! Forget ! This novel should be titled " Strikes Back! If so You thought I am a dang geek! Did I understand the geek references? I am a geek, duh! Of course, it helps too if we geeks opted to avoid laughing out loud in machiavellian style! In that way our camouflage is impeccable However, while in Ready Player One I felt that pop culture references were used in a proper way, with the right amount of it, here, in Armada , the author just lost control of it and the popular culture geek references just ran free crushing any chance of enjoying the reading experience.
View all 48 comments. Jul 26, Edward Lorn rated it did not like it. Could we have a moment of silence for my love of pop culture references? Thank you.
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I was born in , but I didn't truly flip my shit over something until the Howard the Duck movie came out in ' I'm sure there will be several uber nerds who will claim that that's why I didn't "get" this novel, because I wasn't born wearing a Star Trek uniform. Ernest Cline is, quite simply, the Stephenie Meyers of science fiction.
Horrible writer finds niche and milks it for everything it's worth because dollah, dollah bills, y'all! His next book will likely be a fantasy epic concerning a young wizard who flies around with a trio of dragons looking for a magical cube that can turn sex toys into shape-shifting robots. Young Wizard finds out his parents didn't actually die shortly after his birth; they traveled forward in time to join the Nazis. Young Wizard must team up with whimsical and witty man in a bow tie and a talking lion named Jesus in order to alter the course of Shia Labeouf's career.
Am I close yet, Cline? I will not spend the duration of this review explaining the extremity of my nerdom. I will not bore you with my likes and dislikes. I will say that I consider myself a nerd. That is the main reason I requested this book from Crown Publishing in return for an honest review. At this time, I would like to express my deepest condolences. I kinda feel like a serial killer apologizing to the parents of my victim, but you had to have known this was going to happen. I only assume that someone at your company read this book before accepting it for publication.
Then again, maybe not. Let's be honest. You knew it would sell, and it will continue to sell long after this review is posted. I know I will be tossed in the troll pile. I know I will be looked down upon by the Gods of Nerdom as some internet rage machine hellbent on funneling my derision into someone who's living the dream by stealing other people's dreams. Fuck everybody who thinks that. This book is fucking terrible. Armada hopes to win you over with a metric-fuck-tonne if I'm using the metric system, I must use the Queen's English - tonne instead of ton, it is then of pop culture references.
In the first third of the book, Cline describes everything using these references. This is like that and that is like this. Nothing wrong with that.
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Not in my mind, anyway. I became worried when I noticed that the book wasn't just full of pop culture references, it was one big pop culture reference. I started making predictions. Those predictions came true time and time again. In fact, I was never wrong. Because this book is everything else. It was designed to sell strictly on your love of other things. You're not going to like this book for its plot or characters. You're going to like this book because it's comforting. You'll be able to point at everything and say, "Hey, I know that reference!
Nerds will be judged on how many times they've read it. Geeks will argue over how self aware it is, and how its barely-literate author is a fucking genius for making millions off their cherished memories. This book is to nerd culture what Episode One was to Star Wars. Had this book done one thing original, I wouldn't be half as infuriated as I am right now. I won't spoil the ending for you, but the list goes as such: 1.
Now that I think about it, two of those things are true in this novel, but at separate times. Armada is so self aware that I'm honestly surprised Cline didn't reference himself in the book. Or if he did, I didn't notice because my brain started leaking from my ears around the page mark. In summation: Holy shit, this book was bad. Like, Drake and the 99 Dragons bad.
Like, it can't get past the first level of Super Mario Brothers bad. Like, so bad that Cersei wouldn't fuck it View all 64 comments. Aug 29, Annie rated it liked it Shelves: release , male-pov , hypalicious , science-fiction , read-audiobook. This was disappointing, especially compared to Ready Player One. I'm definitely not the target audience for this, but It's kinda fun, but also utterly predictable. Also, to all the people that have commented on this review and acted annoyed at me that it's more The Last Starfighter than Ender's Game: Haven't seen The Last Starfighter.
Don't care to. No need to get after me about it. Pre-review: So basically Ender's Game? Sure, why not? This'll probably be better than Ender's Game anyway. View all 34 comments. Shelves: fiction , published , traditionally-published , he-says , american-author , science-fiction. I tried to keep my cool. I tried to remain skeptical. I reminded myself that I was a man of science, even if I did usually get a C in it. I looked at it again. I still couldn't tell what it was, but I knew what it wasn't - it wasn't a meteor.
Or a weather balloon, or swamp gas, or ball lightning. My first thought was: Holy fucking shit. How much jerking-off to '80s nostalgia can one man d I tried to keep my cool. How much jerking-off to '80s nostalgia can one man do? Ernest Cline is testing my limits as he's written not one but TWO full-length novels crammed to the gills with '80s references. Listen, I read Ready Player One and liked it.
A lot of people did. Unfortunately, Cline has interpreted us liking that book as a green-light to write more books that center around the worship of everything '80s. Seems as if Cline is a one-trick pony. Stop me if you've heard this one. Zack Lightman is good at basically nothing except playing video games.
Specifically one video game that deals with fighting off an alien invasion. One day, Men in Black come to his school and recruit him to fight aliens for real - the video game was actually a recruiting tool for the upcoming war against aliens from Europa. Sound familiar? But he doesn't. Worse than that, Zack and all the other characters in this book do not emote. Instead of having feelings, they simply compare themselves to fictional '80s characters. For instance, when Zack sees a space shuttle land near his school - one that is ripped right from the video game he plays incessantly - he doesn't talk about how he feels.
Or maybe your reality is really just an incredibly convincing computer simulation, like in The Matrix. Or maybe you just died in a car accident, and this is all just an elaborate fantasy playing out in your brain during the last few seconds of your life - like in that one old Twilight Zone episode. The characters do not have feelings that belong to themselves, only to other pop-culture fictional characters.
What about when he sees the advanced army base full of anti-alien craft? How does he feel? Or Captain Apollo, climbing into the cockpit of his Viper on the Galactica's flight deck. Ender Wiggin arriving at Battle School. But this wasn't a fantasy. This was real life. My life. And Cline never puts just ONE '80s reference into an explanation when he can fit in three. It's highly annoying. Also, he is going to spoil innumerable movies and tv shows for you. You have been warned.
Read at your own risk. Let's look at a scene where a school bully has scratched Zack's car. One of the few perks of driving an ancient, rusted-out shit wagon was that it took real effort to make it look any less aesthetically pleasing than it already was. This realization allowed me to calm myself enough to heed the whispered advice of Master Yoda now on repeat in my head: Let go of your anger.
I often tried to calm myself with Yoda's voice which sounded nothing like Fozzie Bear, damn you during moments of distress. That was only on good days, of course. On the bad ones, I found myself drawing on equally compelling advice from Lords Vader or Palpatine. Please brace yourself for about 5 to 20 pop-culture '80s references on each and every page.
Who really cares enough about the s to read and beat-off to Ready Player One AND then is immediately hungry for more non-stop s porn? Really, honestly, I am asking. Who is the audience for this book? I know the '80s. I like the '80s. But what exactly is the point? There's no real plot, and what little plot there is is SO cliched and SO predictable that it's almost not worth reading.
I know people like nostalgia, but WHO is reading this? Do teenagers nowadays love, worship and know s culture? At most they have a bit of passing interest in it. Most adults I know, even if they were in their kid or teen years during the '80s, have a limited tolerance for '80s reminiscing if they even care to reminisce at all. I'm highly worried about Cline. Is he stuck in the '80s? I would agree that the s was a heyday for good movie making. Perhaps he should venture out to an actual theater or turn on his tv to HBO or Showtime instead of re-watching Back to the Future for the fiftieth time.
The author picture of him is him posing with his DeLorean. Now, sweet. I love DeLoreans. I have parts of it memorized. I enjoy consuming modern pop culture and do not believe everything created after is trash. I'm always weirded out by people who are obsessed with the past and determined to live in it.
I do not know if Cline has kids, but perhaps if he does they can introduce their dad to some new and cool stuff. He can show them Die Hard and Predator and they can show him something that was made after It will blow his mind. Absolute dream girl. Zack, on the first day - no, first HOUR - of training meets a black-clad, tattooed, older he's 18, she's 22 woman who thinks he's cute and actually lets him sit by her instead of telling him to fuck off.
She instantly gets all of his '80s jokes and references and ALSO is apparently obsessed with the '80s, so I'm not even saying insta-love, I'm saying 'mythical dream girl that automatically likes you and appears immediately on your first day. You will have to do nothing to impress her, everything that comes out of your mouth is gold. She has no personality - much like Zack - and just exists to be his badass perfect girlfriend, a relationship that happens instantly, with none of that pesky getting-to-know-you, dating, can-I-trust-you, falling-in-love stuff that one normally has to go through in order to have a relationship.
There's one gay couple in the novel and they view spoiler [die. It's and we're still dealing with this shit. This is what annoyed me the most: I nodded, still trying to rein in my conflicting emotions. Everything I'd ever been told or taught about the state of the world had been a lie. I 'd grown up believing that despite our aspirations, humans were still just a bunch of bipedal apes, divided into arbitrary tribes that were constantly at war over their ruined planet's dwindling natural resources.
I'd always assumed that our future would end up looking more like Mad Max than Star Trek.
But now I was forced to see our rampant fossil fuel consumption - and our seeming disregard for its effect on our already-changing climate - in an entirely new light. We hadn't used up all our of oil and ravaged our planet in a mindless pursuit of consumerism, but in preparation for a dark day most of us hadn't even known was coming. Even humanity's lack of concern for its rampant overpopulation problem now made a terrible kind of sense.
What difference did it make if our planet was capable of supporting all seven billion of us in the long term when a far greater threat to our numbers was waiting in the wings? And despite the overwhelming odds, humanity had done what was necessary to ensure its own survival. It filled me with a strange new sense of pride in my own species. We weren't a primitive bunch of monkeys teetering on the brink of self-destruction after all - this appeared to be an altogether different kind of destruction we were teetering on the brink of.
Fuck you. Seriously, this made me angrier and more annoyed than anything else in the entire book. I was livid. And now, at long last, our forces are ready for deployment. I was getting very upset. This book is a lot like watching someone else play a video game. What are you saying? I'm saying the book is fucking boring, is what I'm saying.
The fights and combat is video game fighting and combat. And you are certainly not in control. All the battle scenes and fighting is boring as hell. How long can this go on? I feel like he's got a bit of Salinger in him. Branch out! Don't be scared. Playing video games non-stop as a teen is actually a very valuable use of your time that will pay off big time!
Our hero is a Gary Stu! I mean, no other decade even compares to the s! Do you just watch s specials on VH1 for hours and hours on end? Only listen to s music? Only play video games on original Nintendo and Atari? Only watch movies that were made in this awesome decade!?!?
Why bother living in the present? If so, Armada is the book for you! You can read it and laugh at all the '80s jokes. You can lovingly remember all your favorite '80s games, movies, tv shows, and video games! I mean, sure the book was published in , but we can forgive it for that, certainly?!!?
However, if you seek new material in your books: fresh plots, actual character development, and things that are relevant in this decade, perhaps you would like to read something else. I'm still trying to figure out who Cline's audience is. One shot of '80s nostalgia was fun. Two shots is making me sick to my stomach. This fell very flat to me. View all 45 comments. Aug 05, Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing.
April, 20 Independence Day: Resurgence , sequel to major international blockbuster, began filming 20 years since the first one. July, 14 Pluto , the planet.. July, 23 Earth 2.
Keplerb, A planet discovered very similar to Earth and potentially habitable. And with a very clever plot, with decent and some mind blowing twists, here comes Armada.. I'm not even a good devoted gamer.. But still I'm a geek kinda way.. And I'm okay with Independence Day's main plot without much of crap video games fights..
I want to Believe, but I'm not willing to live in a video game worlds and unrealistic space and UFO fight crab Just Want to Believe Is he sure he wasn't just starting at a poster in Fox Mulder's office? Okay, first chapter and I'm outta here. And won't rate it, it wouldn't be fair. Future with Aliens goofing around is NOT my type of read.. Back to Chapter 1 Then,we see that Zack has a pretty good backstory, he's likeable and interesting character to read And, most importantly, Turns out spotting a flying saucer is unusal and kinda crazy in the world of the story.
That is good for me.. So why not reading another chapter? Zack thinking he gone mad like his geeky father who passed away at the age 19, Zack may never remember him alive, he died when Zack was less than a year old.. He goes into his father old possessions and re-read a note that made him disturbed before.. Specially with a very good use of an urban legend about video gaming machines. His father thought that the Military or NASA preparing people by these movies and novels for the news that we are not alone in the universe..
AND all the games and tracking the top players is to train a new army of Gamers.. And that's what I did at the beginning of the review April 16, Star Wars is baaaaack, 2nd Trailer for the third trilogy that will hit cinemas next December after 10 years since the end of the second trilogy.
And don't forget Gravity , Interstellar Thank you very much Ernest Cline. So , to get raid of these crazy thoughts that he saw a flying saucer, he decided to stop gaming for few days.. He plays Armada.. Aliens online multiplayer game.. Long story short, the mission failed Organized by EDA And man , oh man.. I'm not space gamer at all and get bored of watching one in the Star Wars movies , sorry fans again, BUT the way Ernest wrote it in phase one was more than interesting and get me hooked with the story..
It is way better with more convincing plot by using remote Drones , like controlling space ships and Big robots by your home PC, taplets, or gaming devices. And what I loved more the deeper message and moral of the story.. Humanity and Wars I love how the novel profiling how wars begins All war is deception. If we don't end war, war will end us With perfect mix of lovable characters, nostalgic memories full of songs, movies and novels you find that you're really fighting with them for humanity Even if you're, like me , not a gamer at all, you'll love to read it..
The rest are useless. Having a religious positive character, and making clear that religion is not far from our real world was beyond awesome, since I feel sick that all characters in other novels just don't believe in God or anything. There was an unnecessary gay relation but that's okay. By the end I was so teary and emotionally touched I loved it so much, I loved all the twists and characters I doubt if I need a part But this one was really perfect with awesome ending..
I Loved it.. And now , I'm already feeling nostalgic to the Armada game.. The Moon Base.. Lightman's mix tape. The latter reminds me much with Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy.. I'd thought it'd be teenager vs aliens kind of game.. I just bought it cause it released first time in Egypt at the same international release day, which happens to be my birthday 'BTW thank you Cherry Blossom Books' Also there's excellent praise for the author's debut novel..
And I now so glad that I got it.. Ernest is really talented geeky author and successfully got me into his game.. I am not a gamer and not Sci-Fi big fan But Armada become one of my very favourite read this year, and may be all time too.. Many pitching around 'Ready Player One' was better, but why comparing? I didn't read it yet but now I'm more than exciting to read it too. Till we play again in Ready Player One.. Mohammed Arabey Playing from 5 August to 9 August View all 17 comments. Sep 21, Lyn rated it liked it.
At best it is a cool Pink Floyd song, at worst a stupid Adam Sandler film. Armada tells the story of Zack Lightman, a gamer hero who has lost his father and his way amidst an uncaring universe. But wait! Borrowing heavily from such classics as Ender's Game , Last Starfighter and The Sirens of Titan Cline mails in a follow-up in lieu of a straight up sequel.
In the winter of I went to the movies with some friends to see the action film Iron Eagle. What is very memorable to me about this very forgettable lame ass flick was the realization that I would one day criticize and review popular media. We left the cinema and I was shocked to hear that my friends liked the swill. That was several latitudes south of stupid. A rock and roller 18 year old kid who steals an F to rescue his dad?
Not bad. View all 5 comments. Aug 23, seak rated it liked it Shelves: This book gave me an epiphany and that's not always a good thing apparently. Up to the moment I read this book, I'd started to convince myself that really the main thing that mattered to me in a book was readability. How much was a both looking forward to reading a book and how fast were the pages turning for me? Those are two things I thought a great deal of in terms of esteem and star rating points.
Armada had all that. I did look forward to reading it and I thought the pages turned rather qui This book gave me an epiphany and that's not always a good thing apparently. I did look forward to reading it and I thought the pages turned rather quickly all in all. But I started to realize that even though I was enjoying myself, I didn't really think all that much of this story.
It's rather bland for the most part and so chalk full of 80's nerdery it's almost as if no other nerdery is allowed or considered worthy. Let me count the ways Maybe we should add, because it was new, but I don't know if you can go that far. When the premise revolves around the 80s it just works. Here, Armada's 80's affiliation has more to do with a kid's dead father's obsession and begins to grate in all the wrong ways. It's as if this geeky kid never realized there were other nerdy things to do It'd've been fine with additional, modern references - 80's references are fine - it's just that it begins to sound like that's the only worthy decade when that's far from the truth and arguably only the beginning of a very many great decades for geekery that only got better.
It's reinforced by the fact that only those other characters who also know 80's lore are considered with it, cool, on fleek that's what the kids are saying these days right? To reiterate it's like the emphasis makes it seem like you're only cool geeky if you're up on your 80's geekery. If not, you're not actually a geek. Now, I don't want to act like I didn't like Armada. I enjoyed it quite a bit and I admit that my expectations were nigh-on insurmountable after how much I fell for Ready Player One. It's a fun romp and I've forgone mention of the inconsistencies I saw I think I gave it a hard enough time as is.
I'll still be scooping up Cline's next book, but probably not with as much fervor. Expectations have been tempered. View all 18 comments. Jun 12, Will M. Conquer or be conquered. Survive or go extinct. RPO will always be my favorite novel of all time, and that fact managed to alter my expectations when it comes to the Sci-Fi genre. I haven't read a novel as good as RPO, but hopefully I'd find one soon.
After I finished it last year, I checked if Clin "Kill or be killed. After I finished it last year, I checked if Cline had other novels published, and unfortunately none were in existence. Armada was more than a year away, and I was honestly expecting this to be just as good, if not better. If you would ask me what my first reaction was while reading the novel, I'd say I was disappointed halfway through.
In the end though, I had mixed emotions. Mixture of sadness, happiness, disappointment, and an inexpressible feeling of wanting for more. I will not compare RPO and Armada in this review. Yes, I liked the former more than the latter, but Armada was good in its own way.
It deserves a proper review. If you're looking for someone who did a comparison of the two, then I'd suggest reading someone else's review. The first paragraph was more of a backstory of why I read this novel in the first place, and the shorter version of the reason would be that Ernest Cline is one of my favorite authors ever, and also because the premise of Armada was compelling as fuck. Let's talk about the plot. I heard a copious amount of comparison between Armada and The Last Starfighter. I had no idea what the plot was, so I read Armada and thought that the idea was fairly original.
I've heard of the whole thing before, of course, but I haven't had much experience with it before. I'm sure I've watched something similar, but nothing recently so I didn't have much to compared it with. This could be the reason why i enjoyed this more as compared to most disappointed readers.
I hated how Cline introduced everything. At first I didn't even like the characters at all, and the plot was boring for me. It was that bad, but then the middle part happened. The action started to happen, and the development finally kicked in. The characters were more witty and funny, and I believe that helped a lot. I had a clue on what the ending would be, and once again sadly I was right. No plot twist whatsoever view spoiler [ Aside from his dad dying hide spoiler ] , and I hate it when that happens. Like I just said, the characters started to develop better in the middle portion, and I learned to like most of them.
Zack can be considered your typical main character when it comes to Sci-Fi novels, but I still liked him a lot. His decisions in the novel were a bit out of the ordinary. I like a character who deviates from sanity, but with the right amount of insanity. I can't talk much of the other character without spoiling, so let's just say there might be some plot twists for you guys. You might not see it coming, unlike me. The ending was great for me. I know a lot of people complained about it, but fortunately it was good for me. I liked how he ended things, even though it was a bit cliche.
I only really wish for something specific to happen in the end if I liked the characters, and it's a great thing that I was attached to most of them. I played a lot of geeky stuff growing up, so plus points for Cline, once again. I like to read about the games I used to play before. It gives me good feeling of how great my childhood was, and that other people experienced some of the retro goodness that i did.
Mostly books tend to lose a star because of the ending, but fortunately it was the other way around for Armada. Most people would consider 3 stars as an indication that the novel was bad, but for me most of my 3 star ratings meant that I still enjoyed the novel. I guess I won't have to confuse people now with this 4 star review. I decided to round it up because the novel was great as a whole. If you want a great geeky Sci-Fi novel, then don't hesitate to pick this up.
I'd also like to add in that you should buy the hardcover edition of this, because the design is spectacular! Not just the book itself, but also the dust jacket. You'll understand what I'm talking about if you manage to get a copy yourself. View all 6 comments. Aug 24, Megan marked it as to-read.
Ummm, Last Starfighter? Whatever, WANT! Jan 01, Ashley Brooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: faves , sci-fi-fantasy. They are two very different entities. While I love the common thread of gaming running through both books, the space nerd in me was squeeing the whole way through this one.
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That being said, I really really loved this. The pop culture references were once again top notch and I really really dig government conspiracy theories. It was a bit intense having t 4. It was a bit intense having this whole book take place in one day but I'm not sure I can imagine it any other way. View all 4 comments. Jan 04, Samantha rated it it was ok. At no point did I feel connected to the characters or their plight.
The story lacked originality and felt like a mashup of Red Dawn, ET and Close Encounters that is sold as a new inventive plot. The constant pop culture references became extremely tiring and forced. Often they did not make sense in the context of the story and characters: it's funny how every single character regardless of age immediately gets obscure references to the 80's and 1.
Often they did not make sense in the context of the story and characters: it's funny how every single character regardless of age immediately gets obscure references to the 80's and 90's. Overall I felt extremely disappointed with this book. I expected something new and original and instead felt like it was a re-write of Ready Player one only with less complex characters and story arc. The characters felt unrealistic and one dimensional and the writing itself lacked depth.
I wouldn't mind reading another book by Cline, but I do hope that his next work tackles some new and original material. The new book is again a novel with pop culture references galore, but whereas Ready Player One was like a love letter to the 80s set in not-too-distant future, Armada takes place in present day with a shift in focus to all things sci-fi and gaming.
Needless to say, as an avid gamer with particular penchant towards massively multiplayer online MMO games, I must shamelessly confess to having a natural inclination to stories of this type; more than once, reading Armada made me wish that Eve Online and Dust played like the games described in the book, or that Star Citizen was released already.
And I think if you enjoyed Ready Player One, you might enjoy this one too. In many ways the two books are different, but in many ways they are similar as well — both are stories about average young men in the position to save the world, thanks to their super awesome Powers of the Geek! We begin the story with an introduction to our protagonist Zack Lightman, worrying that he might be losing his mind.