Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

My whole life, I felt like I was destined to do something important, but I was only ever good at video games, which I always figured would be completely useless. But it’s not useless, and neither am I. I think this is what I was always destined to do with my life. I just never knew it.

I only picked this one up because I LOVED Ready Player One. I wasn’t disappointed. 

Zack Lightman is your supposed typical gaming teenager. He lives with his mom (his father passed away in a strange accident after he was born), he works in a used video game store, and he has his nerdy best friends. But one day he sees an alien spaceship in the sky and his whole world is turned upside down. What if video games weren’t just for entertainment? What if they were actually training simulations put in place by the government to ward of an impending alien invasion? Zack learns alot about himself, the world he thought he knew, and the father he thought he buried by investigating his journals and taking the step towards saving the world.

This book was your typical campy scifi adventure. Brain fodder, so to speak. It screamed Enders Game  and Robotech and touched on just how important gaming could be. It posed a question that has been asked before and was overall, a good read. The characters were a bit cut and dry to a mould, but Zack himself is a misfit in a land of misfits trying to find their place in the world. 

If you want a fun, quick, super scifi book with a happy ending, pick this up. 🙂

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Shockaholick

Shockaholick by Carrie Fisher

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Memior

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Having finished Wishful Drinking a few weeks ago, I nabbed this one, which details her experience of electroshock treatment being used to treat depression. And the memory loss that comes with it. This book was broken up into parts as she discussed certain profound memories that she didn’t want to lose. And talked about her addiction, her depression and her relationship (or lack thereof) with her dad. She ended the book with a eulogy to her coke buddy, drug addled sexaholic father, and the relationship they were able to make towards the end of his life.

For a memior, it wasn’t terrible and Fisher has a unique NO FUCKS GIVEN tone with story telling. Whereas Wishful Drinking felt like an AA speaker meeting, this one was a good look at the why she is the way she is and how her broken brain receives things and using Electroshock as a way to heal.

I recommend this to fans of hers as well as anyone who wants a good look at her life in general. 🙂

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Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

☆☆☆☆/5
Genre: Memior
20/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

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I do this because I find that I frequently feel better about myself when I discover we’re not alone, but there are in fact a number of people who ail as we do.

I picked this up because I’ve had it in my wishlist forever and I found it at the library the other day and I’m glad I read it.

Carrie Fisher is the result of Hollywood inbreeding and found her fame with the little franchise Star Wars, staring alongside little known actors Mark Hamilton and Harrison Ford. This is her memior about her addictions to opiates, alcohol and her journey of recovery and what it was like seeing your likeness on a PEZ dispenser. She goes into great detail about her manic depressive episodes and what it means for her to be bipolar.

Happy is one of the many things I’m likely to be over the course of the day and certainly over the course of a lifetime. But I think if you have the expectation that your going to be happy throughout your life- more to the point, if you need to be comfortable all the time- well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.

And this one:

Mind expanders and pain killers. (Though over time and protracted use, their meanings got jumbled until they became mind relievers and pain expanders- a place where everything hurt and nothing made sense.)

I found this book funny (but a bit raunchy) and it was nice not to feel so alone. I myself experience dark depressive episodes and she made it fun. It read kinda like an AA speaker meeting and was just like someone telling their story. Yes, she went crazy. But she got better.

I highly recommend this book. 🙂

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