Sunday, December 16, 2012
When Dark Descends by Charles L. Grant and Thomas F. Monteleone. First, let me say that Charles L. Grant is the writer I most admire. I hold others—many others—in very high regards, but he’s the top, if I’m honest with myself. He writes the stories that really get me and writes in the way that really gets me. This was no exception. The subtly Lovecraftian tale was great, and while the style was somewhere between the two writers (who are near opposites), it still worked. Really enjoyed it.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book is almost a love letter to everything 1980s and video games, but it is also an exceptional thriller—even if it’s marketed as sci-fi. I think the story’s about as sci-fi as Star Trek and Star Wars, which is to say not really at all, but it’s one hell of a ride through a world-encompassing MMO that pits one man and a group of friends against the worst in corporate America with only their lives and the fate of the entire world hanging in the balance. If you’re a gamer or grew up in the 1980s, give it a read. It’s a lot of fun.