Collections of an Infinitely Cluttered Mind
Current Reads: Zombies vs 80s Pop Culture
My brother and his wife were kind enough to bestow upon me the gift of undeath on the occasion of the anniversary of my birth. Mira Grant’s Deadline is the latest book in the Newsflesh trilogy and it delivered. I was concerned that the loss of (SPOILER) Georgia in Book 1 would kill momentum; but Grant figured out an even better way to retain her pocket narrator, while at the same time giving us the continuing story from Shaun’s point of view. In classic Second Book in the Trilogy fashion, things aren’t wrapped up neatly (or at all); in fact I arrived at what felt like the resolution of the Book 2 plot only to realize I had approximately 100 pages of narrative left. Things…don’t get better. Oh, and make sure you read the teaser chapter at the end of the book for one of the best sucker-punch bombshells I’ve seen delivered in a long time.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a very different animal. It makes no bones about the origins of its dystopia. You can almost hear Cline posit at the beginning of each chapter: “I like [insert 80s popular culture reference here]. Can I make a chapter out of that?” You would think this would grow tiresome; in fact there have been several chapters so far that have made my inner nerd cringe a bit at the sheer depth and breadth of geekery on display. BUT. I keep reading. In fact I kept reading last night until my book light burnt out. Ready Player One is a big, fat, Doritos-infused love letter to geek culture. While the premise is just barely this side of plausible (and in parts reminiscent of Dan Simmon’s Flashback), if you’re a pop-culture addict like myself, and you still remember when Pac-Man wasn’t “cute” but “cool,” then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy.