I finished this lovely book the other day and I have to say it was pretty funny. I loved the examples he used to “write good” and some of his explanations really hit home. I love that he used examples from his own life. The one where he was in Madrid was particularly eye opening. I think my favorite section had to be “Four Essential Tips for Telling the Truth in Memoir and Securing That Blockbuster Book Deal.” Not only were there hilarious grammar mistakes (which were made on purpose to make a point) but the overall idea to not take things too seriously was just a great thing to read.
This was written almost like an advice column with some of his own works put after he answered a letter. I thought this style of book was pretty unique and I haven’t read anything like it yet. If you love humor and not taking things too seriously, this is a book I would recommend to you. Definitely check it out if you plan on writing non fiction and need a break from writing.
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Armada is a great sci-fi novel that I enjoyed immensely. I loved all the references to movies, songs, pop culture. I didn’t think it was rammed down my throat, but then again, I really enjoyed Ready Player One which also had a lot of 80s references. This book was almost your typical alien invasion book, movie, short story etc and I thought it was great.
Although I wasn’t able to connect with the characters, I was able to enjoy the story none the less. I cried at certain parts and I was almost glad that I flipped ahead and saw a slight spoiler because it saved me from a few more tears. There were some parts that were predictable and there were some parts that were not. I think my only main complaint about it was there was no really focused “bad guy” first it was one guy then it was the aliens and then it was someone else and it just jumped around too much for me to enjoy it.
I wasn’t left with feelings of an unfinished story line, and although there were some things that weren’t wrapped up in the end, I thought it was a solid ending. That being said, I saw so many disappointed reviews on GoodReads claiming that it was such a bad book and that it was a disappointment and I really didn’t agree. To me, this book was either hit or miss. You either loved it like I did or you hated it like so many other people. I think Ernest Cline is just an author that is a specific taste. You’ll either love his writing style with all the pop culture references, or you won’t. I think it really just depends on the reader.
Check it out if you have time and let me know your thoughts whether you agree or disagree.
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