Book: ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Rating: C+

After all of the hype, I expected more. Much more. Instead I got a great concept wrapped in endless pop-culture references and poor writing. Now all I want to do is re-read Snow Crash.

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Book: ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer

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Okay, I’ll admit I saw the amazing film before I read the equally amazing book. To be fair I think the two are different and yet similar enough that they actually compliment each other. I would definitely recommend exploring both if you get the chance. Krakauer paints an empathetic and honest portrait of Christopher McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp. It’s hard not to be moved by his ideals and his passion, despite his selfishness. I have a certain admiration for people that can just drop everything and live their life as a vagabond, maybe it’s the romantic in me (I did minor in English Literature). Whatever the case may be, I found ‘Into the Wild’ to be a poetic, profound, page-turner…which is impressive because you know how the story ends, it tells you right on the cover. You know what happens to McCandless, but you can’t stop reading because you want to know more about this incredible (some may say stupid) young man and the lives he touches before his tragic demise in the Alaskan wilderness. Great read.

Book: ‘Baseball’ by George Vecsey

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George Vecsey’s ‘Baseball’ is a concise, entertaining, personal, and well-written history of the greatest game ever invented. At 222 pages it’s really just an overview, but it’s a damn interesting one. He covers everything from the origins to the negro leagues to the steroid scandals. He eloquently inserts stories from his own life and experiences with baseball, making it much more than just a dry history lesson. It’s a fun read, I highly recommend this book for any baseball fan or really anyone interested in a streamlined history of America’s favorite game.