I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
Ernest Cline's 2011 debut "Ready Player One" is steeped in '80s nostalgia, which made it a runaway hit and more than covered up its weaknesses in character development and plotting.
I bought into it and was much entertained. Is it great? No. Is it goooooooood? Absolutely.
Cline's 2014 follow-up, "Armada," was no such treasure, panned by critics and largely ignored by readers.
But in my reading of "Ready Player One," I came across this passage (Page 53 in the hardcover, if you're following along at home): "Today he was reading excerpts from The Egg Man, a bestselling Halliday biography I'd already read four times." THIS is the book Cline should write next: The "biography" of his Steve Jobs-esque, painfully antisocial computer mogul. And his best friend/fake Woz, Ogden "Og" Morrow. That would be interesting.
The question is, does Cline have the skill to pull off such a novel? I'd love to see him try. I'd love to read THAT book.