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Carissa Green Reads

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.

Currently reading

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
Donald Hall
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman

Write THAT Book

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

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. 

 

-cg