The Fold – A Book Review

The Fold by Peter Clines is the follow up book to “14” (though it’s not published as a sequel. It has new characters and story line but some aspects of “14” appear in this one). I recommend this book but only after reading the previous one.

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This story follows a guy named Leland Erikson “Mike” who has photographic memory where he can remember every single detail of anything he sees. So his friend hires him to find out what is going on with a top-secret research team who invented a device called the Albuquerque Door. This door creates a fold in reality dimensions that allows a person to travel miles with just one step. Similarly to “14”, mysterious and strange occurrences happen and Mike tries to find out what’s really going on.

I listened to this book in audio. My thoughts are very similar to “14” (you can read my review of “14” here). The things I liked and disliked about the book are mainly the same. You might ask which one I liked better? Well I’m not sure, each one had a different setting and characters so I’d say both were good. But I do believe that there should be another follow-up to these two. There are still many unanswered questions in both books and the ending of The Fold seems to set up a path for another. I look forward to that, if it happens.

Alice Through the Looking Glass – A Movie Trailer

When the day becomes the night, and the sky becomes the sea,

When the clock strikes heavy, and there’s no time for tea,

And in our darkest hour before my final rhyme,

she will come back home to wonderland, and turn back the hands of time

Last week Disney released the trailer for Alice in Wonderland’s sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. I am a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland and can’t wait see this movie, looks awesome! It hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

14 by Peter Clines – A Book Review

“14” by Peter Clines is a book categorized as sci-fi, paranormal, mystery and fantasy. After finishing Ready Player One, I started looking for books similar to it and I found this one (it came up but it’s not actually very similar). It had very high reviews and was chosen the best sci-fi novel of 2012 by Audible. So I picked it up (in audio format).

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The story follows a guy named Nate Tucker who rents a cheap apartment in the Kavach building. After moving in, he starts to notice that there are many secrets and mysteries surrounding this building and strange things happen like green cockroaches roaming around, a door to an apartment that is always padlocked and a room that doesn’t go beyond or lower than a certain temperature. He and his neighbors try to unravel the secrets and find out what is really going on (some reviews mentioned it has the same style as Lost, I can somewhat agree).

What I liked about it:

  • The narration by Ray Porter was awesome, he did every single character with a different tone and accent so without knowing who is speaking you could immediately know which character it is (at some point I went back to check if it is one narrator or several).
  • Fast paced, you get hooked up in the story from the start.
  • The characters were well defined and likable.
  • Intriguing, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
  • The adventure like story and the unraveling of secrets.

What I didn’t like about it:

  • I felt that there are some things that remained unanswered. I read that the author’s next book “The Fold” covers some answers in this book.
  • What I disliked the most about this book was towards the end when the mysteries were starting to unfold [Spoilers] and the characters met the squid-like-god. I hate aliens and weird creatures. I really do. So this was a huge disappointment for me. [End of Spoilers] But none the less I finished the book and plan to read the next.
  • Also towards the end, the story lost the excitement it had throughout the book.

Will let you know what I thought of the next book once I’m done. I do hope it has a better ending than this one but still I highly recommend it.

Ready Player One – A Book Review

Ready Player One by Clive Ernest is one of those fun books that grabs your attention until the very end. I listened to it in audio based on the high reviews on Audible. I don’t read many books from this genre very often but reading this one made me realize that there are so many books that I am missing out on and should start to check out.

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Ready Player One is set in the near future 2045 and follows the story of a guy named Wade Watts and his Avatar Parzival in the hunt to find the Easter egg in the online virtual reality called the Oasis.

What I liked about the book:

  • The references to the 80’s decade especially the music (my favorite decade in music so it was fun to see some songs mentioned). The 80’s decade in video games is something I am not familiar with, but I was able to imagine them better after googling and seeing what they look like.
  • I like when technology is used in the future to do things we still can’t do nowadays.
  • Story is fast paced and easy to follow. (I think even non-tech savvy people can follow easily).
  • The story has a lot of action and video gaming (even though I’m not a gamer, I found it fun).
  • Wil Wheaton’s narration was excellent and made listening to it a lot of fun.

If you are into video games, computer software and the 80’s then I think you’ll love this book.