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Armada
Armada: A Novel | Ernest Cline
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.  But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.  And then he sees the flying saucer.  Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.   No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.  It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?  At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#audible

KathyWheeler Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator for Cline‘s books! 2w
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DarcysMom
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Kaye 💚 2w
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DarcysMom
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rretzler This was a really good book! Not quite as good as RPO, but I still liked it a lot! Plus Wil Wheaton was a great narrator! 2w
DarcysMom @rretzler I chose it because Wil Wheaton narrates! 🤩 2w
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wanderinglynn
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Finished book 2 on my quest to get #24B4Monday. This is somewhere between a pick and meh. Too predictable, but still some geeky fun. My full review on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2801465895

And, my time is closer to 14:52. There‘s about 4 hours where I was reading but forgot to turn the timer on. 🤦🏼‍♀️ But despite that brain fart, I‘m hoping to make it to 24hrs tomorrow. 😀

TheReadingMermaid Over halfway! That's awesome! 👏🙌 4w
Andrew65 15 hours is a great achievement. Well done. 👏🙌 4w
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bookandbedandtea
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It's Been A Good Day For Books part 1: supported an indie store for #independantbookstoreday AND got in and out before the celebration they were set up for started. 😊 (No crowds for me!) #tatteredcover

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wanderinglynn
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Multi-tasking—dog walking while logging time for #24B4Monday & #25inFive. #audiodogwalk #dogsoflitsy

KatieDid927 Hi! Revealing myself as your Myths and Legends Swap gifter! Your package was supposed to arrive today but now USPS tracking says it‘s “late”. 😫 I‘m so sorry! Really hoping they get it to you by Monday or Tuesday! 4w
wanderinglynn @KatieDid927 No worries! I‘m sure it will show up soon . ☺️ 4w
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wanderinglynn
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Got almost a 1/2 hour in this morning before work. (Stupid work always getting in the way of fun.) But it‘s still morning here on the west coast 😀 Plenty of reading time left today to make my #24B4Monday and #25inFive readathon goals!

rretzler Armada was really good. 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon once work is over. 😊👍 1mo
wanderinglynn @rretzler 👍🏻 I loved Ready Player One, so I figured I‘d like this one. I‘m only through chapter one, but it already has me hooked. 1mo
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wanderinglynn Thanks @Andrew65! ☺️ 1mo
rretzler It looks like you‘re listening to the audiobook. Wil Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators - perfect for this book! 1mo
wanderinglynn @rretzler Yes. Wil is perfect for this book. 1mo
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Ayotte
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Boy this book was a ride. Has good characters and good plot. Maybe a little predictable at times but it was still a good read. If you liked Ernest Cline first book ready player one you will like this book!!

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bliophile
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Another great novel! Although there were some parts which were a little bit predictable, i could not put it down. I loved the constant reference to the 80s.

I can not wait to see what Ernest Cline publishes next.

#ernestcline #armada #pleasepublishsomethingnewsoon

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bliophile
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I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

rretzler Ah, the Bene Gesserit litany from Dune! Love that book, and Armada was great too! 1mo
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tpixie That‘s an awesome quote! 1mo
robinb Welcome to Litsy Land! 😊 1mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're loving Litsy so far 📖💖 1mo
bliophile @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego i absolutely love it x 1mo
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Jadams1776
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I liked Ready Player One better, but this was pretty good too. Wil Wheaton does a great job.

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Sockfood1
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A book all about video games and how they can change the world, heart wrenching at times, hilarious at others.

WritethebookAnniemae 💜 video games...and books! Welcome to Litsy 👍🏽🎉📚 10mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Makes me think of the training simulations in Cline‘s Armada

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toric
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A summary of the last month. I cant believe i managed 14 books in one month. I thought i was getting one book every 3/4 days but it seems I'm reading more than that.

For the worst I've put The Giver. It wasn't a bad book, far from it, but it made me cry a lot so it's been my personal worst point

whatshesreadingnow 👏🏻🙌🏻 Well done! 11mo
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BookHoarder32
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We are coming here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and we have no more bubblegum! ~ pg. 266

New favorite quote!

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Arkrayder
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This book felt rushed. Way to predictable. The usual Cline tropes are here, the incessant repeating the constant references and then explanation of those references. None of the characters were really fleshed out. The “test” was just completely absurd. The whole book was to much of a rip off of The Last Star-fighter for me, but without the heart.

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toric
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Warning super vague spoilers

Why has nearly every book this week made me cry?? That ending was dumb and it needs to be re-written

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glitterkitty459
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Mehso-so

Look what Funko Pop figure I found!! I ❤️Rey!
#rey #funko #starwars

Almost a Pick 3ish ⭐⭐⭐
There were lots of Star Wars references, which I appreciated, but most of the other video game and movie references I did not get 😂

It's interesting that the author decided to write another 80s pop culture themed book like Ready Player One (which I loved) but to me, this one fell slightly short

Slajaunie I love Star Wars! 12mo
Aims42 This was a ‘DNF‘ for me 😕 I didn‘t have high expectations to begin with, even though I loved ‘Ready Player One‘ 12mo
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glitterkitty459
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TheDaysGoBy He's so cute! 12mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 12mo
annkuch13 😻😻😻 12mo
CaitlinR I enjoyed Armada more than Ready Player One. Hope you do too. 12mo
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ashsbookmarks
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Who else liked this book? Or didn‘t like it? I liked it just as much as Ready Player One but I know others had mixed feelings. Review is up on my blog www.ashsscript.com
#armada #ernestcline #nostalgia #review #bookreview #allthebooks #happyreading

Reviewsbylola I loved RPO and bailed on this. 13mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai I definitely liked RPO more than this one but I still enjoyed Armada! 👍 13mo
BookHoarder32 I'm still on the hold list at the library, but I'll let you know ❤️ 13mo
Scurvygirl Loved it! 13mo
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BookBee89
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Having read “ Ready Player One” first and absolutely loved it, I craved more. So when I saw this book I literally squealed with nerdy glee. By reading this book and “ Ready Player One” you will get a first hand look of what my brain looks like. I highly recommend this book and “ Ready Player One” to nerds and nerdettes everywhere

SamHeartCoffee I loved Ready Player One too! 13mo
BookBabe I ditto @SamHeartCoffee ‘s comment! Loved RP1! 🙌🏻 10mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! (Book's on audio.) Accompaniment this humid and chilly evening: pepperoni pizza, garlic knots, garlic-parm wings, salad, and Vanilla Coke! MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #MongolianGrill edition! Accompaniment this cool, damp evening: beef, pork, shrimp, mussels, salmon, an egg, mushrooms, zucchini, green beans, Chinese veggies, bean sprouts, carrots, garlic, ginger, cilantro, scallions, lo mein noodles, in teriyaki, lo mein, and bourbon sauces, with a side of General Tso chicken, and Pepsi. MMMMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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TheForge
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Finally able to read outside. Summer has arrived finally. And what a great read!!

RaimeyGallant I'm so happy the warm has arrived. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 12mo
Chelleo 🤗 Welcome 12mo
Jess7 Welcome!! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👋😁 12mo
TheForge Thank you for welcoming me to the Litsy family 12mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this cool and calm evening: shrimp scampi, mozzarella sticks, house salad with ranch dressing, and root beer. MMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

MicrobeMom Your posts make me hungry everything! 13mo
MrBook @MicrobeMom My job here is done! 😎😆🙌🏻 13mo
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BookBabe
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Just started a new #buddyread with my bestie! 🙌🏻 So excited! 😁😁😁

LibrarianRyan I actually liked this better than Ready Player one. It was so fun on Audio. 13mo
RaimeyGallant Fun! 13mo
MommyOfTwo I will get to this one one of these days 13mo
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Oblomov26
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Zack is a teen growing up in Portland, a ace computer game player, who suddenly finds himself caught up in the interplanetary war on which the game is based, a war upon which the fate of earth rests. I wished i could say that I enjoyed this book. I read and loved “Ready Player One”, I loved the movies and books that this payed homage to such as “The Last Starfighter”, Enders Game” and “Top Gun” but I found the story to light and to predictable.

Soubhiville I agree. I was ready for something epic after RPO. This was entertaining but a letdown for me. 13mo
CoffeeK8 @Soubhiville agreed. This just didn‘t live up to the RPO 13mo
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Maewyn
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I have heard that many people did not like this book as much as Ready Player One. Perhaps I liked it because I have not yet read Ready Player One but I enjoyed it. It has more gaming and movie references that make up RPO. The reason is because the main character is trying to get to know his absent dad. That makes sense. I have no doubt if a box of music, games and movies were my only link to a parent that I would get to know it all.

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BookBee89
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The look of a person who goes to the bookstore without @mrozzz and as the person engaged to her I definitely did a bad thing 😳😳😳#bookhaul

mrozzz I‘ve corrupted you properly. 😍 13mo
SandyW 😂😂😂 13mo
LibrarianRyan I loved that book. 13mo
MicheleinPhilly She taught you well. 😉 13mo
BarbaraBB She‘ll love you for it 😉💛 13mo
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mandariggi
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Just started but already enjoying it. 😊

Ava_Weasley That bookmark's so cute! 💓💓 14mo
mandariggi @Ava_Weasley thanks!! It was a bday gift. It‘s my favorite Dumbledoor quote.. even though everything he said was remarkable haha 14mo
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marineko
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Another from my library! I was going to post Ready Player One since I'm watching it today, but I couldn't find my copy. Then I remembered that I gave it away and haven't replaced it yet! Anyway, Armada isn't as good but I didn't hate it the way a lot of other people I know seem to. I rather enjoyed it - I mean, I read HP, a little derivative-ness isn't going to make me hate a book!

#marinekolibrary #speculativefiction

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Astromd
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So my son is a video game nut(job?) and I recommended Armada to him. He loved it so much and couldn‘t stop taking about it, so I‘m giving it a go. I‘m not as big of a gaming nerd as my son, but I‘m old enough to get all of the old school gaming references. So far I‘m enjoying it.

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Aims42
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Books, beer, diecasts 📚🍺🏎🤣

Fan_of_70 Spotted Cow! 14mo
Aims42 @Fan_of_70 a friend went up to Wisconsin and I made sure he brought back some for me 🙌🏻 Love New Glarius 💚💚💚 14mo
Fan_of_70 @Aims42 You have a great friend. 😁 As a non-native living in Wisconsin, I was so disappointed to learn you couldn‘t New Glarius outside of Wisconsin. 😢 14mo
Aims42 @Fan_of_70 Yes! It stinks having to drive across the border for it (I‘m west of Chicago in the suburbs), but they have cheese curds too, so the drive is always definitely worth it ☺️ 14mo
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Bwhit28
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After a bit of a slump, I‘m back to it thanks to Ernest Cline. Reread Ready Player One and moved on to Armada and ran through that this morning. So fun and exactly what I needed to get me back 🎮🏆🛸🚀

AmyG Welcome🎉🎉🎉 1y
TheLibrarian Welcome!!! Ready Player One is one of my all time favorite books. 1y
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Bklover Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
Ingerella Welcome to Litsy! Ready Player One is a fun book! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm 👋 welcome to the Litsy family! 1y
BarbaraJean Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉 I‘m re-reading Ready Player One right now. 😊 1y
RaimeyGallant I keep hearing about this book. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 1y
julesG Welcome to the Litsy family! 1y
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#EmojiMadness Day 18: First book that came to mind (after Ready Player One, that is) for today‘s 🎮 prompt. Reminds me of the time I used to play Diablo when I was pregnant with my girl. Apparently, this book still makes use of a protagonist who plays a lot of 🎮 except with some 👽 too.
http://bit.ly/armadacline

Texreader Oh I was a huge Diablo fan!!! 1y
GatheringBooks @Texreader i confess to using a lot of cheats, though! 🙃😉 #GuiltyNotGuilty 🤣 1y
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JaeElle I have that mug! Loo 1y
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HDRead
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Currently reading #weekendread

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 1y
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skylar_blue96
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Found myself falling out of love with reading sometime mid-last year. I average 50+ hour weeks...I hardly had time to read but was determined to keep steady...it didn't take too long for it to feel more like a chore than a passion. So, I took a break for a few months. Picked this book up earlier today and while it's no RPO, I haven't been able to put it down. Reminds me why I've always loved to read and why it was always an escape for me. ❤

RaimeyGallant Sometimes it takes the right book. :) Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 1y
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The_Literary_Jedi
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Videogame lovers unite! 👾🎮 After the amazeballs RPO, Cline delivers another fast paced story with the jokes and quirky characters your inner childhood gamer geek will want to fist bump. Hooked from start to finish and with an awesome playlist suggestion - I couldn‘t stop the constant smile on my face and hope they make this one a movie too! #litsyatoz #1of100

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I liked this one too! 1y
Readergrrl As I came of age in the 80s, I really enjoyed Ready Player One! I have this book on my TBR pile and my only hesitation is that I don‘t want to be disappointed. So glad to hear that it‘s been so well decisive!! 1y
Scott_BookInvasion I‘m a total RPO fanboy and really enjoyed Armada. Not as deep in the trivial nostalgia but still quite fun. 1y
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Anne15
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I am not the intended audience for this book, and the story really made that fact apparent about itself page after page. I stopped reading around page 120, after the protagonist meets his YA love interest, Lex, a character cut straight from every cliche "badass tech-girl" cloth. It's like Ernest Cline copy-pasted Lisbeth Salander and made her have a crush on a high schooler.

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Mccall0113
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My oldest reading his Christmas gift! 💙

398.2 The cat and the dog don‘t seem to mind sitting next to each other. 1y
Mccall0113 That is the best dog. My other two try to eat the cats :( so they have to be segregated 1y
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Wbabdullah
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“I was already sprinting for the nearest exit, disrupting one class after another with the staccato screech of my sneaker soles on the waxed corridor floor.” P.15

Gotta love that alliteration! Can‘t you hear his sneakers?

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Wbabdullah
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“I clearly had a few daddy issues myself, but you didn‘t see me pulling the wings off of flies.”
P.11

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“Watching Knotcher torment Casey while the rest of us just sat and watched filled me not only with self-loathing, but with disgust for my whole species. If there were other civilizations out there, why would they ever want to make contact with humanity? If this was how we treated each other, how much kindness could we possibly show to some race of bug-eyed beings from beyond?”

#socialjustice hints in Armada from the excerpt in Ready Player One

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Wbabdullah
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“Seeing that Glaive Fighter, or imagining I‘d seen it, had triggered a small rock slide in my mind that was already growing into a crushing avalanche of conflicting emotions and fragmented memories...” p. 6

Love the author‘s diction here, reading Armada from the preview/excerpt in Ready Player One

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Ingridelaine82
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It took a few months to read through and the ending felt rushed. I enjoyed Ready Player One, but this felt like a rip off of Ender‘s game and Starman. However, I‘m not disappointed that I bought it or read it. I just wouldn‘t reread it. Meh. Just meh.

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Retroprincess
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Not the best pic. But the audio book we are listening to on the way to my mom's for Thanksgiving.😀