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The Impossible Fortress
The Impossible Fortress | Jason Rekulak
A dazzling debut novel—at once a charming romance, a hilarious crime caper, and a moving coming-of-age story—about what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy but then discovers she is his computer-loving soulmate. Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky. Do you remember your first love? The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine…The year is 1987 and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys—Billy, Alf, and Clark—who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it. The heist will be fraught with peril: a locked building, intrepid police officers, rusty fire escapes, leaps across rooftops, electronic alarm systems, and a hyperactive Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Failed attempt after failed attempt leads them to a genius master plan—they’ll swipe the security code to Zelinsky’s convenience store by seducing the owner’s daughter, Mary Zelinsky. It becomes Billy’s mission to befriend her and get the information by any means necessary. But Mary isn’t your average teenage girl. She’s a computer loving, expert coder, already strides ahead of Billy in ability, with a wry sense of humor and a hidden, big heart. But what starts as a game to win Mary’s affection leaves Billy with a gut-wrenching choice: deceive the girl who may well be his first love or break a promise to his best friends. At its heart, The Impossible Fortress is a tender exploration of young love, true friends, and the confusing realities of male adolescence—with a dash of old school computer programming.
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LaurenReads
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80s nostalgia and remembering my computer programming summer camp back in 1989...this book was such a fun ya novel.

Coleen I need to move this up on my reading list! 1mo
Purrfectpages I enjoyed this one! 1mo
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Karen3
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I had no idea what this was about going in and I loved it. Computer geeks, video games, teenage boys and the lengths they will go for stupid ideas, and young love. This is one that I would like to read again to catch some of the little hints in the code at the beginning of the chapters. As soon as my TBR is smaller... hahahaha who am I kidding. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

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lauriedslack
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Finished this one today. It was a fun romp through my childhood. Oh, the #BASIC ... #memories. Fun for computer #nerds, old #millennials, fans of boy posses a la StrangerThings. No sci-fi, but it has that vibe.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy!📖💚 4mo
jillannjohn Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 4mo
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I have no recollection of how this geeky teen story came to be on my radar, but it was enjoyable enough. I liked the Will and Mary story line much more than the Will and everyone else parts.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Oh my gosh, @Smartypants you are so sweet for sending me this book! I had a rough last few hours at work, so coming home to some book mail definitely cheered me up. ❤

Thank you again, and good luck with your move! 🏠

Smartypants Yay! I‘m glad it arrived and especially glad to hear it gave you a better day! 😘 11mo
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Smartypants
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Hello Littens! I am moving back to the Carolinas and have a bunch of FREE books I‘d like to gift to someone. They are in excellent condition! I will send via media mail at no expense to you! Please let me know if you‘d be interested in this one in the comments! A great coming-of-age story set in the 80s! #freebook

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melissarochelle
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Pickpick

Had I known a square infographic was possible in Bookly I would have been sharing these ALL THE TIME. Also, great book that I randomly picked up from Target a few months ago.

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Conleyheather
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I‘ll be spending my summer in my new hammock with a book

TheBookKeepers Nice view!!! 1y
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Jwagstaffe
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An enjoyable quick read with a good amount of coding lingo and character development.. kind of a ‘stranger things‘ meets ‘ready player one‘

PickwickPlockPlock Welcome to Litsy! 1y
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Kangaj1
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I picked up the following today (plus the tagged book, which hubby already swiped) at my local independent bookstore with a coupon. I had abdominal surgery this week and it was my first time out alone...I definitely overdid it but picked up some good ones!

dariazeoli Hope you‘re healing well! 1y
Jas16 Glad you are on the mend but hope you get some rest 1y
JenReadsAlot Hope you are doing well. 1y
ferskner Oooo! I know how that goes. I hope you're heading well and taking it easy! 1y
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Kangaj1
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Free books I got this month! #bookhaul

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome! I‘ve read Evicted and What Unites Us and really liked both! 1y
Jess7 Wow! Nice! 1y
Jas16 Awesome! 1y
mrozzz Cool! Some good ones here 👌🏻 1y
Purrfectpages I loved The Impossible Fortress! 1y
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KerriArista
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Pickpick

I thought this was a good,
Sweet book- but surprised that‘s it‘s not categorized as YA!!

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Audiobookhead
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I finshed this one a couple of days ago I really enjoyed it. My wife had compared it to Ready Player One, but I disagree. It was a great coming of age kind of story set in the 80‘s. With a ending that I was really surprised by. Thanks for @MommyOfTwo for sending me this one for the Easter book exchange.

MommyOfTwo Glad you enjoyed it! 1y
Aswenson I loved this book! Very nostalgic. 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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#virtualinsanity instantly made me think of this book. I read it only because of the #botmchallenge, as it was a pick spring of 2017. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it given that I‘m not a huge fan of YA or video games. This had a huge 80s culture vibe though that I totally loved. #aprella

Cinfhen Still want to read this based on your initial review💕 1y
Schuhbox Saving this for my son. He would love it! 1y
emilyhaldi I think my expectations for this were too high after seeing your rave reviews 😆 1y
Purrfectpages I loved this one! 1y
Mdargusch 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 1y
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Audiobookhead
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@MommyOfTwo Wow! Thank you so much I love it all! I‘m super excited about The impossible fortress, and I am Legend! The Jyn Erso is awesome. @JoeStalksBeck loves her book, and EmmaLynn is going to start hers as soon as she is done with the one she is reading now. Thanks so much! Happy Easter 🐣🐇! #easterbasketbookswap

JoeStalksBeck @MommyOfTwo I‘m so jealous he got Impossible Fortress!! I love that audiobook!!! 1y
Gissy Nice! 👌🏼💖 1y
MommyOfTwo Yea, glad you all like everything!!!!! 1y
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dariazeoli
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@Jas16 !! Thank you so much for thinking of me! Unexpected #bookmail is the best mail, and I‘ll definitely #payitforward when I get to read this one!

A nice start to the long weekend ❤️

Jas16 Glad I was able to pay it forward and send it your way! 1y
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Knightingale
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Well that was just f***ing charming. A fun and quick little tale for those of us who were geeks in the 80s before being a geek was cool. Does it compare to Ready Player One? No, very different. Should you read it if you liked RPO? Absolutely.

Soubhiville Sold! And stacked! Thanks for the recommendation 😊 1y
Alfoster Loved it too! Now gotta read Ready Player One!😍 1y
looseleafbooks The summary didn‘t seem up my alley, but your review sells it! 1y
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

A fast YA read with oodles of 80s nostalgia but not a lot of depth. I tore through it but found most of the story pretty typical. Glad I read it but won‘t reread it.

Purrfectpages Oh no! I really enjoyed this one! 1y
Jas16 @Purrfectpages So many people did. I am in the minority on this one. 1y
flip58 80s? I must readit. 1y
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Callemarie
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Guyyyyssssssss I LOVED this book. I felt like it had the spirit of ready player one but minus all of the adventure. Pretty much just typical teen angst but add the 80s and video games to it. It was a sweet story and I loved all the characters in it. Im mad I let this sit on my tbr for almost a year before I finally read it!!!!

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Callemarie
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I‘m looooooooving this book and am going to power read to finish it tonight.

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Smartypants
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This is one of the most charming books I‘ve read and I would love to see someone adapt this for the screen. A great coming-of-age story set in the 1980s. #videogames #nerds

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Samwise_Gamgee
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Next up on the list of books @vicgreentoriafield lent me six months ago.... 🤓 #currentlyreading

JoeStalksBeck Loved this! 2y
Purrfectpages I 💕 this as well! 2y
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Hannah_Haymond
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There‘s a sweet kid and his friends, an impossible treasure, and an elaborate plan for a caper, so, yes it‘s an 80‘s coming of age story! I really enjoyed following Will as he navigates standard teen obstacles although there were a few twists that seemed a little forced. Overall a lot of fun and a wonderful dive into 80s nostalgia.

Purrfectpages Loved this one! 2y
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Hannah_Haymond
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Starting this one thanks to several positive recommendations on here. Excited to dive in! I‘m always up for a little 80‘s nostalgia.

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LA_Mead
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I loved this book so much that I nearly cried when it ended—not because of the ending, which was perfect—but because I wanted the story to continue on forever. Such a great, funny read!

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JoeStalksBeck
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This book is hilarious and brilliant . It‘s all 80s

Twocougs I thoroughly enjoyed it too😍 2y
Purrfectpages Loved, loved, loved it! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @twocougs @Purrfectpages I‘m loving it so far! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Yay & thanks Andrew Smith. This was the perfect read for the flight. I loved basking in the 80s in all its crazy glory—the music, the big hair, the beginning, in many ways, of the computer age as we know it. William Marvin longs to be a video game programmer— he‘s so focused he‘s about to flunk 9th grade because all he thinks about is gaming. An unlikely friendship gives him an opportunity to realize his dream if he can just stay out of trouble.

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TracyReadsBooks
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So, I was reading The Prey of Gods but book emergency! Friend‘s flight got cancelled and she wound up getting on a 5 hour train home. Couldn‘t do that without a book so I gave her mine. And for reasons, even though I planned on bringing two books, I only brought one. Fortunately, I saw this book was blurbed by Andrew Smith and that‘s good enough for me. Fingers crossed it‘s a good read.

Louise Wow! You are a good friend! 👍 2y
SandyW How nice of you! 2y
TracyReadsBooks Thanks @Louise and @SandyW. 😊 I just can‘t fathom being without a book— couldn‘t do that to my friend! 2y
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Purrfectpages
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Looking back over this year‘s reads and I realized I gave a lot of books four star ratings. This was the only book I was feeling generous enough to give five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ at the time. #favoriteof2017 #jingleshelves

dariazeoli NJ in the 80s? Sold! Thanks for the tip 👍🏻 2y
erinreads I loved this book! Did you play the game online after reading it? Super fun! 2y
Purrfectpages @erinreads I meant to, but I never did! 2y
Purrfectpages @dariazeoli that was my thoughts exactly! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2y
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LeenReads
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So we stood up there for a long while, watching the sunset and discussing how it was one of those things you could never truly capture in 8-bit, not with the simplistic definition of violet (CHR$(156)), orange (CHR$(129)), and yellow (CHR$(158)). There were too many other colors, thousands of colors. The hardware could never do justice to it.”
― Jason Rekulak, The Impossible Fortress

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LeenReads
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From Simon & Schuster: A love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and to adolescence—a time when anything feels possible—The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love something—or someone—for the very first time.

LeenReads A coming of age story/first romance double-dipped in 80s nostalgia and the advent of the personal computer revolution. Really liked this book except for a somewhat implausible plot twist that forced me to knock a 4 star rating down to a 3. (edited) 2y
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Smartypants
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After reading the first chapter, I‘m super excited about this book! Rarely does an amazing first chapter turn into a dull book. One of the best opening scenes I‘ve ever read. I LOVE when a book just sucks you in! #greatbooks #goodfiction #funny

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Yossarian
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Great day for a huge turnout at the Collingswood Book Fair! Bought this one from the author at his booth.

Dragon What nice weather! 🍁 2y
saresmoore Neato! 2y
kspenmoll Looks like a beautiful day! 2y
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StaceyKondla That looks like a wonderful time 😊 2y
MrBook Nice! 2y
ApoptyGina69 Finally starting this one tonight! 2y
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LauraJ
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The perfect home-in-bed, too-sick-to-think-hard book. It's a simple story about a boy, a girl, computers and Vanna White. It's like a book version of comfort food.
#litsyatoz #letterR #catsoflitsy

Alfoster Good call! I liked it too!😍 2y
ValerieAndBooks Hope you feel better soon. It‘s definitely fine to mix up your reading! 2y
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LauraJ
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Up to letter R for #litsyatoz. Home sick today and my eyes burn. Have you seen how tiny the type is on the Rushdie book? With page-long paragraphs...not happening today. Switched to this 80's memoir. Already amused. #catsoflitsy

mrozzz 😲🤓 2y
rubyslippersreads Adorable kitties! 😻 2y
mcipher The Impossible Fortress was a really fun story. 2y
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blissfullifeproject
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Q: What is your reading goal for this year?

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I'm wanting to finish my Goodreads challenge and to do it without padding the numbers with manga and graphic novels. Read more books in Spanish. Get a bingo on #tbrbingo 😊 2y
Reviewsbylola My GR goal is 125. I also hope to complete the #BOTMchallenge by the end of the year. 2y
myers85 To read good books! 2y
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WhatDeeReads Mine is 80 books. 2y
blissfullifeproject @Reviewsbylola what is BOTMchallenge? 😊 2y
Reviewsbylola The goal is to read every Book of the Month selection in 2017. So by the time the year is over, it will be 60 books. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Mine was 100 but I'm at 115 now. Hoping for about 140. 2y
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mhajder22
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I couldn't resist falling in love with this book. I'm not sure if it's my constant nostalgia for anything 80's related but I have to say I loved everything about this from the storyline to the characters. Very quick read.

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aizekj
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Quick and fun! I should have read It sooner. 😊

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one! 2y
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Jerdencon
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Reading on the porch facing Jiminy Peak ski slopes in the Berkshires getting some reading in on a nice sunny, lazy day. The book is a little odd but getting in 'I' for the #litsyatoz challenge. I lost my google doc email of my challenge 🙁but think I have a list at work somewhere that I can look at in September.

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Kris10
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Hopefully the new toys I bought the boys will keep them occupied long enough to start my new book. 🤞🏻

Purrfectpages Hope you love it! I did! 2y
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TeaWithLemon
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This book was a big disappointment. That's not to say it was bad, it's just that after a few pages I had such high expectations. I had already cast the kids from Stranger Things in the movie version of this 80's nostalgia coming of age story. The 80's are definitely there - the Vanna White playboy, the Commodore 64, the pop music, the clothes - but the story was ordinary, and the big reveal was not very believable. Meh

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mcipher
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Book, water, eye drops. Ready to stay up way too late reading! 😂

Nute Eye drops??? I never thought of that as a way to make a late night reading session happen. So funny.😂 2y
mcipher @Nute I got Lasik and I have to use them constantly! 😂 But yeah, they do help. 👍 2y
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Eliza-beta
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I'm loving the trip back to the 80s in this wonderful book. Why was Vanna White such a big deal back then???

slategreyskies Is that an 80s photo of her? I remember her with very long hair. Maybe I'm remembering wrong... 2y
drokka I think she was a big deal because she was a symbol for feminists and anti-feminists. She had a a job, stood her own, (in the 90s she won some lawsuits), and I believe was paid a fab wage. On the other hand, she was dolled up, turned letters and didn't speak. Plus, for a while, I think she was a guest star on a lot of shows. Ultimately, I feel she weathered the blah blah blah about herself quite well. 2y
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vicgreentoriafield
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Oh my god, coolest addition in a book.

Purrfectpages I enjoyed this one! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your ring 😊 2y
erinreads The game is fun online! 2y
vicgreentoriafield @erinreads I have to try it when I finally get back from my work trip 2y
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vicgreentoriafield
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Started this at work today and only have 20 pages left.
#currentlyreading
#currentread

Joanne1 I take it that means it pretty good. 2y
vicgreentoriafield @Joanne1 boredom was the driving factor, really. It's a good book but not the best 2y
Reviewsbylola Definitely a quick, entertaining read. 2y
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DiruVamp
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The 80's references were definitely nostalgic and fun. It was a little predictable but overall a quick, enjoyable read.

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vicgreentoriafield
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Away for work until Friday. Brought these babies to read and packed out the Kindle.

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Well-ReadNeck
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#junebookbugs #debut

Some of my favorite debuts of 2017 #sofar !!!!

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UnidragonFrag
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Meh, underwhelming and almost entirely predictable. The characters, with the exception of Mary, weren't very fleshed out, but I enjoyed all the references to old tech.

I guess I would pass if you're not into clueless teenage boys fumbling around being crude and clueless. And programming. Loss of talk about ye olde programming.

You can play the game, too: http://jasonrekulak.com/game/

Purrfectpages That's too bad. I enjoyed this one. 2y
UnidragonFrag @Purrfectpages *shrug* each their own, I suppose. 2y
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UnidragonFrag
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My night tonight. I'm too emotionally drained to start anything long after finishing The Fifth Season, but we'll see if I'm up to it after these graphic novels. Sandman ones re-reads.

#tea #music #chill