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'Sup dudes and gals. I'm here to do a guest post for Rachel. You can call me Brother (but don't because that's weird.) I'm going to be talking about some books that I've completed and want to recommend or just review for the sake of reviewing. I don't always read, but when I do, they're great friggin' books.
Sci-fi & Fantasy
Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia
I'm not entirely sure how I stumbled upon this book in the first place, but I'm glad I did. It's pretty much my favorite series right now. The premise is that this guy named Owen Z. Pitt is attacked by his jerk boss and totally kicks his ass because his boss is a werewolf. And dead. (Don't worry there's so much more and that was just the first few chapters, not a big spoiler.) So now Owen is called to become a Monster Hunter by a team of monster hunters based in Alabama. Needless to say there's tons of gore, really fun characters, loads of guns and a surprisingly deep plot for this kind of book. Like, seriously, I felt so sad when I finished it. Good thing there's (very good) sequels. I'd give it a great/10.
The Walking Dead (At least up to issue #84 i.e. book 7, 'cause I haven't read the newest ones JEEZ DON'T PRESSURE ME)
Like lots of people, I discovered the TV show many months ago and totally loved the first 6 episodes. Season 2 was pretty good and I've watched all of it but that's another entry entirely, so whatever. Anyways, I was like “whoa this is like zombies or something and based off a comic book?” So I got the door-stopper that is a collection of the first 48 issues and could also give someone a mild concussion if wielded properly. It. Is. Fantastic. Seriously, I've never cared more about an emotionally involved, character-driven story in my life – and I hate that stuff! Not only that, it's actually kind of dark and violent, but so well written. From there you might want to pick up book 5, 6 and 7, which contain the issues following that. I'll give it a brain salad/5, but we'll see.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Here's the big 'un, also the most recent. Where do I begin? Here's the setting: Imagine the world sucking a lot more than it already does; a major fuel crisis and widespread famine, among other things. It's the near future – technology has advanced pretty darn well. The whole world focuses on ONE outlet
which is basically a gigantic MMO/3D internet virtual reality thing. No, seriously, you put on visors and interact with people and games using a haptic glove. The dude who created all of this suddenly dies one day but leaves his will in the form of a contest. 3 hidden keys unlock 3 hidden gates which awards you with lots of mula and you pretty much become king of everything. Since this dude James Halliday was a gigantic geek, the only way you're gonna find the keys is with knowledge of 80's-90's pop culture , video games, TV, movies, comics and everything. That's Ready Player One.
If you haven't noticed, the book is mainly centered around 80's pop culture so if you like that stuff, dystopian settings or just enjoyable stories in general, you should check it out. I fucking love the characters in this book and took me some time to reacquaint myself because I did not want it to end. 10/10. It's not actually perfect, but I'm biased, what do you want?