I’m a Texan. Texans enjoy three things: bragging about being Texan, barbque, and hot weather. I have friends who whine about us not having a “real winter” down here, because most years you can wear shorts on Christmas Day. But the real test came this week, when mother nature dealt us two days off of work and school from ice and snow. It was terrible. Even my friends who claim to love cold weather are sick of the winter that we’ve had down here. I prefer any temperature north of 80 degrees, so I have been absolutely miserable with lows in the 20s and teens!
All that ice and frost did allow me to spend more time with my husband and daughter, who were stuck at home while the roads were icy. While I don’t watch much tv, my husband is notorious for turning on a show and then leaving the room (or sometimes, the house). Usually, when he does this, he has turned on football or some strange Netflix documentary that I don’t have any interest in. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when he turned on Atari: Game Over. The documentary is about the rise and fall of Atari, and goes in search to prove the urban legend true that the company buried “the worst game of all time,” ET. While I’m not a gamer, and am too young to have owned an Atari, I appreciate the pop culture nostalgia, and love a good urban legend.
The show features a man named Ernest Cline. He wrote the book, Ready Player One. I had heard of the book (it’s on my “to read” list), but had never heard anything about the author. He reminded me of a Zack Galifianakis character, super nerdy but in an adorable and comedic way. I decided to move Ready Player One to the top of my reading list. It was already checked out at my library, so I decided to try another book he wrote, Armada. The reviews on Goodreads weren’t great, but I noticed that everyone was comparing it to his other novel.
I’m not done with the book yet, but it is really a fun read! The premise is that the government has known for decades about an imminent attack by aliens. In order to prepare and train humanity to fight, they created video games. The main character, Zack Lightman, has played an alien war simulation game for years with his friends, and has worked his way up to being one of the top ten players in the world. When the alien war is just about to begin, Zack’s video game skills make him a top recruit to join in the fight. I can see it being a fun movie, kind of reminds me of Pixels (with maybe a little more character development).
Like I said, I haven’t finished the book yet, but I wanted to share it as my favorite thing this week. If you want to download a copy or purchase it on Amazon, you can follow this link. When you purchase via an affiliate link, I earn a small amount at no extra cost to you. Thanks for helping a stay-at-home-mom out!
What are you guys reading this week? Let me know if you’ve read Armada and what your thoughts were!