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Deals of the Moment- February 2018


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.


Oddjobs- Heide Goody and Iain Grant

Odd jobs is the story of a government agency trying to coven up the end of the world, and everything that comes with it. Like all of Goody and Grant’s books it’s a good chuukle

Buy it for just 99p



I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman- Nora Ephron

I’ve heard this one is good, but I’d forgotten about it until I saw it on the monthly deals.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)



Love in the Time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I’ve somehow never read any Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I really should. This one is about unrequited love

You can buy it….here (only £1.99)



The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion

Don is looking for love, in a rather unconventional way- a questionnaire to find the perfect woman, but then he meets Rosie- who doesn’t seem like the perfect woman at all!

I loved this book.

You can buy it…here (only 99p)


Armada- Ernest Cline

Armada is the other book by the author of the very popular ‘Ready Player One’. It focuses around a boy who is a big video game player, but one day the alien ship he has been playing as really exists.

Buy it…here (only £1.99)

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Armada- Ernest Cline


Synopsis

Zack Lightman is a video game addict. He spends hours playing Armada and is one of the top players in the world. Then one day he sees a spaceship outside the window, and the really strange thing? It’s a spaceship he recognises from Armada, is he going crazy, or is it something else?

Review

I read Armada as part of Dewey’s Readathon and it was a pretty perfect choice for a readathon. It was easy to read and engaging, I got to geek out, and I didn’t have to think about it too hard. It took a little time to really get going but once it did I was really hooked and it took me less than a day to read the whole thing.

I had bought Armada as a present for my partner after he loved Ready Player One, and I read it because I loved ‘Ready Player One’ too. The boyfriend described it as reading like a book written on the way to getting to ‘Ready Player One’, very similar in lots of ways, but not quite there yet. I get that completely. It wasn’t quite up to the awesomeness that was ‘Ready Player One’, but it had a lot of the same sort of geeky references which were one of the good things about ‘Ready Player One’.

Armada’s storyline is probably a bit more relatable than ‘Ready Player One’, but it makes it less of a fantasy and less escapist too. It also means that you don’t have quite as strong a feeling towards the characters. And it makes it more predictable, I guessed at least some of the plot beforehand and although I still enjoyed it but I like it when plots keep me guessing.

If you’ve not read any Ernest Cline I would go for ‘Ready Player One’ first, but ‘Armada’ may fill some of the void which was left (or may be a big disappointment if you believe some other reviewers, views are very mixed)

4/5

Buy it:

Paperback (£6.19)

Kindle (£4.99)

Other reviews:

Annette’s Book Spot

Leeswammes’ Blog

Silly Little Mischief

Words for Worms

Book Journey

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