I'm really sorry, Jeff. Take as much time as you need. We'll be here when you're ready to come back.
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Hands down, one of my all-time favourites.
Sounds a bit like the opening theme to an early 90s drama in which Mega Man and the Robot Masters work at a glitzy Los Angeles law firm.
Also my current ringtone.
Ready Player One is basically an 80's movie about the 80's, expect it to be cheesey and you'll be fine. I mean it's got a training montage in it! I finished it about a week ago myself, I usually hate pandering but I enjoyed it.
Otherwise I'm continuing my long slow trek through Terry Pratchet's Discworld series, I'm about 10 or 12 books in now. They aren't all Amazing but they've got some pretty redeeming parts and a lot are amazing. Also every summer I pick my way through some of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I'm considering starting up the Wool books, but dunno if I'll bother with it yet.
Discworld is my jam!
You're right about not every book being amazing though, and lately they've been on a serious down-slope (no doubt due to the author's mounting Alzheimer's). Still, the high notes are HIGH. Going Postal still blows my mind whenever I pick it up.
Anyway, right now I'm splitting my time between Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré and The Hunter by Richard Stark.
There's bigger things to worry about, like the fact that Alexa Ray Corriea of Polygon, an English Major and official reporter of news for that site, insists on pronouncing the word cache (in the context of website archives) as "cash-ay" in Friday's Speed Run segment. I thought it was just a stream of conscious mistake, however she took it one step further and used the term in the past tense as "cash-ay-ed" a word that actually does not even exist, like at all....ever. Now thousands of impressionable young duders who no longer make the effort to read articles but instead make the minimal effort to keep their eyes open while words are read to their ears in video format will assume that is the correct pronunciation and before you know it the word kashayedwill appear in American dictionaries as the proper spelling (the original and proper spelling would probably just be cached (read: cash-ed) somewhere) and some other annoying Canadian (like yours truly) will be all up in the threads making frivolous Internet grammar complaints while eating Lay's Ketchup chips, drinking Mott's Clamato Juice Caesars, and mourning the demise of the eternally useful and eco-friendly milk bag. We did give the world Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon so not all will have been in vain....
If the way a women on Polygon chooses to pronounce a particular word (or non-word as the case may be) ends up changing the dictionary spelling of said word, I'd say we'd have much more important things to worry about than the supposed decay of the English language.
Like, OH GOD WHO IS THIS WOMAN AND HOW IS SHE DOING THIS.
Here in the west coast of Canada we use cartons, unlike you savages in Ontario.
We are not savages, sir. We're just very cheap and very lazy.
And while I've got the mike, I'll say that the way I spell this word or that word is largely determined by the spellcheck settings of the word processor I'm using. "Color" and "colour" mean the same goddamn thing, and I don't think anyone is going to be confused if and when I choose one or the other.
Also, Loonies are awesome.