One of the downfalls of participating in other author’s promotions is that if I commit to too many, sometimes one will get missed. Case in point, I was to share this promo in my newsletter this week and yesterday, but alas, I did not.
As you know, I don’t review books often. I also will not post a poor review for an indie author. For established authors it’s a different story. My bad review will not hurt Mr. Cline’s pocketbook.
Writing a sequel is tough, especially when the first book is so unique. As an author of a future trilogy , I hope that readers find the second book as entertaining as the first.
Was this book necessary? Not really. Ready Player One is a great standalone book, but we as readers do wonder what those characters might do with their newfound wealth, power, and fame.
In Ready Player Two, we do find out, but in my opinion the story falls short of greatness. The quests (oops, spoiler alert) are more D&D oriented, which isn’t my thing. The 80s nostalgia was almost to excess at times, Book One had a better balance. One of the quests went on much too long and I found myself skimming to the end of the chapter.
Ready Player One gets 5-stars and is still a book I intend to read again (I have read it twice). Ready Player Two gets 3-stars.
I’m sad that I couldn’t give it a 4.
Note: After reading the book and writing the review, I looked at the ratings on Goodreads. It does not get good reviews.
From my blog this week:
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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