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Last Week’s MM: Gone Girl – Movie

I’ve recently been enjoying a genre that seems to be gaining in popularity.  Or maybe there’s just a new abundance of it.  I’m not sure exactly what this genre is called, or if it has a title, but I like to call it Science Fantasy.

Think Ready Player One.  That sort of thing.  A story where you get the fantasy elements made possible by science.  Add a splash of geek (usually) and there ya go: fresh, fun genre.

(That’s not to say that this book is anything like Ready Player One.  It’s not.  Only saying that they share a basis of fantasy made possible by science.)

This story is about a guy who accidentally discovers that life, the world, existence, all of it, is actually just a simulation.  But the story doesn’t go where I’d expect it to.  Usually, in that situation, you find a protagonist depressed about their existence, trying to find out who made them and why, or trying to escape.  Not in this book.  Our main character, Martin, decides to do what we all probably really would do in that situation: get some money.  But, this quickly gets him into trouble, so, of course he does the next rational thing: goes back to the middle ages to live as a wizard. 

I won’t go into it much more than that, because I don’t want to spoil it.

But it’s got a great group of funny characters and is a fun story.  A bit predicable, but still, it was well worth reading (or in my case, listening to).

The second book in the series: Spell or High Water is also out.  It was good, too.  It did touch a bit on the free will thing, but there was a lot more going on than just that, like Atlantis.

The third book comes out next month, and I can’t wait to read it.