Astonishing X-Men Omnibus

I will admit, I was a little intimidated when I first held my copy of the Astonishing X-men Omnibus in my little hands. The thing feels like a cinder block after all. But, I quickly became less intimidated when I learned that Joss Whedon and John Cassaday where the writers. I mean, these guys are great writers! I have loved, with a schoolgirl crush and affection, just about everything they have done. So, I knew this mighty tome would be worthy of the invested time I would be putting into it.

Boy, was I ever right! says the folling of the Omnibus:

Now in one titanic tome: the entire chart-topping run of super-team Joss Whedon and John Cassaday! Winner of multiple prestigious Eisner Awards, Whedon and Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men was a smash hit with critics and fans alike from the very first issue – winning praise from dozens of top media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, TV Guide, and New York Magazine, as well as racking up nearly every major comic-book industry award. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon and Cassaday (Captain America, Planetary) assembled a tight cast – Cyclops, the Beast, Wolverine, and Emma Frost, joined by returning fan-favorite Kitty Pryde – and set forth a groundbreaking pace, from the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man. Then, building on early momentum, they ratcheted up the danger and drama with a shocking second year, creating a must-read book that can truly be called “astonishing!” Collects Astonishing X-Men #1-24, and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.

I have always been an X-Men fan. My favorite X-Men is Wolverine. I mean honestly! Who can’t fall in love with Hugh Jackman? *Swoon* But, I have to say that thanks to this book my new favorite X-Men is now, Kitty Pryde. She clearly has it all. Smarts, skill, and she is a cutie to boot. Which is why I almost cried at the end of this book. I won’t say anymore about Kitty Pryde or the rest of the X-Men for fear of giving something away about the story. You’re going to have to read it yourself to figure out what happens.

What I will say is that I loved the story and I love how the book was put together. The book opens up with information of everything you need to know about the history of the X-Men so that you can enjoy the story. How cool is that?!? To me that was just genius. Yeah, I own a lot of X-Men comic books. Yeah, I have followed the cartoons and movies, but still there were some things about the x-men storyline I was unaware of before reading this book. So I found their intro on the history of the X-Men quite interesting, informative and helpful.

I think some people will find tabletop roleplaying story inspiration from this book, but don’t buy it for that purpose alone. Unless maybe you are running the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game or even Mutants & Masterminds DC ADVENTURES RPG.

Have you read the ‘Astonishing X-Men Omnibus’? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ready Player One

Dungeon Mistress Ready Player OneReady Player One’ is a book by author Ernest Cline that I recently read adding to my already large pile of geek literature. But hey, there’s always room for one more book.

The book’s discription on reads:

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Ready Player One Author Ernest Cline

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

Not every book I read is great, or one that I can’t put down. But books that I don’t enjoy or don’t think other will enjoy are not books I tend to keep reading or even books I want to write a review of. ‘Ready Player One’ was a really good book that I did not want to put down. I knew of a lot of the 80s references that are littered throughout this book, but the ones I didn’t know, I wrote down to follow-up on later.

If you are of a geeky mind and enjoy nostalgia and you enjoy a good love story like I do. (Hey, what can I say. I’m a girl. I love me a good love story!) This is a book you are going to enjoy. I think one could get some Tabletop Roleplaying inspiration from ‘Ready Player One’, but not a whole lot.

For some extra Geekyness you could get the audio book because it is read by Wil Wheaton.

Have you read ‘Ready Player One’? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts with me below.

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