Constellation Games [NOOK Book]

Overview

Ariel Blum is pushing thirty and has very little to show for it. He's using his computer science degree to write pony-themed video games for ten-year-olds. He hasn't met a nice Jewish girl because he's secretly in love with his best friend, Jenny Gallegos. Whenever he tries to make something of his life, he finds himself back on the couch, replaying the games of his youth.

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Constellation Games

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Overview

Ariel Blum is pushing thirty and has very little to show for it. He's using his computer science degree to write pony-themed video games for ten-year-olds. He hasn't met a nice Jewish girl because he's secretly in love with his best friend, Jenny Gallegos. Whenever he tries to make something of his life, he finds himself back on the couch, replaying the games of his youth.

Then the aliens show up.

Ever since he was a kid, Ariel has been secretly waiting for aliens to come to Earth and solve all of humanity's problems. Or invade and enslave us all, whatever, it's cool. But now that the aliens have actually arrived, there's a problem - Ariel's life hasn't changed. He's still writing cheesy games for little girls, and he's still getting nowhere.

But video games might just be the answer. Contact with a brilliant alien anthropologist named Curic gives Ariel access to an entire galaxy's worth of alien games, and he sets out to understand the aliens by playing their games.

The real aliens are not here to invade, but they're also not very good at solving humanity's problems. Used as a pawn by both his government and the aliens, with the future of his species at stake, Ariel will take the step that nothing on Earth could make him take: he'll decide to grow up.
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Editorial Reviews

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-936460-23-6 - Publishers Weekly
The fate of the human race may rest in the unready hands of a down-on-his-luck computer game designer in Richardson's fun first novel (which originally ran as an online serial). Part "first contact" story, part mystery, part diary-of-a-gaming-geek, Richardson's debut novel should appeal to gamers and fans of light-hearted space opera. (Apr. 17)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014931984
  • Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 673,906
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Leonard Richardson is the author of robotfindskitten, Beautiful Soup, and RESTful Web Services.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Riveting, eventually

    The setting and characters were very vivid once the flow of the plot was established. The narration may be a bit hard to understand at the beginning, but the reader soon becomes accustomed to the format and ensnared in the storyline. This book would be enjoyable for gamers, those who enjoy sci-fi, and anyone who likes quirky humor and unusual thought processes. For me, it had the side effect of making me want to play the fictional video games described.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    introduces a lot of great concepts

    If you like speculative sci fi as opposed to a space opera this is it for you. It also has that character and plot development stuff, but it tailors it so that the sci fi background and concepts are drivers instead of simply window dressing. A great example of sci fi in the spirit of Card and Doctorow.

    Ending was a letdown in my opinion. Weird metaphysical argument.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    quite liked it

    I don't know if it has been done before, but the irreverent way the lead character dealt with the aliens was quite refreshing and funny. The entire premise and plot turns were interesting.

    My only gripe would be if you are going to set a book in my home town, please actually do some research and give the locals something. It was Austin, Texas in name only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Good Fun

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to read and had a unique perspective on alien contact.

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