The Impossible Fortress

The Impossible Fortress

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert programmer Mary Zelisky, and everything changes."--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
ISBN: 9781501144417
Branch Call Number: Rekulak, J
REKULAK J
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 24 cm

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BigLIB
Oct 04, 2017

The first person story telling in this book is well written, which makes it easy to imagine the main character rattling off the happenings of the book. The story is fast paced, and the references to the 1980's aren't over done. Instead of just name drops of information, the descriptive references drew out my feelings and laughter for having been in similar situations.

I did not see the end coming at all, and was left a bit disappointed. But perhaps, that is a great part of the writing because the end was anything but predictable. I am torn on my review score. With that said, If you have found this book in your search I definitely recommend it!

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brangwinn
Sep 04, 2017

Great young adult story about two misfits who can code way before being a nerd was cool. Remember when 14-year-old boys tried to catch glimpses of Playboy? Well, three friends take it beyond goofy kid antics when they try to steal a copy from a local store, where their antics create much more than they expected.

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kwsmith
May 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this nerdy tale about three misfit high school boys plotting a clandestine convenience store heist to steal a copy of a Playboy magazine featuring Vanna White. Filled with enough geeky 1980's nostalgia to entertain even the most die-hard *Ready Player One* fan, this funny novel is a real treat. I especially loved all of the little details about C64 game programming in BASIC and 6510 Assembly. For bonus points, there's an incredibly awkward geek romance featuring an unlikely pair of anti-social teenagers.

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KatG613
May 09, 2017

A quick read with a sweet love story, appropriate for younger teens to read. For any adults reading it - the book may bring on some 80s nostalgia for you, and you'll breeze through it in a weekend.

multcolib_karene Mar 12, 2017

If you want to immerse yourself in the 1980s in a fast, easy read. Teens would be an even better audience for this book.

Beatricksy Jan 20, 2017

You remember Netflix's Stranger Things, before it got all Men in Blacky? It was a love letter to the 80s, right? With Dungeons & Dragons and kids on bikes and waffles? That's this book. A love letter to a decade. It's about a bunch of 14-year-old boys trying to get their hands on a Playboy magazine so they can drool over Vanna White, so it's not high class literature. But it's light, goofy, and somehow innocent, approaching first love in a charming, if a little bizarre, way. It's sweet. Silly, but sweet. A beach read, something to enjoy as a palate cleanser between your heavy novels.

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KatG613
May 09, 2017

KatG613 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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