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review 2017-09-10 03:36
Ready Player One
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

A young man harnesses his inner geek for the ultimate 80’s pop culture challenge in this Young Adult novel. Review time!

 

I picked up Ready Player One on a complete and total whim. I wanted something to listen to during my commute and the cover caught my eye. Boy, I am so glad it did! The book is a character-driven novel with epic world-building and a cool premise. Wade Watts is a driven, smart, and crafty character. The relationships he builds with secondary characters, even the villain, is rewarding. He even meets the girl of his dreams! Along with interesting characters is a well-constructed setting. Cline creates two worlds flawlessly – the dystopian United States and the virtual reality of the Oasis. Cline’s descriptions occasionally got repetitive, but the other elements more than make up for it.

 

Now some people may be less enamored with this book than I. It focuses on gaming culture and the 1980′s decade. If those two subjects bore you to tears, you will not enjoy this novel. If you are interested in reading it, check out the audiobook narrated by Will Wheaton. It is absolutely phenomenal!

 

tl;dr A phenomenal dystopian novel featuring a driven protagonist, 80′s trivia, and gaming culture.

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text 2017-07-22 18:31
24 in 48 Readathon Hour 12: Hit the Road Challenge
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch
Still Life - Louise Penny
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

 

Which 3 audiobooks would you recommend for a road trip, and why?

 

Any book from the Peter Grant Series--book 1 is Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch.  

Any book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series--book 1 is Still Life - Louise Penny  

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline 

The reasons are the same for each: Great story read by a superb narrator!  

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I spent most of the first 12 hours sleeping and doing chores.  However I did get in 3 hours of reading Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch.  I'm loving the book!

 

Here's to hoping I get more reading done during this next stretch!

 

 

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review 2017-05-27 04:58
READY PLAYER ONE
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

I am a gamer girl and an eighties child. It was a pretty fun decade to spend most of my childhood in and my nostalgia for the video games and music and movies of yesteryear is pretty strong. When someone described this book to me as “eighties nostalgia porn” I was all, “I am SO THERE for that!” So color me disappointed when I didn’t love this book quite as much as I thought I would.

 

I think what’s keeping me from loving READY PLAYER ONE with an unrestrained 5-star passion is this persistent feeling I had throughout that Cline had actually written an eighties homage movie script and then tried to pad it to book length. It delivers on the nostalgia bigtime and some parts I found really entertaining, but . . . I just . . . sigh.

 

I found the infodumps clunky and unwieldy. Boring pace-killers, all of them (and there were many). Same with the romance. Wade is basically a Gary Stu. And the writer’s convenience is so heavy-handed it should share the byline. READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline and Writer S. Convenience.

 

The only parts I really enjoyed were when Wade was actively trying to solve the puzzles (and I really, really enjoyed those parts). So maybe I’ll love the movie like I thought I’d love the book. Unless Matt Frewer’s not in it. Then there might be some table-flipping.

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review 2017-04-14 00:00
Armada
Armada - Ernest Cline I was seriously concerned that I would get more of the same in Armada that I had Ready Player One. I was sort've justified, but that doesn't mean that Armada doesn't have a lot to offer.

Zack Lightman is obsessed with video games, particularly Armada, a game where one pilots fighter ships in space to defend Earth from an alien invasion. Unfortunately, its more than a game. Zack becomes aware of a conspiracy theory that stretches over decades that hints that video games, movies, novels, and other pop culture has been slowly conditioning humanity to accept and fight back against an authentic alien invasion. The primary recruitment tool for this resistance? Armada.

Much like Ready Player One, Cline leans heavily upon nostalgia and wish-fulfillment to round out his story about the somewhat troubled Lightman's experience as he is transformed from misfit high school student to one of the top pilots of Earth's defense. Zach has absorbed 80s pop culture from his obsessive perusal of his late father's game & tape collections, and quotes them often. The story is aware of its debt to The Last Starfighter and Ender's Game, but that acknowledgement wasn't enough to keep me outside of the story. I felt immersed in Ready Player One, but that wasn't the case here.

This was a solid pop sf novel, clear beginning, middle, and end, but it never got out of the shadow of its influences.
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review 2017-02-15 17:30
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline,Wil Wheaton

4.5 stars! LOTS of deus ex-machina and quite a lot of situations a bit too perfect to be believed, but all in all, a GREAT adventure made even better by Wil Wheaton's voice.
I was worried some of the fun was going to elude me if I didn't recognize some of the 80's reference, but fortunately that wasn't the case. Wade is a very likeable character and so are his friends (although Art3mis did exasperate me sometimes), so it was very easy to connect with them and to want them all to win. I also liked that the protagonist was an 18-year-old that really behaved like an 18-yo, which apparently is not an easy thing to write because authors tend to either dumb kids down or make them too mature for their age.
I had a lot of fun with this book and I would love to see this on the big screen or even as a tv series.

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