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review 2019-10-10 19:09
Guide the future by the past
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

I FINALLY read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, y'all. I absolutely loved the film adaptation of it and while I also enjoyed the book (hold on to your seats, folks) I preferred the movie version. While the book was able to go into more details in terms of world building and the puzzle solving aspect of the plot I enjoyed the storyline of the movie more. [A/N: I don’t want to give the impression that I didn’t enjoy this reading experience because I definitely did but the film just has an extra oomph.] Additionally, the book's version of Halliday seemed cruel and cold whereas Morrow was a lot of fun (and mostly absent from the film's version). The hero of this dystopian novel, Wade Watts, is living in a world that has become entirely taken over by The Oasis which is a virtual reality environment where anyone can be anyone. The majority of the human race has been crammed into tiny communities that are stacked one on top of the other but their consolation is getting to live their dreams online. Even school is conducted in virtual schools! The creator of this world, James Halliday, passed from this mortal coil but left behind a grand prize (ownership of The Oasis) for anyone who manages to solve his puzzles and find the 3 hidden keys buried within The Oasis.


This is a boy's quest to pull himself from his dire circumstances while learning that he's got the 'right stuff'. (Did I mention this book is chock full of 80's references? I definitely downloaded some Rush albums after I finished reading it.) All in all, a really fun book. 9/10

 

A/N: Title courtesy of Rush "Bastille Day".

 

What's Up Next: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2019-05-17 22:00
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline,Wil Wheaton

READY PLAYER ONE has been on my TBR for years and now I'm sorry that I waited so long to read it. 

 

I'm glad that I listened to the audio instead of reading the book. There were some very dense paragraphs, that came off as information dumps, but on audio Wil Wheaton made even those interesting.

 

Steeped in 80's nostalgia, (movies, music, and video games), this brought back a lot of fond memories for me. I give the book itself 3 stars, maybe 3.5, because the writing was rather simple and because of the aforementioned information dumps. I give the audio book 4 stars, because Wil Wheaton made it so darn entertaining!

 

Recommended!

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review 2019-04-02 19:51
Ready Player Two
Armada - Ernest Cline

There is a 6 minute short in the Futurama episode Anthology of Interest II in which the character Fry uses his video game skills to fight an alien invasion. Replace Fry with the less likable Zack Lightman and pad it out to 355 pages and you have Armada.

 

The story borrows heavily from The Last Starfighter, Ender’s Game, and Contact. The author lampshades this by having the main character point out the similarities. Without spoilers, the ending feels like the ending of an average original series Star Trek episode. The novel is not terrible, it has some decent twists, but it is disappointing.

 

In Cline’s debut novel Ready Player One the main character is a teenage boy who uses his knowledge of 80’s trivia and video games to win a contest and become the richest and most famous man in the world and find true love. In Armada a teenage boy uses his knowledge of video games to save the world, become famous and find true love. It feels like Cline’s only storytelling move is nerd wish fulfillment in which an obsession with video games turns out to be extremely useful instead of completely useless and brings the nerd wealth, power, respect, fame, and love. All things missing from the life of the average video gamer.

 

I find myself wondering if Armada might have worked better if it had been the sequel to Ready Player One. Wade Watts discovers that while the human race parties in the virtual reality Oasis, an actual alien armada is preparing to attack the Earth. He considers deactivating the Oasis to awaken humanity to the threat, but instead launches a new game in which the players are unknowingly piloting real drones to fight real invaders. Maybe Zack uncovers the conspiracy and reveals to the world that the invasion is real. Maybe that is exactly what Wade hoped would happen and he ends up selecting Zack as his successor. The similarities between the works become a strength because it is a continuation of the story.

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review 2018-10-04 02:59
Zach the star fighter saving humanity
Armada - Ernest Cline

Zach is a teenager who like games and science fiction. 

 

Like a lot of geek, he is not popular in school.

 

He has lost his father when he was still a baby. He loves his mom and is aimless. 

 

Then his daydream came true. The UFO and alien invasion is coming. 

 

The video games are just simulator for trying humans to fight alien invasion.

 

There is more to story than this. 

 

Why is the aliens with so advance in technology not use their technology to whip out their enemies in a more efficient manner? 

 

That's the story. 

 

It is really enjoyable. The reference to pop culture of games and science fiction movies are familiar and it is bugging. There is a deeper layer to all of this. 

 

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Deep. But not as deep as the quote from previous book Ready Play One. 

 

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Reading this for Free square. 

 

 

This book would also work for Doomsday square. 

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review 2018-10-03 07:33
Reading progress update: I've read 121 out of 372 pages.
Armada - Ernest Cline

What takes me so long to read this! 

 

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That's limited to persons who watch Science fiction movies a lot.  Not as much as the main character Zack but close. 

 

And game playing. The setup is good as it is about fantasy, not just in US but in Japan, when the world is in danger and only a teenager or preteen could help to save the world.

 

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So, Zack is probably losing his tie to reality and thought he see a UFO. Then he was being invited to join a group of fighters who are all good at aliens fighting video games to defend Earth against aliens invasion. 

 

If this sounds familiar, it is because this the plot for The Last Starfighter. 

 

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Reading this for free square. 

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