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text 2017-10-28 17:19
Ready Player One: The Movie March 30, 2018
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

I'd heard rumors Ready Player One was going to be made into a movie. Now I see there is a release date and a trailer.  Yay! I cannot wait to see it. I hope they do the book justice. It's being made by Stephen Spielberg, so I have some confidence it will.


Trailer: http://readyplayeronemovie.com/


My advice, if this looks interesting to you and you haven't done so, read the book first!  The audio version narrated by Wil Wheaton is also excellent, if you like audio books.  No matter how good a job they do with the movie, it won't be able to be as good as the book.


READ THE BOOK! You know you wanna!



There are already very good and helpful reviews for this one, all I can really add is to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.


In case any think they might be lost with the 80's cultural references and gaming, I don't think there's much to worry about.  For the most part things referenced are given enough information to be able to follow. 


Since a large portion of the action does take place within a mega online multiplayer computer game a reader would need to find that interesting in order to enjoy this, but don't assume you need to be a huge gamer to enjoy it.


I thought this was interesting, well-written, action packed and enjoyed it completely!



And in case this book made you want to play Atari's Adventure again, here ya go:


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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!  



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 - 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 2017-02-15 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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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-30 05:32
Ready Player One
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

I had a lot of expectations for this book. I heard it is wonderful for pop culture junkies, which I consider myself to be, and the premise is really quite wonderful: Willy Wonka meets The Matrix. Unfortunately, as often happens with high expectations, the book didn't live up to them. So let's dive in.


Ready Player One follows Wade Watts as he engages in the greatest video game contest ever: Find Halliday's egg and inherit his multi-billion dollar company. Since the world has gone to shit - wars and famines and poverty, oh my! - this is the deal of a lifetime. As Wade plays, though, he comes to find that people will literally kill to win this video game.


I did like this book. It was a fun read for sure. There was excitement and definitely points where my heart was just pounding in my chest. The characters were, for the most part, good. In particular I really liked Aech and Shoto. My issue with it is it felt like two separate novels. One was great, one was not so great. Let's start with the latter, shall we?


The first half of the book is slow. I mean, ridiculously slow. It's mostly just setting up the world and describing all the video games and the nature of OASIS. A lot of it was really just Wade proving what a nerd he was. I mean, seriously. I didn't need a whole chapter just on how seriously he researched Halliday's life. There was so much in the first half that could have been trimmed and left out. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting stuff, but it felt like reading Wiki page after Wiki page. It was mostly dull and lacked the excitement I wanted from the story.


I also didn't particularly care for Wade in the first half. He came across rather Sue-ish to me. Not a full on Sue, but he was getting there. He seemed whiny and self-involved and that made it hard to root for him as a hero. He does get better, mainly in Level Three. I do like how his arc ended. He's not the worst protagonist I've ever encountered but he was not the best either. His drama with Art3mis also came across rather forced and thrown in. His relationship with her was important to the story and his character development but I wish it had been written less melodramatically. 


Now, once the Jade key is found, the story gets drastically better. 


While waiting for a friend to come over today, I figured I'd read a chapter or two and then put the book down. Once I got to the Jade key part, though, the story became so intense that I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to. In the second part there is actual danger and the stakes become infinitely  higher. Wade becomes more than just a whiny couch potato and I found myself rooting hard for him and his friends. 


The fight between the gunters and the Sixers was incredible. Just incredible. I wish there was more to it, in fact. That was the kind of story I wanted to read. It was complex and it was the kind of battle every good scifi fantasy story needs. Seriously, I loved that fight. It was simply incredible. 


The ending of the story was also awesome. Wasn't a copout and it made sense. It also left just enough unsaid that you can use your imagination. It gives options but the rest of the story is yours to make up. It also wrapped up Wade's arc nicely and I was satisfied with the was things ended with him. So yeah, good ending. 


There are elements throughout the novel that seemed a bit deus ex machina, mainly the parts with Og, but for the most part I could let that go. It was set up well enough that it was for the most part plausible. If you hate super convenient twists, though, parts of the book will probably irk you a bit. Just a warning.


Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's a good book but the first half really needed some work. Too much exposition.


Final thought: I think the movie adaptation coming out is going to be one of the cases where the movie is better than the book. It shouldn't have the issue of too much exposition since it can show us everything quickly and efficiently. At least that's what I hope. I'm looking forward to it.




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