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Ready Player One

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It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Broadway Books
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Jason Cox I just finished RPO and found it to be awesome!

3 that I would recommend are:

1. Neuromancer by William Gibson
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I just finished RPO and found it to be awesome!

3 that I would recommend are:

1. Neuromancer by William Gibson
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
3. SnowCrash by Neil Stephenson

All of those are excellent reads, fast-paced, and leave you wanting more. (less)
Julius Santana While being a gamer would definitely help you to understand a lot of the references in this book. It isn't completely necessary. The author pulls a…moreWhile being a gamer would definitely help you to understand a lot of the references in this book. It isn't completely necessary. The author pulls a lot of references not only from gaming but from 80's pop culture in general. Movies, music, cartoons and television shows are among the many things referenced by ernest cline. If you are a child of the 80's or have studied the 80's at all then you will love this book. I did!(less)

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Adventures in Time Mowing

After my laptop fused to my lawn mower due to a freak lightning strike, I discovered that I could use it to travel through time.

“Wow, where’d you come from?”

“I’m from 2011. Got a time mower and decided to come to the future. I’ll spare you the full origin story. My name’s Kemper.”

“I’m Wade Watts. Welcome to 2044.”

“Thanks. I gotta say, things are looking kind of grim around here. Are those mobile homes stacked up like hillbilly skyscrapers?”

“Yeah, I live in one of them. W
William Cline
For most of the first half of this book, I was unimpressed. The writing was flat, and the story was unremarkable. The book gets hype because of its pervasive use of 1980s popular culture, particularly its references to science fiction, fantasy, and video games. The problem was that most of these references served no purpose. Something would be described by pointing out its resemblance to something from a film or television show—a particularly annoying form of "telling, rather than showing" given ...more
May 25, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got to read an ARC of this, and it appealed to every geeky part of me.

I'll probably write a blog about it later, but for now, a brief review:

Simply said? This book was fucking awesome.
Khanh (the Grinch)
This book is a geek fantasy. A nerd utopia. Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player (among others), I loved it.

I believe you can tell the author's passion from what he's written, and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek. I salute him. His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book. A fellow fangirl/fanboy can sniff out a fake one like a dead fish within a Bath and Body Works (ok, that may be a bad example, but you catch my drift). Erne
Melissa McShane
So disappointing. The premise of a treasure hunt inside a gigantic immersive online environment is interesting. I like the idea of the people of 2044 being fixated on '80s culture for clues to solving the puzzle. The execution simply doesn't live up to the promise. The writing goes like this:





...and so forth. I honestly don't know who the intended audience is. The author overexplains all the '80s references as if he expects readers
Aug 18, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves the 80s, trivia, video games, RPGs, or is looking for a fun read.
Recommended to Flannery by: j
This book is nostalgia porn. If you grew up in the 80s, enjoy video games, or go crazy for popular culture, you will devour this one. I was supposed to be reading this with a friend but I couldn’t stop. I read the beginning and thought, “what’s the big deal with everyone’s obsession?” Then Ernest Cline got his meat hooks into me and I read it while I was making dinner, while I was eating dinner, and then afterward until I’d finished it. I think I am just a few years shy of this books prime audie ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Rainbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was born to get the references in this book. And I was so impressed with the way the references WORK. The way they push the story forward and give it texture. So many scenes in the book FEEL like videogames or role-playing games -- but in a really rich, excellent way.

I read this right after I read "Ender's Game," which is the sort of book that would get mentioned in "Ready Player One" -- and I was struck by how Cline references old-school science fiction and videogames in the servi
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I just kinda wanna cry right now. I'll have a proper review at some point, but I gotta let myself recover.

Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
NERDGASM!!!!!!! Video games, movies and music from the 80's!

My teenage years were spent during the 80's. I look through the pictures that were taken at that time and realize we could have been called a cheesy generation. This book saves us. This book makes us cool.

I actually wanted to revisit those times after reading this book. It's not deep literature but it is pure fun. I smiled and cheered so many times reading Wade's story, even though you know how the book is going to end it is still a po
Jun 11, 2011 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
let me get the gripes out of the way first, because despite overall being a fun, escapist book, there are things that rankle.

i have a crush on the 80's (not an obsession, mind you, but a crush. when i was little i managed to simultaneously want to make out with both jon cryer and molly ringwald and to this day depeche mode's album black celebration soothes many sorrows.

so a book that revolves around 80's pop culture sounded like my kind of thing, even if a lot of the references are video game re
Feb 14, 2012 Sissyneck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypso
That one star is probably misleading...I thought this was going to be a 4-5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it. The 80s pop-culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that, at times, the book felt like it been written specifically for me. (The love interest is described as being like Jordan, from Real Genius...c'mon!)

All of the Star Wars, Ferris Bueller, and Highlander references in the world can't hide that this story is at best, empty, and at wo
WOOT, WOOT and UBER WOOT all you MMORPGers, this book is the perfect calm down, happy face diversion next time you find yourself offline and frustrated because:

** you’re stuck medding back in a safe zone after nearly being ganked by some douchey griefers who jumped your camp site when the mob you were going to farm spawned so they could kill steal it and abscond with your loot;

or maybe

** some group of questing ubers turned asshat and refused to let your alt join them so you could PL by leechin
There's this conceit that keeps popping up in sci-fi dystopia novels that it is only a matter of time before we will all be glued to our virtual reality goggles 24 hours a day as elaborate MMPORPGs slowly take over the world.

I think this is stupid. No matter how increasingly ubiquitous computers become, I just don't foresee Second Life replacing the first one (FarmVille may have replaced actual farming, but that conversation involves a lecture on government subsidies that I just don't have time
Dan Schwent
In the dystopian future of 2044, the world is going down the crapper and many people spend most of their free time playing OASIS, an online virtual reality game, sifting through every minute detail of the creator's life, for whomever unravels a series of riddles James Halliday left behind inherits it all. Will teenager Wade Watts be the one?

As I've said in the past, every once in a while a reader will unearth a book that feels as if it was written especially for them. For me, Ready Player One is
Marie Lu
Aug 19, 2012 Marie Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reached into the gamer part of my heart and gave it a big piece of red velvet cake. :)
Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 30, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal." Groucho Marx

The middle school I attended was a 1930s WPA project that by the 1970s was a lethal cocktail of toxic mold from the water leaks and cancer causing asbestos. I'm hoping, since several decades have passed, that all the nasty microbes I inhaled while conjugating verbs and wrestling with algebra have long since been frog marched out of my body. I was a rural kid and had to wait for the bus to come pick me
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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I've heard, you've probably heard, HELL, most people who read some variation of SFF have heard that READY PLAYER ONE is freaking amazing b/c it's swarming with '80s pop culture/nerd references.

And it is. Absolutely.

But even though I've had the book for years, I only recently got around to picking it up (and only b/c impromptu roadtripping with Husband, and sacrifices must be made when trying to find a book we'll both have a shot at liking), b/c as much fondness as I have
Jan 03, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so different from anything else I've ever read and it put my knowledge of 80s movies, Dungeons and Dragons, and Monty Python to good use! Honestly, read this. Just do it.
Aug 29, 2014 Alejandro rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alejandro by: Estelle
WOW !!! (Pun intended, if you what I meant ;) )

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Big Bang Theory meets TRON (raised to the nth power(TRON, I mean)).

The most clear appealing to read this novel is obviously the insane quantity of geek references, mostly to 80's era (and some of 70's too), so maybe people who aren't geek (don't worry, nobody is perfect) may be feel alienated and/or not interested to read this book.

I can't deny the advantage of being a geek, specially raised in the now
Don't hate me...please.


But I'm pretty sure I didn't like this one as much as most of my friends. I'm guessing the 80's were super rad n' all to a lot of people, but I don't remember them being all that amazing.
Granted, I was only 10 in 1985, but still...
I passed my middle school years during this tubular time period. Ick.
Most of what I recall involved a mushroom cloud of hairspray (centered around bangs), lots of plastic bracelets, and tons of really loud colors.
Not that there's anything wrong w
Mohammed Arabey
Sep 03, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

رواية مجنونة مثيرة سريعة، جذبتني كما لم تفعل رواية خيال علمي أخري
ستجد نفسك بديستوبيا مستقبلية، بها الكثير من الواقع المؤسف الحزين بحق الذي نعيشه..وتهرب منها الي يوتوبيا إفتراضية، عالم الكتروني محاكي للواقع..فيسبوك ثلاثي الأبعاد

"قل لي هل سمعت عن الهيكيكوموري؟؟ المتقوقعون؟"
في لعبة فيديو مجنونة برمجها مؤلف "غريب الأطوار" مهووس الألعاب والثمانينات..أيرنست كلين
"بالنظر حولي، تعجبت لِمّا هاليداي الذي طالما أدعي أن طفولته بائسة، صار يشعر بكل هذا الحنين اليها لاحقا. أعلم أنني حين اهرب من الكومة التي اعي
mark monday
Aug 07, 2016 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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it's like Ernest Cline decided to do something really nice for me, something really personal, and so he got together some of my favorite things - sympathetic yet highly flawed protagonist, diversity in race and sexual orientation, down-with-the-man anti-corporate sentiments, an absorbing dystopia, a breezy narrative - and then he put it all in the context of the decade where I formed my interests and essentially became myself. well he also put in a bunch of video games and I've never been a gam
Hugh Howey
Nov 06, 2012 Hugh Howey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the feeling while reading this book that it was written expressly for me. This is my childhood captured. And since it was an insular and introverted childhood, it felt unique. It wasn't connected with Facebook. I had no idea that I was legion. And so I imagine many other readers felt the same sensation of having a book speak directly to their most private memories and moments. And what could be more cherished than that? It was like having a videogame written for you. Or being able to be ca ...more
Veronica Belmont
Ready Player One is one of those books that I'll be recommending to people for a long, long time. If you love geeky media... books, videos, TV shows, music (and especially if it's from the 80s) this book will be a favorite of yours as well.

The characters are engaging, the descriptions of the scenes inside OASIS are vivid, and it's fun (and thrilling) at the same time.

Does the 80s trivia come on a little thick? Yes, but that's kind of the point (and the plot).

Did Ready Player One push all the right buttons? Let's find out!

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Nov 14, 2016 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself smiling frequently while reading this.

Willy Wonka meets The Matrix in the near future online game age. I almost typed video age and that would date me back in the 1980s, but that would be OK too. Like James Halliday, I was a teenager in the late eighties and so Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has a special place for me. I played Dungeons and Dragons (I was even dungeon master for a Tomb of Horrors campaign) I played coin operated video games, I obviously dig science fiction and
Jessica (priceiswong)
Apr 06, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
If you want to get REAL technical, I would probably give this book closer to a 4.5 rating. I really, really enjoyed this book. I feel like it was a pretty quick read, and I can honestly say it was like nothing I've ever read before.

It did take me quite a few chapters to really get into the story. But once you do you're hooked. It was so unique, and I loved the riddles and hearing about all of the 80's stuff. I wasn't a teen in the 80's, I was born in 92, but I still grew up on a lot of the tv s
Nov 22, 2014 julio rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 70's babies, 80's babies, and California computer nerds
Recommended to julio by: the god of 1980's trivia
1980's mass-media nascent-computer-nerd porn disguised as a mystery-caper.

Perfectly enjoyable, but probably only for Americans born between 1968 and 1982.

It really is, start to finish, an entertaining homage to the corny, the magnificent, and the perhaps-unjustifiably-popular culture of a certain slice of America—and even worse, only for a specific span.

So your mileage may vary.

As for me...

...It was like watching Back To The Future and War Games back to back while playing the Legend of Zelda on
Sean Gibson
Apr 24, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I’ll say this for Mr. Cline—the man knows his audience. Take one genius high concept, throw in a liberal sprinkling of geek-friendly 80s pop culture references, and add a dash of solid writing and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing recipe for anyone of a remotely dorkish hue (that hue, incidentally, is nearly colorless, as you can clearly see from my own pale countenance).

I’ll refrain from much in the way of plot summary here, in part to avoid spoilers, and because I’d rather focus on what I f
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ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. His second novel, ARMADA, debuted at #4 on the NYT Bestseller list and is being made into a film by Univers ...more
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