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The Importance of Being Ernest

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Ernest (Ernie) Cline has been Ernest his whole life and in this first slim (48 pages) volume, he begins to explain to us what that has meant in these poems intended for performance. This companion book to his CD, The Geek Wants Out, contains many of the same poems, notably: The Geek Wants Out, Dance Monkeys Dance, and Nerd Porn Auteur among others. It also contains three b ...more
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Published (first published 2006)
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Well first off, I might be the only one on goodreads that has actually read this book. If most people had paid attention to the title they would realize THIS IS NOT THE PLAY BY OSCAR WILDE. Its not even remotely similar or even a play. The Importance of Being Ernest is a collection of free verse poems/spoken word pieces with a few haikus mixed in for good measure. I think my favorites were his poems Airwolf, Tech Support, and When I was a Kid. Although the book does contain strong language and o ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Geeky poetry is not something I'd read before this collection landed into my hands. I liked it.
Miranda Boyer
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Ernest Cline
Reviewed by Miranda Boyer

Ernie Cline is one of my favorite people authoring my favorite book Ready Player One. So it should be no surprise that I was willing to get my hands on anything while I wait for Armada to be released later this year.

The Importance of Bing Ernest, while a play by Oscar Wilde, it is also a book of poetry slash monologs by Ernie Cline. Cline actively participated in various poetry slams from 1997-2001 when he wrote this short
Kelly Hager
As you probably know, I was a huge, HUGE fan of Ready Player One, and I have been waiting impatiently for his next book. Armada was supposed to be released this year, but now there's no mention of it anywhere...

And then I found this.

This isn't a novel. It's not even a book of poetry, per se. It's something you can probably read in half an hour, and is a set of random poems that are also really, really good and incredibly funny. It also turns out that you can read/listen to them for free here. (B
Joshua Gray
Ernest Cline is the author of one of my favourite books ever: Ready Player One. A nerdy adventure novel packed full of references and general geekiness. Ernie Cline was also an active competitor of the Austen, Texas poetry slams. This is where the book came from. Originally published by Cline himself back in 2004, the success of his début novel prompted this gorgeous new edition with a cover by Gary Musgrave and full of great illustrations by Len Peralta.
This is a collection of, like Ready Playe
I'm not a big poetry fan, but since Ernest Cline wrote my favorite book of all time I though I should check this out while I wait for "Armada" to be released. This collection of slam poetry didn't blow my mind like "Ready Player One" but it was an entertaining enough for a single sitting read.
An alternate title for this book could be Geek Rants. This collection of poetry is written by the same fellow who penned Ready Player One, and it is chock full of nerd and pop culture references. These are written in the slam style - there's not a lot of traditional poetic language here. Instead you get a lot of amusing anecdotes and cheeky observations. My favorite poems were Pick 6 and Curriculum Vitae, both of which focus on the conflict between seeking a more artist life and the 9 to 5 grind ...more
Zoe Kennedy
It's not "Ready Player One" not even close but it's not bad. Some of the poems were really funny and some of them were obnoxious but I'm thinking maybe humor poems just isn't his thing. The Haikus in particular were good.
No complaints - this short play is a classic for a reason and gave me a few laughs. Certainly worth it if you're looking for a quick afternoon read to make you chuckle.
This is not a type of book I would usually pick up and to my surprisingly I was looking forward to the end of the story therefore I finished it pretty quickly.
Jennifer Ranger
This collection of poetry is witty and insightful. If you are looking for a slightly nerdy, often hilarious collection of poems, this is the book for you.
This was a pleasant surprise! I really liked some of the poetry and it game me an insight into his mind.
I needed this since Armada is ALMOST A YEAR AWAY
Bill Williams
This collection of poetry-slam-winning works is a quick read, but one that will resonate with your inner geek.
Classic that I never had to read in HS. Really enjoyed this easy read, made me laugh a lot.
Lake County Public Library Indiana
This book of nerdy slam poetry is amazing.

-- Sean, Highland Branch
Great poetry, really funny, so effing Airwolf!!!
This is a funny book. I like it very much.
Michael Montes
Very creative story and title, I loved it
48 pages of sheer joy
I'm really not the demographic for this, but I did like a few of the poems.
I'm pretty sure I've made it obvious that I love Ready Player One. This collection of poems was meh. Some of them I enjoyed, but some of them I just kind of skimmed.

"do all the things that you intend to do right now, as soon as you get around to it. First thing tomorrow."
I absolutely loved this collection of essays and poetry. Every single entry rings true and absolutely right and couldn't be put better.
Poetry is not normally my thing, but I am a huge fan of Cline's work in Ready Player One, and nerdy things in general. This is a great view of the nerd's world. Definitely laugh out loud funny.
Laura Bolling
This is a great piece of literature. The only problem I have with it is that it is too neat. All the ends are perfectly sewn together...
Michael Marsh
A satirical look at those who feel that a web of deception will somehow just "work out" in the end.
Jul 19, 2012 David added it
not the same book. sorry. the one i'm reading is a play by oscar wilde.
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ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone. His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phe ...more
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