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The Importance of Being Ernest

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  870 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
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
48 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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Jul 11, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2015 Miranda Boyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, fiction, sifi
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
Feb 08, 2017 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first collection of poems that I've read that has not made me want to gauge out my eyes. Ernest Cline has quickly become one of my favorites, his writing is completely relatable for someone who was raised on X-Files, Stephen King, and video games. Every poem in this collection made me chuckle or just throw my hands up in the air and yell "YES. HE GETS IT."
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Dec 27, 2016 Edmund Davis-Quinn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, poetry
I just flew through this one. I read most of it while laughing uproariously at a Chinese Buffet for Christmas with my family. So much fun and something I probably should have bought a while ago. I've loved "Geek Porn Auteur" and "Dance Monkeys Dance" for a long time and loved him novel "Ready Player One."

He's also part of the power poetry couple of geeky goofery with maybe my favorite modern poet the hilarious and awesome Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. I know he has moved on to novels but would love
Aug 03, 2016 Ignacio rated it it was amazing
The Importance of Being Ernest o La Importancia de ser Ernesto es una comedia en tres actos del gran escritor irlandés Oscar Wilde. Es un libro ideal para aquellos que son amantes de las historias cortas. En este libro nos situamos en algunos personajes que viven en una clase acomodada de Inglaterra en la época victoriana. La trama se enfoca en el personaje John (o Jack) Worthing, que a la vez encarna el personaje de Ernest y el amor tomará un rol central dentro de la comedia. Por amor, John cre ...more
Joshua Gray
Feb 01, 2014 Joshua Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Hager
Dec 30, 2014 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
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
Akash Goel
Dec 12, 2016 Akash Goel rated it it was amazing
Perfectly hilarious! I always wanted to read Oscar Wilde, but for some reason hadn't started.
Well, this morning, tired of reading news and having some time on my hands, I started to read the first few pages of this play, and man was I hooked. The dialogues are so shrewd and sarcastic, that I couldn't stop guffawing. By the end of the first act, I knew I had to finish reading this on the spot. And I'm glad that I did!
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
Jen Juniper
Funny. But then again, that was the point. As usual when dealing with mr. Cline, some of the stories hit the spot, who wouldn't want to murder the obnoxious stereatypical ass- persons who ruin your and everyone elses cinematic experience by playing with their phones? Other stories I simply didn't get, references flew by.
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.
Jan 01, 2015 Allan rated it liked it
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.
Jun 12, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
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."
Samantha Nowatzke
Sep 26, 2016 Samantha Nowatzke rated it liked it
Love Ernest Cline - I see why his poetry got him noticed by some big geek names. I wish I liked poetry more but regardless I enjoyed the content. Cline truly is a geek at heart and I love it. If you're a fan of Ready Player One you'll also likely appreciate this collection of his poetry.
Apr 13, 2016 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
This book just has so many amazing poems. It's too short. Needed more. But it really hit me and connected.

Jul 19, 2012 David added it
not the same book. sorry. the one i'm reading is a play by oscar wilde.
Michael Montes
Apr 10, 2014 Michael Montes rated it it was amazing
Very creative story and title, I loved it
Apr 22, 2014 May rated it liked it
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.
Jeff Davault
Jan 02, 2017 Jeff Davault rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Poetry is terribly subjective and this really didn't appeal to me. I think it is because I was a Knight Rider guy rather than an Airwolf guy.
Dec 26, 2013 Nickey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I absolutely loved this collection of essays and poetry. Every single entry rings true and absolutely right and couldn't be put better.
Dec 16, 2014 Viviana rated it really liked it
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.
May 14, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
Classic that I never had to read in HS. Really enjoyed this easy read, made me laugh a lot.
Trevor Bertrand
Sep 08, 2014 Trevor Bertrand rated it it was amazing
nice read
Jul 05, 2016 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Love the dialogue between the characters, love the word play. Just loved it all. And the movie is just as fun!
Nov 10, 2014 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
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
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.
Book Seller GV
Apr 25, 2016 Book Seller GV rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sunny
Before Cline was a bestselling author, he won awards for his geek poetry. This is a great collection of poetry for the geeky and awkward. You don't have to be a fan of poetry to enjoy it!
Laura Bolling
May 02, 2008 Laura Bolling rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readbooks
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...
Jul 10, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing
Great poetry, really funny, so effing Airwolf!!!
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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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