**spoiler alert** I've never read or seen 2001 (the movie is just too slow for me to get through). I saw 2010 and enjoyed it. I read 2061 and enjoyed**spoiler alert** I've never read or seen 2001 (the movie is just too slow for me to get through). I saw 2010 and enjoyed it. I read 2061 and enjoyed it. But 3001 was awful. Impossibly revive a dead body that was floating in space for a thousand years, show off the author's vision of Future Earth, and defeat aliens with a computer virus because when they learn what happened during the 20th century it they will decide to exterminate us. Not to mention the retroactive continuity issues. Odyssey would've been better off left as a trilogy....more
I put this on my To Read list several years ago after hearing very positive reviews, but I didn't finally pick it up until I saw a copy on display atI put this on my To Read list several years ago after hearing very positive reviews, but I didn't finally pick it up until I saw a copy on display at the local library. "Ready Player One" is a referential dystopian future sci-fi story loaded to the gills with homages, references, and head-on encounters with geek culture - especially but not exclusively from the 1980s. In the future real life really sucks, but the internet has become an amazing VR-MMORPG. Everyone is on a quest for the ultimate prize left by an eccentric billionaire nerd, including the obligatory evil mega-corporation. It's told in first person, although from the perspective of someone telling the story after it already over.
First and foremost, this is a hugely entertaining read. I am definitely in the target audience and I'm not sure how well this will appeal to an average reader. Many references are semi-obscure to me. The somewhat straightforward plot does help the accessibility. Some parts felt cliched, but a couple plot twists I kept waiting for never actually happened. The structure is very much in three acts, to the point where it also felt more like a trilogy than a single story. For a chapter or two in the middle the story also seemed to very off a little, but I guess the story feeling distracted did a good job matching the character's distraction.
I can definitely see why this story had the movie rights optioned before it was even published; this is a good book, but should be an even better movie, assuming they can get rights to use enough of the games, movies, and music referenced. (I would seriously consider making it into three films of about 100 minutes each, but I don't think that will happen.) The world (being mostly in a video game) and especially the references and easter eggs beg for a visual medium. The book is subtly referential (for example, the number 42 pops up several times), but movies can be subtler hiding things in the background. That's probably this book's biggest weakness: it has to tell things that are better off shown. Some kind of hotlinked ebook or annotated deluxe edition would be very helpful for some readers.
Highly recommended for geeks and those who love 80s pop culture. For everyone else only a mild recommendation, although some may find it a geekier version of the "DaVinci Code"....more
Never heard of this until someone at the library recommended it to me. Based on their description and the blurb it was sure to be the kind of book soNever heard of this until someone at the library recommended it to me. Based on their description and the blurb it was sure to be the kind of book so bizarre it was either going to be amazing or terrible. And after 35 or so pages, I'm calling it quits.
This is a weird book full of metaphysical introspection and a weird satire of science fiction. I'm reminded of that famous Faulkner novel where one chapter consists of nothing but the sentence "My mother was a fish." I still think some people will love this book, but it's not for me....more
A little better organized than it's predecessor. But just as light and fluffy, lacking any real substance. The writing was again okay, but I feel likeA little better organized than it's predecessor. But just as light and fluffy, lacking any real substance. The writing was again okay, but I feel like this book has no real reason to exist either....more