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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Aug 05, 14

bookshelves: science-fiction, fiction
Read from October 17 to 28, 2011

Ernest Cline has real respect for the geek culture. I couldn't be any more the target demographic for this book. I grew up playing most of the computer games and watching scifi movies and tv shows from the 80s that were mentioned in the book.

The idea about reading a novel on a MMO game (solving quests, fighting monsters, looting items, gearing up characters, etc) brought me back to the time when I was neglecting opportunities to hang out with real-life friends because I was too busy playing WoW. I was too immersed in the game to not bother connecting to real people outside the game. If this is any indication of the future, I don't want it.

The problem with the book for me was how it became too descriptive with explaining the basic MMO rules and deviants. I am an experiencied MMO player. 40% in to the book and I'm still reading how the world works. It's like a newbie guide slash game wikipedia turned into a novel.

However, the characters are compelling. The action sequences are great, especially the short epic battle at the end. It was still an enjoyable read nonetheless.
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“You'd be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.”
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“Going outside is highly overrated.”
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“Virtual sex, no matter how realistic, was really nothing but glorified, computer-assisted masturbation.”
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“One person can keep a secret, but not two.”
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