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The critically acclaimed author of Lovecraft Country returns with a thrilling and immersive virtual reality epic—part cyberthriller, part twisted romantic comedy—that transports you to a world where identity is fluid and nothing can be taken at face value.

John Chu is a “sherpa”—a paid guide to online role-playing games like the popular Call to Wizardry. For a fee, he and
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Harper
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    Racheal
    I feel like the setup of this and the fact that a significant chunk of the story takes place in VR is going to get this book compared a lot to Ready Player One, but I think if we're going to go down the rabbit hold of comparisons, I'd say its appeal is closer to that of The Martian- it's lighter on fast-paced, exuberant action, and heavier on methodical cleverness.

    It also has an engaging, snarky tone, but unlike either of the above titles, it doesn't contain any of the careless white dudebroness
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    Nicole D.
    Matt Ruff is an author I will always read. He's not prolific, and he doesn't have a formula. He's a great writer, funny and has lots of topics to tackle. I like that about him - you never know what you'll get.

    This book was about video games - simplistically - on a deeper level it was about society, gender, race, technology, identity and cyber-life. All those topics tackled in what feels like a love letter to video games, specifically "Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Games" MMORPG's.

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    Cora
    Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: science-fiction
    Yes! Despite having zero knowledge of, or even much of an interest in, any kind of computer games, this was a blast.
    VL
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was my first Matt Ruff and just wow. Amazing book. Don't let the premise of video games scare you away. I know nothing about them and easily followed this novel.
    Philip
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    If you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Seth Rogan's The Interview with Ernie Cline's Ready Player One... 88 Names tries (and fails miserably) to answer that question.

    That's the whole setup for the story. Some guy with 88 fake EverQuest accounts gets a contract to show a mysterious client how MMO's work. Our hero has at least 88 accounts that he can use, due to some of them getting closed down now and then by customer service. The title of the book becomes a throwaway, we never
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    Cari
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Woohoo, first rating! Thanks to Edelweiss for the early copy.

    I picked this up because I was a big Warcraft player back in the day, and my husband and I have recently started again with Classic WoW. This novel is set in a virtual world that allows players to experience MMORPGS (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) in the physical space, much like in Ready Player One. The game that dominates is Call to Wizardry, which may as well be Warcraft, although there's a great glossary in the
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    Victoria
    There are books that you read that you love so much that you start looking for it again in other books to chase that high. Tad William's Otherland series is one of those for me. I found it again in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and now this one.

    A guy running a Sherpa business for a fully immersive vr "World of Warcraft" gets hired to be a tour guide in all the leading mmorpgs by a seemingly powerful Korean leader. Full of humor and cyber slang, references to some of my favorite shows and video
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    Dave
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Fun read, like a somewhat more down to earth Ready Player 1, although it shares some of the same questionable elements. Any gamer will recognize the thinly veiled ersatz versions of popular MMOs, and recognize both the accurate and ridiculous-for-the-sake-of-plot elements of each. It sucks that one character's enby traits are loosely flagged as villainous; honestly if that one sentence were removed, it wouldn't affect the story at all and would be less problematic. Also I feel like the main ...more
    Julia
    Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Not my usual cup of tea, but interesting enough for me to read it straight through.

    I think I'll give this one to my brother... he's into gaming and will probably enjoy the MMORPG jokes more than I did!
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