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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Oct 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: guilty-pleasures, kicked_ass

Normally I'd never take a book recommendation from NPR. Much like the New York Times, I'd expect public radio to encourage me to read agenda-driven drivel that bores the hell out of me. So, imagine my surprise when, circling a parking lot looking for a space, I hear the following premise on an NPR book review:

"The billionaire creator of the world's most widely used virtual reality system has died and left behind a series of riddles hidden throughout his virtual world. Whoever successfully solves these riddles will inherit his vast fortune. A massive hunt ensues."

And ... ZING! I downloaded the book and couldn't put the damn thing down all week until I finished it.

This book has all of the essential elements of serious ass-kicking: easy to read, a fast-paced plot, an underdog hero that you can't help but root for, a love story, explosions, humor, suspense, and lots of bad guys. The world of virtual reality, the references to the 80s, and the nostalgia for simpler times just add to the entertainment.

The best part? You don't have to be a computer nerd, a video game enthusiast, or a child of the 1980s to appreciate this book. This is simply a great story that transcends genre, written by a clever guy who always stays 20 steps ahead of the reader. It's about frickin time.


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October 10, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 17, 2011 – Shelved
October 17, 2011 – Shelved as: guilty-pleasures
October 17, 2011 – Shelved as: kicked_ass

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Matt Linder I couldn't agree more. This book is so much fun. I've only sat down to read it twice but am 260+ pages into it. I would've probably finished it in one sitting but annoying things like sleep and work have to ruin all my fun.

La Petite Américaine Don't you hate that? :)

Matt Linder I so do. I'm looking forward to the last 110 pages, I can't even begin to imagine where he's going to take me.

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Pierre Fortier I'll try to buy it english

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