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Mar 07, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: But I'm pretty sure I didn't like this one as much as most of my friends. I'm guessing the 80's were super rad n' all to a lot of people, but I don't remember them being all that amazing. Granted, I was only 10 in , but still I passed my middle school years during this tubular time period. Most of what I recall involved a mushroom cloud of hairspray centered around bangs , lots of plastic bracelets, and tons of really loud colors.

Not that there's anything wrong w Don't hate me Not that there's anything wrong with that! All of this nostalgia is really wonderful, but I never liked the shows like Family Ties that the book mentioned, I didn't obsessively play any of the old video games although I do remember playing Centipede occasionally with my ONLY friend who could afford a console , and the music While I found some of the references kinda neat-o, that sort of thing wasn't enough to make me flail around and get all excited. And, unfortunately, there wasn't enough meat to the characters to make me wanna cheer for Wade, Art3mis, or Aech.

I mean, what the fuck was the point of the story?

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Is this a series? Is there another book that tells what happens next? If so, that could change my entire opinion!

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But I'd at least be willing to give book 2 a shot Im going for it anyway unmarked spoilers ahead. I thought that the way that OASIS was built, described and functioned within this world was very well thought out and clever. It was definitely something high-tech enough to be interesting, but also realistic enough to be plausible.


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I wanted the nostalgic feel of Stranger Things , because thats what people told me I'd get. I wanted that homage. The overabundance of 80s references reached the point of insanity. Like, these characters literally WERE 80's references. Have another, have ten more. I know everything there is to know about the 80's, don't test me kid.

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It should have been a nice throwback to the 80's, not a fucking wank fest in which everyone loses their fucking mind and can't keep it together over pac-man. First of all, his attitude sucked. But that aside, his charactersation was just not good. His knowledge of the 80's was just unbelievable.

He mentions at least a dozen shows that he's watched a dozen or so times, now, I'm struggling to believe he actually had time to watch the amount of shit he has, that many times. His knowledge was all-consuming and it was just unrealistic. He has literally no flaws. Well do not worry. Welcome to Wade's Biggest Loser Story: You're a nice boy!!!!!! Wade owns 5 fedoras. He annoyed me so fucking much, he was just rude and weird, and his obsession with Art3mis wasn't healthy. Art3mis had potential to be a great character, but she was ultimately reduced to a love interest.

She tried to separate from Wade to focus on the Easter Egg but then he stalks her and she ends up with him??? Representation, is NOT real when it's a twist. Urgh, it's just annoying. He was such a stock villain and he just??? I was skimming entire pages of irrelevent detail about exactly what model of haptic suit Wade decided to buy that day So yeah, overall I just didn't have a good time with this book it was just so obnoxious and annoying I couldn't get into it at all lmfao worst hype ever aaaaanddddd View all 50 comments.

This was so much fun! It felt like I was smack in the middle of a video game! This was my childhood all over again! So please stay tuned! Everybody saw the movie. And I did neither of those things. XD Well either way this is going to be fun!

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View all 37 comments. Andrea Valeska I'm so so happy you enjoyed this book! Sep 16, XD I'll try to get it online soon. May 29, emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book, I would say, is the following mix: Excluding the latter, I am not interested in any of those things. Was this book perfect? Sometimes it was dumb, or confusing, or slow, or overly complex, or not complex enou THIS. Sometimes it was dumb, or confusing, or slow, or overly complex, or not complex enough. But it still deserves five stars.

It was invented by this guy, James Halliday, who just up and DIED and left the sickest technological scavenger hunt ever thought of behind. Though unfortunately fewer delicious descriptions of food. Give me 11 more books in it. Wait, the author has another book, right?! There was a lotttt of worldbuilding. Like, a LOT a lot. Pages and pages of it and a time. And the most information-heavy passages you can imagine. In terms of characters, we have a handful of main ones. I really, really, really, super-love our narrator, Wade.

I would like to curl up inside of his head for forever, please and thanks. Especially since his life is so goddamn interesting. I do have some complaints, though. For example, Wade is the only character I really feel any sort of way about. Well, except for one thing. Yes, folks, you may have guessed it: We hate you, unnecessary romance! This totally deducted from my enjoyment of the book - not enough to make me not love it, obviously, but significantly still - and I just was so MAD. Why did that have to be included?

We get it, nerds deserve love too. So vanilla, when everything about this book was the total opposite of that. What else, what else The ending lowkey sucked in comparison to the rest of the book. It was kind of choppy and rushed. A lot of loose ends were left, IMO. It makes sense, kinda, since there were SO many ends to be tied, but still. I have no sense of what happened to the characters or the world. Also, I expected more of a Moral. Because this book follows a dystopian society attempting to escape from the repercussions of, well, our irresponsible actions through a video game.

I miss reading it already. View all 29 comments. However, since "geek" is the new black these days, so WOW!!! However, since "geek" is the new black these days, so maybe you would consider to give it a shot to the book. But trust me, if you didn't born in the 70s or early 80s, so being able to live all the things that were "cool" then, well, or if you weren't interested to read about "the past", well, you won't understand or enjoying several if not all of the references made here, that they're not the story per se, oh yes!

There is a story! But maybe you won't enjoy it the same. Therefore, I can't deny the advantage of being a geek, specially raised in the now classic time known as "The 80s", to understand almost all references and stuff that it's commented on the narrative. However, honestly I think that even you aren't a geek per se, if you are looking for a good novel in the dystopian genre with young brave heroes battling against a powerful corporation determined to rule society, well, I am sure that you will be able to enjoy quite enough the general core of the storyline. While it's almost impossible that a novel can coincide with our own personal favorites of 80's and 70's, I thought to quote some of mine along the review.

If you don't get them, don't worry, they're not relevant to the review itself. I feel the need. The need for speed! While on the novel is stated that, Wade Watts, the main character thinks that God doesn't exist and even, James Halliday, the key trigger of the story, is an atheist. I really think that religion is a strong issue in this novel.

Parzival didn't believe in God and therefore he doesn't read The Bible , BUT he believes in Halliday and he reads with passion the Anorak's Almanac , reaching the point of knowing almost anything about Halliday's life and his tastes on films, TV, music, books, etc So, basically he changed the name of his raw human necessity of a god or a higher power in which to believe on. Even it's amusing to notice a moment where Wade calls the name of the deity in Conan's stories, since he is an "atheist", he "can't" claim that his luck was because the common perception of god.

However, not matter the name that you choose, in the moment that you acknowledges that your life may be affected by the hand of a superior power, well, it's non-relevant which name you opted to use. Another religious evolution in the story is another raw impulse in human beings Halliday, with the creation of his Easter's Egg contest, he acomplishes that a whole generation even severals of it became obssesed with his life and his personal tastes, influencing the way of thinking and speaking of all those interested to get the ultimate prize.

Wade goes to that too, since he is able to reach positions that nobody else has ever done before and he is able to taste how is like to be a god and that thousands of strangers get interested to follow his life and his tastes. Any person has tastes and opinions, and most of the cases, we are sure that we are right about them, so we expressed them and in the bottom of our souls, we are convinced that we have excellent taste in things and that the rest of people should read, watch and hear all that it's of our preference, and therefore, they will become as "wise" and "illuminated" as us.

And the ambiance of this novel is almost just like how we are living now. Certainly we don't have a virtual universe so advanced as the OASIS, but internet, the social networks, blogs, forums, etc Ironically, in the 80s, our circle of influence was absurdly limited, we barely were able to express it to our closest friends and family, but now? We can reach any human being with access to internet. The generational gaps occur mainly because old people aren't interested to know about new suff, while young people aren't interested to know about old stuff.

As simple as that. It's amusing to see in this novel that a LOT of young people in the future of are eager to learn about "old" stuff just because there is a huge prize involving money, and guess what? Many of them starting to find out how cool of that "old" stuff is. Too bad that there is have to be an incentive of money to make them to realize that.

I think that I am lucky since I don't discriminate stuff for the era when it appeared.


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Why do I have to choose just "my" era? Why do I have to limit myself? I have "my stuff" of the generation where I grew up, but I do my best all the time to learn about stuff of before I even born and I do my best to keep up with new stuff. Only my death will set how many stuff I will be able to enjoy in my entire life. Each era has its charm and I am enjoying all of them. Gathered together from the cosmic reaches of the universe — here in this great hall of justice - are the most powerful forces of good ever assembled. In the 80s and before , our social experiences were quite identical in our circles, we watched the same local TV shows, the same movies, etc So, nowadays is almost impossible to find a single other soul watching, reading and hearing the very same stuff that we do.

We'll have intersection points, several of them, but at the end, each of us, we are walking our own paths of entertainment. Even before, we innocently thought that the "good stuff" was the same for all the rest of people. Now, we have certainty that a thing naming book, film, TV show, song, etc We are all different. Only we have to learn to respect the opinion of others, in the understanding that we do the same. Keep on pushing me baby Don't you know you drive me crazy You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline.

Referring to the novel itself, I must point out that I found some of the challenges repetitive decreasing the excitement or reaching each of the three legendary gates. Also, I think that the author didn't want that anyone would be able to guess the riddles, I mean, this is not like a detective mystery novel that you may not notice the clues in clear sight, but they are there, you just didn't giving them importance, no, in here, some of the riddles are solved showing knowledge of elements in the environment of the story that they are impossible for you to know its existence.

And getting back the "religious" angle in a way of speaking, there are a lot of scenes where you met a "Deus ex machina" element, where any character has a key gadget, never mentioned before, that it's perfect to solve the trouble. Not always is like that. However, I noticed enough instants like that, just to mention it. At the end, the novel has an engaging narrative style that keeps you entertained all the way, marvelling about this extraordinary future with all its wonders and dangers. Choose your own life, enjoy each moment of it and don't worry about others think.

People of good will and true friends are going to be happy for you not matter what you do in your lives and they will respect you too. Solution for the Alejandro's Easter Egg in this review: P It could be cool to hide an easter egg in the review but I didn't think anything. Excuse me for the innocent joke. But, you got curious and you had to take a peek, don't you? View all 67 comments. Feb 01, James Trevino rated it it was amazing.

So you know that time when you read a really good book and then, for some reason, you wait forever to make a review, so the little things that would've made your review 'spicy' are gone from memory? It's one of those times! And you know that time when you are writing a review and you are almost done and you accidentally delete it? It's also one of those times! Now, for short, if you don't feel like reading the rest of the review trust me, you have better things to do with your time , I LOVED So you know that time when you read a really good book and then, for some reason, you wait forever to make a review, so the little things that would've made your review 'spicy' are gone from memory?

I remember having a lot of moments while reading it when I felt just For the lack of a better comparison, it felt like a long ASMR video that keeps the tingles going for hours at a time. But being serious, it was one of those reads that feel like they are made for you. I am not into video games, but I am into books duh! And RPO is a celebration of geekdom does this word even exist? And no, that doesn't mean you'll find descriptions of a naked Arwen or a sex-crazed Hermione in it. And no, you won't get every reference, because holy hell, the entire book is one big reference like literally big, almost pages - and yeah, I know that you Game of Thrones readers are laughing at me right now, but I also read those books so screw you!

On another point, I don't remember exactly why, but the ending felt like the weak point of the book. Of course, that doesn't mean much considering how good the rest was. Overall, I think what made me such a big fan of this was it's very theme. The idea that, even knowing it's not real, you would still leave your world behind just to live a fantasy.

It kinda strikes home for many of us who like reading or watching movies or playing games because our own world is so limited. And I think I would. In fact, I am sure of it. What a loser-y thing to say, huh? Gosh, is this even a review? Okay, I will end it here seeing how I am clearly blabbering. Anyway, just read this god damn book, please! In the dystopian future of , the world is going down the crapper and many people spend most of their free time playing OASIS, an online virtual reality game, sifting through every minute detail of the creator's life, for whomever unravels a series of riddles James Halliday left behind inherits it all.

Will teenager Wade Watts be the one? As I've said in the past, every once in a while a reader will unearth a book that feels as if it was written especially for them. For me, Ready Player One is In the dystopian future of , the world is going down the crapper and many people spend most of their free time playing OASIS, an online virtual reality game, sifting through every minute detail of the creator's life, for whomever unravels a series of riddles James Halliday left behind inherits it all. For me, Ready Player One is one of those books. I wasn't completely sold at first.

Then he referenced The Last Starfighter and I suddenly became more interested. By the time the Tomb of Horrors was mentioned, I was completely hooked. The plot's structure isn't that revolutionary. It's pretty much your standard hero's journey. As the story unfolded, the characters are what made the book unputdownable. The setting, a dystopia where there's a Global Energy Crisis going on and people live in skyscraper-trailer parks called stacks is both imaginative and horribly plausible.

I hate to admit it but I was feeling some kinship with Wade as the book progressed. Is spending most of your free time in OASIS really that much different than reading for hours on end? Also, the book explores the nature of people and their online avatars. The revelation of Aech's true identity illustrates the difference between perception and reality quite nicely, just like the time when I met Kemper and discovered he wasn't a gun-toting chimp in a suit.

Apparently, he left his guns at home that day. A large part of the appeal of Ready Player One is the astounding amount of pop culture references. While most of them are from the 's, a few are not. I suspect younger readers won't get as many of the reference and not enjoy the books as much. However, as a child of the 80's and a dyed in the wool geek, I enjoyed the book very very much.

As I said earlier, the plot isn't revolutionary but it's still an enjoyable read. A single man-tear threatened to escape my eye during the epilogue but I fought it back. The passage of time has colored my perception of this book. However, once you strip away the nostalgia, it's still enjoyable but really nothing special. I'm downgrading it to a more realistic 3. View all 44 comments.

To see my full review please visit my blog https: Craig always makes me smile and this was fun! The story takes place in and the world is in a Grimm state. The person who finds the prize is promised riches and as more people come in to play, it becomes a fight to the end as the gunters hunt for the prize while making their way through game after game. The story fell a tad short despite some action and fast paced reading. It took me back to the days of my Atari and my Amiga Commodore: There were literally hundreds of references, even old Tv shows, and I almost want to rate it highly for that one reason.

I was yearning for a pick me up. I did think the story was unique and enjoyed the characters. I also thought it was very descriptive and I was extremely pleased with the ending. For me, I simply felt like the story maybe had too much added information which made me a little uncomfortable. View all 46 comments. Feb 05, j rated it it was amazing Shelves: There's this conceit that keeps popping up in sci-fi dystopia novels that it is only a matter of time before we will all be glued to our virtual reality goggles 24 hours a day as elaborate MMPORPGs slowly take over the world.

I think this is stupid. No matter how increasingly ubiquitous computers become, I just don't foresee Second Life replacing the first one FarmVille may have replaced actual farming, but that conversation involves a lecture on government subsidies that I just don't have time There's this conceit that keeps popping up in sci-fi dystopia novels that it is only a matter of time before we will all be glued to our virtual reality goggles 24 hours a day as elaborate MMPORPGs slowly take over the world. No matter how increasingly ubiquitous computers become, I just don't foresee Second Life replacing the first one FarmVille may have replaced actual farming, but that conversation involves a lecture on government subsidies that I just don't have time for at the moment.

But all of these books are written by sci-fi authors, therefore geeks, therefore gamers, therefore open to this kind of concept. I have never played an online quest game -- I am not drawn to the fantasy. I don't have that strong a desire to escape the real world, as dissatisfying as it can be sometimes, as much as I'd rather be a Han Solo avatar flying around in the Falcon. Ernest Cline, by all accounts, was exactly that geek, getting lost in fantasy worlds. And I give him credit: Imagine the world forty years from now: Corporations have replaced governments with puppet regimes all voting is online, so only celebrities and reality stars have a shot at office.

The environment is in shambles, the Great Recession is in its fourth decade, overcrowded and dangerous cities are surrounded by suburban wastelands. Would not you rather stay in your efficiency apartment and play virtual reality? Wade is an overweight and unattractive teen who barely has a life outside of OASIS, a web platform that, by , has totally replaced the internet with travel dangerous and difficult, most everyday commerce is virtual.

His real life sucks. His parents are dead, and he lives in a teetering foot-tall stack of trailers with his cruel aunt and her abusive boyfriend of the month.

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He was getting beaten up too much at school, so now he goes to classes online. For years, no one has been able to crack even the first clue to its location, though not for lack of trying: Your Friends in Evil Since Most of their efforts are focused on studying the obsessions of Halliday's youth, which they figure are key to winning the hunt. Conveniently for Cline, his and Halliday's obsessions are one and the same: Gaming, TV, movies, music -- if someone has gotten into a heated debate over it in a basement somewhere, or painted a mural of it on the side of a van, it's in here.

Look, this book is a lot of fun. I read it compulsively, like few books in recent memory. I don't think it is very well written. I have a lot of problems with it: Wade is a cypher, a blatant audience surrogate provided the audience is or has been an introverted teen boy, which There is this whole romance angle between Wade and another hunter, Art3mis, that is just there because the plot needs a love interest.

There is frequent, blatant exposition that often makes no sense Wade tells his story in the first person, presumably to his contemporaries, so why is he explaining very basic things like what OASIS is and how you operate within it? The background of various geek properties is often given in exhaustive, Wikipedia-like detail. I find it hard to believe that the solutions to the puzzles went undiscovered for five years, since they seem pretty obvious to me and my limited experience in online alternate reality games has taught me that there is no puzzle so complex that the internet won't solve it given 20 minutes and a Yahoo message board read up on "The Beast" sometime for an interesting example.

Oh, also there are several blatant continuity errors within chapters or even from one page to the next minor example: I still loved the crap out of every page. The plot is as propulsive, structured and satisfying as The Hunger Games. The corporate villains raise the real world stakes when they start murdering gamers offline.

And Cline takes full advantage of an unlimited sandbox of geekdom, dreaming up some very cool scenarios want to literally immerse yourself in your favorite '80s movie? How about transform into Ultraman to fight Mecha-Godzilla and Voltron? What's most fun is waiting around for Cline to name-drop your geek property of choice. Will there still be annoying Browncoats in ? Wade zooms around virtual space in a Firefly class shuttle.

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Ready Player One

We think this movie stands out for: A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this movie. An avatar has a cigar. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Aside from that most of the actual 80's references have been cut. I can sort of understand why, because they wanted to make it PG13 and the PG13 wouldn't get text based games and 80's references, but it takes away from the entire identity of the book.

The acting is alright although I can't help but feel they completely wasted Simon Pegg's talent. It actually took me a while to even notice he is in the movie all together. All he is is a bland English voice over. A real shame as he normally adds a lot of character to his characters. Visually the movie is fine. The world outside the Oasis mostly follows the books.

The world inside the Oasis is crisp and well rendered. Animations are fluid and facial animations are spot on. This is one of those movies where the 3D is completely tagged on and didn't add anything to the experience however. Overall I can't praise this movie. It's few clever changes are not enough to save it from mediocrity and the few nostalgia moments will hardly excite the real "nerd".

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