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Xander
10-28-11, 01:35 PM
Did anyone read this book? I'm about 25% through it now and am totally loving it. For anyone who is/was a geeky child of the 80's, it is really fun. So far, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of 80's pop culture. :)

FunkDaddy J
10-28-11, 02:52 PM
The most entertaining book I read all year, for sure.

pelenor
10-28-11, 03:14 PM
I read it through Audible, with Will Wheaton reading it and since I am a child of the 80's, I loved all the references. Although I had to look some of the less familar ones up lol. I read that it was optioned to be adapted as a movie. Now that would be col if they could clear al the rights and do it justice.

bishop2knight
10-28-11, 03:15 PM
Not only is this the best book of the year, it's now one of my all time favorites. It's a fast, energetic read that I couldn't put down.

Quake1028
10-30-11, 04:43 PM
I am starting it tonight after I finish off A Feast for Crows. Cannot wait.

starman9000
11-01-11, 05:38 PM
Yeah, this sounds right up my alley, I'm going to track it down. Thanks for the suggestion!

Xander
11-02-11, 08:22 AM
About halfway through and it's still going strong. Such a good book! :thumbsup:

Geofferson
11-02-11, 10:51 AM
I'll have to check it out - sounds like I'd enjoy it.

Xander
11-04-11, 08:26 AM
Just finished it last night. What a great book! Easily the best book I have read in a long time. I hope Cline does another book in that universe. :)

starman9000
11-10-11, 07:14 AM
Just started this yesterday and am going through it pretty quick, for me. I'm really liking it so far, though sometimes his writing style really bothers me.

Like when he meets art3mis and she explains to him what leet speak is. It just seems really out of place. I love having the references to the 80s stuff, but it is way too force in in some places and sort of awkward. It's a small nit-pick I know, but I almost stopped reading after the first 30 or so pages because of it.

starman9000
11-12-11, 08:07 AM
Finished it last night. Very fun book. My earlier complaints disappeared pretty much from when I mentioned them, so that's good. Well, there was one weird part where he explained his shower as being like an old car wash, which seemed like an odd thing to say considering who the audience of the book was supposed to be I hope they can clear enough rights to make the movie work. I can't believe how much stuff from my youth I had forgotten (like Dragon magazine) it makes me want to see if I still have those in boxes somewhere.

I had no idea until I finished it that he is the guy that wrote Fanboys, so good for Cline. Can't wait to get some more from him.

starman9000
11-12-11, 08:08 AM
I read it through Audible, with Will Wheaton reading it and since I am a child of the 80's, I loved all the references. Although I had to look some of the less familar ones up lol. I read that it was optioned to be adapted as a movie. Now that would be col if they could clear al the rights and do it justice.

Did Will have any reaction to his being mentioned in the election?

Larry C.
11-12-11, 08:09 AM
So I'm guessing if I was born in 74 and was 6-16 years old in the 80's this is a MUST read?

starman9000
11-12-11, 08:22 AM
That, and you enjoy books like Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Enders Game.

It's very fun, but is young adult in style, even though the references out date that audience. (which is perfect for me, as I'm a slow reader, but was able to crank this out in pretty much two evenings)

I guess I should also add you'd probably need to into geek culture in the 80s too, I don't think my sister would care much about this book. It's more D&D/Atari than Debbie Gibson/Florescent shoelaces.

TimeandTide
04-12-12, 04:41 PM
I don't think I've ever been this on the fence about a book before.

I dug (and got) many of the references since I was also a D&D-playing, WarGames-watching, and text-based-adventure-gaming geek in the early '80s, but the sheer volume of pop-culture references was a major turn-off. (Many were pointless and felt shoe-horned into the story as an excuse for Cline to namedrop anyone and everything geek-related.)

And although I could sort of relate to Wade on the nerd level, the characters were entirely flat and cliched (which makes sense, I guess, since Ready Player One is essentially Goonies set in the future).

Also didn't care for Cline's writing style. I get that the voice of the story is a teenage Wade's, but the dialogue is entirely unnatural and forced. That RPO sounds like a YA novel, yet its target audience is 30+-year-old men, is also confusing.

I don't know. I'm glad I read it as I have fond memories of the very arcades and TV shows and console gaming Cline references in the novel, and I enjoyed picking up some of the more obscure and indirect allusions, but I felt that in the hands of a better writer, the book would have been much, much better.

And having said that, I wouldn't mind seeing an annotated/illustrated version of this.

grenier
05-08-12, 04:14 PM
Thanks to the suggestions here, I just started reading it. I'm not very far in but it's grabbed me.

mhg83
05-08-12, 05:06 PM
Started reading it too. Like what i've read so far.

marginal
05-08-12, 06:04 PM
I haven't read a whole lot yet, but it strikes me as nostalgia porn. Just geeky/pop culture references strung together, one after another, without much real point or insight. And I personally think they're explained in far too much detail for a reader from that era. I assume that's for younger audiences.

TimeandTide
05-09-12, 11:14 AM
I haven't read a whole lot yet, but it strikes me as nostalgia porn. Just geeky/pop culture references strung together, one after another, without much real point or insight.

:thumbsup:

lattethunder
05-09-12, 07:23 PM
I haven't read a whole lot yet, but it strikes me as nostalgia porn. Just geeky/pop culture references strung together, one after another, without much real point or insight.:thumbsup:
:thumbsup::thumbsup:

starman9000
05-09-12, 07:36 PM
I haven't read a whole lot yet, but it strikes me as nostalgia porn. Just geeky/pop culture references strung together, one after another, without much real point or insight. And I personally think they're explained in far too much detail for a reader from that era. I assume that's for younger audiences.

The explanations get reigned in after a while, that was the same complaint I had.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but it is very flawed.

mhg83
05-11-12, 07:38 PM
I loved this book but like others have said the constant explanations of the 80's references got annoying. It would've been better if Cline would've included an appendix called "The Geek Dictionary" that would've explained the references for people that didn't understand them.

Also i was expecting something different with the ending I thought for the third gate to get the egg, Halliday would've made a simulation of an unpublished game he was working on.

mhg83
05-11-12, 09:03 PM
And since Warner Brothers bought the rights, i think a good replacement movie for the first gate would be The Goonies.

mhg83
06-08-12, 10:45 PM
Now i have to buy the softcover!

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wmansir
06-09-12, 12:27 AM
I just started this last night. I read the first 1/3rd of the book and it's been OK. The 80's references are a bit much and the "net neutrality", open source, etc geek politics are a bit on the nose, but overall it is a fun read.

Regarding the contest, since it's not in the ebook versions (which is how I'm reading it) I'm guessing the easter egg is page layout or font based. I know one of the first hidden clues revealed in the story's contest is from a font based coded message.

PS. Speaking of the ebook version, as I was reading this on my nook I found it was funny that the main character, who attends a virtual reality school, describes the VR console as the size of a paperback.

lysander
06-19-12, 03:30 PM
I finished this book recently. Easy read and great book to have on a vacation. I found it be very nostalgic since the subject matter falls squarely into my early teenage years. The story was fine, but it was probably the all of the 80s and 90s references that I really enjoyed. I wouldn't mind seeing this made into a movie as long as it doesn't shift too much into the theme of how the people using avatars are so disassociated from society. That's been done.

mhg83
06-27-12, 03:40 PM
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj184/mhg83/gate.png

:)

starseed1981
06-28-12, 12:58 PM
Very cool!

Nick Danger
09-15-12, 12:04 AM
I read the book a couple of months ago. It was a fun bit of fluff, but nothing else. It won't last long, because it's full of 2010s pop culture references like YouTube, Yahoo, and SNL. It's like those 1950s science fiction novels where everything in the future is just like 1955, only more.

Greg MacGuffin
09-15-12, 11:45 AM
I hope Cline does another book in that universe. :)

I went to a book signing a couple months back and he said he had already registered the domain names for Ready Player Two and Ready Player Three. Sounds like he's currently working on an unrelated book right now though, so it may be a while.

Xander
09-17-12, 01:23 PM
Cool! I liked it a lot. Will definitely check out a sequel. :)

Noonan
09-17-12, 01:53 PM
I just started this one over the weekend. About 80 pages in and I really like it so far.

iggystar
09-22-12, 04:43 AM
I just finished listening to the audiobook...Wil Wheaton is by far the best narrator of all of the books I've listened to. Amazing!

As a child of the 80's I was in nostalgia heaven with this one. Honestly, if you didn't grow up in the era there's no way you could love this story, IMO. But since I adore all things from the decade I was constantly thrilled by all of the references. I really can't separate the story from the nostalgia, but I guess if the story was horrible, I couldn't have enjoyed it.

popcorn
01-23-13, 08:05 PM
Finally finished reading this book. Immediately passed it on to my son. Now he's making a list of movies he wants to see, starting with Blade Runner. My wife is reading it next. I enjoyed it so much I want to meet Ernie Cline now.

Canis Firebrand
02-08-13, 12:27 PM
I would love more in the universe. While reading the sections on the gates, I totally wanted to have the experience where you could "live" the movie and recite lines to continue the dialogue. Kind of like a holodeck from Star Trek.