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Most Helpful Favorable Review

26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

AMAZING!

I did not want this book to end! If you randomly stumbled upon this book, like i did, give it a shot, you won't be sorry!

posted by Laurie-Lou on November 14, 2011

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16 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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I wanted to love “Ready Player One”, but I realized by the hundredth page that I was in store for a meanderingly predictable journey with zero surprises along the way. The world Cline has created is inhabited by characters who all share the exact same obsessions, the ex...
I wanted to love “Ready Player One”, but I realized by the hundredth page that I was in store for a meanderingly predictable journey with zero surprises along the way. The world Cline has created is inhabited by characters who all share the exact same obsessions, the exact same base of knowledge, the exact same shamelessly self-aware pop-culture references, and largely identical personalities – all while they struggle towards the same goal. The lone antagonist in the story is a cartoonish one-dimensional corporate-fascist entity, lead by a clichéd evil villain sporting little more than a three sentence back story. The main characters barrel forward against this single conflict, spouting childish dialogue as they unsurprisingly emerge victorious against every challenge put in their way. The debatable charm of this novel comes from the endless stream of 80’s references which vacillate between John Hughes films, Atari, Duran Duran, and the etceteras. Some readers may find the references endearing, but others might see them as a literary crutch that does little more than decorate an otherwise unimaginative journey with excerpts of wholesale transcripts from films like “War Games” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. If you’ve ever wanted to have a fictional character describe a movie that you’ve already seen, then this book is for you. It’s hard to fault an author for attempting to fictionalize their interests, but the resulting book is a lazy framework of half baked conflict, predictable plotline and characters that are just marginally differing facsimiles of the author. I really do wish I had some kind words for Ernest Cline, as it is obvious that he threw his heart into the writing of “Ready Player One” with its endless 80’s geekery and pop-culture references, but the story he has fabricated is just as painfully one-dimensional as his underlying obsession might imply. Maybe this might make an interesting movie some day, but the book was simply disappointing.

posted by Barnesie on January 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Since when have book review been pornomania

    Get a life !

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    No!!!!!!!!!

    If u read this u will die !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    # f

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    I'm Ready, but the Story is Not

    *Ready Player One* by Ernest Cline starts out with three passive sentences in a row, and it doesn't look like it intends to get much more exciting than that. The first two chapters are near-solid walls of exposition devoted to world-building. World-building is usually necessary in science-fiction, and Cline devotes a lot of time to laying out the premise of the story, which is the hunt for an Easter egg hidden inside a MMORPG. The one who finds the Easter egg inherits the massive fortune of the deceased eccentric game designer who was obsessed with 80s pop culture. The time spent setting up this world is done at the expense of setting up a sense of momentum, and a sense of character.

    After about 30 pages, I had to set the book aside. Nothing really happened in the first two chapters. The book starts with the character waking up in the morning, and then follows him around as he gets ready and goes to school. I found no real sense of conflict compelling me on to the third chapter. Although it's established that the character is after the Easter egg, there's no real sense of urgency or effort on his part. Furthermore, in those 30 pages, I wasn't given a reason to care about the protagonist beyond general sympathy and pity. He's a poor orphan with a wicked aunt as a guardian. He's a pudgy. He has acne. His redeeming qualities are a penchant for fixing broken tech, and an encyclopedic knowledge of 80s pop culture. But he doesn't ever *do* anything to show me, as the reader, that he needs my help, or needs my attention at all. There is nothing compelling in the opening of this book beyond a chance to geek out over obscure references. Perhaps that is the point. Regardless, I'm giving *Ready Player One* one out of five stars and moving on.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Awful

    Overhyped book. 80's references felt tacked on and the writer writes at a 6th grade level. That and the endless exposition made the story a slog to read. Would not recommend.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Next time... maybe

    This book had great ideas, but poor execution.
    I think his next book might be better.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 7, 2013

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    Posted June 25, 2012

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