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Ready Player One

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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 61 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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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    This book is a great read, if you are geeky at all or like video

    This book is a great read, if you are geeky at all or like video games then you will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Great book if your teenage years were the 80s

    It was a quick read. Awesome if you grew up in thr 80s

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Brilliant

    Something of the spirit of Microserfs here, which is high praise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great Read!

    What a great way to start on 2012. It's going to be a while until I find a book this good, I'm afraid. Very fast-paced and fun characters. It definitely appealed to my inner-geek. Looking forward to more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    UH-MAZE-ING

    I love this book. The myriad of 80's references can be a little annoying, but it's still amazing. Buy it. Read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Epicness

    Got the hard copy before its release at a booksale somehow. Great 80's references and humour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Amazing!

    I am so glad I picked this book up! I loved it when I read the synopsis. And from page one, I was hooked. I cannot praise it enough!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Loved it

    I really fell in love with this book...great story and very gripping as you read along.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Loved this book!!

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. The references to 80's culture in particular was so much fun. I highly recommend this book to all those chic lit fans who want to make a jump to sci-fi.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Amazing!

    I loved this book!! Finished it in no time at all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    I wasnt even born in the eighties

    And i still experiemced nerdgasms every 3 minutes. Its a great book, very opinionated, but good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Great book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    Addictive read

    Great

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  • Posted December 31, 2014

    i dont even PLAY video games, and i loved this book. the only co

    i dont even PLAY video games, and i loved this book. the only complaint i would possibly have is that the ending wasnt nearly as exciting as the rest of the book, but still a great ending none the less.

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  • Posted December 17, 2014

    I picked up this book on a whim and was not sure I would like it

    I picked up this book on a whim and was not sure I would like it.  I didn't like it, I loved it!!!  Even though I was a NES kid and most of the games were just before my time I still enjoyed every minute of this adventure.  The movies and shows brought me back, I had totally forgotten about Max Headroom for instant.  I had fun following Parzival's trip from the future and back into the past.  I loved the sci-fi aspects of the near future and the lessons to not get caught up with technology and enjoy real life.  Loved the Matrix style world setting and the mirror of life in the actual near future.  Great book, highly advise reading this really cool and not too geeky soon to be classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Amazing!

    Couldn't put it down. Wasn't a big reader, now looking for other books like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Adain

    Gtg go to ethics res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Zenia

    /)-^ i kiss you back coming over the top of you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Geektastic!

    Makes Tron feel like Discs of Tron. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Great book

    Fun book with a good story.

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