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E to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them But when Wa. That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can t hide that this story is at best empty and at worst ugly Rote plotting un earned dickensian coincidences clumsy deus ex machina I still don t know how to pluralize that term the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity a profound neglect of the complexities of the realvirtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson but none of the substanceIn a nice manifestation of the novel s lack of self awareness Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming up with their own design This appropriation he explaines demonstrates a lack of imagination a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book as well as to Cline himselfUpdate The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks The Awl The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unlock them But when Wa. That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can t hide that this story is at best empty and at worst The Illusionists ugly Rote plotting Planet of the Bugs un earned dickensian coincidences clumsy deus ex machina I still don t know how to pluralize that term the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity a profound neglect of the complexities of the realvirtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson but none of the substanceIn a nice manifestation of the novel s lack of self awareness Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply Fishes of the Open Ocean using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming Out of Bounds (Boundaries, up with their own design This appropriation he explaines demonstrates a lack of imagination a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book as well as to Cline himselfUpdate The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks The Awl

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De stumbles upon the first clue he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize The race is on and if Wade's going to survive he'll have to win and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escap. Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year s most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 average score on Goodreadscom a significant accomplishment given its 20000 reviews and you d be hard pressed to find a negative review in any major publicationIn no way can I make any sense of this Please believe what I am about to write as it is not even close to hyperboleReady Player One was the most disappointing reading experience of my entire lifeIt s the year 2044 and the real world is an ugly place Like most of humanity Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets And like most of humanity Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world For somewhere inside this giant networked playground OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of puzzles that will yield a massive fortune and remarkable power to whoever can unlock them For years millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize knowing only that Halliday s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved that of the 1980s And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle Suddenly the whole world is watching and thousands of competitors join the hunt among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prizeAnd with that you ve just read the best that Ready Player One has to offer its synopsisI should preface the rest of this review by stating that I am and have always been a geek at heart I am as much a byproduct of the 1980s as anyone I ve been a lifelong gamer a pop culture obsessive and I once thought I d married for real Princess PeachReady Player One has been hailed by its author Ernest Cline as a love letter to anyone who grew up geek a sentiment that has been confirmed by every review in every publication all over the world And yet the Ready Player One that I read was less a love letter to geeks than it was a pat on the back to an 18 year old Cline a Stephanie Meyer eclipsing Mary Sue that attempts to justify the behavior of an overweight socially awkward virginal nerdI m not being mean It s literally what it isAt its core Ready Player One is a fairy tale a treasure hunt Albeit one designed by an 80s obsessed ultra nerd whose entire life was steeped in nostalgia Evidently human creativity peaked with Zork and Legend So Wade s hunt for Halladay s easter egg is one long excuse for a constant and I do mean constant barrage of 80s referencesActually scratch that It s not so much referencing as it is name dropping 95% of it serves no actual purpose aside from simply mentioning it At first the references reinforce the story helping to create a framework that grounds the reader in the world Cline has created with OASIS But after the first chapter yes the first chapter these devolve into ceaseless meaningless throwbacks The novelty lasts all of ten minutes until you realize that it s all just an annoying form of telling not showingIf the point is to re enact sections of DD modules and 80s cult classics then your readers are just getting third hand retreads of things that aren t even important to begin with It s sort of like when your socially awkward friend resolutely recounts a super sweet TV show for you word for word and all you can do is just sit there and wait until he s finished Pay 20 for that experience and you get Ready Player OneWhat makes Ready Player One so disappointing is that these references seem to the be the sole purpose of Cline s writing The novel doesn t say much of anything Sure there are a handful of introspective moments limp attempts at social commentary but they re of so little conseuence they seem thrown in to fulfill some delusion of grandeurYes reality really is better and meaningful than virtual reality We ve been told this in almost every VR based story known to man And yet that s Cline s one takeaway Oh and you should love people for who they are on the inside even if they have a birthmark on half their face Thanks ErnestWhat s confusing about the 80s obsession though is the fact that Ready Player One is at best a YA level read Cline would sit very comfortably beside the likes of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins Ready Player One is inelegant and shallow at the best of times and yet this novel is clearly targeted at the 30 year old and up crowd if you re any younger much of the subject material is simply too obscure This subjectreading level conflict then makes the whole mess inherently problematicAnd what s worst no I haven t even gotten to the worst part yet is how the entire thing reeks of elitism Yes you read that correctly This is a book about an overweight unattractive lazy delusional uber geek elitist who believes truly believes that his knowledge of 80s trivia makes him superior And Cline basically affirms this Some guys buy cars others put socks down their pants Cline writes 80s trivia novelsThere is a scene in chapter 3 in which Wade or Parzival as his handle goes engages in a nerdy rat a tat tat with another OASIS player to see who has knowledge of 80s pop culture It is the singularly most embarrassing thing I have ever read from a professional It s just this much above fan fiction Actually fuck that I ve actually read fan fiction entertaining than this It was absolutely ridiculousAdd to all this the fact that Cline s characters are uniformly flat Wade our narrator is blatant author wish fulfillment and his lessons are trivial at best His love interest is present only to represent Wade s true victory her heart The unknowable best friend who harbours a secret you ll never guess meaning you absolutely will And the villain a one dimensional nearly faceless corporation as uninteresting as a rival boyfriend in a John Hughes movieIf it s a great book I want to luxuriate in its greatness And if it s crap I want it to magically transform itself into genius This book just stayed crap Amy a reviewer on comReady Player One exists solely to glorify hollow pop culture from the 1980s and yet Ernest Cline does absolutely nothing to convince the reader that the 80s were cool if heshe didn t think so already The plot is overly simplistic and plods along with inevitability making The Da Vinci Code read like a Pulitzer Prize winner Cline s hero Wade is the trivia euivalent of Superman where he is so overpowered his uest becomes tedious rather than uplifting And at the end of the day Wade is just an arrogant elitist prick He describes his abject poverty and lack of real world opportunities as like being in the world s greatest video arcade with no uarters Seriously fuck you WadeEvery time I think about this book I want to make my rating lower It started as a 2 then dropped to a 15 and by the end of this review I feel I have no choice but to give it a 1 I hated this book with every fibre of my being and it escapes the dreaded 0 only because Cline managed to form actual sentencesNever again will I read Ernest Cline You can count on that Just Wars and Moral Victories upon the first clue he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this Two Paradigms for Divine Healing ultimate prize The race is on and if Wade's going to survive he'll have to win and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escap. Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year s most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 average score on Goodreadscom a significant accomplishment given its 20000 reviews and you d be hard pressed to find a negative review in any major publicationIn no way can I make any sense of this Please believe what I am about to write as it is not even close to hyperboleReady Player One was the most disappointing reading experience of my entire lifeIt s the year 2044 and the real world is an Kenget e Milosaos ugly place Like most of humanity Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS a sprawling virtual Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) utopia that lets you be anything you want to be a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets And like most of humanity Wade dreams of being the one to discover the At Europes Borders ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world For somewhere inside this giant networked playground OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of puzzles that will yield a massive fortune and remarkable power to whoever can We are the Ship unlock them For years millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize knowing only that Halliday s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved that of the 1980s And then Wade stumbles Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang upon the first puzzle Suddenly the whole world is watching and thousands of competitors join the hunt among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prizeAnd with that you ve just read the best that Ready Player One has to offer its synopsisI should preface the rest of this review by stating that I am and have always been a geek at heart I am as much a byproduct of the 1980s as anyone I ve been a lifelong gamer a pop culture obsessive and I once thought I d married for real Princess PeachReady Player One has been hailed by its author Ernest Cline as a love letter to anyone who grew Studies on Steinschneider up geek a sentiment that has been confirmed by every review in every publication all over the world And yet the Ready Player One that I read was less a love letter to geeks than it was a pat on the back to an 18 year old Cline a Stephanie Meyer eclipsing Mary Sue that attempts to justify the behavior of an overweight socially awkward virginal nerdI m not being mean It s literally what it isAt its core Ready Player One is a fairy tale a treasure hunt Albeit one designed by an 80s obsessed Fantasies of Cross-Dressing ultra nerd whose entire life was steeped in nostalgia Evidently human creativity peaked with Zork and Legend So Wade s hunt for Halladay s easter egg is one long excuse for a constant and I do mean constant barrage of 80s referencesActually scratch that It s not so much referencing as it is name dropping 95% of it serves no actual purpose aside from simply mentioning it At first the references reinforce the story helping to create a framework that grounds the reader in the world Cline has created with OASIS But after the first chapter yes the first chapter these devolve into ceaseless meaningless throwbacks The novelty lasts all of ten minutes Commanders Little Surprise until you realize that it s all just an annoying form of telling not showingIf the point is to re enact sections of DD modules and 80s cult classics then your readers are just getting third hand retreads of things that aren t even important to begin with It s sort of like when your socially awkward friend resolutely recounts a super sweet TV show for you word for word and all you can do is just sit there and wait The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 until he s finished Pay 20 for that experience and you get Ready Player OneWhat makes Ready Player One so disappointing is that these references seem to the be the sole purpose of Cline s writing The novel doesn t say much of anything Sure there are a handful of introspective moments limp attempts at social commentary but they re of so little conseuence they seem thrown in to fulfill some delusion of grandeurYes reality really is better and meaningful than virtual reality We ve been told this in almost every VR based story known to man And yet that s Cline s one takeaway Oh and you should love people for who they are on the inside even if they have a birthmark on half their face Thanks ErnestWhat s confusing about the 80s obsession though is the fact that Ready Player One is at best a YA level read Cline would sit very comfortably beside the likes of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins Ready Player One is inelegant and shallow at the best of times and yet this novel is clearly targeted at the 30 year old and Come Hell or High Water up crowd if you re any younger much of the subject material is simply too obscure This subjectreading level conflict then makes the whole mess inherently problematicAnd what s worst no I haven t even gotten to the worst part yet is how the entire thing reeks of elitism Yes you read that correctly This is a book about an overweight Propaganda Performed uber geek elitist who believes truly believes that his knowledge of 80s trivia makes him superior And Cline basically affirms this Some guys buy cars others put socks down their pants Cline writes 80s trivia novelsThere is a scene in chapter 3 in which Wade or Parzival as his handle goes engages in a nerdy rat a tat tat with another OASIS player to see who has knowledge of 80s pop culture It is the singularly most embarrassing thing I have ever read from a professional It s just this much above fan fiction Actually fuck that I ve actually read fan fiction entertaining than this It was absolutely ridiculousAdd to all this the fact that Cline s characters are Hinterlands and Commodities uniformly flat Wade our narrator is blatant author wish fulfillment and his lessons are trivial at best His love interest is present only to represent Wade s true victory her heart The Untold Secrets of Planet Earth unknowable best friend who harbours a secret you ll never guess meaning you absolutely will And the villain a one dimensional nearly faceless corporation as Apocalyptic Cartography uninteresting as a rival boyfriend in a John Hughes movieIf it s a great book I want to luxuriate in its greatness And if it s crap I want it to magically transform itself into genius This book just stayed crap Amy a reviewer on comReady Player One exists solely to glorify hollow pop culture from the 1980s and yet Ernest Cline does absolutely nothing to convince the reader that the 80s were cool if heshe didn t think so already The plot is overly simplistic and plods along with inevitability making The Da Vinci Code read like a Pulitzer Prize winner Cline s hero Wade is the trivia euivalent of Superman where he is so overpowered his Doubts on Avicenna uest becomes tedious rather than Uninvited uplifting And at the end of the day Wade is just an arrogant elitist prick He describes his abject poverty and lack of real world opportunities as like being in the world s greatest video arcade with no CaddyGirls uarters Seriously fuck you WadeEvery time I think about this book I want to make my rating lower It started as a 2 then dropped to a 15 and by the end of this review I feel I have no choice but to give it a 1 I hated this book with every fibre of my being and it escapes the dreaded 0 only because Cline managed to form actual sentencesNever again will I read Ernest Cline You can count on that

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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIN THE YEAR 2044 reality is an ugly place The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS Wade's devoted his lif. I originally gave this book 3 stars as harmless lightweight fun but my opinion of it declined as time went by Then after reading Armada I fully realized what a talentless one trick hack that Cline really is so I changed this rating Plus his outraged hardcore fans kept coming on here and telling me that I missed the point since I didn t give it 5 stars so I might as well give them something to really be mad about If you re one of those Cline fans who wants to whine about it in the comments I will just delete it and block youAdventures in Time Mowing After my laptop fused to my lawn mower due to a freak lightning strike I discovered that I could use it to travel through time Wow where d you come from I m from 2011 Got a time mower and decided to come to the future I ll spare you the full origin story My name s Kemper I m Wade Watts Welcome to 2044 Thanks I gotta say things are looking kind of grim around here Are those mobile homes stacked up like hillbilly skyscrapers Yeah I live in one of them We ve had a lot of problems once the cheap fossil fuels started running out Life kinda sucks ass these days Fortunately we ve got the OASIS What s that It s this virtual reality that s kind of a combination of the Internet and the biggest MMORPG ever made Here put this on and I ll show you Hey this is pretty sweet Wade But what s with all this old stuff here in your virtual room It looks like the 80s vomited in here Oh it s part of my research for the contest See the guy who invented the OASIS was this old nerd named James Halliday He left an Easter egg hidden somewhere in the OASIS and whoever finds it wins the prize He was totally obsessed with the 80s and nerdly stuff like computers sci fi cartoons movies comics and video games He left three keys to three gates hidden in here and the clues have to be stuff that he loved So a lot of people like me have to know all about the 80s to hunt for the egg How long has this been going on For years now Nobody has found the first key yet And you what Watch movies from the 80s Listen to the music Read his favorite books Play old video games It s even bigger than that Because of the contest the entire world is obsessed with the 80s The clothes and hairstyles are considered cool again Really Well I gotta get the hell out of here then Thanks for showing me this Wade How do I log out You re leaving already Don t you want toOh my god You said you were from 2011 And you re in your 40s right Well just barely So you actually lived through the 80s Afraid so High school class of 1988 That s awesome You gotta tell me all about it Kemper Kid why would you want to hear about that You re sitting here with enough computer power to download everything from the collected works of Shakespeare to the entire run of The Wire and you want to hear about the 80s Just for a contest I love the 80s It was the coolest time ever Uh not really In fact I think the 90s beat the shit out of them That not worrying about the Cold War thing was a relief and the music was a lot better Plus we got to wear flannel That was fun But you got to play the old video games in the actual arcades and you saw the first generation of home computers come out Plus music videos and John Hughes movies and Rubik s Cubes and Michael Jackson s Thriller album and Yeah Wade I lived through it all I remember when MTV played music videos and when Eddie Murphy was funny But you re making me sad kid Why Lemme tell you a story Wade About ten years after I got out of high school an old buddy I had stayed in touch with had a birthday bash and invited a bunch of us that used to run around together So we re at his house drinking and playing cards just like the old days and catching up and playing Remember when It was a lot of fun but we d been listening to hair metal and classic rock all night and at one point I was flipping through the CD s Actual CD s Not downloads Hell I m so old even my post high school stories are dated now Yes Wade real CD s Anyhow I found a new Foo Fighters album and I put it in And this one guy made a face and asked me why I had taken the Guns n Roses out And I said something like the nostalgia had been fun but I needed something from that decade Being completely serious he said that he didn t know how I could listen to that stuff and that he still listened to the same exact music we did in high school He had just replaced his old cassettes with CD s The guy had completely managed to miss grunge and was perfectly happy with the same play list in 1998 that he d been listening to in 1988 And that was one of the saddest things I ever heard Wade But maybe he just really liked that stuff I liked it too once upon a time And I can still belt out a pretty good version of Relax when Frankie Goes to Hollywood comes on the radio but it was a certain time and place Now it s done I find it depressing that someone of Gen X would want to be stuck there and never moved on to anything new But it got worse after that Wade Because we got older and then the media started catering to us by going for nostalgia trips on everything from trying to remake the Knight Rider TV show to shitty movies like The Transformers and GI Joe to the goddamn Smurfs I m tired of it in 2011 Wade I don t want a new Indiana Jones movie I want the NEXT Indiana Jones But no one is working on that because all of us got obsessed with regurgitating our childhoods over and over That is kind of sad Kemper What s even sadder is seeing it happen to a generation that didn t even live through it When I was a teenager I got sick to death of baby boomer nostalgia and there d be these kids my age who tried to be like damn dirty hippies by wearing tie dye shirts and going to listen to Grateful Dead tribute bands They were nostalgic for an era that wasn t even theirs and I always thought it was a waste Don t be like that Wade You seem like a nice kid Don t sit here watching Family Ties reruns and playing Space Invaders and making jokes about Ewoks That was then This is now It s your time and you should be out there trying to find the stuff that will become part of your own memories of growing up not rehashing ours Gee Kemper That s a really good point You ve opened my eyes Thanks a lot You re welcome Wade By the way what the hell was this prize that was so good that it got the entire world doing the safety dance again Oh the winner gets the controlling interest in Halliday s company and his personal fortune which is about 240 billion dollars Did you say 240 billion Dollars Yes so how about we log off Maybe I ll take a walk and see if I can find this girl I like I ve been Screw that Fire this rig up Wade Put on some Def Leppard and find me a pair of acid washed jeans and some high top Reeboks Let s start looking for clues For 240 billion I ll live through the 80s again I didn t actually hate this book It did a lot of very clever stuff regarding an entire virtual universe And for a member of Gen X it was a fast and fun romp down memory lane It was kind of like Snow Crash meets the Scott Pilgrim Vs The World movieBut I ve got a personal pet peeve against people trying to live in the past and since this book is nostalgia porn the basic premise did rub me the wrong way The idea that the kids of the 2040s are just watching episodes of 80s TV shows and playing Donkey Kong really kind of depressed me I stole that phrase from Flannery s review Sorry Flannery It was just too goodI might have been able to get past it a little easier if at least one of the kids said something like Jesus I hate this 80s bullshit I can t wait until his freakin contest is over so I can live in the here and now But instead all of them treat it like it s the greatest entertainment ever So even though a few post 80s things like Firefly or the Lord of the Rings movies get mentioned we re supposed to believe that nerd pop culture reached a zenith in the 80s and nothing worth geek obsession happened between 1990 and 2040 Sorry but that seems kind of unlikely and the kind of wishful thinking that an aging Gen Xer would write as he pines for his glory days


10 thoughts on “Ready Player One

  1. says:

    I originally gave this book 3 stars as harmless lightweight fun but my opinion of it declined as time went by Then after reading Armada I fully realized what a talentless one trick hack that Cline really is so I changed this rating Plus his outraged hardcore fans kept coming on here and telling me that I missed the point since I di

  2. says:

    This book is a geek fantasy A nerd utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others I loved itI believe you can tell the author's passion from what he's written and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek I salute him His ardor for games is so clearly fe

  3. says:

    For most of the first half of this book I was unimpressed The writing was flat and the story was unremarkable The book gets hype because of its pervasive use of 1980s popular culture particularly its references to science fiction fantasy and video games The problem was that most of these references served no purpose Something would be described by pointing out its resemblance to something from a film or televis

  4. says:

    ETA At the risk of getting this attention by editing it I'm no longer responding to comments made on this review It's four years old and while I stand by what I wrote I'm not interested in discussing it either positively or negativ

  5. says:

    I got to read an ARC of this and it appealed to every geeky part of me I'll probably write a blog about it later but for now a brief review Simply said? This book was fucking awesome

  6. says:

    That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan fr

  7. says:

    Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year's most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 average score on Goodreadscom a significant accomplishment given its 20000 reviews and you'd b

  8. says:

    WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION BECAUSE I DIDN'T FUCKING LIKE READY PLAYER ONEanyone I saw writing a negative review for this got

  9. says:

    ladies and gentlemen from this day this book is my life and I will obsess over it constantly

  10. says:

    This book is nostalgia porn If you grew up in the 80s enjoy video games or go crazy for popular culture you will

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