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Ernest Cline: Ready Player One

Sneezy

Well-Known Member
I just summited what I believe is the major climax on this one, so I don't know how Cline finishes the story but I have to say it has been a fun and nostalgic read. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of references to things any awkward geek-child of the '80s will recognize immediately. A must read for those types, and I know you are out there. :)

Cline's imagination is worthy of putting to print, but Neil Stephenson he is not. There are times in the book where I felt I was reading a stage blocking worksheet. He managed to turn what should have been some really exciting moments in the book into afterthoughts. And while he tosses one quite a few curves throughout the story, the biggest event of all I saw coming literally chapters before it arrived.

It's no REAMDE, but still worth the read.

I will make a prediction here in public view that this book will be made into a movie inside of five years. It is tailor made for it. In fact, the cynic in me thinks that may have been part of Cline's original formula.
 

Sneezy

Well-Known Member
It finished almost exactly as I had mentally predicted.

I just read the author's bio and it turns out this is his first published work and that he is a Stephenson fan.

No. Really?

Will buy the sequel.
 

Sneezy

Well-Known Member
In that case I will leave the low hanging fruit be.

I suppose a more civilized response would have been a simple thank you.
 

joderu95

New Member
I think this is probably the most talked about science fiction novel I can remember ever seeing. It just may have to do with this internet thing. I'll hold out for the trade paperback.
 

Sneezy

Well-Known Member
Really?

I don't know that it is worthy of that sort of buzz. Entertaining, but hardly Nebula Award material.

I dunno.
 

joderu95

New Member
Some Nebula nominees aren't even Nebula worthy I think (last year's Black/All Clear winner from reviews I've read). I don't know that all the attention has been positive - it has just received a lot of it.
 

pontalba

Well-Known Member
Some Nebula nominees aren't even Nebula worthy I think (last year's Black/All Clear winner from reviews I've read). I don't know that all the attention has been positive - it has just received a lot of it.

Connie Willis dragged them out waaaaayy too much IMO, good story though. Could have been one book, easily.

AIE: Had to check out Ready Player One on Amazon. Have y'all read the interview with Cline on the Amazon page?
One of the Q&A was verra cool, something I hadn't thought of yet...and I do enjoy time travel stories. So bloody simple!
Q) Speaking of DeLoreans: biggest plot hole in the Back to The Future Films?

A) The Back to The Future Trilogy is perfect and contains no plot holes! Except for the plot hole inherent in nearly all time travel films: The planet Earth is moving through space at an immense speed at all times. So if you travel back in time, you are traveling to a time when the Earth was in a different location, and you and your time machine would appear somewhere out in deep space. For a time machine to be useful, it also needs to be able to teleport you to wherever the Earth was/is at your destination time.

*bolding mine
 
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