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Ready player one [large print] / Ernest Cline.
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- Publication Information:[New York] : Random House Large Print, 
- Publication Date:2017
- Physical Description:608 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
- Publication Type:Book
- Document Type:Novels
- Subject Terms:Regression (Civilization) -- Fiction; Virtual reality -- Fiction; Shared virtual environments -- Fiction; Utopias -- Fiction; Puzzles -- Fiction; Puzzles; Regression (Civilization); Shared virtual environments; Utopias; Virtual reality; Large type books; Fantasy fiction; Fiction
Booklist Reviews 2011 May #2
*Starred Review* Young Wade Watts takes refuge in the OASIS, the "globally networked virtual reality" that nearly all of humanity relies on. It's 2044, the year before the Singularity futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts will inextricably unite humans and computers. Life on earth is bleak and sinister, thanks to failure to avert global warming and the oil crisis. An orphan, Wade lives in the Stacks, a vast slum comprising trailers piled in precarious towers, but keeps to his hideout, where he attends school online, plays video games, and sends his avatar, Parzival, to visit with Aech, his only friend. Fanboys (2009) screenwriter Cline brings his geeky ardor for 1980s pop culture to his first novel, an exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyberquest. Wade/Parzival, Aech, a droll blogger calling herself Art3mis, and two Japanese brothers embark on a grandly esoteric and potentially life-changing virtual Easter egg hunt and end up doing battle with a soulless corporation. Mind-twisting settings, nail-biting action, amusing banter, and unabashed sentiment make for a smart and charming Arthurian tale that will score high with gamers, fantasy and sf fans, and everyone else who loves stories of bumbling romance and unexpected valor. With a movie version in the works, Cline's imaginative, rollicking, coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2011 March #1
Reportedly bought for something like $500,000 and already slated for filming, this novel from Fanboys screenwriter Cline features a geeky kid named Wade Watts who gets caught up in a worldwide virtual utopia called Oasis. There he finds himself on a virtual treasure hunt for a very real treasure. Described by Firstshowing.net as a blend of Avatar, The Matrix, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, this book promises to be really, really big. Get it, probably in multiples.[Page 54]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2011 April #4
This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans. In a bleak but easily imagined 2044, Wade Watts, an impoverished high school student who calls a vertically stacked trailer park home, lives primarily online, alongside billions of others, via a massive online game, OASIS, where players race to unravel the puzzles OASIS creator James Halliday built into the game before his death, with the winner taking control of the virtual world's parent company, as well as staggering wealth. When Wade stumbles on a clue, he's plunged into high-stakes conflict with a corporation dedicated to unraveling Halliday's riddles, which draw from Dungeons and Dragons, old Atari video games, the cinematic computer hacker ode War Games, and that wellspring of geek humor, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (Of course.) The science fiction, video game, technology, and geeky musical references pile up quickly, sometimes a bit much so, but sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero. (Aug.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
I recommend listening to it
I listened to the book rather than reading it. Will Wheaton is a fantastic reader. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it nearly so much if I had read it instead.
So much fun!
I think maybe I especially enjoyed this bc I was born in the 80s and was a gamer starting in the 90s so all his references to that were just a added bonus for me. I really enjoyed this book! It’s fun and entertaining. I found myself laughing and rooting for the nerdy character Wade. I definitely recommend it!
Excellent book and very well read. Great way to occupy time on the commute to and from work.
Fun Ride through the Oasis
A fun ride through the Oasis with a satisfying ending. Can't wait for the movie.
For the ultimate geek...
The Suicide Squad of Novels
Raise of hands, who first learned about this book from the trailer release of Steven Spielberg's 2018 adaptation? Join me in that crowd. I was enthralled by the visuals, and immediately interested in reading the text. After waiting on a 20-person waitlist at my public library, I finally got a hold on a copy. This is how I would summarize the plot: "Imagine a man (the author) writing about a man-child mansplaining 80s pop culture." Yes, because that's what I had wanted in a book. To condescend its readers about their knowledge on any given topic referenced in this story. Cline gives less of a nod and more like a headbang to other media by explaining every detail of it. It leaves no opportunity or joy for the reader to go out and discover these books/films/music/video games on their own, and instead earned an eye roll in its place. While on topic, I must point out that having to read TWO FULL PAGES of two teenage boys argue over Ewoks and Ladyhawk was painful. The main character, Wade Watts is painted to be the intelligent hero, but all I saw was a misogynistic sociopath. Unrealistic and unlikable, it was difficult to root for or feel sorry for this character. The other characters weren't much better with their lack of development. Why should I care about them, or what happens to them? The book never gave me a reason to. Especially for the depiction of the stereotypical Japanese avatars, whose scenes were easily replaced repeatedly in my mind with this: "THIS IS KATANA! SHE'S GOT MY BACK. SHE CAN CUT ALL OF YOU IN HALF WITH ONE SWORD STROKE, JUST LIKE MOWING THE LAWN. I WOULD ADVISE NOT GETTING KILLED BY HER. HER SWORD TRAPS THE SOULS OF ITS VICTIMS." (This became an inside joke in my household, and thus how I came to the Suicide Squad analogy.) I know I'm being harsh on this book, and for the first half, I actually rewarded it with two stars. The general idea and world building is not all that bad conceptually. I'm sure there are many people who would love to experience a virtual fantasy, or reenact their favorite movies. The execution of it? Awful. The foundation of which this world is built upon is so weak, that the story can't hold itself up. Not to mention that real-world events (both in pop culture and in political history) that has happened in the short six years that this book had been published and now has greatly affected the outcome of this fictional dystopian future of 2045. But the reason why my rating for this dropped from a two to a one? (START SPOILER) The contrived romance that could possibly worse than Twilight. Yes, TWILIGHT! In his twisted mind, Wade Watts conceived that he was in a relationship with another player, which, had no romantic interaction building up to the moment when he was confronted with his "breakup". If I wasn't determined to finish the book, the moment I was almost completely DONE with the book was with the detailed description of masturbation. Not only to theorize how people would relieve sexual tension in the future was completely revolting (and unnecessary to the plot), but to postulate that famous philosophers all engaged in genitalia simulation is completely disrespectful. As for Art3mis, Wade's supposed love interest, her shameful secret that she keeps herself away from him— having port wine stains on the left side of her face— made for a weak ending. In fact, after finding out Aech's true identity and back story was actually a really interesting part... but it was revealed so late into the story! Not to mention that Wade felt "betrayed" by finding out who Aech truly was in person, giving me one more reason why I dislike this protagonist so much. Though when it was stated that Aech had an online girlfriend, my only wish (that I knew would not be granted) that would have made for a GOOD twist ending was that it was Art3mis. Sadly, she ended up with our "hero". (END SPOILER) While the Seth Rogen executive produced Hulu Original series, "Future Man"— a love letter to sci fi pop culture, as Ready Player One had also claimed to be— was highly flawed and did not quite get right, still got it more right than this book, and at least made for an interesting watch. If you want a self-aware, 80s pop culture fused medium, this is more worth your time than Cline's novel. I can only pray that Spielberg's film makes for a better story when it is released on March 30th 2018.
The 80s are back and it's 2044. If Steve Jobs (Apple) and Will Wright (Sim City) were rolled into one person, we'd get the late James Halliday who invented a virtual reality world known as OASIS. Halliday passes away and leaves his fortune of hundreds of billions inside the virtual reality world. A kid from the "stacks" (dilapidated RVs and campers stacked on top of each other to create 20 story towers only reachable by ladder) and the entire world search the game for years but to no avail. Suddenly it all changes overnight... This is the auto-biography of that kid from the stacks and what he went on to do. Fighting his way through corporate greed, finding online love and friendship, and packed with 80s nostalgia at every corner of the page, we're given Ready Player One. (Soon to be Steven Spielberg's next blockbuster film)
Really good book for childreen and adults.
A rambunctious, hysterical and loving tribute to bygone decades, “Ready Player One” takes place in a dystopian world where almost everybody submerges their real selves in an ongoing computer game called OASIS. This book rarely swerves from its game player mentality but it is raised from being a mere exercise in geekdom by its gamers Parzival, Aech, Daisho and Art3mis. They are more than emotionally stunted nerds sitting in front of computer screens in their underwear. Each one yearns to make his or her stamp on the world or at least get all the goodies they can out of it. “Ready Player One” resists any attempt the reader might have to feel sorry for its shut-ins. They know the world is a mess but they don’t care. They both seek to better it and accept it for what it is. Although Wade comes off at first as being the ultimate nerd, it’s clear he’s savvy, smart, probing and educated. He actually knows the world used to be better than the mental pit it has become and is gradually led on the realization that he can make a difference, that he can make it better. He just has to play the game. This novel is meant to be enjoyed both superficially and on a deeper level. Those of us who are more than 20 years old will chuckle in delight at all the references from the 70s, 80s and 90s that pepper its pages. So grab your joystick, players, and prepare to play the game. This one is for ALL the marbles.
Slow and boring and beginning. Afterwards a fast, fun, read. However, a lot of plot holes and cliches. Strongly recommend for geeks who grew up in the 80's. Others will probably not like the book.