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Coni, June 30, 2015 (view all comments by Coni)
I found this book a quick read and highly entertaining. I think it would be for anyone that grew up in the 1980s and loves everything pop culture from that decade including the music, movies, video games, D&D, arcade games, and more. It will also appeal to anyone that is really into gaming from roleplaying games to online games to anything close to virtual reality. I am guessing the only people that will not find anything entertaining about this book are people that don’t fall into one of those categories. This book does not offer you anything.

It isn’t the best written book. The characters are not the most well written, but this is a book about moving the plot forward and it does that very well. It does not stop and ponder too hard on anything because there is another puzzle to solve! It is also the first book by Ernest Cline so I can only imagine his writing can improve, but I do appreciate his adoration for the 1980s. It is like a love letter to that decade and it’s a really fun one.
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odleybodley, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by odleybodley)
This book has been the one I recommend to every person I know. Mr. Cline did an amazing job of creating a future world while keeping elements of the past. I keep going back to this book, for the humor, nostalgia, the love story, and the family these characters became forneach other.
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Adena, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by Adena)
This is, without question, one of my top five books. Ever.
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Amy_S, October 27, 2014 (view all comments by Amy_S)
A delightful genre mashup (sci-fi, coming of age, YA, fantasy) for any children of the 80's to dive into (though not purely 80's - there's a lot of Joss Whedon, Quentin Tarantino and other geek royalty thrown in)! I rooted for the hero, hated the evil conglomerate, and reminisced over all the pop-culture of my formative years. This tale spans a wide readership audience -- if you liked Rainbow Rowell's "Eleanor & Park", if you sacrificed all your quarters to playing arcade games at the local pizza parlor, if you loved and studied Matthew Broderick's "War Games," if you think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" indelibly changed television and if you laugh at xkcd.com jokes... you'll love this book.
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Kassie Halpin Robinson, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Kassie Halpin Robinson)
This is a must read for anyone who self-identifies as a geek, loves classic video games, or grew up in the 1980s. I had to read the reference to Tandy computers twice before I could believe it, loved the references to songs, TV shows, and movies, and I laughed out loud reading in public multiple times!
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ISBN:
9780307887443
Author:
Cline, Ernest
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.17 x 0.81 in 0.64 lb

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Product details 384 pages Broadway Books - English 9780307887443 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I had many books on my to-read list, but this one jumped straight to the top as soon as I got my hands on a copy. It has everything I love about video games and cartoons and anime from the '80s. The pacing of the book is great, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorites. Anyone who can make a story based around the Atari game Adventure is my hero.

"Staff Pick" by ,

I had a hard time choosing a number one pick for my Top 5s of 2011, but this book won out because it was fun and nostalgic and possibly the most joyfully entertaining book I read all year. A quest story set mostly in a virtual world, it's a geeky celebration of all things '80s — a decade when video arcades and John Hughes movies reigned supreme. Is it the best book I read? Probably not. Is it the book that made me happiest while I was reading it and that I most want to force on friends and strangers alike? Absolutely.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in the year 2044, Ready Player One tells the story of a Steve Jobs-like character, his death, and the game that's played in a virtual world he created. The winner gains control of his company, and players range from big corporations with money, loner kids, and teams from across the world. It's a fun book filled with characters you love to cheer for and lots of '80s trivia.

"Review" by , "The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to Ready Player One as a "nerdgasm" [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture...But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative."
"Review" by , "Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation....[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. A-"
"Review" by , "A most excellent ride...the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest...fully satisfying."
"Review" by , "Enchanting...Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it."
"Review" by , "Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it....[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly....You'll wish you could make it go on and on."
"Review" by , "A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel....This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight...[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast."
"Review" by , "The grown-up's Harry Potter...the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. Ready Player One has it all."
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