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Ready Player One

This review helps me realize why I find this book/movie discomforting.


Those of you who want Cliff Notes summaries (see? I can make 80s pop references too!) chapter by chapter are encouraged to look here:


They're up to Chapter 29 as of this writing.

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Mar. 9th, 2018 05:52 pm (UTC)

I read an article by someone who plays and writes about video games saying how much they dislike the book them several friends RAVED about how much they lived the book and are excited for the movie. The trailer made me roll my eyes. I had no idea it was a book as the movie fits the futuristic genre we have so many movies about already.

Mar. 9th, 2018 06:44 pm (UTC)
Actual quotes from the book (courtesy of http://johnny--guitar.tumblr.com/post/168449540960/the-best-worst-bits-of-ready-player-one)

The best worst bits of Ready Player One
All quotes are taken from the Nook e-book of Ready Player One, and are marked with page numbers as such. Notes/citations have been bolded. The passage going around about hydrogen has been omitted, as I honestly could not bring myself to type it out.

“I am special for liking old games”
“These games were outdated digital dinosaurs that had become museum pieces long before I was born. But I was a gunter, so I didn’t think of them as quaint low-res antiques. To me, they were hallowed artifacts. Pillars of the pantheon. When I played the classics, I did so with a determined sort of reverence.” (Page 20)

And then everyone clapped.
“You’re joking, right?” I said. You just now discovered the Swordquest series?“ I-r0k deflated. "You’re holding Swordquest: Earthworld,” I continued. “The first game in the Swordquest series. Released in 1982”… [Note: This literally goes on for 3 pages. Parzival literally corrects a guy on 80s trivia for 3 pages.] …“The prizes were all mentioned in the Swordquest comic books that came with the games. Comic books which happen to be visible in the treasure room in the final scene of Anorak’s Invitation, by the way.” The crowd burst into applause. I-r0k lowered his head in shame. (Pages 54-56)

“Human Female”
“Are you a woman? And by that I mean are you a human female who has never had a sex-change operation?“ (Page 190)

Can you tell who the author’s friends are?
"Like most gunters, I voted to reelect Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton (again). There were no term limits, and those two geezers had been doing a kick-ass job of protecting user rights for over a decade.” (Page 220)

Totally not creepy passage…
“After that night in the Distracted Globe, Art3mis had cut off all contact with me. She blocked all of my e-mails, phone calls, and chat requests. She also stopped making posts to her blog. I tried everything I could think of to reach her. I sent her avatar flowers. I made multiple trips to her avatar’s stronghold, an armored palace on Benatar, the small moon she owned. I dropped mix tapes and notes on her palace from the air, like lovesick bombs. Once, in a supreme act of desperation, I stood outside her palace gates for two solid hours, with a boom box over my head, blasting "In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel at full volume.“ (Page 222)

Aech. Just Aech. She deserved better.
“As Aech explained all of this, I could tell she was studying my reaction. I wasn’t all that surprised, really. Over the past few years, Aech, and I had discussed our mutual admiration for the female form on numerous occasions. I was actually relieved to know that Aech hadn’t been deceiving me, at least on that account.” (Page 345)

Ernest Cline describes his real, actual car for a page.
"I made a big entrance when I arrived in my flying DeLorean, which I’d obtained by completing a Back to the Future quest on the planet Zemeckis. The DeLorean came outfitted with a (nonfunctioning) flux capacitor, but I’d made several additions to its equipment and appearance. First, I’d installed an artificially intelligent onboard computer named KITT (purchased in an online auction) into the dashboard, along with a matching red Knight Rider scanner just above the DeLorean’s grill. Then I’d outfitted the car with an oscillation overthruster, a device that allowed it to travel through solid matter, Finally, to complete my ‘80s super-vehicle theme, I’d slappped a Ghostbusters logo on each of the DeLorean’s gull-wing doors, then added personalized plates that read ECTO 88.” (Page 199)

(The author’s car, for reference: his real life DeLorean tricked out exactly as described))

Edited at 2018-03-09 06:46 pm (UTC)
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