Ready Player One Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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"At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut―part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired byBlade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed" (Justin Trudeau Independent)
"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 favourite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative" (Janet Maslin New York Times)
"A most excellent ride . . . the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest . . . fully satisfying" (Boston Globe)
"Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut" (Daily Mail)
"If you grew up with an Atari or maybe had a Commodore 64 back in the day, you are going to really enjoy this one. Cline really captures the feeling of those good old days in Ready Player One" (WIRED)
"The strength of Cline's first novel, other than its geeky referencing of 1980s pop culture, is the characterisation of the Candide-like Wade and his redemptive quest in both VR and the real world" (Guardian)
"Ernest Cline’s novel deserves to be a modern classic…the most relevant novel of the 21st Century to date" (Steve Wright SciFi Now)
"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" (Huffington Post)
"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" (USA Today)
"Fascinating and imaginative...It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride" (Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
The Sci-Fi Sensation of the Year - a jaw-droppingly cinematic space opera, part classic coming-of-age story, part brilliant pop-culture mash-up
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Easily the most fun book I've ever read! Über-Retro and made me nostalgic for an era I can barely call my own - if that's possible... I do love gaming, but only really began my gaming "lifestyle" in 1992.
I loved the movie (War Games & Blade Runner especially) & music references from the 80's and of course know of most of the games that feature, I can't wait for the Movie to come out next year and see what Spielberg has done with this joyful blast of a read.
For those that are new age geeks who do not get the references, tough.
You might not remember all the old computers, the historic games, or the old movies / music (although it adds to the enjoyment if you do) but this will not take away from the delight of the story itself.
While i found the overall style abit too descriptive and reliant on name-droppery i did enjoy the book, cant wait to see the movie, assuming the licensing issues don't destroy it.
Its an easy read and a great starter for those, like me trying to get into reading more but need something to keep their attention.
What I consider the best science fiction book of all time, is truly an amazing novel where Ernest Cline has fully imagined a virtual world into a worldwide phenomenon, both for the fictional world in 2045 and for the real world.
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