Ready Player One: Epic Fun Factor

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  1. Wasn’t it awesome?! I listened to Wil Wheaton’s audiobook narration, and it did not disappoint one bit. I don’t think I’ve ever fist pumped in triumph, laughed, or wanted to stay up late to listen to “just one more” cd so much with any other book. Glad you enjoyed it!


  2. I wanted to like this so much, but I couldn’t get on board. The premise was really cool, but the writing and story were so bad that I can’t endorse it.

    If you can deal with sentences and stories like this, you’ll love it:

    Ranger Rob was a niner, a young kid who dedicated his life the quest to find Badgley’s fortune. When she died, she left her fortune hidden in the Metropolis, a magical land where everything was based on 90s culture. Ranger Rob wanted to find her fortune, so he learned everything he could about the 90s. He listened to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Bell Biv Devoe, and watched Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and Beverly Hills 90210. Boy did he love the 90s.

    Once Ranger Rob entered the Metropolis, he became someone else entirely. He locked into his avatar and grinned with happiness at a joke he remembered about something from the 90s. Boy did he love the 90s.

    Then, Ranger Rob encountered the bad guys. They shot him in the face with a tazerator, an elaborate gun that killed people instantly. There was literally no way to stop it. Nothing you could do can stop this thing. The tazerator was fired and coming right at Rob.

    Except Ranger Rob had imagined that this would happen because something similar happened on an episode of That’s So Raven that he watched because Badgley loved it so much. So Ranger Rob pulled out his magic sorcerers sword that he had hidden in his pocket. He got this because he beat a playstation game.

    Then Ranger Rob used the sword to shield the tazerator. The tazerator epxloded into one hundred pieces. Ranger Rob was so happy that he blasted Lisa Loeb on his 1st Gen iPod.

    Then Rob found the next clue to Badgley’s fortune. It read:

    When I’m lonely, well, I know I’m gonna be
    I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you
    And when I’m dreaming, well, I know I’m gonna dream
    I’m gonna dream about the time when I’m with you”

    I had literally no idea what it meant. I needed to figure it out so I could get a billion dollars. And I knew that Internocorp, the corporate team that was bad, was going to find it before me if I didn’t try to find it first.

    So while I thought about what this clue could possibly mean, I went and called the girl I liked from a mech-phone, a device that shows almost no technical advancement even though it has a futuristic name and indicate we’re in the future. We talked and talked and talked, but she was a Niner too, so we didn’t talk about that.

    We talked for months. In that time, nothing happened that would mess up my quest to find the money.

    Then, I remembered that the clue was the exact lyrics from that song by the Proclaimers about walking 500 miles. I put it on my Laser Disc player and listened to it on repeat for an hour.

    Then, I remembered that in the Metropolis there was a land exactly 500 miles wide and 500 miles long and 500 miles wide. I got into my virtual spacevan and teleported there. I made up teleporting to create tension at various points in the book even though it created no tension.

    When I got to Proclaimer Island, I realized that everyone was already there. Internocorp had set up an elaborate defense system that no person could ever navigate. But luckily, a few days earlier I had purchased a gunnonator, a gun that has a longer name than necessary. There was only one in the entire Metropolis. And I had it. So I pointed it at the elaborate defense system and shot it and they exploded. Nice!

    Then, I walked to the door and sang the proclaimers. It didn’t work. So I thought some more. What could it mean? Then I remembered that in the song they had to walk 500 miles. So I walked 500 miles and it worked. The gate opened. I literally could not believe it.


      1. Ernest Cline wrote it, I just translated it into the 90s



        I got really mad towards the end when they reveal H is a black chick and it’s a big deal. First of all, it made me really sad to think that in this wild future, it’s still a big deal that a woman comes out as a lesbian. I’d hope that in the next 30 years we advance enough so that it wouldn’t be a big deal. And then the whole “the Oasis was the best thing to ever happen to minorities” was ridiculous. I think it said that it was the best thing because they could just pretend to be white men. That’s when the book really lost me. It was trying to make bold political statements, but they just came off as clunky and annoying.


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