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Found 5th Jan
Two months til the film is out thought I'd pick up the book. Was pretty happy with it being only £4. Thought maybe others might be interested as well.

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In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines-puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win-and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. --
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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)

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Always read the book before watching the movie
Do yourselves a favour - if you're going to read this book, start listening to the podcast 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back and read the book along with the podcast (it starts with an introductory episode that tells you to read the first 3 chapters or so, so you do that and then listen to the next episode). It's a brilliant and hilarious breakdown of just how terrible this book is.

Don't get me wrong, the book is fine for a bit of light entertainment, but it's almost objectively terribly written. It's basically a list of ham-fisted references to things you might feel nostalgic for from the '80s strung together by some objectively terrible writing (limited vocabulary, lots of repetition), two-dimensional characters that aren't very likeable, lazy and inconsistent worldbuilding and a nonsensical plot. If you like the sound of the basic premise of it (and I do) there are dozens of books out there that do the same thing better.
Edited by: "reddragon105" 5th Jan
Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt sometimes the pop culture references were a bit ham fisted and just a bit OTT, like he was trying too hard to make the reader aware that he's a geek.

And I'm a geek so I'm not hating on that, but sometimes I felt it distracted from the story.
I'm in the film, so looking forwards to it (and hoping they don't cut my scenes!) Read half the book when I was on set and really enjoyed it. Haven't got around to finishing the book, but think I'll just wait for the film now to avoid any spoilers
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Nine chapters in and I’m loving it so far. Can’t wait for the film.
magicmike874 m ago

Nine chapters in and I’m loving it so far. Can’t wait for the film.


Yep great book. Don't get too hyped up about the movie. I don't think itll be able to do the book justice!
jayjay2665 m ago

Yep great book. Don't get too hyped up about the movie. I don't think itll …Yep great book. Don't get too hyped up about the movie. I don't think itll be able to do the book justice!


You’re probably right! Still, one can dream
Rookie error! Never read the book before you watch the film!
Always read the book before watching the movie
One of the best books I have ever read. Do not think the film will live up to it....
Got it in Oct when they promo'ed the Kindle edition for 99p. Well worth buying at £4 for a physical copy.
Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt sometimes the pop culture references were a bit ham fisted and just a bit OTT, like he was trying too hard to make the reader aware that he's a geek.

And I'm a geek so I'm not hating on that, but sometimes I felt it distracted from the story.
elwynevans1313 m ago

Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt …Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt sometimes the pop culture references were a bit ham fisted and just a bit OTT, like he was trying too hard to make the reader aware that he's a geek. And I'm a geek so I'm not hating on that, but sometimes I felt it distracted from the story.


I really enjoyed it, but yeah. Don't read it a second or third time. It starts to fall to bits. Best throughtly enjoyed once.
I got this in a Lootcrate a few years ago, still not got round to reading it
Who was the guy who served coffee in the series Friends?
mtcleaning83_-111355500125 m ago

Who was the guy who served coffee in the series Friends?


Gunther. He makes a cameo as the final boss in this book.
elwynevans1333 m ago

Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt …Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt sometimes the pop culture references were a bit ham fisted and just a bit OTT, like he was trying too hard to make the reader aware that he's a geek. And I'm a geek so I'm not hating on that, but sometimes I felt it distracted from the story.


Agree 100% on the pop culture references. The book starts well but becomes so bogged down in them that it's painful. Reads too much like it's been written by the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
MapleLeafs1 m ago

Agree 100% on the pop culture references. The book starts well but becomes …Agree 100% on the pop culture references. The book starts well but becomes so bogged down in them that it's painful. Reads too much like it's been written by the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.


Yes, completely nailed it!
I still haven't read it got it on the shelf is it a decent read?
yes, IMHO it is a really good page turner, particularly if you lived through the 80s but a really good scifi dystopian story anyway. I'm not a huge book reader but I loved it and read it in three days. My son (14) also couldn't put it down and finished it at 1.30am last night!
Great read - got it on a previous deal on here for 99p (kindle edition)
tubster35 m ago

yes, IMHO it is a really good page turner, particularly if you lived …yes, IMHO it is a really good page turner, particularly if you lived through the 80s but a really good scifi dystopian story anyway. I'm not a huge book reader but I loved it and read it in three days. My son (14) also couldn't put it down and finished it at 1.30am last night!



Just reminds me of the Michael McIntyre sketch ... youtube.com/wat…WHk
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elwynevans131 h, 57 m ago

Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt …Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt sometimes the pop culture references were a bit ham fisted and just a bit OTT, like he was trying too hard to make the reader aware that he's a geek. And I'm a geek so I'm not hating on that, but sometimes I felt it distracted from the story.



MapleLeafs1 h, 23 m ago

Agree 100% on the pop culture references. The book starts well but becomes …Agree 100% on the pop culture references. The book starts well but becomes so bogged down in them that it's painful. Reads too much like it's been written by the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.


Yeah, I didn't particularly enjoy it. It was certainly a page turner and had some interesting ideas, but it was so cringey in parts.
elwynevans131 h, 57 m ago

Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt …Read this book a couple of years ago and even though I enjoyed it, I felt sometimes the pop culture references were a bit ham fisted and just a bit OTT, like he was trying too hard to make the reader aware that he's a geek. And I'm a geek so I'm not hating on that, but sometimes I felt it distracted from the story.


Wait until you read Armada... total pop culture overkill
If you liked this and have not read them yet then I recommend the Neuromancer by William Gibson...
Do yourselves a favour - if you're going to read this book, start listening to the podcast 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back and read the book along with the podcast (it starts with an introductory episode that tells you to read the first 3 chapters or so, so you do that and then listen to the next episode). It's a brilliant and hilarious breakdown of just how terrible this book is.

Don't get me wrong, the book is fine for a bit of light entertainment, but it's almost objectively terribly written. It's basically a list of ham-fisted references to things you might feel nostalgic for from the '80s strung together by some objectively terrible writing (limited vocabulary, lots of repetition), two-dimensional characters that aren't very likeable, lazy and inconsistent worldbuilding and a nonsensical plot. If you like the sound of the basic premise of it (and I do) there are dozens of books out there that do the same thing better.
Edited by: "reddragon105" 5th Jan
gari18910 m ago

If you liked this and have not read them yet then I recommend the …If you liked this and have not read them yet then I recommend the Neuromancer by William Gibson...


I’ve just finished the red rising trilogy by Pierce Brown, amazing books! Will take a look at the Neuromancer.. any others you’d recommend?
teecey0923 m ago

I’ve just finished the red rising trilogy by Pierce Brown, amazing books! W …I’ve just finished the red rising trilogy by Pierce Brown, amazing books! Will take a look at the Neuromancer.. any others you’d recommend?


The Red Rising trilogy sounds pretty good, I need to read that. Neuromancer is a bit hardcore but it's one of the most definitive cyber-punk novels. Along the same lines as Neuromancer I'd also recommend Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

For a bit of lighter sci-fi reading, I'd recommend Red Shirts by John Scalzi and the Expanse series, starting with Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey (who is really two people). And there's Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, which has been made into a movie by Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later, Ex Machina) that's coming out next month.

For heavier reading I'd recommend anything else by William Gibson or Neal Stephenson's other sci-fi works (he also writes non-sci-fi), the Red Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, the Dune books, The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, and I'm sure there's more but that's all from the top of my head.
Edited by: "reddragon105" 5th Jan
I'm in the film, so looking forwards to it (and hoping they don't cut my scenes!) Read half the book when I was on set and really enjoyed it. Haven't got around to finishing the book, but think I'll just wait for the film now to avoid any spoilers
Loved the book. Read it before you see the film
Great book, I read it over christmas from the 99p kindle offer. Looking forwards to the film
Been £4 for quite a while now.
Was also in 3 for £10 for whole of December as well as October...
This is an awesome book. Entertaining all the way through, of you were born or lived through the 80s it's an exceptional read.
RAMLego5th Jan

I'm in the film, so looking forwards to it (and hoping they don't cut my …I'm in the film, so looking forwards to it (and hoping they don't cut my scenes!) Read half the book when I was on set and really enjoyed it. Haven't got around to finishing the book, but think I'll just wait for the film now to avoid any spoilers


What was your part?
Great book but not optimistic about the film. The book has a dark streak through it and I can’t see Spielberg or the studios being that brave.
Bought, I’ve no idea what this is about but I liked the title and sometimes that’s enough lol
semajnitram1 h, 27 m ago

What was your part?


One of the IOI Swat team, but because we had full head gear on I also got to play one of the rebels
As much as I enjoyed it (I "read" it via the Will Weaton read audio book version) and all the references to the 80's gaming and other pop culture, I still wouldn't say its an amazing book - it's basically a cross between The Matrix, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a 80's reference book. The forced references almost get to the point of distraction - if I want the trivia I can go read about it later as it adds little to the story after you have determined that the heroes know their geek trivia early on, but it comes up at almost every opportunity - be it a music reference (when for some reason he has to tell you it's such and such a band from the album whatever in 1980 something) or an obscure dungeons and dragons expansion.
Yeah it's good and got me back into books but there is little in the way of surprises - the ending you can see coming a mile off from about half way through the book - it's lightweight reading at best.
As for the film, I am preparing to be disappointed.
The trailers already seem to be showing a lot of stuff that's not in the books which would suggest to me that they either didn't get the licenses to portray some of key "challenges" that the heroes faced or they have dumbed them down to make it into a standard action flick - which makes sense, not sure how you could make hours of playing an arcade machine or an old text adventure game very exciting on screen.
Honestly i couldn't get past chapter 4, so badly written and the references very very quickly become tiresome and quite clearly thrown in to tick it off the 'pop culture references from the 80's what i want in my book' list. A really embarrassing line i remember goes something like "i walked in and scanned the room like a t1000" what a load of sh*te!!
reddragon1055 h, 24 m ago

The Red Rising trilogy sounds pretty good, I need to read that. …The Red Rising trilogy sounds pretty good, I need to read that. Neuromancer is a bit hardcore but it's one of the most definitive cyber-punk novels. Along the same lines as Neuromancer I'd also recommend Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.For a bit of lighter sci-fi reading, I'd recommend Red Shirts by John Scalzi and the Expanse series, starting with Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey (who is really two people). And there's Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, which has been made into a movie by Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later, Ex Machina) that's coming out next month.For heavier reading I'd recommend anything else by William Gibson or Neal Stephenson's other sci-fi works (he also writes non-sci-fi), the Red Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, the Dune books, The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, and I'm sure there's more but that's all from the top of my head.


Only read one cyberpunk book, altered carbon early last and i have to say it was fantastic. Been after another for a while, any of those in particular you'd recommend?
semajnitram3 h, 53 m ago

What was your part?



every single time i see this film i regret backing out of filming the night before #kickme
Amazing book definitely worth £4
decbear31 m ago

Only read one cyberpunk book, altered carbon early last and i have to say …Only read one cyberpunk book, altered carbon early last and i have to say it was fantastic. Been after another for a while, any of those in particular you'd recommend?


Definitely Neuromancer then, if you liked Altered Carbon (and did you know there's a Netflix adaptation of that coming in February?). Glasshouse by Charles Stross and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow have similar premises to Altered Carbon, and Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds and Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem are two other hardboiled/noir cyberpunk books. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is good cyberpunk, and pretty much anything by Philip K. Dick is good noir sci-fi, if not always cyberpunk.
The audio book version of this is really good and you can get it for free if you are eligible for an Audible 30 day trial.
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