Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 030788743X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingghirwing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 4/19/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingghirwing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, April 19, 2016
FOL Hawaii Kai purchase.

In the not-so-distant future, the creator of an operating system called OASIS that revolutionized the Internet through virtual reality dies without heirs and leaves a posthumous announcement of a contest/game/quest. The first person to solve the puzzle will inherit his fortune, including control of OASIS. In a world of increasing turmoil and violence as employment opportunities and natural resources are exhausted, many people spend entire days immersed in the virtual world. The contest becomes a vocation for gamer nerds, but they are also competing against hirelings of a corporation that wants to own OASIS. Basically, a fantasy for all the nerds who hope that being expert at playing video games and quoting dialog from movies might have a practical purpose.

I really enjoyed this, but wonder if this is as much fun for people who didn't grow up in the 80s (as the creator of the game supposedly did). Plus, they had me at, "People who live in glass houses should shut the fuck up."

To TOC, 05/14/16.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, May 15, 2016
Hardcover with dust jacket gratefully received during our delicious TOC lunch at Tucker & Bevvy.

I've been hearing about this one and meaning to give it a try. Now that I have it in hand, I guess I don't have any more excuses..

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Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Well, it only took me almost two years to get around to reading this...but I'm glad I did. I got enough of the pop-culture & gaming references to enjoy it a lot, even if a few of the plot points weren't exactly surprising. Seeing a reference to Kikaida (even with the Americanized "Kikaider" spelling) was an unexpected surprise, since he was huge here in the '70s - that was when I learned to appreciate subtitles! I guess that may have been one of the few times a trend moved from Hawaii to the mainland rather than the other way around...

This should be a fun movie, although I probably won't see it in the theaters. One small nit to pick: "Toshiro Yoshiaki" sounds to me like a guy with two first names. I loved the bit about Parzival's vehicle when he goes to Og's party - the whole description of how he's customized it, and then what happens when he parks.

Adding the cover image here in case the Gremlins (that's a reference I don't remember being in the book...but I did have a plush Gizmo, and never fed him after midnight) decide to change the image shown here to a movie tie-in version...

I'll be sending this to croyd, who at one time had all the dialogue for The Breakfast Club memorized (that's what VCRs were for)!

(Adding this here so I don't lose track of it: Andy Weir's fanfic that became canon: a short prequel to Ready Player One that should be read AFTER the book...Lacero).

I'll count this as my Oklahoma read for the 2018 version of NancyNova's US States reading challenge.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, May 03, 2018

Released 10 mos ago (4/15/2018 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Not actually sure when this one was released; mailed to Arizona.

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Journal Entry 5 by Croyd at Phoenix, Arizona USA on Sunday, June 24, 2018
great fun, tons of amazing memories for me, great

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