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Ready Player One (2011)

door Ernest Cline

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"In the year 2044, 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"--Page 2 of cover.… (meer)
Onlangs toegevoegd doorBruceJudd, Brian-B, besloten bibliotheek, hackrdog, Kreatas, stopher24601, booksnottragedies
  1. 294
    Little brother door Cory Doctorow (2seven, whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both about teens fighting back against the greater power using computers.
  2. 230
    Het babelvirus door Neal Stephenson (jbgryphon)
    jbgryphon: RPO's OASIS owes it's existence as much to Neil Stephenson's Metaverse as to the miriad of geek universes that are included in it.
  3. 190
    Zenumagiër door William Gibson (jbgryphon)
    jbgryphon: Gibson's Matrix and Stephenson's Metaverse are as much the basis for OASIS as any of the geek universes that are included in it.
  4. 100
    Reamde door Neal Stephenson (Anonieme gebruiker)
  5. 102
    Scott Pilgrim tegen de rest van de wereld door Bryan Lee O'Malley (quenstalof)
    quenstalof: Both show classic video game inspiration
  6. 70
    Halting State door Charles Stross (ahstrick)
  7. 60
    Daemon door Daniel Suarez (bikeracer4487)
  8. 50
    Armada door Ernest Cline (brakketh)
    brakketh: Both books focus on 1980s culture, similar narrative ark for isolated teen to hero.
  9. 116
    Sjakie en de chocoladefabriek door Roald Dahl (sturlington)
    sturlington: Ready Player One reminded me of a grown-up version of this classic.
  10. 40
    Stad van Gouden Schaduw door Tad Williams (infjsarah)
  11. 20
    Warcross door Marie Lu (deslivres5)
    deslivres5: dystopian society with virtual reality
  12. 20
    Erebos door Ursula Poznanski (aliklein)
  13. 20
    Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd door Holly Black (quenstalof)
  14. 20
    For the Win door Cory Doctorow (simon_carr)
  15. 53
    The Player of Games door Iain M. Banks (GD2020)
  16. 20
    Wyrm door Mark Fabi (slagolas, slagolas, Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Players inserted into a virtual world with real world stakes, and littered with cultural references.
  17. 20
    Constellation Games door Leonard Richardson (TomWaitsTables)
  18. 10
    You door Austin Grossman (Anonieme gebruiker)
  19. 10
    Press Start to Play door Daniel H. Wilson (erikrebooted)
    erikrebooted: Similar subject matter -- where video games are more than they seem.
  20. 21
    Epic door Conor Kostick (bahuman)
    bahuman: In both stories, the protagonist protests the status quo and takes on established rulers, in the online world of MMORPG as well as the "real" world.

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This was an interesting book, but I’ve read better. I liked the concept but I felt that Wade was a bit of a male Mary Sue who got everything right all the time, which annoyed me. ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
Listed to it in the car recently and my ears were startled by the language in a way that my eyes hadn't been. It felt lazy, like the author didn't want to explore a better way of writing.

Dropping a star for all the f-bombs. ( )
  Jeffrey_G | Nov 22, 2022 |
OK readers, I looked at other reviews of RPO, and I saw it was compared to REAMDE.

So, both fiction stories had plenty of action, but the action in REAMDE felt more real, because it was set in the real (fictional) world. RPO is set almost entirely in a virtual world.

Loss of life vs. loss of a quarter?

I would say that RPO is an easier read, more direct, with a simpler plot. I kept expecting plot twists that never showed up. I preferred REAMDE, but RPO has a sweet ending.

( )
  bobunwired | Nov 19, 2022 |
Overall I was impressed by the idea of the book, an online world that's an escape from the near apocalyptic real world. It's a welcome new, and I'd say very likely, prediction of our future. Unfortunately, I don't think Mr. Cline fleshed out as good a story as he could have. Much of the plot (and all of the characters) was very flat; a lion-hearted proletariat who is able to surmount any obstacle put in his way; an evil multi-national conglomerate whose figurehead was an underhanded, violent megalomaniac. The other characters lacked much of a surprise as well. Z's ability to literally beat anything thrown at him in the OASIS and in the real world without so much as a bloody nose and the characters' entire lack of development sorely hurt what could have been a very good story. The overindulgence of pop sci-fi and fantasy culture that is sometimes listed in the book makes it seem that Mr. Cline was afraid to forego any specific piece of trivia that he happens to be a fan of and gives the book a clunky 80's feel - not in a good way.

I would welcome the author to write more, as he obviously does have some very interesting ideas, but maybe they'd be more pronounced if he could more directly face the darker/interesting sides of humanity and life. The two violent acts that take place in the real world could have very easily been amended to breathe the necessary drama into the story, as well as dropping the overly politically corrected Aech character (no spoiler here, but seriously?). It's definitely a quick read, and good especially if you're a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, or anything 80's, but it's a one time read only. ( )
  gsmaclean | Nov 18, 2022 |
By far one of the most overrated books I've ever read. The characters are cardboard cutouts, the plot is mediocre, contrived garbage, and the dialogue literally had me physically reeling in from cringing so bad (Aech is probably the worst culprit for this). It has some fun and really impressive references (the author obviously has a deep, working knowledge of general, ehem, "geekdom"), but even while the semi-obscure references did occasionally bring a smile to my face, they become much less impressive when they're the sole thing really driving it and keeping it even somewhat interesting. And I mean it literally when I say they're the only thing actually driving the plot. While I understand the reasoning for it all with the creator and his posthumous game, when you have this massive, mind-boggling in-depth gameworld that has hundreds, even thousands of unique worlds and every single one that plays even a small role in the story is just based off of another outside property it comes off as rather lazy. That and almost every challenge that is presented to the characters boils down to nothing more than "beat this game's high score" or "recite every line by this character in this movie".

It's just a poor book all around. ( )
  Revolution666 | Nov 14, 2022 |
1-5 van 1157 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
Ready Player One borrows liberally from the same Joseph Campbell plot requirements as all the beloved franchises it references, but in such a loving, deferential way that it becomes endearing. There’s a high learning curve to all of the little details Wade throws out about the world, and for anyone who doesn’t understand or love the same sect of pop culture Halliday enjoyed, Ready Player One is a tough read. But for readers in line with Cline’s obsessions, this is a guaranteed pleasure.
toegevoegd door ShelfMonkey | bewerkThe AV Club, Kevin McFarland (Aug 24, 2011)
 
"Cline is an ingenious conjurer talented at translating high concept into compelling storytelling."
toegevoegd door bookfitz | bewerkUSA Today, Don Oldenburg (Aug 21, 2011)
 
The breadth and cleverness of Mr. Cline’s imagination gets this daydream pretty far. But there comes a point when it’s clear that Wade lacks at least one dimension, and that gaming has overwhelmed everything else about this book.
toegevoegd door zhejw | bewerkNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 14, 2011)
 
"Video-game players embrace the quest of a lifetime in a virtual world; screenwriter Cline’s first novel is old wine in new bottles. "
toegevoegd door bookfitz | bewerkKirkus Reviews (May 1, 2011)
 

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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Cline, Ernestprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Brand, ChristopherOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Fowler, RalphOntwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Funioková, NaďaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Massey, JimOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Mäkelä, J. PekkaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Mičkal, JiříArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Riffel, HannesÜbersetzerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Riffel, SaraÜbersetzerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Rothfuss, PatrickIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Spini, LauraVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Wheaton, WilVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Whiskytree IncArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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"In the year 2044, 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"--Page 2 of cover.

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