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Author Topic: You should read Ready Player One.  (Read 8440 times)

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2013, 04:56:18 pm »
Author getting big bucks for another book aimed toward video game fans:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ready-player-one-author-inks-397998

Also read that the movie rights for Ready Player One were bought by Warner Bros before the book even hit the shelves.
The original author drafted a screenplay, but there are so many references to things that would have to be licensed to appear in a movie,
that it might never get made or would be stripped of most of the nostalgia that makes it great.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #41 on: January 26, 2013, 12:55:37 pm »
Audo interview with author Ernie Cline.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2013, 06:41:28 am »
Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. I never would have heard of the book otherwise. Off to iTunes I go to get it. Wife broke the Kindle :(

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2013, 04:55:54 pm »
5 chapters in and I'm loving it so far! I'm really digging the video game and 80s references!
Fun book!

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2013, 05:34:38 pm »
Book's official web site.

http://www.readyplayerone.com/


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #45 on: January 31, 2013, 01:35:56 pm »
I picked this up after it was mentioned the first time. It was great!

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2013, 01:31:59 pm »
Just finished reading it. Loved it! Thanks for the heads up, I'm always looking for a worthwhile read!


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #47 on: February 05, 2013, 09:51:19 pm »
I read it and enjoyed the first half.  The second half started to get a little over the top and pandering with the reference dropping.  The "love story" of it was terrible throughout.  A decent book.  Not great in my opinion.

They wont have any problem at all getting the licensing rights for the different things mentioned in the book. Hell, half the companies will probably PAY to be in the movie.  It's like a pre-packaged commercial for everything involved.
 

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #48 on: March 07, 2013, 12:38:21 pm »
Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. I never would have heard of the book otherwise.

Me, too. I heard about the book through this thread. Just finished it last night. What an '80s pop culture geekfest.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #49 on: March 12, 2013, 09:02:56 pm »

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #50 on: March 15, 2013, 10:09:30 am »
Ernest Cline Visited Oculus VR to test out the rift

http://www.oculusvr.com/blog/ready-player-one-ernest-cline-visits-oculus-vr-hq/

It's funny that you mention this, because when I read about the OASIS visor, the Oculus Rift immediately came to mind.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #51 on: March 15, 2013, 10:50:27 am »
I read it and enjoyed the first half.  The second half started to get a little over the top and pandering with the reference dropping.  The "love story" of it was terrible throughout.  A decent book.  Not great in my opinion.


I had the exact same opinion.  Right after obtaining the first key the book started to fall apart for me.  It was still overall a decent read, it just seemed like the author had a really good vision up to and including that first key, and then didn't really have much of an outline except for a decent final battle near the end.

Also...probably overdid it with the spoiler tag...but I HATE thinking I might be giving anything away.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #52 on: June 25, 2014, 10:28:51 am »
Looks like they've hired a writer for the movie adaptation:
http://www.theverge.com/entertainment/2014/6/24/5839192/zak-penn-ready-player-one-pacific-rim-2
Based on his resume, I'd say this is happening.  Whether it's good or not might come down to how much stuff referenced in the book can be licensed.
It won't be the same with generic, never really existed retro stuff.

Ernest Cline's next book still isn't out btw.
He's got a bunch of stuff from the Atari E.T. Cartridge dig up on his site.
He dressed up as Eliot and brought a speak 'n spell along.   :lol
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #53 on: June 25, 2014, 07:09:13 pm »
Thanks for bumping. I missed this one back then, and am interested in reading this book!

+1 - meant to read it awhile back and forgot -- though just found the audiobook for download so may just listen to it rather than read it ! (though it looks like the audiobook is about 16 hours so may take awhile !)

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #54 on: June 25, 2014, 08:18:37 pm »
Thanks for bumping. I missed this one back then, and am interested in reading this book!

+1 - meant to read it awhile back and forgot -- though just found the audiobook for download so may just listen to it rather than read it ! (though it looks like the audiobook is about 16 hours so may take awhile !)

Hah! I think it would be quicker to read it!  >:D
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2014, 10:02:03 pm »
But then you couldn't surf BYOAC while Wil Wheaton reads the story for you.  ;D


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #56 on: June 25, 2014, 11:31:27 pm »
Hah! I think it would be quicker to read it!  >:D
But then you couldn't surf BYOAC while Wil Wheaton reads the story for you.  ;D


Scott

Exactly what I was thinking --- faster to read it but can listen and do other things so will probably use a combination of the 2.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #57 on: June 26, 2014, 02:08:36 am »
Good start.

Ending is Wank.
"I really do feel pity for those who go out of their way to perform a personal slight, than taking the effort in joining the conversation and creating some useful dialogue which would benefit the persons' perusal of this topic.  Yet where would we be without the persistant antagonist?"

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #58 on: June 26, 2014, 10:22:17 am »
Good lord, someone dredged this turd back up.  What's next?  An announcement about this awesome documentary with Donkey Kong in it?


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #59 on: June 26, 2014, 10:23:11 am »
Good lord, someone dredged this turd back up.  What's next?  An announcement about this awesome documentary with Donkey Kong in it?

I hear they made this sequel to Pac-Man where you actually are HIS WIFE! Whoa!
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #60 on: June 26, 2014, 10:33:23 am »
Good lord, someone dredged this turd back up.  What's next?  An announcement about this awesome documentary with Donkey Kong in it?

I hear they made this sequel to Pac-Man where you actually are HIS WIFE! Whoa!
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #61 on: June 26, 2014, 12:47:22 pm »
I'm not really that uppity with reading material, but I stopped reading the book after only a few chapters. Referencing things just for the sake of referencing them was really, really annoying.




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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #62 on: June 26, 2014, 01:39:33 pm »
I'm not really that uppity with reading material, but I stopped reading the book after only a few chapters. Referencing things just for the sake of referencing them was really, really annoying.



What, no Urkel in that montage?

I'm going to have to agree with you on that one. I read the whole book in like two days, and while I enjoyed it, I can't say it was a great book. I really think he missed the boat at the end by assembling this skilled team others, only to have none of them be of any actual use in the end. If there is a film, I hope the screenwriter can tighten up some of the weak areas of the plot.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #63 on: June 26, 2014, 02:22:37 pm »
 :duckhunt Since you have been asking, here is Urkel edition.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #64 on: June 26, 2014, 02:25:32 pm »
I really think we can stop using spoiler tags.  This book is old news.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #65 on: March 30, 2017, 01:07:24 pm »
Well I finally got round to reading this book. It was fairly well written but I didn't really feel anything for the characters.  I think it could have done with being quite a bit longer, maybe more gates would have been a good Idea.  I really enjoyed a lot of the references made throughout the book. Hopefully the film can find a good way of recreating stuff like the interactive movie scenes. 

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #66 on: March 30, 2017, 05:50:36 pm »
Well I finally got round to reading this book. It was fairly well written but I didn't really feel anything for the characters.  I think it could have done with being quite a bit longer, maybe more gates would have been a good Idea.  I really enjoyed a lot of the references made throughout the book. Hopefully the film can find a good way of recreating stuff like the interactive movie scenes.
Yeah, I had fun reading it,  but it's not a great book. It has a lot of fun references that people enjoy reading about, but ultimately it's a lot of flash with no real substance.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #67 on: March 30, 2017, 09:32:15 pm »
It was a pulp novel.  Enjoyable read, but definitely not something that will be written about 30 years from now.  If you were alive in the 80's, read it.  Otherwise, probably not.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #68 on: March 30, 2017, 09:35:08 pm »
It was a pulp novel.  Enjoyable read, but definitely not something that will be written about 30 years from now.  If you were alive in the 80's, read it.  Otherwise, probably not.
Agreed. I've read it twice, I'd probably reread it again, but it's not the life-changing piece of literature some make it out to be.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #69 on: March 30, 2017, 10:07:49 pm »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.


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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #70 on: March 30, 2017, 10:17:56 pm »
Except unlike most 80's one hit wonders, his product is having a Hollywood adaptation. I call that a win.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #71 on: March 30, 2017, 10:20:23 pm »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.

I actually thought his second book was written better---not saying it was a hit.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #72 on: March 30, 2017, 10:20:52 pm »
Yeah, I'll believe that when I see it.  I bet it comes out right after that King of Kong movie with Johnny Depp.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #73 on: March 30, 2017, 10:53:49 pm »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.
Hahaha.  Rep for you.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #74 on: March 31, 2017, 10:27:47 am »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.

I actually thought his second book was written better---not saying it was a hit.

Eh, same shtick but focused on sci-fi movies & games.
It won't work a third time.


On the movie, the question is whether or not they can license enough stuff for the member berries to work their magic.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #75 on: March 31, 2017, 10:56:41 am »
In true 80s fashion, the author turned out to be a one hit wonder.

I actually thought his second book was written better---not saying it was a hit.

Eh, same shtick but focused on sci-fi movies & games.
It won't work a third time.


On the movie, the question is whether or not they can license enough stuff for the member berries to work their magic.

To be clear I'm not saying his second was a great book.  But his writing very much improved.  It wasn't peppered with random 80's references every other paragraph anyway.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #76 on: March 31, 2017, 11:18:57 am »


  It wasn't peppered with random 80's references every other paragraph anyway.

And this is where I had a bit of an issue. Not only did some of the references feel forced, but I felt like I was reading a specific list of someone's favorite things. And not necessarily 80s. I didn't care for the references to Tarrentino because he's definitely a product of the 90s.

I have a feeling the people who think RPO is a great book probably don't read very many of them. It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #77 on: March 31, 2017, 11:30:13 am »


  It wasn't peppered with random 80's references every other paragraph anyway.

And this is where I had a bit of an issue. Not only did some of the references feel forced, but I felt like I was reading a specific list of someone's favorite things. And not necessarily 80s. I didn't care for the references to Tarrentino because he's definitely a product of the 90s.

I have a feeling the people who think RPO is a great book probably don't read very many of them. It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
Great points all.

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« Reply #78 on: March 31, 2017, 12:36:29 pm »
It's a fun book, yes, but not great.
Like movies, people put too much emphasis on everything has to be criterion quality, epic masterpieces. Just take it for what it is, entertaining.

Last year I read through a whole gamut of classic sci-fi, from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to Fahrenheit 451 to the Foundation series. All great reads, classics, incredible writing and creativity for their time. Heck, some ideas are in standard sci-fi today!
This year I've been continuing through the Ender series and Star Wars novels. Not the the best writing for sure, but definitely entertaining. Actually for the Ender series I'm more addicted than anything.

My point is, RPO has a lot of fun points that make it a guilty pleasure. I recommend it to people who would get the references, but are also interested in sci-fi stories as it harkens back to the classic virtual world voyerism ideas that were set forth by classic novels like Neuromancer and the like.

And with VR being the trend now, it's makes sense that Hollywood is jumping on anything related to cash in on.

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Re: You should read Ready Player One.
« Reply #79 on: March 31, 2017, 12:54:28 pm »
Yes, it was a huge ripoff of Neuromancer.  The author also likes Rush way too much.  Having any positive  opinion about Rush besides indifference is thinking too much about Rush.




  
 

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