- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099560437
- ISBN-13: 978-0099560432
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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)
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"The strength of Cline's first novel, other than its geeky referencing of 1980s pop culture, is the characterisation of the Candide-like Wade and his redemptive quest in both VR and the real world" (Guardian)
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"Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it" (USA Today)
"Fascinating and imaginative...It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride" (Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
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The Sci-Fi Sensation of the Year - a jaw-droppingly cinematic space opera, part classic coming-of-age story, part brilliant pop-culture mash-up
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But it totally works.
The characters are all likeable, except the antagonist, who you're bound to hate. The plot is slow to pick up pace, but hurtles along at breakneck speed once it does. Not to mention the umpteen references to classic video games, movies, songs, and TV shows (half of which I didn't know). Everything about this book works in unison to make it one of the most entertaining books I've read.
To be honest, I never was interested in reading this book, even though many friends had recommended it. It was only after the movie trailer for it's film adaptation came out that I started reading it. And I'm glad I read the book first. If the movie is even able to capture a tenth of the experience the book offers, I'd consider it a great feat.
If you enjoy reading fiction as a means of escape into fantastical worlds, you need to see the thousands of worlds this book has to offer.
Ernest Cline, what can I say, I read one book of yours and I am already hyperventilating with fandom.
Such meticulous research, such love for all things geek, an exhilirating plot, breakneck pacing and phenomenal concept.
I have not been this excited after reading a book since Philosopher's Stone. And that was 16 years ago!
Nuff said, pick this up if you are a pop culture geek, pick this up if you are not.
Lean back, relax and enjoy the freaking ride.
Book quality is good. Covers and pages are good.
but still worth reading. i really recommend this to everyone irrespective of whether you are a gamer or otherwise.
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