Ready Player One (BOOK CLUB)
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December 20, 2012 at 1:04 am #28110
Well since I didn’t see a topic for discussion I figured I’d start one?
This is the first Nerdy Show Book Club readalong I’ll actually be taking part in (And I hope to take part in future ones as well!), so the first step was for me to obtain the book… I didn’t realize how difficult this would be! Everywhere I went it was either sold out or what remaining copies they had were being held. Even the library had a wait list 60 people deep (!!). After a couple days of waiting and searching (Yeah I know I could have went to the internet but what kind of adventure is that?) I finally got my hands on a copy.
I also had no idea how recently this book had been published.
Anyway I’m pretty excited to dig into this book starting tonight. The subject matter sounds right up my alley. 🙂December 20, 2012 at 6:52 am #28118CatKeymaster
@StarF Thanks for starting the thread, man! Such a challenge and it wasn’t even a case of me suggesting something obscure! This sucker really is getting big.December 20, 2012 at 10:59 am #28121Colin PetersonParticipant
@StarF – wow, I had no idea it was in THAT high of a demand. This book had been on my radar since it came out, and I read it about 4 months after it was published. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down, not only for the next thing to happen in the adventure, but for all the easter eggs of geekdom that were riddled throughout the pages. So happy that this is the next book. And its awesome that this is your first read along with us! Hope that the book lives up to my high praise…December 24, 2012 at 4:18 am #28171AnonymousInactive
I’ve been listening to Wil Wheaton read it on the audiobook for the past two weeks. This is a huge audiobook, 15 hours long. Great book, GREAT listening to @wilw read it.December 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm #28172DuraphagoParticipant
Well, I found something to dump my Audible credit into this month. 😀
Stop eating my sesame cake
December 25, 2012 at 3:51 am #28173
Yeah I thought when I was listening to the podcast that maybe I would be a little turned off by all the 80’s references you guys talked about (Seeing as how I was born in 1990 – obviously I’m going to know a lot of it but I didn’t necessarily GROW UP with it so I didn’t know), but nothing is diminished even when I don’t get the reference. Blah blah blah, it’s a really good book so far! I’m really not too far into it (About 55 pages or so) because I’ve been super busy, but I’m about to go read a bunch more of it. 🙂
Not much to comment on so far, I mean it’s pretty much just been character/world building. I love the idea of the post-modern semi-apocalyptic real world that they live in, and how it seems to be a sort of prediction for where we’re all headed. o_O The problem I have with discussing books I’m reading is that I try to make EVERYTHING foreshadowing, so if I discussed my speculation I would just be picking apart at everything like “HEY THIS MIGHT BE IMPORTANT…” but I really have no solid guesses.
And yeah, it was surprising how difficult it was to get! Though I guess it is also the Christmas season which I didn’t consider.December 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm #28186Galdap Jr. (mopkins)Participant
I already read the book this summer since it was one of my school’s choices for summer reading. My advice- read it. read it until you can’t read anymore, like you’ve never read before.
For the Commonwealth!December 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm #28288DuraphagoParticipant
I don’t know, the first riddle seemed obvious to me. Not specifically the Tomb (though, after hearing it, I remembered that), but where it was. Then again, maybe that was just because of the way it was written. I just don’t see how NOBODY had thought of it in five years.
Stop eating my sesame cake
December 31, 2012 at 8:38 am #28303Colin PetersonParticipant
@Starf–Super glad you gave it a shot even though we touted it as an 80s child book! Yeah, I suppose if you’ve got nerd cred you’ll understand a lot of the references in this book. We should have mentioned that I suppose.
@duraphago-man you are well versed in nerdom my friend, I had no clue. Are you perhaps a trivia pursuit master as well? I seriously suck at that game.January 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm #28492
Whew, been meaning to post in here for a bit. I finished the book about a week and a half ago! I ended up going through the rest of it in just two days while I was up north.
HOLY SHIT OMFG THIS POST IS GONNA CONTAIN SPOILERS OF ALL MANNER SO STOP READING IT IF YOU DON’T WANT THAT!!!
So where I do I start? Well I loved the book, as evidenced by my finishing it up in just two days. It was definitely one of those books where as I neared the end I was just getting sad that eventually I would run out of story to read. The things I loved about the book were the plethora of nerdy references, the mystery behind all of the characters, and the unlimited possibilities for what could happen inside the OASIS. It seems almost a cheap route to take but placing a narrative inside a virtual world means that literally anything goes. I feel like a lot of authors could get a little out of hand with that lack of constraint, but everything seemed to be kept in check.
I also liked and disliked the character development. Our protagonist Wade was a very developed character and I attribute that to the fact that this was indeed written from the first person perspective. So I guess I can’t complain TOO much about not getting to know other characters as well, but I feel like their personal stories and backgrounds could have been explored further. Besides Parzival discovering their private files and getting whatever information we get out of that (And of course actually meeting them), we don’t really learn too much about Art3mis, Aech, Shoto, and Daito. I guess in a fucked up world that’s slowly devouring itself though what’s there to learn? Everything about their personal lives has sort of become their avatars and what we would want to know from them.
Like I mentioned though Wade was obviously developed throughout the entire book, and I liked having a protagonist that at certain points I was inclined to dislike. I can’t think of anything specific off the top of my head at this moment… but I know there was more than one point in the book where I was thinking Wade was kind of just being an asshole, or doing something wrong. On the whole I enjoyed his character but I liked the fact that at certain points there was a struggle to do so which actually added a layer of depth to him as far as I’m concerned.
Another thing I found myself sort of annoyed about throughout the adventure was the fact that almost every time Parzival would encounter a challenge he would immediately go OH HOW CONVENIENT I’M GREAT AT THIS THING. I had actually been commenting on this with my roommate who was also reading the book while I was nearing the end and suddenly Parzival finally gets to something where he goes “Oh great I’m admittedly not good at this” which I feel was addressing the fact that HE HAD BEEN PERFECTLY PREPARED FOR GODDAMN EVERYTHING UP TO THAT POINT. I mean I guess it’s sort of the point of a book to follow the hero who is better than everyone else and that’s WHY they’re the hero but come ooonnn. hah.
Ogden Morrow is great. I loved his character. The birthday party scene was flawless.
There’s so much to say, so much to talk about, but it’s all sort of escaping me at the moment and I’ve gotta run. I really want to talk about the general implications of everyone escaping reality within virtual reality and the ethics of it in real life. That’s a fascinating topic that this book is based on that interests me. Because we already sort of do that with the internet, heh.
I guess I’ll have to post more later. 😀January 20, 2013 at 4:02 am #28626GarayurParticipant
Just picked up the book myself the other day. I’m about half way through it and I am so glad you guys picked this one. I am loving it. I can’t wait for the book club episode to come out 😀
garayurcosplay.tumblr.comJanuary 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm #28634TolanParticipant
I’ve got to agree whole heartedly with StarF’s review. The fact that wade was amazing at everything he did bugged the crap out of me. I guess it was a constraint of the story. He didn’t really have time to fail at what he was doing half the time. But then again… How do I put this? Repay player one is not the best book I’ve ever read. But it is the nerdiest.
I was born in 91, so I’m rather proud of just how many of the references I got (helps to be a second gen nerd). But one thing I’ve found is that nothing referenced in ready player one sucks. Whenever I’m bored, I look for a reference in rp1 and look it up. Supidaman is really awesome, in an incredibly cheesy way. Look up the first episode, once he gets the suit and goes to fight the iron cross it is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. I’d never actually gotten around to seeing movies like war games or lady hawk. Now I have, and I don’t regret it. Gonna keep mining this one for some time to come.
Also, I feel I must point this out, did it bug anyone else when they got something wrong? There were a couple instances of it, although the biggest one for me was the tomb of horrors section. Cline clearly did not read the module, he just skimmed the wiki. Acererak is just a floating skull. No body, and he doesn’t appear on the cover of the module. What Cline was describing was the decoy zombie that appears earlier in the tomb, that Wade claimed to have already bested. It’s a minir thing, especially when you compare it to the rest of the nerdy novel, but it bugged the crap out of me when I read it.
On a scale of 1 to everyone dying I say let's aim for a 7.January 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm #28642GarayurParticipant
I just finished the book last night and having read the review and Tolan’s response I mostly agree, although I will allow that they had a built in explanation for his ability at the challenges. They establish early on that he tends to be pretty good at the said games and practicing and studying them is kind of what these guys do. He’s had 5 years with a lot of free time and a lot of motivation to get good at all of these. Part of it is pacing though. Its hard to maintain the tension and the pace if you have to spend days or weeks practicing.
I just started looking into Supaidaman of oh man is it awesome.
garayurcosplay.tumblr.comJanuary 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm #28647AnonymousInactiveJanuary 22, 2013 at 4:24 am #28662TolanParticipant
It gets good around 14:30.
On a scale of 1 to everyone dying I say let's aim for a 7.
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