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No.4022

Didn't see a thread, so..

Who's read it + what do you think? Anyone following the production of the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie (out in a couple years) adaptation?

OASIS when?

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  No.4024

Read it a while back.
It's mostly an 80's nostalgia book. It's entertaining, but not great. Some good cyberpunk but at the end everybody lives happily ever after. It's like it was made to be a move too, and the writing style is rather plain.
I did enjoy it, but it's nothing to get too hyped about. The stacks was a pretty neat description, though, and that VR cyber world is a good (though not original at all) premise.
I did like the references to Zork and other stuff from the 80s, which makes it clear it is aimed towards 80s boys.

  No.4025

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I read the book and remember it being a fun read.

If you liked that book and now German, you should also check out "Erebos" by Ursula Poznanski. It also explores the concept of a game and the real world intertwining, but was IMO better executed. Sadly, it seems like it was never translated into other languages.

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I agree with >>4024 about Player One.

>>4025
Thanks for the tip. Its on my list. Charles Stross Halting State might have it mention as well. It deals with Games and Reality intertwining. I liked it for many small details and parallels to today's state of things (Its roughly +10 years in technology). But the writing style is very plain and passive. Made me groan at some points.

  No.4031

>>4024
>It's mostly an 80's nostalgia book.
Not mostly, it definitely is.

Zero surprise to hear that a film adaption is in the works. It's a good adventure story for teens but nothing amazing.

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I tried to read it, but I got simultaneously bored and depressed by it. Pic related was the vibe I got from it though.

  No.4314

I won't deny that it was entertaining, but it's far from a great book. This was the author's first piece, and it shows. The characters are pretty hard to relate to, the writing is lackluster, and the story feels like it's built to be whipped right up into a movie script. What the author does have, though, is an intimate understanding of retro 80's culture and is very good at weaving it into the text.

If you want to feel the A E S T H E T I C of the 80's through a book with a dash of cyberpunk influence, go for it.

  No.4315

>>4314
Interestingly, his second book is much much worse.

Armada is absolutely dreadful. It's as if the most annoying person you know was distilled into book form, and it really has no merit to it at all.

Ready Player One is a fun little jaunt, though. It's not necessarily the best book in the world, but it's a nice little thing to get lost in for short periods of time.

  No.4317

I found it horrifyingly bad. I can scroll through "80s" search results in Google Image search and have a more fulfilling time.

  No.4380

>>4022
I'm pretty pumped. I hope its good.

  No.4385

>>4022
Got up to p208. My biggest hassle was that the main character is a hopeless slob who only cares about 80's pop culture. He is not very interesting and neither is his fantasy girlfriend who, if I remember correctly, leaves him around half way through. The world that all of this takes place in is a boring generic dystopia with no interesting quirks or horrors to keep me entertained. I was simply waiting for the OASIS parts which there were too few of.

OASIS is basically just a huge wad of pop culture references that aren't very relevant to me because I was not alive during the 80's nor have I ever been alive in the United States of America. The references did not always go over my head but, obviously did not provide the rush of nostalgia that the is the book's obvious main draw.

I chose to read this book because it was "cyberpunk" and also because of the mildly good reviews it got. This book is however, at best dystopian and hardly possess the gritty, dark and esoteric atmosphere that the best works of the genre have in spades. The reviews that this book received forged a deep mistrust of book reviewers for me and solidified my position that the majority of "New York Times bestsellers" are merely fantasy trips for weak adults, teens and perhaps adequate mind fodder for older children.

4/10

  No.4387

>>4385
The New York Bestseller list is just a billboard for book publishers, it has very little to do with quality(but of course, they're not going to try to advertise a complete soykafter of a book)

  No.4413

Absolutely trash book. I like the retro 80s nostalgia fest the book did but honestly reading through it and the half assed story it had was a pain. The book isn't even cyberpunk necessarily. It certainly has some themes but never does anything with them.

The nostalgia factor is all that it has but you can more of that high just by playing or watching the soykaf that this book rides off the coattails of.

  No.4415

please stop bumping this soykafheap of a thread for a soykafheap of a book. can mods permasage around here?

  No.4460

literally reddit: the book

  No.5021

>>4022

This
>>4415
>>4460

Good lord this book was the largest steaming pile of soykaf I've ever read, riddled with plot holes it jumps from one concept to another having no organization and lacking vital character development. In addition to this it's filled with crude swear words and reads like some 14 year-old's power-trip fan-fiction fantasy they've written on some soykafty website. It's glaringly obvious that this book was the author's first work due to all of the problems it has, however by no means is his inexperience an excuse for the creation of this heinous abomination of a book. There is no original content in the book, the author gathered together all these '''retro''' games, television shows etc and shoved them into this '''novel''', furthermore he has the audacity to claim that these are just '''references'''. It stops being a '''reference''' when your entire story relies on the works of other content creators to make up for your own lack of creativity. You cannot claim that your book is 'original' when it's filled with the ideas and creations of other people. References are fine, but what he's done is not a reference.

There is a LOT more wrong with this '''book''' however, it's disheartening and repulsive to know that they are trying to make a movie out of this. It's not even a book or a novel, I can't stress this enough; it's quite literally equivalent to the work of some 14 year-old who believes they are 'le randum retro gamur xDDD' who has written a power-trip fantasy fan-fiction online.


tl;dr Ready Player One is a heinous abomination; a disgrace to humanity and the world of literature as a whole.

  No.5028

>>4022

Liked it when I read it, wasn't the greatest thing I've ever read though.

If you want a really cool sorta cyb young adult novel check out house of the scorpion it deals with a similar future.

  No.5033

Being a 90's kid I really didn't read into the hype for this... if you're keen on some cyber 90's pulp/punk here you go!
> https:/sushigirl.us/culture/res/13.html

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