When this book was selected for book club and I heard the description, my first thought was, “How boring.” Reading numerous mixed reviews on it merely reinforced my hesitation to read it.
Then I bit the bullet, started reading it, and basically didn’t stop until I was finished. I blew through this one in a few hours, stopping only to sleep and, like, take care of my daughter.
What a fun book! I thought the premise was unique enough and the bad guys were just bad enough. The heroes were socially retarded nerds. It was awesome.
I like how Halliday had set up the game to win his empire. It seems odd that a genius like him didn’t consider how IOI would find loopholes to cheat, but it wouldn’t have been a terribly interesting story if OASIS could only have been won by a geek. It needed the danger of being won by an evil corporate goon to create sufficient conflict.
I thought the ending was just about perfect. I like how Parzival didn’t feel any desire to log back into the OASIS after the contest. Learning how to live in the real world, crappy as it is, was something too many had forgotten. It was a very Wall-E-esque world, with some similar messages.
The only flaw I found was that there wasn’t one reference to The Princess Bride in the whole book, unless I simply missed it somewhere. No self respecting book full of 80s references should miss out on having at least a couple from The Princess Bride.
Overall, this was a supremely fun, quick read. Highly recommended for anyone who’s a gamer, was young in the 80s, our generally has a love for pop culture.
5 thoughts on “Ready Player One”
Hi there. Just relistening to this book again to find out if there WERE any Princess Bride references. And there IS one. The first time Parzival visits Aechs basement chat room, he says ‘What up, Humperdinck?’ as part of him guessing Aechs real name. Boom!
Nice catch! I missed that one entirely! 🙂
Yeah, we just watched Princess Bride again for my birthday and I said, ‘Wait a minute, do they have any references for this movie in Ready Player One?!?’ So I did a Google search and found your review. Then I decided to listen again. I re-listen to my favorite books a lot. Anyway, thought you’d like to know. BTW, the movie Ready Player One also has a reference when the i-rok character says “As you wish.” to Sorrento. 😁
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I’m writing because I just watched the movie, and I actually watched it looking for a Princess Bride reference, and was disappointed not to find one. I found your post and thought oh well, at least in not the only one (and found more disappointed folk too!) I further googled though, and found that apparently there is a point where iRok answers an order from a Sorrento with ‘as you wish’. Will have to watch again just to see that.. Have not verified it yet but decided to leave this now..
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Ah.. Now I can see the other comments.. Sigh!