Bookbloggers, don’t you ever get tired of seemingly talking to air when you review books? Don’t you want interaction beyond “Yeah, I loved it” or “Hmph, I hated it it!”? Sometimes you want to dive into a book. To actually discuss it instead of just talk about it. That desire is how the decision came about to try out our hands at this, a ‘daring deliberation’ of the occasional book. Though we’ll only be featuring reviews from a few bloggers in the main body of the post, everyone is welcome to comment.
Rules for Participation:
- It is okay to disagree. In fact, we welcome you to disagree with others. Give your opinion on the book. Talk about it! Just…be POLITE about it. The minute I see it getting out of hand, the ban hammer will come down with mighty vengeance. We don’t care if you’re 14 or 54, keep it polite or keep it shut.
- Feel free to link to your own reviews of Ready Player One, but keep the discussion here please!
Published on August 16th, 2011, Ready Player One is a book that people either seem to love or hate. (Admittedly, more people seem to love it than hate it.) It’s been called everything from an Ode to the 80’s to the Gamer Geek’s Dream. There’s no denying that it’s a very well-known book, and the fervor only increased when it was learned that there was going to be a movie adaptation. You can find out more about the book at it’s Wikipedia page.
Right now, Ready Player One has a 4.31 rating on Goodreads, from 299,835 ratings.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. – Goodreads Synopsis
(These open in their own tabs, so don’t be afraid to go look at them. I’ve provided excerpts to give you a basic feel for the tone of the review.)
Lilyn G @ Sci-Fi & Scary: Full Review
When I first heard about Ready Player One, of course one of the first things I heard about was the 80’s trivia. Here’s the thing, trivia is cool but literal lists of one 80’s game or movie after another is NOT. Actually, toward the end of the book I found myself wondering if this, along with his penchant for being way, way too descriptive where its not needed was the author trying to reach a magical word-count.(Have no way of knowing, not interested in really finding out. Just what I thought.)
Melanie @ MNBernard Books: Full Review
The writing style is very specific. A lot of research was done to make sure that everything was accurate and that shows in the details given about the world. That being said, some of the information can be daunting for readers. In that sense, the writing does occasionally come off as bland, but the imagery is superb and makes up for any slower, information-heavy sections.
Emily @ Emily Reads Everything: Full Review
Any negative feelings or impressions I got about this book were way off. I thought it was hilarious from start to finish. It was a like a love letter to my childhood and reading it was like a stroll down memory lane. It was both familiar and surprising. I listened to the audio book, narrated by Wil Wheaton. I think that there is no better way to read this book. Hearing the story in Wil Wheaton’s quiet, confident cadence is like stepping back to the 80s and wandering in a forest of nostalgia.
The Discussion Begins Now
Guys, it goes without saying that SPOILERS MIGHT HAPPEN. It sort of naturally happens when you’re discussing a book. So, if you don’t want to read spoilers, it’d be time to go away now.
Here are some questions to get us started:
- If it’s been some time since you read/listened to the book, has your opinion changed?
- What could he have changed, if anything, to make the book better?
- Do you see the Oasis as something that might happen in our future?