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Ready player one (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Ernest Cline

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Member:karenb
Title:Ready player one
Authors:Ernest Cline
Info:New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:read 2012, SFF, games, contests, intergalactic internet, school, avatars, online personae, teenagers, pop culture, read 1980s, book group

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

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    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2seven, whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both about teens fighting back against the greater power using computers.
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    Neuromancer by William Gibson (jbgryphon)
    jbgryphon: Gibson's Matrix and Stephenson's Metaverse are as much the basis for OASIS as any of the geek universes that are included in it.
  3. 170
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (jbgryphon)
    jbgryphon: RPO's OASIS owes it's existence as much to Neil Stephenson's Metaverse as to the miriad of geek universes that are included in it.
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    sturlington: Ready Player One reminded me of a grown-up version of this classic.
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An attempted hybrid of Dickens and Scott Card with endless fan-boy indulgences, Ready Player One is unfortunately weighed down by its overuse of geek culture references, often allowing the pace of the tale to screech to a halt. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 15, 2017 |
Wade Watts lebt in den 2040er Jahren. Die Welt wurde schon lange zu Grunde gerichtet nachdem das Öl ausging und die einzige Beschäftigung, die Leute noch haben, ist die OASIS. Die OASIS ist das modernisierte Internet, das die User in Gestalt ihrer Avatare selber formen und entdecken können. Der Erfinder hat ein Easteregg eingebaut, das denjenigen, der zuerst 3 Schlüssel findet und die anschließenden Tests besteht sein Erbe wird. Wade findet den ersten Schlüssel und wird damit zur Zielscheibe von der Firma IOI, die nicht davor zurück schrecken, ihn auch im richtigen Leben töten zu wollen um an die OASIS zu kommen. Wade muss alle Register ziehen um zu verhindern, dass das einzig lebenswerte, das noch existiert, in deren Hände fällt.

Das Buch hat mir gut gefallen. Es gab zwar ein-zwei leichte Schnitzer (lieber Übersetzer, NPCs heißen im deutschen auch NPCs, genau wie ein paar andere Begriffe, die du nicht extra übersetzen hättest müssen), aber ich hatte viel Spaß mit Wade auf seinen Quest zu gehen. Da wollte ich gleich selbst in die OASIS einloggen und Jäger werden. Auch schön waren die vielen 80er Filme, Bücher und Spiele, die erwähnt wurden. Hätte ich sie mir alle merken können wäre mein Wunschzettel sicherlich ins unermessliche angeschwollen. Einziger Wermutstropfen: Ich glaube nicht, dass das Buch irgendjemandem gefällt, der mit Computerspielen nichts anfangen kann. Das ganze Buch ist ein einziger Haufen Nerdzeugs garniert mit Nerdschleifchen auf einem Bett von Nerd. Mir persönlich zaubert so etwas ein dämliches Grinsen ins Gesicht, aber es soll ja Leute geben, die das nicht mögen. Also wer bei Zitaten irgendwelcher Art, einem DeLorean mit Ghostbusterzeichen auf den Türen und einem Raumschiff Namens Vonnegut die Augen verdreht hat mit diesem Buch nichts verloren. Für alle anderen: Ihr werdet es schade finden, wenn es zu Ende gelesen ist und einem Nach-Lese-Blues anhängen. ( )
  Nomnivor | Jan 12, 2017 |
Fast-paced and entertaining, I tore through this in a day. While starting with a standard treasure-hunt structure, a de-riguer orphan hero and a slightly clichéd evil corporate antagonist, Cline overcomes these uninspired building blocks with an original conceit that lets a futuristic sci-fi novel be flooded with late 20th century pop nostalgia. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
( just read the first 50 pages )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Probably the most enjoyable book I've read this year. ( )
  WillemBasson | Jan 5, 2017 |
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"Cline is an awe-inspiring vault of ‘80s trivia and miscellany, and from the novel’s opening pages to its intense, action-packed finale, he expertly weaves his knowledge into the story in a way that’s somehow both deliriously entertaining and also integral to the plot."
 
Ready Player One borrows liberally from the same Joseph Campbell plot requirements as all the beloved franchises it references, but in such a loving, deferential way that it becomes endearing. There’s a high learning curve to all of the little details Wade throws out about the world, and for anyone who doesn’t understand or love the same sect of pop culture Halliday enjoyed, Ready Player One is a tough read. But for readers in line with Cline’s obsessions, this is a guaranteed pleasure.
 
"Cline is an ingenious conjurer talented at translating high concept into compelling storytelling."
added by bookfitz | editUSA Today, Don Oldenburg (Aug 21, 2011)
 
The breadth and cleverness of Mr. Cline’s imagination gets this daydream pretty far. But there comes a point when it’s clear that Wade lacks at least one dimension, and that gaming has overwhelmed everything else about this book.
added by zhejw | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 14, 2011)
 
"Video-game players embrace the quest of a lifetime in a virtual world; screenwriter Cline’s first novel is old wine in new bottles. "
added by bookfitz | editKirkus Reviews (May 1, 2011)
 

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Brand, ChristopherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowler, RalphDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massey, JimCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rothfuss, PatrickIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spini, L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.
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Like most gunters, I voted to reelect Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton (again). There were no term limits, and those two geezers had been doing a kick-ass job of protecting user rights for over a decade.
It was the dawn of a new era, one where most of the human race now spent all of their free time inside a videogame.
"No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful." [199]
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Book description
A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?


At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut — part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera.

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS — a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly, the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

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"Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline."--Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month.… (more)

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