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Ready Player One Hardcover – Aug 16 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (Aug. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030788743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887436
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a “nerdgasm” [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture…But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles.  A-”—Entertainment Weekly

“A most excellent ride…the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest…fully satisfying.”—Boston Globe

“Enchanting…Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it.”—USA Today 
Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it…[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly…You'll wish you could make it go on and on.”—NPR.org

“A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel…This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight…[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The grown-up's 'Harry Potter’…the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. READY PLAYER ONE has it all.”—Huffington Post

“Incredibly entertaining…Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has made READY PLAYER ONE a geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.”—Austin American-Statesman

"READY PLAYER ONE is the ultimate lottery ticket."—New York Daily News

"This non-gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE."—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

“A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it’s also a great read for anyone who likes a good book.”—Wired.com

“Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut.”—Daily Mail (UK)

“A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you're pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven't been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years.”—Chicago Reader

“A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story…. I loved every sentence of this book”—Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

"A 'frakking' good read [featuring] incredible creative detailI grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline's imagination.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[A] fantastic page-turner….READY PLAYER ONE may be science fiction, but it's also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives…"—Annalee Newitz, io9.com

"Fascinating and imaginative…It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride."—Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series

“I was blown away by this book…A book of ideas, a potboiler, a game-within-a-novel, a serious science-fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash-up–call this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it. Here, finally, is this generation’s Neuromancer.”—Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Dominance

“I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE…Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future.”— Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse 

“A nerdgasm…imagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth.”—John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man’s War

“Completely fricking awesome...This book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body.  I felt like it was written just for me.”—Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man’s Fear  

“An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.”—Booklist, starred review 

"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.”—Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week 

About the Author

ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone.  His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phenomenon.  These days Ernie lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic video games.  READY PLAYER ONE is his first novel.

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Ready Player One is Ernest Cline's debut novel, in which a kid has to beat a video game to save the world.

Now, granted, this is no ordinary video game. In the 2020's, immersive virtual reality finally takes off in the form of the OASIS. The OASIS is like a usual RPG, with avatars, quests, magic, monsters, and all that, but is also so much more—it has quickly become the world's dominant platform for economics, education, and leisure time. So many users spend so much time logged into the OASIS, for such a wide variety of reasons, that "real-world" economics, education, and leisure have nearly disappeared.

Before the eccentric creator of the OASIS died, he coded into the OASIS an elaborate and fiendishly difficult Easter egg hunt, with the top prize being full control of his multi-billion dollar company. For years, the leaderboards sat empty, until a high-school kid and egg hunter (or "gunter" for short) named Wade (avatar Parzival) finally cracks the first clue. Overnight, Parzival is an OASIS-wide celebrity, attracting interest from fellow gunters as well as the IOI, a multinational corporation dead-set on winning control of and exploiting the OASIS, even if it means murder.

Ready Player One has a unique style—following the theme of video game Easter eggs, the novel is packed with references to nerd culture of the 80's (which is itself the theme of the hunt). Maybe I'm just 20 years too young, but the rapidity with which Cline fires off these references grows quite tiresome. I understand most of the references, but I just can't appreciate them with any sense of nostalgia.
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Probably the best not-quite-post-apocalyptic story I've ever read. I say not quite, because the setting takes a backseat to the institution of a virtual world, in which the majority of the events take place. Great read, and I will certainly come back to it in the near future.
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When I first saw the summary of this novel, I thought it was a combination of Sword Art Online, Back to The Future (because of all the 1980's references) and the Hunger Games. Surprisingly it's not like that at all, it beats all of these things combined. This novel not only has an amazing aray of characters, plot and references geeks like me will enjoy, it also makes a statement about our society today. The storyline for this sci-fi, adventure, fiction novel, unlike most, stays consistent throughout the book while being extremely detailed without confusing the reader. It has relatable characters that maintain good values and wit (such as Wade and Halliday) and I am overall incredibly glad I picked this up. It has definitely become one of my favorite books

Ps.: I also learned that this book will be adapted to the big screen in 2017 and the script is written by Ernest Cline himself so I am very excited for this, as it is a huge opportunity for Cline and it will propel the popularity of this book through the roof. This author should be extremely proud of the amazing work he does.
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I got capital O Obsessed with this audiobook. I started listening to it 3 months ago, I fell asleep 5 mins in and didn't come back until last week. I was on a 3 hour flight, and Ready Player One made it go by in what seemed like 45 minutes.

I don't know why it didn't interest me the first time... I think actually it was because I was in the middle of the launch of The Division or some other Xbox One game, so all of my free time was already taken up with that.

The amazing thing about this book is that it's just as immersive as the virtual Oasis that the book is about. I finished the whole 15 hours over 4 days.

The story was amazing, the performance was great and I am sad now that it's over!

What an awesome book. Best binged like a netflix series.
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This book is pure, unadulterated fun, from first word to final credits. Enough 80's kitch to make any fanboy (or girl) randy. Mr. Cline has you in his sights, from the very first page. He's meticulous and stealthy, every twist delights and every turn elicits an emotion. Part action adventure, part love connection, this is a tale with all of the fixings. A classic among post-apocalyptical classics.
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Wil Weaton from Star Trek fame does a great job of narrating this Audio Book. The story really hits the nostalgia bone for kids who grew up in the 80's playing Adventure on their Atari 2600's. This is sort of Distopian view of the growth of the internet and VR come together in a great adventure of David vs Goliath.

Extremely entertaining and fun definitely recommend it.
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Sometimes a book i just a great escape. This book is one of those.Combine the following themes: a detective mystery (who done it?), a western (the good guy against the forces of nature and the bad guys), innumerable references to the 80s and their games, TV shows and music, a teen age coming of age story, sci fi in the future, medieval sorcerer type action..this has it.

It starts somewhat slowly, but after some number of pages the pace picks up, and the adventures start. Get it; you won't regret it.
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