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Ready Player One

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline I was really excited about this book - I love science fiction, the 80s, and all thing geek. I left disappointed though. I listened to the audiobook read by Wil Wheaton, and I have no quibbles with his performance. He was perfect for the project, and his voice worked for me as the narrator. The book itself though? I don't know. I'd describe it as "nostalgia porn." It's like being trapped in a room with the one friend you have who seems to speak only in movie quotations. There are long lists of movies, video games, and books from the 80s, often without any seeming point other than namechecking.

The premise of the story is really interesting, but I never felt that the story lived up to its premise. I was bored, often wishing that something would happen already (especially true in the first quarter of the book.) I didn't need quite so much explanation of how the Oasis worked - I wanted a more satisfying story, with characters who felt a little more three dimensional.

Three stars for the audiobook version (Wil Wheaton)! Really, the perfect match of reader and book. Probably two stars for the book itself, although if you were a bit older than me you would probably get more out of the references - I was a child in the 80s, so my memories aren't clear enough to catch them all. And having said that? I agree that this will make a fantastic movie, and I will certainly go see it!