Currently Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

July 12, 2012     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Currently Reading, Reading

So, book club selections this month were three sci-fi books. This is the first of them. It was nominated before, but I didn’t vote for it because it had a huge waiting list at the library, and I hate buying brand new books. Actually, my wallet hates it. But that is the price you pay for being on almost-disability, I guess.

This book took a while for me to get into. When I saw footnotes in the prologue, I almost ran screaming in the other direction. It was Jonathan Strange all over again. But I kept at it, because unlike Jonathan Strange, this is a short book. I can do this. Right? Right!

Somewhere, I got hooked. I will guess it was around the 30-50 page mark. Because by the time I had to put it down at page 160 for the stopping point to discuss, I was not a happy camper. This week, I might need to get my darling husband to hide the book from me. Just so I don’t read ahead. And, you know, finish the book.

One thing that I am finding to be a bit of a double edged sword is all of the 80’s references. I am firmly a child of the 90’s. So I don’t get many of the references. And there are TONS of them. At first it was cool to hear about it, but every so often it gets to be a bit much for me. It would probably be a total nerd-gasm for anyone who knows the era, though.

I have no predictions, really. But I am LOVING the book!

2 responses to “Currently Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  1. WP – hide it if you want, but it will find you.
    I’m glad you’re liking it. Yes, I am an 80s child and this book, for me was a nerd-gasm that took me to new euphoric heights. If the reader is not into the 80s or cannot follow some of the references, the grip of the story will loosen a bit. Though I still think the structure of the story is great, good action, characters, a bit of a romantic element to it.
    Anyway, I hope your group likes it. Let me know what you think when you’re done. I’m not sure if you saw, but I had to write a whole post on going to Seattle to meet Ernest Cline (http://lpstribling.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/meeting-ernest-cline/). Hope you’re well.

    • I have no doubts about it finding me! I think the fact that I am completely engaged in the story regardless of the fact that I don’t get many of the references is a testament to how well written it is. Take out all the extra 80’s references, and it would STILL be a good story. The other thing I noted was that even though it is essentially product placement, it isn’t sleazy product placement. It is cool nerdy product placement, which I take far less offnese to.

      I also think it is WICKED COOL that you got to meet the author. I wish authors came here and did stuff like that, but no one wants to come to Canada. And if they do, they avoid the middle-y bits and go to either Vancouver or Toronto.

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