I can't find a single bad review of this, anywhere
Is it really that good?
Googling, I don't know any book review websites
I only ask because someone posted a page of the book, and it looked like, with zero hyperbole, the worst page of fiction I'd ever seen in my life, and I'm baffled as to how any human could even bear to read a whole book of it
>“I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand it. I wish someone had just said: “Here’s the deal, Wade. You’re something called a ‘human being.’ That’s a really smart kind of animal. Like every other animal on this planet, we’re descended from a single-celled organism that lived millions of years ago. This happened by a process called evolution, and you’ll learn more about it But trust me, that’s really how we all got here. There’s proof of it everywhere, buried in the rocks. That story you heard? About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit. The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years. We made it all up. Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. “Oh, and by the way … there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny. Also bullshit. Sorry, kid Deal with it.”
>― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
>imo a pretty fun read
Did you know that stuff that's bad can be pretty fun? You shouldn't be so insecure that you need to pretend everything bad you enjoy is some masterful stroke of genius
INTO THE INQUISITION IT GOES
I have a deep bass voice and ladies love it. Yesterday I met with a private investigator to discuss the character of a close friend of mine who's job requires him to have different level clearances. In short, a background check. After our talk I could visibly see how smitten she was with my deep bass voice. For a brief moment the thought of asking her out for coffee chanced upon me, but I desperately had to go home and start with the Greeks.
I have had the misfortune of being forced to read it (friends and I have a 'book club' and some cunt suggested this). It is just about the least entertaining thing I have ever had to read. The only positive to this book is that it is a very fast read and you can get it over with in an afternoon.
I just purchased a copy of this shit for a dollar at my local goodwill.
I've only flipped through and read a few pages of it but every bit is just as awful as the passages that get posted here constantly.
Its like he crams as many references as possible in, Cowboy Bebop, Family Ties, Whatever.
I'm picturing some neckbeard wearing a fedora speaking this shit with the smuggest fucking look on his face
I'm sure before writing this book this guy masturbated furiously to an imaginary crowd of people cheering at his obscure 80's references
If that is the case, can people half that age understand it fully as it was meant to be? Fact is, nope, brain anatomy changes over time. Its called growing up, to think at 20 you can understand something the same way a 40 year old does is normal pretentiousness but wrong. You don't, and the only way to find this out is to be 40, not kidding.
That said its an easy nostalgic read, it is not intended for people who were reading classical lit in their 20s really, but for the average male who as a fully grown adult picks up a book sometimes to read. Kids reading it are not going to have the same feelings as they have no nostalgia attached to it nor are they old enough for nostalgia to actually be a comfy feeling, anatomy will change that over time though.
These are 100% random pages, aside from the monty python shit. Every page is awful, I can't imagine reading 350 pages of this horseshit in a row.
>His intended audience is people his age. He is 40.
Would you say that it's the grown-up's Harry Potter?
Reading this as a fully fledged atheist myself, this annoyed me to no end.
It feels so cold and cynical. No wit or charm as other sort of anti-deist sections out there. I mean goddam it man, have some fuckin' brevity.
Plebian opinion here: I liked this book a lot. I used to be pretty big into video games (not so much anymore) but I really liked how it portrayed the future of VR and how your life online is almost more important than your life offline. There was also a pretty detailed description of life in his apartment later in the book and I found it to be a very likely vision of the near future. If you're looking for something fun that doesn't take itself too seriously, just read it, at worst you've wasted a day or two
I'm just saying, that since every book /lit/ writes must be a masterpiece in comparison to all the books you people criticize everyday, your novel about depressed twenty-somethings spouting out armchair philosophy, drinking and hanging themselves should make you way more money than Ernest Cline.
The only thing that made it bad, to me, was the retro pop culture references. I thought the story itself was good, and the concept of the internet becoming a second reality everyone just lives in was neat. And if you're someone in the intended audience, who get the references, it's great. (I may have starting singing when they mentioned
Rocky Horror Picture Show.
More of the same drivel in his next book, but even worse. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1368972721?book_show_action=true
Also get a load of this qt3.14 http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1323500644?book_show_action=true
>That story you heard? About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit.
Jesus Christ, it just keeps fucking going. I don't want to read over 3 pages of fucking messages.
(Note: I have no read this book, and the information I'm about to provide is devoid of any knowledge pertaining to the topic)
They're just gonna slap together a romantic comedy. There hardly even needs to be a story.
As long as there's enough hype attached the book (and therefore the movie) that's all they care about.
Just reading the synopsis here, I think this novel would make a great satire.
Just really drill into the psychological need to escape reality, living in an extreme nanny state, where you're treated like a child at every corner.
Too bad the author executed the task in spectacularly disastrous fashion.
You don't really understand. /lit/ is engaged with serious literature, highbrow literature, literature that can be critically engaged with. You cannot critically engage with RP1 anymore than you can engage 50 shades of gray or tom clancy. The depth, the meaning, is simply not there.
"Success" in authorship has different meanings which are approached through different avenues. To some, it means making money--these are your EL Jamess and Tom Clancys and Michael Crichtons, who pander to the lowest common denominator. To other authors, "success" means writing the next great piece of literature. Pynchon, Delillo, maybe even DFW are examples of this second category.
So when anons criticize a stupid and shitty book like RP1, they are not saying it is unsuccessful in making money, obviously. They are saying it's an un-artistic piece of trash. That being said, most writer-anons on /lit/ are no good either. It's hard to write good literature. That doesn't mean anons can't shit on bad literature.
and here I was thinking hypersphere was a 1-off