>>13724087 I was basically its exact audience, but I couldn't bring myself to care about it. It spent a long time going 'hey remember this thing?' and very little time creating some kind of meaning. There was a plot, but there was no story.
When I finished Ready Player One the only feeling I had was the dim realisation that I'd watched and played a lot of junk in my life.
>>13725848 >Someone recommended it to me and got super shitty when I pointed it out I wouldn't mind people liking "HEY GUYS YOU KNOW THING I KNOW THING LETS TOUCH DICKS" so much if they at least didn't get so touchy when you tell them
Yes except worse. It's like the author just went "okay I have a scene where the characters are fighting with mecha from anime," googled "anime mecha" and grabbed the first handful of names that came up.
>>13724068 >there are people on this board who actually like this garbage It's literally a book of nothing but references, of which Cline constantly explains. The motherfucker feels the need to explain what the the Delorean is. The writing itself is absolutely garbage, too- I'd call it on the level of fanfic, but I've read fanfic better than that shitheap of a book.
It's a book written by a man desperate to show his 'nerd cred' as much as possible before being a 'nerd' isn't popular anymore.
>>13725861 That's insulting to trashy genre fiction.
>>13724068 I had heard some people say that this book was bad, but I always assumed that those people were exaggerating and it couldn't in reality be that bad of a book. But that's horrible. I always assumed that it's nerd reference stuff would be more subtle, based around common cliches and trends of 90s nerdy stuff, rather than being a list of proper names of things.
I guess I was saved from needing to experience the book on my own.
>>13724068 What the fuck, is this seriously Ready Player One? I've heard so many good things about this book, but this is the opposite of what I expected. This is straight-up fanfic-tier writing. Jesus Christ, this is embarrassing.
>>13724068 That's not the worst writing I've ever seen, but it's pretty pedestrian for a book that's received the sort of praise I've heard about. Honestly the references strike me as cringey more than appealing.
I fucking hate reference books. Like it's fun every now and then, but nothing boils my hotdogs in a vat of piss than NAME DROP NAME DROP, US NERDS/WHATEVERS RITE GUYS, BY REFERENCING OTHER SHIT, I'LL BE MORE ENTERTAINING BY DEFAULT.
>>13726975 To people like us, yeah. But others get a kick out of the nerd culture-isms because they aren't a part of it. My mom absolutely loved the book, thought there was such a cool concept, behind it all, etc. She's never read/watched any sci-fi and probably understood 10% of the references.
>>13724068 >The New York Times said "The book gets off to a witty start" but noted that it lacks at least one dimension, stating that gaming had overwhelmed everything else about this book. USA Today wrote that the novel "undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now." NPR said that the book was "ridiculously fun and large-hearted". Cline "takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly" with a "deeply felt narrative [that] makes it almost impossible to stop turning the pages."
How much do you have to pay off reviewers to get this kind response?
>>13724068 So how bad of a thing is it that I knew all the references he made in that excerpt? I don't really feel like this is something you should get "cred" for as these are all really well known mecha, at least among even casual mecha fans. It's not like he was namedropping Jet-Alone, Catol, Bloody One, and the GenoCyDroid. He didn't even call Go Lion by their proper name. Also how are we supposed to feel like the MC is in any kind of danger when he's in fucking LEOPARDON?
Wouldn't it be more entertaining if it didn't use any names, letting it be more easily digested by normalfags and making the references into bonuses for people who can piece together what they're supposed to be?
>>13727534 Honestly I wouldn't mind the references so much if he just said the mecha name instead of the name of the show along with it. It just seems like a shit attempt at showing how nerdy he is instead of leaving it for something for mecha fans, after all it's not like someone who watched Gundam would need a reminder of which entry the RX-78 came from. Or better he could just describe what the mecha looks like because it sure as hell isn't helping anyone who doesn't know shit about those shows to just name drop them. It's like he's expecting readers to stop reading and google every piece of media he name drops they don't know about.
It's one of only eight books I've given back to the library before I finished it, and the only one I did so out of disinterest. I dropped it when the main character was flying through space in his X-Wing from the movie Star Wars, and got attacked by a group of space pirates in a Firefly class spaceship from the tv show Firefly, which was one of his favorite twenty-first century shows that sadly got cancelled early.
Like, fuck off dude. I thought the old translation of Battle Royal's prose was fanfiction-tier, but Ready Player One makes that shit read like a Dan Simmons work.
>Shoko removed Aceh's pants slowly and out popped his penis, a male reproductive organ used to transfer genetic material to a suitable mate, which throbbed needingly. "I haven't seen one of these since that one episode of Seinfeld, a 1990s US sitcom," she whispered softly, which implies that she considered the situation intimate and not matter-of-fact. Aceh could nearly hear the sparks popping like high tension power lines on a humid summers day, which occurs due to electrical discharge into the moist air, and began to stroke his ever-expanding organ as blood poured into the vascular tissue causing the swelling that is normally associated with male arousal. He was ready.
>>13724068 that book was ok. i read it again recently, was just references and terminology that is supposed to be nerdy and incite nostalgia boners, but i dont hate it. it was just embarrassingly stupid more than awesomely stupid.
>>13731472 I need clarification. So the TIE Fighters wibbled and they wobbled, but did they fall down? This being a reference to the tagline for the 1970's toy Weebles, who were advertised as toys that would wobble, but never fall down. It's worse.
>>13731481 Shit, I can't remember the exact details but I do remember it was where the author was getting assblasted on twitter and calling critics of his book homophobes because they didn't like his poorly written gay character. When Hiroyuki lost the archive what was the time range? If summer and before is safe I should be able to find it.
>>13730910 Someone else is piloting Minerva X. I don't know if you watched Toeizinger but she's fully autonomous, so I'd be scared of piloting her too. Also, I don't know which Robotech mecha the other players are piloting, but a VF could take down Leapordon. If it couldn't, 80 story, invincible, god-killing Eva units could.
>>13731943 >a VF could take down Leapordon >take down >Leopardon Not gonna happen. You might fend it off, keep it from its objective, or otherwise ruin its day, but you're not going to destroy it with a VF or anything else.
>>13724068 The problem with this shit is that most of it reads like the author is standing in a room full of 80s movie posters and arcade cabinets and jerking off. There are some good ideas but it all fades whenever he talks about Joust, the famous game from the 1980s developed by William Electronics etc
>>13730910 I feel like he only saw like five episodes off of a convention bootleg. I want to believe this because dude gets Raideen's God Gorgon wrong, saying it's a bow that he has to hold in his hand. It's mounted to his fucking arm.
>>13732960 Leopardon withstands total weapon barrages on a regular basis and is considered to be the most invincible robot in Tokusatsu. VFs shouldn't be a problem, but the Evas would definitely be a trouble spot.
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