3 Main things about ‘Ready Player One’ (book review, spoiler)

‘Ready Player one’ is amazballs, first and foremost. Its story is unique and brilliant. The main characters are deep and relate-able. I recommend this book to anyone, not just lovers of Sci-fi. When the movie comes out, I will definitely be the first in line to see it. I love the book that much, but as Austin Powers put so politely, “Having said that, I do have some thoughts.”

Could have been longer

This is more of a compliment than a criticism. I personally would have loved to be a little more immersed in the world Ernest Cline. He does such a great job of explaining the world, but he doesn’t really go in to any detail of what is possibly happening in the real world, not the OASIS. But I totally get that, in a fast paced book like this explaining the real world and not sticking to the main story could have frustrated the reader. Which brings me to my next point.

Could have been a little slower

The clues to Halliday’s quest for the Easter egg were extremely vague. I grew up in the 80’s and I thought I would have a pretty good handle on the clues given, but I was lost. That aside, I would have been perfectly OK with letting the story play out and reading the protagonist discover the clues, but I felt such a urgency to find them out I found myself Googling the clues and trying to figure them out for myself. I LOVED that the author was able to pull me in to the story hard enough to make me google stuff, but I lament for my heart rate and blood pressure.

Alternate ending?

I loved the ending. It was happy and everybody had what they wanted. The geek got the girl and the jock got rekt. I really thought during the height of the arc that there was going to be some kind of “Everyone needs to wake up”, which I got attached to. So when Parzival was shown the big red button I thought for sure he would push it. I wasn’t quite disappointed that he didn’t push it, but there was a piece of me that wanted to see the death of the dream. I guess it would have been cool to see Halliday regret his creation. I would have loved to see this under-story where Halliday realized that he spent his life in his own imagination and he loved it at first, but then when humanity spent their life dreaming and left the world to ruin, he knew he had made a great mistake. It would have been cool, but I think that would have belonged in a longer epic type battle to save the world and not just the OASIS.

So there you have it, my two cents (clink, clink) I loved the book. I just wish it was longer so I could enjoy more of Ernest Cline’s fantastic writing. Thanks for the read. Like and subscribe if you wish to.

 

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The name of the wind (book review)

OK, wow. Let me first start out by saying that I don’t pay much attention to others’ reviews and hype around ANY product. It was suggested to me by audible and I decided to give it a go since I was waiting for We are legion, We are Bob’s sequel to come out. My first instinct was to sneer at this book. I don’t regularly read fantasy, because I was under the impression that they are mostly similar and sometimes I feel like I am reading the same thing over and over. I am a Tolkien lore master and I love the fantasy realms and ideas, but most today cant do what Tolkien did. I learned through this book, that’s OK.

This book is amazing in its own right. It is book one of three named the kingkiller chronicles. It’s story follows the life of a bright young kid named Kvothe. The book starts in the present day of the world in which many strange happenings present themselves. The world is in upheaval. The people that should be enforcing the law are the ones most frequently breaking it. We learn that the name of Kvothe is a name of legend, of mystery, yet Kvothe himself is living in secret under an alias.

His name is such a household installment that a person has come to record the facts of his unbelievable life. Patrick Rothfuss’s writing style is on point. It is easy to read and he is one of those authors where you can tell he has the entire story all laid out ahead of time, unlike a large portion of authors today that form the story as they write. I’m not a fan of this type. Its too vague, and you can tell that they themselves don’t know where they’re going with the  story as they tell it. Its almost like hearing a kid tell a ghost story around a campfire. Rothfuss does not do this.

If you are on the fence about buying this book, don’t hesitate, buy it. You’re already interested enough to like it at the very least.