So I haven’t been reading that much of late – mostly because the books I’ve picked up recently have just not been awesome enough to hold my attention – but being the way I am I feel obligated do trudge through til the end even if I’m not all that into the story. This means I can get stuck on a book for far longer than need be.
Until this one. In desperation I asked the girl at the bookstore to recommend me something and she handed me this little gem. Short review: I couldn’t put it down.
I fear that anyone younger than my mid thirties self might not enjoy it as much as I did since it’s so stuffed with 80’s trivia and video game nerdery as it is, but being an 80’s child is not a requirement to get the story. It’s tightly written, with excellent pacing which more than I can say for the last few books I’ve read. It combines high adventure (it is a quest tale, after all) with science fiction seamlessly (massive Japanese mecha, 8-bit video games, wizards and starships in all shapes and sizes!). There was a bit of a lack in some of the character development of characters outside of the narrator, but I don’t think it detracted from the story. Honestly that wasn’t why I was reading – his friends were background, filler, mirrors.
So for a novel that lives up to the promise on it’s back cover, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one you should probably pick up. And if you need some nostalgic nerdporn, definitely pick it up!