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10 thoughts on “Ready Player One

  1. says:

    I originally gave this book 3 stars as harmless lightweight fun but my opinion of it declined as time went by Then after reading Armada I fully realized what a talentless one trick hack that Cline really is so I changed this rating

  2. says:

    This book is a geek fantasy A nerd utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others I loved itI believe you can tell the author's passion from what he's written and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek I salute him His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book

  3. says:

    For most of the first half of this book I was unimpressed The writing was flat and the story was unremarkable The book gets hype because of its pervasive use of 1980s popular culture particularly its references to science fiction fantasy and video games The problem was that most of these references served no purpose Something would

  4. says:

    ETA At the risk of getting this attention by editing it I'm no longer responding to comments made on this review It's four years old and while I stand by what I wrote I'm not interested in discussing it either positively or negatively And I'm really glad they made it into a movieSo disappointing The premise of a treasure hunt inside a gigantic immersive online environment is interesting I like the idea of the people of 2044 being fixated o

  5. says:

    I got to read an ARC of this and it appealed to every geeky part of me I'll probably write a blog about it later but for now a brief

  6. says:

    That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Gen

  7. says:

    Back in 2011 Ready Player One was perhaps the year's most well reviewed book It received glowing commendations from the likes of NPR The New York Times Wired John Scalzi Patrick Rothfuss and many many It maintains a 43 average score on Goodreadscom a significant accomplishment given its 20000 reviews and you'd be hard pressed to fin

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    WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION BECAUSE I DIDN'T FUCKING LIKE READY PLAYER ONEanyone I saw writing a negative review for this got like abused in their comments BUT Im going for it anyway unmarked spoilers ahead ft appearances from the voices of adele and beyonce sum up Ready Player One in a single word? wankyreplace with that 400 page boo

  9. says:

    ladies and gentlemen from this day this book is my life and I will obsess over it constantly

  10. says:

    This book is nostalgia porn If you grew up in the 80s enjoy video games or go crazy for popular culture you will devour this one I was supposed to be reading this with a friend but I couldn’t stop I read the beg

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De stumbles upon the first clue he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize The race is on and if Wade's going to survive he'll have to win and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escap. WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION BECAUSE I DIDN T FUCKING LIKE READY PLAYER ONEanyone I saw writing a negative review for this got like abused in their comments BUT Im going for it anyway unmarked spoilers ahead ft appearances from the voices of adele and beyonce sum up Ready Player One in a single word wankyreplace with that 400 page book which used 80s references to condescend people not invested in that culture was incomparably wankyokay I m going to start with the good stuff the worldbuilding around the OASIS and the setting was really good I thought that the way that OASIS was built described and functioned within this world was very well thought out and clever It was definitely something high tech enough to be interesting but also realistic enough to be plausible The setting in 2044 and the way the Earthliving standards are set up are well thought out The other tech industry was a good villain in that I thought their motivations were plausible and the interaction between them and the OASIS made sense The gamers motivations to prevent the Sixers from winning and ruining OASIS were believable and the worldbuilding was intertwined with the motivations of characters which I liked It was reasonably fast paced OG WHAT A GUY HIS NAME IS FUCKING OG THE GREAT AND POWERFUL IM LAUGHINOKAY AND NOW I GET SALTYFirst things first back to my point about it being wanky I KNEW I was coming into this book to get lots of 80s references I was fine with that I was excited for it I wanted the nostalgic feel of Stranger Things because thats what people told me I d get I wanted that homage things I didn t get that What I got instead was a gate keeping attitude in which any personcharacter who didn t have enough knowledge of the 80 s was deemed not smart enough and not cool enough The overabundance of 80s references reached the point of insanity I can t get over this bit when Art3mis orders some drink and Wade is like OH SHE S GETTING THAT BECAUSE IT S THE SAME AS CHARACTER DRINKS SO COOL SHE S WORTHY The 80 s references were so oversaturated I couldn t actually separate them from their characters Like these characters literally WERE 80 s references the whole time it just felt like the author was leaning over me like yeah yeah i know so many references mhhm another one another one YOU THINK I don t have HAHA fooled Have another have ten I know everything there is to know about the 80 s don t test me kid you don t know explicit detail of every spider man comic ever released FAKE FAN FAKE FAN Anyway it was really fucking annoying It should have been a nice throwback to the 80 s not a fucking wank fest in which everyone loses their fucking mind and can t keep it together over pac man But seriously the condescending tone about people who don t LIVE THE EIGHTIES annoyed me so fucking much Right next up characters Wade was so fucking annoying First of all his attitude sucked But that aside his charactersation was just not good His knowledge of the 80 s was just unbelievable He mentions at least a dozen shows that he s watched a dozen or so times now I m struggling to believe he actually had time to watch the amount of shit he has that many times His knowledge was all consuming and it was just unrealistic He has literally no flaws his main flaw he s overweight and a geek boy who can t get girls Well do not worry Welcome to Wade s Biggest Loser Story I spent 4 weeks doing pushups in the morning and now I look like an Abercrombie model You re a geek boy well don t worry you re superior to all those other boys anyway You re a nice boy and anyway beyonce voice who run the world geeks geeks Wade owns 5 fedoras JFGHFJG HE JUS ANNOYED ME SO MUCH ALWAYS BITCHING ABOUT HOW GIRLS FIND HIM WEIRD WELL MAYBE YOU SHOULDN T LIKE STALK THEM FAM Wade honestly felt like such a self insertwish fulfilment type character He annoyed me so fucking much he was just rude and weird and his obsession with Art3mis wasn t healthy His obsession with Hallidays and OASIS genuinely wasn t healthy The female characters were so ghdh WE DESERVE BETTER Art3mis had potential to be a great character but she was ultimately reduced to a love interest She tried to separate from Wade to focus on the Easter Egg but then he stalks her and she ends up with him Also I found it annoying we were supposed to give Wade Nice Boy Points for thinking her curvy avatar was hot when we ALL KNOW it was the KimK type curvy and SHE LITERALLY IS TINY THIN IRL ANYWAY Aech is so adele voice WE COULD OF HAD IT ALL Representation is NOT real when it s a twist It s so disappointing Aech was a black female lesbian and we didn t get to see that AT ALL We get 1 chapter before she goes back to being a male in the OASIS Urgh it s just annoying I know Ernest Cline was trying to do a oh look you treated this person a certain way thinking they were whitemalestraight now treat them the same when u know they re blackfemalegay BUT IT WOULD HAVE JUST BEEN WAY BETTER IF WADES BEST FRIEND WAS REPRESENTED AS A GAY BLACK GIRL You can t even say this is a diverse book because thats a spoiler urrhtgtjhgkjalso fml because Kira is also the reason Og and Halliday stopped being friends like why do they only exist for male relationships angst urghThe main evil guy in the evil corporation who s name I can t remember was so plain He was such a stock villain and he just died Deus ex Machina Can t pass a level Don t worry I will magically whip some obscure knowledge out my ass to save the day Party got crushed by a sinister army lucky some guy at this party happens to be able to fight them with unbelievable rule defying levels of power don t have somewhere to stay NO WORRIES a random billionaire is gonna show up in a space thats supposed to be barred to all characters to offer you sanctuary didn t the rules of this universe establish this was a private chat room yeah they did but turns out there s this other rule where thats not true SURPRISE Died Well no worries Turns out you re the first person in history to get a FREE LIFEit annoyed me how convenient some plot points wereOTHER STUFF I JUST DIDN T LIKE There is a bit when a character calls paraplegic people repulsive YOU CAN T GO FROM OBESE TO MUSCULAR IN 8 WEEKS FROM DOING 20 MINUTE EXERCISES ACTUALLY FUCK OFF IDK WHY THIS ANNOYED ME SO MUCH BUT IT DID the fact he s called Wade like Wade Wilson it says alot tbh stalking stalking stalking the fact I had to read an entire chapter of Wade talking about the sex he had with a doll and masturbating and how it s like THE COOLEST BOY THING EVER TOO MUCH detail it felt like a slog I was skimming entire pages of irrelevent detail about exactly what model of haptic suit Wade decided to buy that daySo yeah overall I just didn t have a good time with this book it was just so obnoxious and annoying I couldn t get into it at all lmfao worst hype ever aaaaanddddd The Bonny Bride upon the first clue he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, ultimate prize The race is on and if Wade's going to survive he'll have to win and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escap. WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION BECAUSE I DIDN T FUCKING LIKE READY PLAYER ONEanyone I saw writing a negative review for this got like abused in their comments BUT Im going for it anyway Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, unmarked spoilers ahead ft appearances from the voices of adele and beyonce sum Hope Street up Ready Player One in a single word wankyreplace with that 400 page book which Burkes Christmas Surprise used 80s references to condescend people not invested in that culture was incomparably wankyokay I m going to start with the good stuff the worldbuilding around the OASIS and the setting was really good I thought that the way that OASIS was built described and functioned within this world was very well thought out and clever It was definitely something high tech enough to be interesting but also realistic enough to be plausible The setting in 2044 and the way the Earthliving standards are set A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, up are well thought out The other tech industry was a good villain in that I thought their motivations were plausible and the interaction between them and the OASIS made sense The gamers motivations to prevent the Sixers from winning and ruining OASIS were believable and the worldbuilding was intertwined with the motivations of characters which I liked It was reasonably fast paced OG WHAT A GUY HIS NAME IS FUCKING OG THE GREAT AND POWERFUL IM LAUGHINOKAY AND NOW I GET SALTYFirst things first back to my point about it being wanky I KNEW I was coming into this book to get lots of 80s references I was fine with that I was excited for it I wanted the nostalgic feel of Stranger Things because thats what people told me I d get I wanted that homage things I didn t get that What I got instead was a gate keeping attitude in which any personcharacter who didn t have enough knowledge of the 80 s was deemed not smart enough and not cool enough The overabundance of 80s references reached the point of insanity I can t get over this bit when Art3mis orders some drink and Wade is like OH SHE S GETTING THAT BECAUSE IT S THE SAME AS CHARACTER DRINKS SO COOL SHE S WORTHY The 80 s references were so oversaturated I couldn t actually separate them from their characters Like these characters literally WERE 80 s references the whole time it just felt like the author was leaning over me like yeah yeah i know so many references mhhm another one another one YOU THINK I don t have HAHA fooled Have another have ten I know everything there is to know about the 80 s don t test me kid you don t know explicit detail of every spider man comic ever released FAKE FAN FAKE FAN Anyway it was really fucking annoying It should have been a nice throwback to the 80 s not a fucking wank fest in which everyone loses their fucking mind and can t keep it together over pac man But seriously the condescending tone about people who don t LIVE THE EIGHTIES annoyed me so fucking much Right next Just Wars and Moral Victories up characters Wade was so fucking annoying First of all his attitude sucked But that aside his charactersation was just not good His knowledge of the 80 s was just Two Paradigms for Divine Healing unbelievable He mentions at least a dozen shows that he s watched a dozen or so times now I m struggling to believe he actually had time to watch the amount of shit he has that many times His knowledge was all consuming and it was just Kenget e Milosaos unrealistic He has literally no flaws his main flaw he s overweight and a geek boy who can t get girls Well do not worry Welcome to Wade s Biggest Loser Story I spent 4 weeks doing pushups in the morning and now I look like an Abercrombie model You re a geek boy well don t worry you re superior to all those other boys anyway You re a nice boy and anyway beyonce voice who run the world geeks geeks Wade owns 5 fedoras JFGHFJG HE JUS ANNOYED ME SO MUCH ALWAYS BITCHING ABOUT HOW GIRLS FIND HIM WEIRD WELL MAYBE YOU SHOULDN T LIKE STALK THEM FAM Wade honestly felt like such a self insertwish fulfilment type character He annoyed me so fucking much he was just rude and weird and his obsession with Art3mis wasn t healthy His obsession with Hallidays and OASIS genuinely wasn t healthy The female characters were so ghdh WE DESERVE BETTER Art3mis had potential to be a great character but she was Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) ultimately reduced to a love interest She tried to separate from Wade to focus on the Easter Egg but then he stalks her and she ends At Europes Borders up with him Also I found it annoying we were supposed to give Wade Nice Boy Points for thinking her curvy avatar was hot when we ALL KNOW it was the KimK type curvy and SHE LITERALLY IS TINY THIN IRL ANYWAY Aech is so adele voice WE COULD OF HAD IT ALL Representation is NOT real when it s a twist It s so disappointing Aech was a black female lesbian and we didn t get to see that AT ALL We get 1 chapter before she goes back to being a male in the OASIS Urgh it s just annoying I know Ernest Cline was trying to do a oh look you treated this person a certain way thinking they were whitemalestraight now treat them the same when We are the Ship u know they re blackfemalegay BUT IT WOULD HAVE JUST BEEN WAY BETTER IF WADES BEST FRIEND WAS REPRESENTED AS A GAY BLACK GIRL You can t even say this is a diverse book because thats a spoiler Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang urrhtgtjhgkjalso fml because Kira is also the reason Og and Halliday stopped being friends like why do they only exist for male relationships angst Studies on Steinschneider urghThe main evil guy in the evil corporation who s name I can t remember was so plain He was such a stock villain and he just died Deus ex Machina Can t pass a level Don t worry I will magically whip some obscure knowledge out my ass to save the day Party got crushed by a sinister army lucky some guy at this party happens to be able to fight them with Fantasies of Cross-Dressing unbelievable rule defying levels of power don t have somewhere to stay NO WORRIES a random billionaire is gonna show Commanders Little Surprise up in a space thats supposed to be barred to all characters to offer you sanctuary didn t the rules of this The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 universe establish this was a private chat room yeah they did but turns out there s this other rule where thats not true SURPRISE Died Well no worries Turns out you re the first person in history to get a FREE LIFEit annoyed me how convenient some plot points wereOTHER STUFF I JUST DIDN T LIKE There is a bit when a character calls paraplegic people repulsive YOU CAN T GO FROM OBESE TO MUSCULAR IN 8 WEEKS FROM DOING 20 MINUTE EXERCISES ACTUALLY FUCK OFF IDK WHY THIS ANNOYED ME SO MUCH BUT IT DID the fact he s called Wade like Wade Wilson it says alot tbh stalking stalking stalking the fact I had to read an entire chapter of Wade talking about the sex he had with a doll and masturbating and how it s like THE COOLEST BOY THING EVER TOO MUCH detail it felt like a slog I was skimming entire pages of irrelevent detail about exactly what model of haptic suit Wade decided to buy that daySo yeah overall I just didn t have a good time with this book it was just so obnoxious and annoying I couldn t get into it at all lmfao worst hype ever aaaaanddddd

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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIN THE YEAR 2044 reality is an ugly place The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS Wade's devoted his lif. This book is a geek fantasy A nerd utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others I loved itI believe you can tell the author s passion from what he s written and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek I salute him His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book A fellow fangirlfanboy can sniff out a fake one like a dead fish within a Bath and Body Works ok that may be a bad example but you catch my drift Ernest Cline is a real deal fanboy I salute you sirThis book is for fanboys and fangirls There are those who don t like it There are those who feel that there are needless references inserted solely for a wink and a nudge from the author to the reader To those people I say SO WHAT I welcomed those references It makes me feel good because I know what they are Is there something wrong with feeling good and getting an innocent giggle out of understanding a reference GSS had also licensed preexisting virtual worlds from their competitors so content that had already been created for games like Everuest and World of Warcraft was ported over to the OASIS and copies of Norrath and Azeroth were added to the growing catalog of OASIS planets Other virtual worlds soon followed suit from the Metaverse to the Matrix The Firefly universe was anchored in a sector adjacent to the Star Wars galaxy with a detailed re creation of the Star Trek universe in the sector adjacent to that IN ONE PARAGRAPH HE REFERENCED SO MANY THINGS THAT I LOVE How could I hate the references I have a soul I get excited okSo here s what I liked about this book1 I liked the main character2 I liked the future world3 I liked the realistic feeling of an online gaming sceneWade is a good kid He s had a rough life He s depressed but he never reaches martyr status The year after my mom died I spent a lot of time wallowing in self pity and despair I tried to look on the bright side to remind myself that orphaned or not I was still better off than most of the kids in Africa And Asia And North America too I d always had a roof over my head and than enough food to eat And I had the OASIS My life wasn t so bad At least that s what I kept telling myself in a vain attempt to stave off the epic loneliness I now felt He s nothing special He s an overweight and simultaneously malnourished kid He doesn t do too well in school He could be any of my friends who have played gamesHe is a nice kid He doesn t blame people for circumstances that are beyond their control It would have been the easiest thing to hate his mom for being drug addicted yet he doesn t I never blamed my mom for the way things were She was a victim of fate and cruel circumstance like everyone else Her generation had it the hardest She d been born into a world of plenty then had to watch it all slowly vanish It s a shitty world People have to survive the best way they know how sometimes those ways are self destructiveA lot of the problems with dystopian fiction is that they re too drastic Barely 100 years into the future the world has created a new society etc The world in this book is set in 2044 and admittedly it is pretty grim but I still found it believableThere s been an energy crisis there s global warming civilization is decline but not completely in the shithole yet Life is crappy I ve always thought that life would be awful for my grandchildren and this book pretty much tells it how I believe it could be And god help us if Trump is elected presidentI also love Cline s explanation of the way online gaming works down to its community He clearly knows his shit from user names to avatars There are some funny tidbits Students weren t allowed to use their avatar names while they were at school This was to prevent teachers from having to say ridiculous things like PimpGrease please pay attention or BigWang69 would you stand up and give us your book report But really it s the nostalgia of my gaming days that clinches this book for me The online camaraderie The late nights gaming together the bonding that takes place over Ventrilo after defeating a difficult challenge I got to know many friends whom I wouldn t ordinary have talked to in the real world It s a bonding experience that is as much a part of the game as the game itself Often it s community that truly makes the experience memorable And yes the online romances This book portrays all of that and so what if it banks on my nostalgia I ll take itGranted it is overly long and too detailed at times It does lack complexity and would be of a middle grade book if not for its length and content but overall it was a solidly good book We ugly place The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, utopia known as the OASIS Wade's devoted his lif. This book is a geek fantasy A nerd The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, utopia Speaking as a formerly addicted World of Warcraft player among others I loved itI believe you can tell the author s passion from what he s written and it is clear from this book that Ernest Cline is a fellow gamer and geek I salute him His ardor for games is so clearly felt within this book A fellow fangirlfanboy can sniff out a fake one like a dead fish within a Bath and Body Works ok that may be a bad example but you catch my drift Ernest Cline is a real deal fanboy I salute you sirThis book is for fanboys and fangirls There are those who don t like it There are those who feel that there are needless references inserted solely for a wink and a nudge from the author to the reader To those people I say SO WHAT I welcomed those references It makes me feel good because I know what they are Is there something wrong with feeling good and getting an innocent giggle out of The Asset (Wounded Warrior understanding a reference GSS had also licensed preexisting virtual worlds from their competitors so content that had already been created for games like Everuest and World of Warcraft was ported over to the OASIS and copies of Norrath and Azeroth were added to the growing catalog of OASIS planets Other virtual worlds soon followed suit from the Metaverse to the Matrix The Firefly Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, universe was anchored in a sector adjacent to the Star Wars galaxy with a detailed re creation of the Star Trek Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible universe in the sector adjacent to that IN ONE PARAGRAPH HE REFERENCED SO MANY THINGS THAT I LOVE How could I hate the references I have a soul I get excited okSo here s what I liked about this book1 I liked the main character2 I liked the future world3 I liked the realistic feeling of an online gaming sceneWade is a good kid He s had a rough life He s depressed but he never reaches martyr status The year after my mom died I spent a lot of time wallowing in self pity and despair I tried to look on the bright side to remind myself that orphaned or not I was still better off than most of the kids in Africa And Asia And North America too I d always had a roof over my head and than enough food to eat And I had the OASIS My life wasn t so bad At least that s what I kept telling myself in a vain attempt to stave off the epic loneliness I now felt He s nothing special He s an overweight and simultaneously malnourished kid He doesn t do too well in school He could be any of my friends who have played gamesHe is a nice kid He doesn t blame people for circumstances that are beyond their control It would have been the easiest thing to hate his mom for being drug addicted yet he doesn t I never blamed my mom for the way things were She was a victim of fate and cruel circumstance like everyone else Her generation had it the hardest She d been born into a world of plenty then had to watch it all slowly vanish It s a shitty world People have to survive the best way they know how sometimes those ways are self destructiveA lot of the problems with dystopian fiction is that they re too drastic Barely 100 years into the future the world has created a new society etc The world in this book is set in 2044 and admittedly it is pretty grim but I still found it believableThere s been an energy crisis there s global warming civilization is decline but not completely in the shithole yet Life is crappy I ve always thought that life would be awful for my grandchildren and this book pretty much tells it how I believe it could be And god help The Ruminator us if Trump is elected presidentI also love Cline s explanation of the way online gaming works down to its community He clearly knows his shit from Infamous user names to avatars There are some funny tidbits Students weren t allowed to Comfort of a Man use their avatar names while they were at school This was to prevent teachers from having to say ridiculous things like PimpGrease please pay attention or BigWang69 would you stand A Cowboy Christmas up and give Comfort of a Man us your book report But really it s the nostalgia of my gaming days that clinches this book for me The online camaraderie The late nights gaming together the bonding that takes place over Ventrilo after defeating a difficult challenge I got to know many friends whom I wouldn t ordinary have talked to in the real world It s a bonding experience that is as much a part of the game as the game itself Often it s community that truly makes the experience memorable And yes the online romances This book portrays all of that and so what if it banks on my nostalgia I ll take itGranted it is overly long and too detailed at times It does lack complexity and would be of a middle grade book if not for its length and content but overall it was a solidly good book

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E to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them But when Wa. That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can t hide that this story is at best empty and at worst ugly Rote plotting un earned dickensian coincidences clumsy deus ex machina I still don t know how to pluralize that term the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity a profound neglect of the complexities of the realvirtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson but none of the substanceIn a nice manifestation of the novel s lack of self awareness Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming up with their own design This appropriation he explaines demonstrates a lack of imagination a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book as well as to Cline himselfUpdate The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks The Awl The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unlock them But when Wa. That one star is probably misleadingI thought this was going to be a 4 5 star book for a good portion of the time I spent reading it The 80s pop culture references are so pervasive and so relevant to my life that at times the book felt like it been written specifically for me The love interest is described as being like Jordan from Real Geniusc monButAll of the Star Wars Ferris Bueller and Highlander references in the world can t hide that this story is at best empty and at worst The Illusionists ugly Rote plotting Planet of the Bugs un earned dickensian coincidences clumsy deus ex machina I still don t know how to pluralize that term the worst kind of tokenism disguised as actually valuing diversity a profound neglect of the complexities of the realvirtual world dichotomyCline has adopted some of the style of Gibson and Stephenson but none of the substanceIn a nice manifestation of the novel s lack of self awareness Cline at one point derides the villains of the book for simply Fishes of the Open Ocean using Johnny 5 style robots from Short Circuit instead coming Out of Bounds (Boundaries, up with their own design This appropriation he explaines demonstrates a lack of imagination a valid criticism that only too accurately applies to the ostensible heroes of the book as well as to Cline himselfUpdate The plural of deus ex machina is dei ex machinis Thanks The Awl