Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

James Halliday was the richest man on Earth and when he died, he left his entire legacy and fortune at the end of an elaborate Easter Egg Hunt. With the only hint being a mysterious riddle, the egg goes undisturbed for five years. Until one day, Wade Watts–just your average teenage boy–makes a connection and is the first to find the Copper Key, the starting point of the Egg Race. When his name appears on the long empty scoreboard, the world goes into a frenzy. Wade will have to use his knowledge of all things 80’s and battle against friends and an evil corporation if he wants to win.A1bCf-Xhe4L

This book is great. I first read it a few years ago and what immediately drew me to it was the title. “Ready Player One”. I just feel like it’s a REALLY good title. It makes you want to read it while at the same time telling you exactly what this book is going to be about: video games. The beginning of the book (one of the few scenes where we’re in the real world) is a little boring as we’re being introduced to this version of the future. There’s a lot of background on Halliday and GSS and OASIS and all of that. It gets a little wordy and too much (but you can obviously tell the the author knows his video games). Other than that, the action is pretty non-stop. It only really slows down when the author is going into more technical things (he does this a few times, but it’s not too bad).

I’m not really a video game person, but this book almost makes me want to be. The games all sound fun and the passion that Wade has for them makes them seem even MORE fun. The book is fast-paced and it’s easy to get caught up in the various quests and challenges. I liked the timing between the first and second keys, but once they got through the second gate, it was like boom, boom, boom. With how much trouble they had figuring out the first and second keys and the second gate, it seemed too easy to find the Crystal Key and then it was also pretty obvious where the Crystal Gate was even if it was more difficult to open. One thing I did really like, though, was that this is a standalone novel. He could have split it up into a series if he wanted to (book 1=copper key/gate, book 2=jade key/gate, book 3=crystal key/gate, book 4=taking down IOI, book 5=book that only abstractly relates to the original concept, book 6=book that does not relate to the original concept but still makes it into the series.) There you go, he could have easily had six books out of this story.

Overall, a good read even if you don’t like video games. I felt special every time I recognized something that Wade referenced. Dig Dug? Totally used to play that. Rumor has it that this is going to be turned into a movie sometime directed by Spielberg. We’ll see!

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: Moderate. A lot of fighting/slaying of monsters (like a video game), but no explicit gore.
Sexual Content: Moderate
Language: Moderate
Smoking/Drinking: Mild. Some drug references, but nothing explicit, nothing used by the main characters.

Versatile Blogger Award

versatile-bloggerJay @The Wolf of Starbucks has very kindly nominated me for TWO awards. The first was the Versatile Blogger Award and then a renomination for the Creative Blogger Award! So I’ll list my seven facts for the VB Award and then five bonus facts for the renomination of the CB Award.

– Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
– Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.
– Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
– Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
– Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

1) I love food. I like eating out and trying new flavors, I like watching cooking competitions, I like tasting yummy things…but I hate cooking. Not the actual cooking part, but I don’t like having to think about what to make and then how long it takes to actually do it and then cleaning up afterwards…not my favorite (but obviously I do it or else we’d starve).
2) If I had a million dollars, I would take myself and my husband on an MLB tour. We’d go see a game in all 30 stadiums. Maybe a whole series even. It’d be fun.
3) My husband and I are big believers in Dave Ramsey. He’s a finances guy who has his own podcast and has written a few books. He’s all about living debt free and investing in retirement and living like no one else today so that you can live like no one else later. Give him a listen if you’re unsure about how you’re doing financially (I was not paid to give this plug, we just really like Dave).
4) When I was little my grandma used to feed me cough drops like they were candy. They still seem like candy to me.
5) I don’t like Oreos. The cookie’s okay, but I think the cream is so gross.
6) My favorite dessert is pie. I LOVE pie. I always like to have birthday pies instead of birthday cakes. However, my husband does NOT like pie. He’s okay with cream-filled ones, but my favorite (peach or triple berry) he can’t stand. There’s something about baked fruit that he doesn’t like. So I can’t make pies anymore or else I’d be the only one eating it.
7) I participated in a program called Running Start in high school. It’s where you go to the local community college your Junior and/or Senior years of high school. You simultaneously get high school and college credit. My parents really liked this program because free college. But I know some people who don’t like because high school experience. Honestly, I don’t really feel like I missed out on anything.

1) I used to have a big thing for Converse shoes. I had like ten pairs. That was in high school and when I got to college I kind of got over it. I’m down to three pairs now.
2) I was born on Easter Sunday.
3) I did Pole Vault in high school. I regret not taking it more seriously. I wasn’t very good, but I think if I had practiced more/harder I could’ve been pretty good. I had a really good coach.
4) I have a BA in Economics which I don’t really plan on doing anything with. I chose the major because I liked some of the technical classes (Price Theory, Industrial Organization) and I liked some of the theory classes too (Economics of Education, Behavioral Economics). But the class that you actually would use in an Econ job (Econometrics) I hated and didn’t try as hard as I should have.
5) I went basically an entire year without reading. Freshman year of college. It was the worst! Then I got my Kindle and that changed EVERYTHING.

NOMINATIONS (for the Versatile Blogger Award):
Ann @Math, Books, and Hobbies
As I Lay Reading
Adventures of a Dublin Bookworm
Tabrizia @A Cup of Tea With That Book Please
Jessica @Novel Escapism
Leah @Leah Rose Reads

Once again, just trying to spread the love around and not nominate the same person twice. Just know my readers, I love ALL of you. Happy reading!