Ready Player One Book Review

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“People who live in glass houses should shut the fuck up.”
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Oh, my.Oh, my. Oh, my!

I stumbled across a youtube video where a guy shared his 10 favorite books. It was suggested by youtube and it attracted my curiosity. I clicked the thumbnail and went through it. I was impressed, the guy’s taste matched mine to the book. But, I didn’t recognize one title: Ready, Player, One. The title appealed to me. It was catchy and the cover was all the more attractive. Stacks of cars and trailers with a figure climbing them. I had to read it!

I downloaded the audiobook since I heard it was narrated by Will Wheaton (the man is an icon in the geek/nerd universe), I listened and didn’t regret it in the least.

The book is a science-fiction adult novel set in the year 2044. The majority of the world seemed connected to the Oasis. A massive virtual game world where you could go anywhere, be anyone and do anything. Even attending school! The possibilities were endless. No wonder it was the most talked about subject on the planet.
The Oasis earned a worldwide fame when the creator of the game, a man called Halliday, a filthy rich man, decreed in his will that whoever finds the easter egg he hid in the world will win all his fortune.

It wasn’t an easy feat to do. Thousands upon thousands of people tried for years to find any hint of a clue but they kept failing until Wade, our protagonist, found the first clue (Or key). A throughout knowledge of the 80s was crucial in order to succeed. (I think I’ll stop here and let you discover the story for yourself because I think I can’t go any further without creating a minefield of spoilers).

What attracted me the most to the book was the diversity in it. There is everything from magic to giant robots to samurais and an evil corporation ran by the likes of Men in Black. References to 80s pop culture littered the pages. I jumped and tossed whenever I came across something I recognized. So many A-ha moments that I burned through the whole 16 hours audiobook in less than 4 days. I even listened to it late at night even though I had a job interview first thing in the next morning but it was worth it (And if you’d like to know, I got the job too).

All in all, the book was amazing. Better than I expected it to be. If you’re of the nerd persuasion, this book is definitely going to be a blast. If you’re not, give it a go anyways, you might love it nonetheless. 5/5.

A Book Review of My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

“It was a nasty look. It made me feel as if I were something the dog had brought in and intended to bury later on when he had time.”

I read this book in an app called “Serial Reader”. Basically, what the app does is provide you with “Issues” of books you choose so that you read them one bite at a time, each day while trying to keep a streak. Knowing me, I was absolutely sure I’ll commit to such a challenge, and I did. I picked up the first recommended book and my luck brought me to this hilarious masterpiece.
The book is divided into anecdotes and stories revolving around Bertie and his manservant Jeeves in the first half and a character called Reggie, presumably Bertie, in the second half.
I did enjoy the book throughout and laughed my ass off, but I missed Jeeves enormously in the second half. Mainly because he was what gave the story such a humorous taste. He is a man of many talents, the best of which is his supreme wit and awareness of everything that’s going on. If Google were a person, it would have been Jeeves. Bertie, on the other hand, is the absolute opposite. He often looks for trouble or trouble finds him, and with nothing to do, he looks for the help and numerous plots of Jeeves. In the second half of the book, we follow the misfortunes of Reggie. Even though the latter wasn’t as entertaining, it was more than satisfactory.

BTW, There is a show adaptation of this book, and indeed, the whole series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie as Jeeves and Wooster. It is as witty as the book itself. I discovered this show after reading a couple of stories in the book then when I resumed reading, I found myself unable to imagine the characters without having Fry and Hugh portraying them and I unquestionably loved it.

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Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie December 2001 Dressed as Jeeves and Wooster. Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection (MPWA3842683_2)

“For the first time in our long connection, I observed Jeeves almost smile. The corner of his mouth curved quite a quarter of an inch, and for a moment his eye ceased to look like a meditative fish’s.”

The book doesn’t have any points to make. It is just fun and entertaining. If you’re anything like me, it will make you chuckle and smile like an absolute idiot. Go ahead, give it a try, it is absolutely free and it belongs to the public domain. Continue reading “A Book Review of My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse”