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Stuckinthe90s
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Ready Player Two
Just saw that Amazon listed pre-orders on the website for a release in November 2020.

What were y'alls impressions of ready player one? I have read that book probably 4 times now and catch new things each time. Also liked his other book Armada. Mostly books that would be enjoyed by gamers, but thought I would ask.

Is anyone interested in this sequel?



Fun Bunch
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I like Ready Player One, it is a really really fun book. Its enjoyable.

I don't see the need for a sequel at all (I mean, I know he did it to make money, I meant in terms of narrative).

I don't see where he could go with it.


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DukeSilver
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Hadn't even heard a second was in the works.

I enjoyed the first well enough and will read the second although I don't think it's necessary, probably should have been left as a stand alone novel. The second will have to be very well written for it to be worth it and not be a disappointment.


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Sasquatch Smash
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re: Ready Player Two
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What were y'alls impressions of ready player one?


I enjoyed it. Great nostalgia. Will probably reread it someday.

You can kind of tell it was written to become a movie, though. I mean, hell, the film rights were sold before it was even published.


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boxcarbarney
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re: Ready Player Two
I enjoyed the first one immensely. The movie was crap. I'll wait to see what yall think about the second one before I give it a whirl.


The Johnny Lawrence
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Movie was OK if you didn't read the book.

I love the book. I listen to the audio book a couple times a year and read it probably once a year. My total consumption is into the low teens. It's just a great story and one I love to reread/relisten.

Not sure where RP2 is going to go. The story ends. There is no second contest or bad guy left. Him ruling the world isn't worth a second book. No clue what the synopsis could even be.


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Midget Death Squad
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re: Ready Player Two
RP1 was lightning in a bottle. I'm not sure Cline is a skilled enough writer to churn out good books. RP1 succeeded due to the story and nostalgia. It flowed wonderfully, and the characters were very likeable. However, the writing itself was awkward quite a few times, and it was riddled with cliches. I liked the book plenty, but its flaws were glaring.

I tried reading Armada, but like many others out there I couldn't do it. I just don't think he's a good wordsmith. Plus there really doesn't seem any need to continue this story.


boxcarbarney
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re: Ready Player Two
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Plus there really doesn't seem any need to continue this story.


Which makes me think this will either be a prequel type story, or other players doing other shite during the timeframe of the 1st book.


sportsaddit68
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re: Ready Player Two
I wonder if it's possible it takes place years later when he is ready to give it up. But it will have a more modern theme to it instead of 80s. If so, I don't think it will be good.


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My thoughts on Ready Player One

I thought it was overrated.


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Sasquatch Smash
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re: Ready Player Two
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I wonder if it's possible it takes place years later when he is ready to give it up. But it will have a more modern theme to it instead of 80s. If so, I don't think it will be good.


I could see being in the future from the last book, but I don't see how they could get away from the 80s stuff. It was their world hero's pop culture they all loved and studied, making it their culture.

When will they have time to develop their own culture or switch to being into 90s - 2000s pop culture?


sportsaddit68
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re: Ready Player Two
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When will they have time to develop their own culture or switch to being into 90s - 2000s pop culture?


He was really young in the book. If he lives to be very old, that would give plenty of time for him to decide to dove into another era, and to make the changes needed in the Oasis. The question to me would be if the general public would want to experience any other decade in the extreme like the first book did for the 80s.


Dam Guide
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re: Ready Player Two
It’s out now, listened to the preface, interesting choice for the risks in the oasis now. Upped the stakes. Won’t be able to get in to it til I finish Rhythm of War though.


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memphis tiger
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re: Ready Player Two
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What were y'alls impressions of ready player one?


Loved it for what it was. Was not a great work of literature but it was a fun read full of nostalgia for someone like me who grew up in the 80s.

Also liked Armada.

That said, a sequel doesn’t really interest me.
This post was edited on 11/24 at 8:55 pm


Dam Guide
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re: Ready Player Two
God the writing in this is fan fic levels of bad.

He also goes woke in some parts for no reason besides being woke. It doesn’t fit well and may actually piss off the groups he is trying to cater to.

Otherwise this one is like force awakens to Star Wars, pretty much a repeat of the first book. If you enjoyed the first you may enjoy this one. Some of the challenges and nostalgia is fun, but you can tell he goes into too much detail trying to prove how much of a nerd he is when it isn’t necessary.


The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Ready Player Two
RP1 is one of my all time favorite books. I'll go back to it a couple times a year, just for a quick listen on a road trip for work.

RP2 isn't going to be the same thing. Ranking Cline's book, it falls behind Armada by a pretty good bit.

To me, I read Armada and couldn't get Enders' Game out of my head. Reading RP2, I got the same vibe but with RP1. Not in the sense of this is a continuation of the same story, but an unhealthy rehashing of the same exact story.

I also had an issue with the wokeness. It was just unnecessary. It didn't add any development to the characters or context. Just woke for wokeness sakes.

To me, RP1 felt like something new and exciting, when you read RP2, you'll feel like you are reading a mashup of RP1 and a plethora of other movie/books dealing with AI.



It also feels like he read every forum discussing his book, looked at the comments that started with "I can't believe he didn't include... " and then included all of those things in book 2. No stone from the 80s or geek culture is left unturned, it seemed.


Dam Guide
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re: Ready Player Two
He also made you hate almost every character in the first book. The ending didn’t necessarily redeem this fully.

I did enjoy the purple lightning bits.
This post was edited on 11/30 at 3:45 pm


Woolfman_8
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re: Ready Player Two
I’m 120 pages in, and it’s kinda hard to read. I’ve never been much of a reader, and hearing people say “this writer is terrible” never really made sense to me. But after finishing 2 Michael Crichton books and then reading this... i understand what people mean. There is just something about his adjectives... or lack of that bothers me. Still going to power through. Then on to Fellowship of the Ring.


nopants
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re: Ready Player Two
I read RP1 in one sitting and loved it for obvious nostalgia reasons (was born in '80). RP2 was a struggle to finish. As others have mentioned he threw woke crap in there for no discernable reason and it just overall felt like a much worse version of the first book.


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