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Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.
A very readable narrative on how homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on the planet via insights into our science, philosophy, history and economics. Thought-provoking, entertaining and with splashes of humour, would recommend it to anyone.
I finished Ready Player One a few months ago, I'm not a big reader, so it's rare any book engulfs me so obsessively, but this one did.
Anyone interested in virtual reality, scifi, old arcade games and RPGs will be in heaven reading it.
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Rob where is it done as a roll call in here or in another section🙁
I'd say a roll call belongs in the General section...
Robee J Shepherd says...
"I finished Ready Player One a few months ago, I'm not a big reader, so it's rare any book engulfs me so obsessively, but this one did."
I just finished Ready Player Two, and boy oh boy it's a struggle.
Short synopsis, the book starts a few weeks after the end of book one and immediately negates the happy ending of the first's movie adaptation.
Wade finds another message from Halliday regarding another piece of tech to enable users to log into the OASIS, the ONI, a fully-immersive rig that fits on the head and interfaces with the user's brain directly, allowing the user to experience real touch, taste, sounds and smells without the need for a haptic suit or immersion rig.
Wade is enthused with the new tech, but Samantha (Art3mis) has severe reservations about allowing that much control being handed over to an unknown machine.
As the High 5 are now in charge of Gregarious Games, they vote on it, and Samantha is the only voice of dissent, leading to her breaking up with Wade and starting to travel the world, helping out the less fortunate (carried over from the first book.)
However, once logged in, Wade gets another invitation from Anorak (Halliday's avatar) to find seven crystal shards hidden throughout the Oasis, although the potential reward is a little vague.
But it's when he starts on the quest that the story gets bogged down in Ernest Cline's own personal wish list of things he knows well. Unless you're as big a fan as he is of John Hughes' movies, Prince (TAFKAP) and the Simarillion, you're going to find yourself losing interest quickly.
The story flows well, but it takes the time to introduce new and potentially interesting characters, but then largely ignores them while they're sent on a potentially more interesting quest which we know nothing about until they show up near the ending, Deus ex machina banners flowing proudly behind them.
Clumsy foreshadowing, dull storytelling, and an epilogue out of nowhere makes this one to read only if you've really exhausted all your other books during lockdown.
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"I just finished Ready Player Two and boy, and boy oh boy it's a struggle."
Heard bad things about this book, so will be avoiding - and not a big 90's pop culture fan anyway (musically I feel it was a barren desert)...
Currently working my way through (R)Evolution, Gary Numan's autobiography where he's far more open and spilling personal details than he was in Praying To The Aliens.
"I just finished Ready Player Two, and boy oh boy it's a struggle."
Oh no! I loved the first one so much, I couldn't put it down. :(
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I crammed the first book before watching the film, which may have been a mistake as the movie departs from the source material to such an extreme in places that it became distracting, and drew actual protests about the portrayal of the female characters. (Samantha is depicted as 'Rubenesque' in the books, but is played by Olivia Cooke in the movie, who isn't).
But, it's a Spielberg flick, and he knows what sells, plus Ernest was on set to sign off on the changes so it gets a begrudging pass.
The book might be worth another pass, but as I mentioned, you'd have to have more than a passing familiarity with some of the story's focal points, which in this case may be too niche to have as widespread an appeal as the original.