TMB Book Club Book 2: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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  1. Artoo

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    Cool. I think this could translate easily into a movie so I don't think there will be too much "the book was better" bullshit that usually comes with an adaptation.
     
  2. LKRFN88jp

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    Second book? Idk how I feel about that.
     
  3. Arkie Proud

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    Good. You should feel good.
     
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  4. NCHusker88

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    It doesn't necessarily say it's a sequel or anything. So you should definitely feel good
     
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  5. LKRFN88jp

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    For some reason I just assumed sequel and didn't read the article yet. I'm down for a second book in general from the guy for sure. Good writer.
     
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  6. Duane Coleman

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    Saw thread title about this book and I downloaded the sample. Was immediately hooked and bought it today. Currently about half way done with it right now, I just can't put the book down.
     
  7. lazy bum

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    finally started this yesterday, just finished it. Usually a good sign when I burn through a book that quickly.

    I agree that some of the writing/dialogue is a bit amateurish or whatever, but that didn't bother me much. The premise alone reeled me in and I thought he told his story well and populated it with characters I enjoyed reading about. Didn't hurt that I basically grew up in the 80s (don't remember a ton from the first part of the decade but the middle and end of it are vivid for me still) and played most of these games (I even had that piece of shit Tandy from the book) and watched all these movies.

    This is one of those books I'd love to see in movie/TV form but know could never be realized in a way that would make me happy. They can't pay the licensing fees (and that's a huge part of the hook here) and I doubt they'd have the budget to even show a lot of the stuff described. So, I'll see the eventual movie but I expect to be disappointed.
     
  8. TC

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    Lazy bum sounds like you and I are on the same page :awesomeface:
     
  9. nexus

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    Read an article yesterday that said it's expected to either be a sequel or a spin-off but that either way it'll be heavily influenced/related to RPO
     
  10. colonel_forbin

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    Started this last night. It was pretty tough to put it down and go to sleep. I'm sure I'll have it finished by the end of the week. Really entertaining

    I was going to start the Kingkiller Chronicle, but after reading books 4 and 5 of ASOIAF over again, I just kept putting it off because I didn't want to commit to another 1200 pages just yet. I'll probably start it after Ready Player One
     
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  11. The Blackfish

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    One of the most entertaining books I've ever read. It definitely has its flaws, but the unique and fun plot makes up for it. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case for his second book.
     
  12. TC

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    My thoughts exactly. Is it "literature"? No. Is it one of the most fun times I've had while reading? Yes. Love a book that captures the imagination
     
  13. colonel_forbin

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    This is undoubtedly the nerdiest book I've ever read, but I can't put it down.
     
  14. RegimentML

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    Second book is similar, though not quite as nerdy and not as good. They're damn fun, though. There's a reason I read both of them in 2 days each.
     
  15. colonel_forbin

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    Just finished. Definitely the nerdiest book I've ever read but I enjoyed it.
     
  16. Gin Buckets

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    1/3rd the way through Armada... Almost too much, but I'm looking past those things and will finish.

    Next is Cartel by Don Winslow... Came out in June and heard it was phenomenal (which means I'll probably love it since I love every Winslow book I've ever read)
     
  17. prerecordedlive

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    Guys, when does book club start again?

    I know we've all been reading basically the same things but I want to be able to explain to my gf why I'm reading a certain book by saying "my internet friends have spoken".
     
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  18. The Blackfish

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    When we get more willing participants. It has started and stopped like 3 times now.
     
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  19. NCHusker88

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    It could just be an informal thing where we pick a book for each month or whatever, just to give people incentives to read it, have a specific thread for it, etc. Doesn't have to necessarily be super organized
     
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  20. Arkie Proud

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    We can start it back up. Let's make it really informal. First person to make a thread that says, "August 2015 TMB Book Club Book is <insert book>". I'll pin it and we'll go from there.
     
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  21. KJROD20

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    I'd jump back in. Took time time read through Game of Thrones and didn't start back up.
     
  22. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    Finished RPO two days ago. Really enjoyed and flew through it. I didn't mind the nerdy disses because I could imagine kids living life in a virtual reality actually saying stuff like that and thinking it was hilarious.
     
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  23. jplaYa

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  24. Arkie Proud

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    Really?

    REALLY?
     
  25. prerecordedlive

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    Calm down, Arkie. It wasn't bad.
     
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  26. Arkie Proud

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    I think it was decidedly bad.
     
  27. prerecordedlive

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    I think your face is bad. So there.
     
  28. The Blackfish

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    His face is bad, hideous even... But he is unfortunately right about Armada.

    I was completely against the negative reviews that came out early, thinking that they were just mad it wasn't another RPO. Preordered an autographed copy, couldn't wait to read it... And was disappointed. Gave it 2/5 stars. I will definitely read Cline's next book though and hope it's as much fun as RPO.
     
  29. Arkie Proud

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  30. LKRFN88jp

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    The ending wasn't that good and it was corny at times but I still enjoyed it for 60/75% or so. So while I gave it a a 3/5, I don't think it was bad.
     
  31. The Blackfish

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  32. jplaYa

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    I mean I guess my expectations were lower than yours. I loved RPO as it was my favorite read last year, but I didn't go into Armada holding it to that same standard. RPO was the most enjoyable book I've read since Ender's Game. Armada definitely wasn't as good as RPO, but at the same time it wasn't a waste of my time either. It was pleasurable to me.
     
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  33. Arkie Proud

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    To be clear, I wasn't meaning to be rude. I'm just stunned that anyone actually enjoyed that book. From start to finish, I was underwhelmed and just kept giving it a chance, but with that ending, I just couldn't. Glad you enjoyed it, though.
     
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  34. jplaYa

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    I think what may have sealed it for me was that it hit home as I watched Sci-Fi a lot growing up with my dad. He showed me The Last Starfighter when i was like 7 and I'll never forget it. RPO hit home more because I grew up a gamer, however, of whatever nostalgic references mentioned in Armada, almost all reminded me of my childhood. A definite step down in storytelling because of how good RPO was, but similar feels as I read it. I didn't think you were rude either. I can definitely see your point.
     
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  35. Truman

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    3.5 years late, but this book was great. 5/5. Loved it.

    Also, I wish the current book club was this active :feelsbadman:
     
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  36. Truman

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    Also as far as I can tell, the only casted actor is Olivia Cook as Art3mis. lol
     
  37. prerecordedlive

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    I've been binging a lot of Netflix stuff and recent game releases or I'd be all up in the book club. Seems to go in waves. I've still yet to finish All The Light.
     
  38. LKRFN88jp

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    This, The Passage, or Gone Girl were probably the peak of the book club. All of those were a ton of read to read in the moment because there was a ton of discussion. Didn't hurt that those three were really good books too.
     
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  39. KJROD20

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    For me that buried the lead, because I didn't hear about this. Ben Mendelsohn is playing Sorrento is awesome.
     
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    I'm pretty happy with all three casting major decisions. Sheridan, Cooke, and Mendelsohn all seem like good choices.
     
  41. The Blackfish

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    I've read this sentence like 20 times and can't make heads or tails of it. Reads like a gubbs sentence.
     
  42. Blackterno

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    Finally got around to reading this. I'm about halfway through and absolutely love it. I grew up in the 80s so basically every 80s pop culture reference is one that I know of.
     
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  43. Arkie Proud

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    This is the only book he's written. There are tales of another book, but they are untrue. HE ONLY WROTE THIS.
     
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  44. LKRFN88jp

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    He could read Armada and stop like 200 pages in!
     
  45. Truman

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    I was so excited to read Armada and havent solely because of TMB. Then again, I only read RPO solely because of TMB
     
  46. NCHusker88

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    Armada wasn't as bad as Arkie Proud thinks but it definitely wasn't very good

    I like what he was going for but the execution was pretty poor
     
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  47. Arkie Proud

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    I think I was so disappointed because my expectations were so high. If I had just picked up the book and read it, I probably would have thought it to be a subpar book and just moved on. But it was Cline's follow up to RPO and I was really excited.