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"You know the hardest thing about being smart? ... I always pretty much know what's gonna happen next. There's no suspense."

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Late to the party, but still...So after years of having people tell me how great the book is, I finally picked up Ready Player One yesterday. My brother was over playing Arkham Knight and Mortal Kombat X most of the day. So we hung out, and while he was playing I started reading, somewhere around 11 or 12. With the exception of a few breaks for lunch and then to interact with other human being type people, I read almost straight through until I finished the book around 11 pm.

In summary, all those people who recommended it to me were right. It was a great book. I didn't want to put it down. The only negative thing I can say about it is that the author has a habit of repeating exposition and, strangely, placing detailed exposition in odd places. There's one chapter full of a long explanation about the hunt (the premise of the book), but it comes way too late. I remember thinking, "This information would have been useful 10 chapters ago, but I've already inferred almost all of this from what the characters have said and done up till now."

Don't get me wrong, for a book filled with this sheer volume of esoteric geek culture minutiae, the author does a better job than I would have expected of following the "show don't tell" writing axiom, but when it turns into show and then later on also tell, it seems strange.

Anyway, short version, awesome book. Just wish I had taken people's advice and read it earlier, but the author has a new book out next month. So I'll have to make sure I don't wait quite so long this time around.
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