Whatcan go wrong when writing a book tightly coneccted with videogames and nerd deluxe? A lot. But not in this book. If you have played commodore, atari or any else of the old goodies this is a must read
Found this book on a list to read now that you read Harry Potter. As Child of the 80's I caught more than half of the references. Listened to it with my teenage son on a road trip. He loved it as well.
I played those games, watched those movies and basically lived the life of James Halliday described in this book! Just finished listening to it for the sixth time and expect to listen to it many more!
It has used recycled plots to piece together an abortion of mediocrity. it is boring. the author is simple and undeveloped which makes this book unremarkable, other than the quasi-facts he has peppered throughout. everything in this book has an amateurs feel. the dialogue is clunky, the plot is typical and the finally WILL disappoint you. Just skip this it and wait untill Hollywood makes into another bad movie based on a bad book.
Reads like a plot outline. Very generic characters and story. The world is cool, but the author takes little advantage and its place is set as the border to a list of "this happened, then she felt like this, which lead to this happening". Lots of telling rather than showing.
Would recommend only for younger readers.
P.S. The Pop culture references are nice, but leave little to the reader to discover. Almost all references are spoken so plainly it leaves little to the imagination.
This book brought me back to the days of my childhood and my first discovery of computers and video games, which now dot the landscape of nearly every home. Listening to the description of the games I grew up playing brought back such fond memories and having them woven into the fabric of a story as if they were characters themselves was fantastic. Do yourself a favor strap in, plug in and gear up for this book. You will not regret it.
I found the first few hours tedious and slow - an extended mono-focus on world building, a lack of action, and annoying run on references to the 80s (without need). once the action begins, it's a great story, and worth the suffering.