Oct 6 2011 10:30am

Comic Critiques: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

John Bonner

Every week or so, comic artist John Bonner reviews books, audio, and more, then turns his reactions into a comic strip. You can check out many more of them at Bonner’s site.

Today he tackles Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera, set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.


Chris Palmer
1. cmpalmer
I love the Comic Critiques and this one is no exception, since everyone is entitled to their opinions and the world would be a boring place if everyone liked and disliked the same things.

Luckily for me, though, Ready Player One was written for me. I loved it, flaws and all.
Mike G.
3. Mike G.
@cmpalmer and @ashaef: me 3.

I couldn't put the book down. The prose sounded, to me, like a very credible voice for the narrator.

But then again, I'm a mid-40's geek who grew up in the 80's, so I'm pretty well in the middle of the target demographic :)
Chris Palmer
4. cmpalmer
@Mike G. - I'm a mid-40's geek who grew up in the 80's as well :-)
Joshua Stevenson
5. itsgottabeodin
I'm sorry that John Bonner was unable to enjoy the book... but I have to agree with the above: I enjoyed the book immensly.

I was born in the mid-eighties, so I missed on much of the 80's. That did not stop me from enjoying the book in any way shape or form.
Josh Storey
6. Soless
I found the narrative style a little annoying. I mean, the book is aimed at geeks and nerds, right? So why does the narrator have to explain all of the pop culture references as if he's talking to someone who wouldn't understand? I could understand a few intro chapters taking that tone, but it seemed to continue throughout the novel.

To me, the whole book felt like that paragraph at the beginning of all roleplaying books that begins with "What is a table top role playing game (RPG)?"
Levi Stribling
7. WhiteAsianMagic
Nice review. This is one of my favorite books in the last couple of years. The langauage was spot-on. I appreciate the comic form of the review. Thanks for that.
Scott Miles
8. Namdonith
Just finished reading this. I'm not a true child of the 80's (was born in late 89) and as such many of the references in the book were lost on me. Nonetheless I enjoyed the pace and the concept of the novel, and enjoyed looking up some of the references, watching movie scenes on youtube, etc. as they came up. Thought it was great. Thanks for the review.

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