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Subject: Ready Player One
Date Posted: 12/2/2011 5:14 AM ET
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I just finished "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline and I was completely blown away by it. Can anyone recommend anything similar? It doesn't look like there will be a sequel, although it seems like there may be a movie in the works.

Subject: Sorta similar
Date Posted: 12/4/2011 1:43 AM ET
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I've read Metagame by Sam Landstrom.  (not nearly as good as Ready Player One).  I have heard that For the Win by Cory Doctorow is similar but I have NOT read this yet, its on my wish list.

Other books that use on-line story tricks - This is Not a Game by WJ Williams (four stars from me) and The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod (on my wish list).

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 6:30 AM ET
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Thanks Alison:

I've already read Metagame (and I agree with you) but I'm adding the others to my wishlist. Someone else recommended Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, I'm going to check it out.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/5/2011 8:20 PM ET
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I really liked Ready Player One...I've never read anything quite like that, but I thought it was similar to Killobyte by Piers Anthony, from earlier in the computer era.  I also was reminded of Dream Park by Larry Niven.  I did not finish it, but Neal Stephenson's recent book Reamde has many similarities, too.

I m not really a fan of any of those three, just commendting on similarities to Ready Player One.

Subject: Reamde
Date Posted: 12/5/2011 11:05 PM ET
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Matt, did you buy Reamde for your Kindle?  I was thinking how nice it would be to not have to tote around a thousand page hardback book.  I'm gonna wait till next year and see if the price comes down when the mass market paperback comes out. 

I read the free chapter 1.  It was really intriguing.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/6/2011 7:00 PM ET
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Alison - No, I borrowed it from the library.  I read a good hundred-some pages of it, but just did not have the patience for it.  Possibly I tried it too soon after Ready Player One and wasn't ready for another computer world.