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#1 IMBerzerk OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 8:21 PM

It's been out a while, but if you have not heard of it, or if you have and didn't read it yet..jump in. it's an 80s flashback that will blow a Gen Xer's mind! I read it a few months ago in 1 weekend.

Our beloved Intv is mentioned as well. Best book for Super Geeks I've read to date.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 8:22 PM

Sorry... I don't know why it double posted...

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 8:22 PM

Yes, I read it and it's fantastic.  Highly recommended to anyone who grew up in the 80s.  :D 

 

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 8:22 PM

Sorry... I don't know why it double posted...

 

Tapatalk?  If you're using Tapatalk and it gives you an error when posting a new topic, ignore the error, your topic posted fine. 

 

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 9:36 PM

It's THE video game book, and will be a Steven Spielberg movie next year. 

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/

 

When the forum or my connection is slow (usually from my phone), I get double posts too. When it seems like it's slow, crashed, or didn't go through ... it's best to just let it be. It's usually fine, and sending it again results in a double post. 



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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 10:15 PM

Absolutely loved the book! Can't wait for the movie, but really concerned that it won't meet my expectations.

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 11:01 PM

I feel the same way about the movie. I hope the get it right and not shave too much off the original story. Would really screw-up the whole feel to the nostalgia hidden all over the story.

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Posted Sat Jul 8, 2017 11:17 PM

A coworker strongly recommended it to me. Guess I should learn to read good and pick up a copy ;-)

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 6:04 AM

Listened to Will Wheaton read in the audiobook.  Can't wait for the movie!



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 7:33 AM

I've read it and enjoyed it very much. Waiting for the movie :)

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 8:11 AM

I've been wanting to read this book for awhile now and just keep not doing it. Even after tons of recommendations. I really need to finally just find the time and do it. I'm sure I'm gonna love it. Maybe with the movie coming out next year, that will give me the motivation to hurry up and read through it. 



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 9:16 AM

I don't find too much free time to read so I listened to the audio book during my commute to work. It's very well read by Wil Wheaton. I've re-listened to it several times.

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 9:23 AM

Oh yeah. LOVE IT!

 

...and you must get the Wil Wheaton audio book...because... well no spoilers... but let's just say he's in the book too and hearing him mention himself was AWESOME ;)



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 9:26 AM

The Wil Wheaton audio book is excellent, and that is how I "read" the book while on a long road trip.  I look forward to enjoying Armada the same way.  I should listen to "Ready Player One" again, though.  

 

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 9:41 AM

Considering all the various IP's that participate in the climax, I suspect the movie will let many of us down when our favorite pop culture character doesn't appear.
I suspect the movie company will be relying on Spielberg's name to carry it and cheap out on the licensed characters and replace with similar clones.  

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 9:44 AM

Considering all the various IP's that participate in the climax, I suspect the movie will let many of us down when our favorite pop culture character doesn't appear.
I suspect the movie company will be relying on Spielberg's name to carry it and cheap out on the licensed characters and replace with similar clones.  

 

There is an ENORMOUS amount of referenced IP in the book.  In particular, arcade games and movies play important roles.  I seriously hope they are able to license most of these.  It'll be a big letdown otherwise.  

 

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 9:55 AM

Wil Wheaton is a great reader of all things nerdy. Another audiobook recommendation: WW reading anything by John Scalzi. Old Man's War or Redshirts should be your next listen after RP1 and Armada.

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 10:08 AM

 

There is an ENORMOUS amount of referenced IP in the book.  In particular, arcade games and movies play important roles.  I seriously hope they are able to license most of these.  It'll be a big letdown otherwise.  

 

 ..Al

A lot are referenced in the text that wouldn't translate into the movie but this is a daunting list, including a reference to Spielberg himself, I don't remember the exact usage but I don't see the movie being brave enough to include that reference, just like the current rumours that Wil Wheaton is being passed over for any inclusion, cameo or not...

 

http://www.shmoop.co.../allusions.html



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 12:00 PM

Ready Player One is a must read for anyone who loves Sci-Fi and retro gaming.  



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 12:20 PM

As a Tandy Coco fan, I thought it was pretty cool that my obscure little computer was fairly heavily referenced in part of the book. 

 

Funny this topic comes up as I'm now about 1/4 into reading Armada which is also great, so far. Not really a spoiler because this is spelled out pretty much on the dust jacket but just in case -

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 12:32 PM

I wasn't as much a fan of Armada. It was ok, but didn't have the insane draw of Ready Player One to read and re-read again and again.

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 12:46 PM

Wasn't even aware of this....gonna grab a copy from Ebay now.

Did someone mention Wil Wheaton?

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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 12:51 PM

I started it Friday.



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 12:57 PM

I wasn't as much a fan of Armada. It was ok, but didn't have the insane draw of Ready Player One to read and re-read again and again.

 

I want to re-read it as well before the movie comes out but need to get a copy (I originally read a borrowed library copy) and my daughter wants to read it too.

 

Sorry you didn't care for Armada, but I'm enjoying it so far. 



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Posted Sun Jul 9, 2017 3:41 PM

 

I want to re-read it as well before the movie comes out but need to get a copy (I originally read a borrowed library copy) and my daughter wants to read it too.

 

Sorry you didn't care for Armada, but I'm enjoying it so far. 

 

It wasn't bad per se.  It actually got much better in the second half of the book.  I just didn't get invested in it like I did Ready Player One.






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