It’s been a year since I posted to this thread.
I just finished Ready Player One. I was seriously impressed. I had heard of it but ignored it because it was admittedly about a video gamer and gamer culture. I broke down and listened to the audiobook because of a couple of Youtube reviews I watched.
I find the portrayal of 2045 quite interesting even though that is not what is emphasized in the story. But the way I conceptualize a story it cannot just be what is happening in the virtual world, the characters have to deal with both. There is a Groucho Marx quote in the story that I never heard.
“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”
I also listened to The Three Body Problem. It gets lots of PR but I would not have written this post because of it.
I read Ready Player One a few months ago and thought it was pretty good also. Basically Second life met Oculus Rift and the world went to hell, and just as some evil wizards try to destroy it all a 21st century Harry Potter and friends come along to save the world. Throw in a lot of 1980’s pop and tech trivia and what’s not to like.