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  1. I'm certainly not trying to be part of any blowback. We listened to it while driving out here in December and I had my thoughts by the first third. It's just references to better fiction obscuring a plot we've seen a zillion times.
    Boo, Hiss.

  2. Quote Originally Posted by Mzo View Post
    I'm thinking about reading the book, but it sounds like the most awful jerkoff nerd fanfiction ever.
    That's what it is. I'm not clued into "nerd culture" outside of vidya so maybe the book wasn't for me. But I thought it was beyond awful. Like, the biggest piece of crap book. That said Steven Spielberg, unlike Ernest Cline, is a man of talent. I think he could deliver an entertaining movie for all that also has all the in-jokes and references for people who liked the book.

    Also: it's weird that the same people who criticize Big Bang Theory for shitty surface level pandering embraced this book.

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    The references in the movie will be completely arbitrary to whatever rights they were able to pick up. Novels don't have to do that, they're free to just use anything. What it comes down to is that nothing in this movie can possibly matter.
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    I'm sure whatever Yeller wrote is fascinating!

  4. To the book's credit, it probably has one of the most realistic and grounded depictions of VR and the metaverse, and it did it before the current VR wave. That alone is pretty cool.

    It is fan-fictiony in a lot of ways, more than it is pandering even. A lot of the references are dated and and obscure, to where they come off as self-indulgent rather than commercial. That also made them more forgivable to me, because it made it kind of personal rather than cynical.

  5. I know nothing about this book, and saw all the jizz reaction to the trailer. Guess I am not cool enough to get it.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by Diff-chan View Post
    Also: it's weird that the same people who criticize Big Bang Theory for shitty surface level pandering embraced this book.
    I don't think that's a fair comparison. Yes this book has a ton of surface level pandering but you can tell it actually comes from a love of references. Big Bang Theory is more focused on "oh look at those silly nerds doing nerd things, laugh at how funny their nerd things are: see this one likes the Saga comic because it has BOOBS on it... HA HA HA HA HA, nerds don't get to touch boobs so that's funny... oh and this one plays world of warcraft... HA HA HA HA HA NERDS"
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    You sir, are a hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.

  7. #17
    Yeah, big bang is nerd face.

  8. #18
    It's the novelization of the MVS comic where he flies away at the end.

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