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Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #31
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Sort of a Ready Player One (minus the nostalgia) mixed with a comedic version of The Rule of Four.
I rather liked 'Ready Player One', but then it was my nostalgia too :-)
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:08 PM   #32
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Same here. I really enjoyed Ready Player One. The nostalgia was right in my wheel-house, so to speak. Penumbra reminded me of RPO, but was missing (for me anyway) the same nostalgic connection. Still entertaining, though.
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Some of the early posts in this thread made the book sound interesting, but if it's full of pop culture references and "Duuuuude!" I'm probably too old for it

I wonder if "Dude" is a regional thing. I was in my 20's in the 1980's and don't remember it being popular (I'm in the southeast).

I have no idea what the kids are saying these days....
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I wonder if "Dude" is a regional thing. I was in my 20's in the 1980's and don't remember it being popular (I'm in the southeast)
Must've been. I was in my 20s in the '80s in the midwest and "dude" was more popular than "hey" for a time. It was mostly fading by the '80s though.

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I wouldn't say this book over-does it with pop-culture references. It does get a bit Google-heavy at times, though. And either "Dude" was used pretty sparingly or I'm more OK with duuuude than I might have realized.
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I'm pretty out of pop culture (and am 62) and I didn't find that I was too old for the book.

Normally, I avoid first person and first person present tense is usually right out, but I enjoyed the book (obviously)
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Ready Player One just went onto my TBR-list. Sounds very interesting.

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Several people I work with (all over 30) use "dude" on a regular basis. One, a 40-year old woman, even uses "whatevs", "forevs", and similar English atrocities.

Thanks for the recommendation, I picked this up and will read it next.
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I'm reading it with Readmill, which is kind of like an online book club. But a much better realisation of a bookclub.

You can share your reading progress and highlights with other people, which is awesome. And the design is nice, and kind of does a lot of the stuff that Kindle seems to be lacking.

Is anyone using Readmill?

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #39
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I'm pretty out of pop culture (and am 62) and I didn't find that I was too old for the book.

Normally, I avoid first person and first person present tense is usually right out, but I enjoyed the book (obviously)
OK - you've given me hope!
When some of my current holds come through, maybe I'll add this to my Overdrive hold requests.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:49 AM   #40
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OK - you've given me hope!
When some of my current holds come through, maybe I'll add this to my Overdrive hold requests.
In the US it's only available as an audiobook (via Overdrive).

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If you liked Mr. Penumbra, I recommend the non-fiction book The Gutenberg Revolution, by John Man. It's about how Gutenberg developed his printing press, and how printing spread through Europe and the changes it caused. There are byways into history and the popes at the time (who only approved of printing when it printed things they approved of) - anyway, I found it fascinating.

There's also a Kindle Single called Gutenberg the Geek - it's only $0.99, and 20 pages, but it compares the Gutenberg revolution to the internet revolution, and contains some information not in the Gutenberg Revolution.

Anyway, I found both books to be interesting.
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Thank you for your original recommendation. I just finished Mr P... ripped through it in two days... terrific book!
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I just bought this for my next read, thanks for the recommendation, sounds very interesting.
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The price of this title just dropped to $5.99 at Amazon. Thought others might like to know.
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The price of this title just dropped to $5.99 at Amazon. Thought others might like to know.
NOTE: That's a sale price for this weekend, Amazon is matching B&N so it'll likely go back up once B&N's 50% off sale ends.
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