Book of the Month: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Ready to dial it back to the 80s? Ready Player One doesn’t just dabble in trivia of that time, it fully immerses the reader in the music, movies, videos games, and pop culture as the characters fully immerse themselves in the same via virtual reality.

This is the first time I’ve seen a movie based on a book first, and was then inspired to read the book. And it did not disappoint. Obviously, the book covered much more ground, but it did so in a satisfyingly different way. The main ideas were still the same, but both storylines had plenty of fresh elements that made it easy to enjoy both mediums separately and equally. There were new challenges the characters had to overcome, adding even more excitement to each story.

The one frustrating part was the ease the main character had in completing some of these challenges. He always seemed to have a back-pocket skill that saved the day. Most of these skills had to do with the exhaustive list of movies, television series, video games, and comic books he was very well-versed in at his young age. While I’m sure it’s a realistic feat for some people, the reader may want to try to brush up on the wide range of popular entertainment of the 70s and 80s to understand many of the book references.

Next up… Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, from Writers Digest. Nope, not a novel. This is because I’m dedicating July to submitting my children’s book manuscripts to publishers…again! I started this process back in 2012, so it’s been a while, and things have probably changed a bit—including my picture books.

Anyone else in submission mode or have current projects with publishers? Please share your story!

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