Ready Player One

The catalogue of great literature -- any literature -- inspired by video games is scant, which makes Ernest Cline's new novel such a welcome addition. In the distant future, everyone is obsessed with playing OASIS. Wade Watts is one of the countless players who hopes to find the secret lottery ticket hidden in the game by its enigmatic creator. The key lies in nostalgia for the pop culture of the late twentieth century. An engrossing cyber adventure steeped in geek.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…