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With the help of their friends and otherwise useless English degrees, Isaac and Declan take on the ever growing world of truly awful writing, one chapter at a time. We read them so you don't have to!

Big Bad Books Shame City

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With the help of their friends and otherwise useless English degrees, Isaac and Declan take on the ever growing world of truly awful writing, one chapter at a time. We read them so you don't have to!

    Victory?: Chapter 9 (Ready Player Two)

    Victory?: Chapter 9 (Ready Player Two)

    This is, being frank, the most boring chapter of the book so far!
    After finally giving us a glimpse of puzzle last time, Cline brings us crashing back down to Earth harder than a SpaceX rocket with a death wish. We get a pained attempt at banter, followed up a dream so symbolic that Freud himself would be left quaking.
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    • 56 min
    Progress: Chapter 8 (Ready Player Two)

    Progress: Chapter 8 (Ready Player Two)

    The chapter for this episode finally delivered what we’ve all been waiting for: some genuine focus on the goddamn Shard Riddle.

    We won’t lie to you… it’s not great. However, it did give us a chance to chat about puzzles, riddles, Dan Brown, The Robes of Anorak, Agatha Christie, twitch.tv/shamecity, and - lest we forget - The Internet’s Chuck Wendig.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Morality: Chapter 7 (Ready Player Two)

    Morality: Chapter 7 (Ready Player Two)

    It’s not often you can say a book reaches new lows when every single page of it has already been drivel, but Cline is a pioneer!

    This episode’s chapter involves multiple, heinous breaches of morality and decency, on both Wade’s part and Ernest’s, further cementing the idea that they are, in fact, one and the same.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Abundance: Chapter 6 (Ready Player Two)

    Abundance: Chapter 6 (Ready Player Two)

    In this episode, the glow-up from the previous chapter is summarily (and immediately) undermined by a string of references so pointless that they strain even Cline’s tenuous grasp of emotional resonance.
    The rest of the chapter consists of a couple dozen pages culminating in an ending so dramatic that it borders on being actual plot!
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    • 59 min
    Ersatz Evolution: Chapter 5 (Ready Player Two)

    Ersatz Evolution: Chapter 5 (Ready Player Two)

    This episode features a glimmer of hope on the bibliographic horizon.

    Old Ernie Cline appears to have dropped the references, dropped the weird techno-acronyms, and possibly embraced the idea of… character development?

    Sure it’s still interminably dull, internally inconsistent, and entirely plotless. But baby steps, right?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Aimlessness: Chapter 4 (Ready Player Two)

    Aimlessness: Chapter 4 (Ready Player Two)

    It’s episode two, and we’re looking at the fourth chapter of ‘Ready Player Two’.

    You might think that, by now, we’d have a clear direction for the novel? Perhaps a core narrative? A singular focus? Well, consider this just another instance of Ernie Cline’s genre-bending originality, because we still don’t have a goddamn clue what’s actually happening!

    • 1 hr

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