John Hughes: Chapter 16 (Ready Player Two)

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Reeling from the shard-related revelations of last time, we were all ready for an action-packed chapter. But Cline is a master of subverting expectations, and instead provided us with the most boring collection of pages ever! Join us as we traverse the medium-sized planet of Shermer dedicated to all things John Hughes. PLUS we take another visit to the ever-prophetic Gulag Caledonia for some Very Good Philosophy! Important Links

Shifting

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In which Declan explores his cynical side, Isaac elucidates the seven levels of metaphor, and both wonder just how big one can ask Malfoy’s dick to be. Important Links!

Pacing: Chapter 13 (Ready Player Two)

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Another episode, another chapter, and after the white-knuckle excitement of the Ninja-Sega/Sega-Ninja rundown last time out, we’re in for even more excitement, as we finally see Wade in some death-defying combat, and uncover more of the mysterious past Halliday has been hiding. Plus, we enter the realm of Gulag Caledonia, an all-too-divorced prediction of a future ravaged by God-forgetters. Not to be missed! Important Links

Bog Standard

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In which Declan has been plumbing the depths of bathroom acclaim, Isaac describes pure and condensed trad, and both set their sights on an awards ceremony. Important Links!

Ekphrasis: Chapter 13 (Ready Player Two)

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After an Easter Gunting hiatus, we’re back with another chapter. This one’s heavy on the games and light on the story. Just the way we like it! Ernest puts us in the shoes of Wade in the cyber-shoes of Parzival who is, in turn, in the simulated-kicks of Kira Underwood: the coolest teen in Middletown (Ohio). Important Links

Grief: Chapter 12 (Ready Player Two)

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As a famous, jewel-headed robot once said, what is grief if not love persevering? In this chapter, Cline ponders the very same question in the aftermath of the tragic circumstances which led to Mark Rylance crashing a plane into Art3mis. And his answer is not what you’d expect! Important Links

The Darwin Award

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In which Declan has been making some scholarship, Isaac is unimpressed by some policework, and both dive deeply into a British Classic. Important Links!

Liability: Chapter 12 (Ready Player Two)

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After a brief, reading-based hiatus, we’re BACK to continue our quest through Ready Player Two! In this chapter, things are getting pretty real for dear old Wade. There’s a lot on the line, but fortunately he is legally protected from any and all consequences by some ironclad End User License Agreements. Important Links

The Men From 208

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In which Declan nearly dies, Isaac has been jawing things up in the research sphere, and both make a pact with you, the noble listeners, to carry the Podcasting Torch from here on out. Important Links!

Intelligence: Chapter 11 (Ready Player Two)

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It’s the festive season, and to celebrate the coming of Claus, Cline has seen fit to gift us all with something we’ve been missing sorely: an actual story! Revelations, twists, references, and over-explained simplicities are abound in this episode, which some critics are describing as “one hell of a chapter”. Important Links

A Catch-Up

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In which Isaac has been tackling a puzzle of biblical proportions, Declan has been threatening television rental staff, and both are (in a very big way) BACK. Important Links!

Drama: Chapter 10 (Ready Player Two)

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After taking some time to process and reflect on the dense narrative clod of RP2, we’re finally back with a new chapter. And what a chapter it is! Open up your body and mind to Ernest’s ping-pong prose as he pilots your unthinking telebot corpse through a hailstorm of revelations and plot twists which some critics have suggested he could have done with spreading out a bit. Important Links