I'm still on a quest for new authors and seem to be in a sci-fi rut for the last couple of weeks. I'm not sure where I found Ready Player One, but it looked interesting and had received decent reviews.
I'm also not a fan of the overly descriptive sci-fi writer.
If you look at the classic writers, whose books can stand the test of time you find that when they are speaking of new technologies they briefly mention what it does, or what it's used for, yet never go into too much detail. Think of Jerry Pournelle's pocket computer, in 'The Mote in God's Eye', he mentions what it is (a pocket computer), what it was used for (maps,reading etc) and that was about it. Twenty years later, we have them and because he didn't try to imagine what the exact technologies would be that brought them to us his books are prescient and seldom wrong.
Unfortunately Ernest Cline decided to take the overly descriptive route and although the things he describes in the book aren't too far fetched by today's standards, in the long term he will have hobbled himself with too many details. Too often it felt like you weren't allowed to use your own imagination to fill in the blanks.
Despite looking interesting by then end of this book I just wanted it to be over, and should have obeyed my 100 page rule where I give any book 100 pages and unless I have a strong desire to complete it - I give up.