Press Start to Play – a review


Press Start to PlayPress Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun one; I’m sorry it took me so long to read. But that was a good thing because it had all the right number of pages to make the book worthwhile, I thought. Ever since I read Ready Player One by Earnest Cline (who also wrote the preface to this book, coincidentally) way back when, I have gotten more and more into video game fiction. For those of you out there who are still perplexed about how this works, it’s the type of fiction that deals with video games as it’s base. That is books about video games. This collection of short stories was novel, even in the genre, I would say. The stories are succinct, for the most part, and (of the 90% that I enjoyed) really thew me for a loop in the end.
The last few stories really bring it home and I think Wilson did a great job on editing this book. There were some solid authors in here (but isn’t that the way the writing goes?), and each story really keeps you wanting to play more (not that that’s what the industry wants). Rihanna Pratchett also had a fabulous story. I really liked Django Wexler’s tale about that dude in Japan.
If you’re into this genre of fiction, this is one I highly recommend.

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