So I sometimes take a sudden and irrational dislike to a thing, which is exactly what happened yesterday when I picked up a copy of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline in my local Waterstones. The second paragraph on the first page starts with the following two sentences:
“I’d heard of Halliday, of course. Everyone had.”
I immediately went, “Man, fuck this book.” And I put it down and walked out of the SF section. Has any real person under any circumstances ever used that construction to talk about anything? “As you know, John, X is a big and important thing that everyone in the world has heard of and it is not clear to me why I feel the need to point this out to you except that I am a fictional character in a fictional universe and you are the reader and this thing between us, why, let’s just call that the fourth wall.”
In conclusion, here is my not-a-review of Ready Player One: I didn’t read it, but I really didn’t like the start of paragraph two.