lucky wander boy reminded me a lot of microserfs in the sense that both sort of share an overlap with own personal experiences. whereas microserfs is set in the nuttiness of a mid-90s software startup, lucky wander boy is set in the nuttiness of late-90s hollywood dotcom.

but lucky wander boy is just dripping with video game references and nostalgia (some of them, like the one the book is named for, are fictional), and has a much stronger story than microserfs (from what i remember of that book: it's been years since i read it).

some of the entries in the fictional catalogue of obsolete entertainment are just over-the-top pretentious fun.

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