Ready Player One - Ernest Cline Book Discussion

New Year, new location and one my favorite geek books from the last few years!  What can be better?  For a special treat, get a copy of the book from your neighborhood library!

 

Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011: Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.--Chris Schluep

 

EXCELSIOR!

 

Brian

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  • Sue Ellen Wilhelm W.

    I started it and planned to finish it after my 3rd Friday book club book when I thought we were meeting next week. I liked what I've read, but I hadn't gotten very far.

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Brian D.

    Everyone remember to bring book titles to suggest for March! This will be the first time at the Ivy bookstore, try to shoot for the 7-7:15 time frame. The store closes around 6:30 and I will be there soon after hopefully.

    January 16, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    by the way, you can watch Secrets of Isis on Hulu Plus.

    January 2, 2013

    • Brian D.

      I remember that along with the Shazam! live action show!

      January 16, 2013

  • Sue Ellen Wilhelm W.

    Crap! I had the wrong date on my calendar and am scheduled to close. Catch you next month.

    January 11, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    The author did his homework. It's refreshing.

    January 2, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    Wiki: In early 1971, a former Air Force electronics technician named John Draper (later self-nicknamed Captain Crunch) was informed by his phone phreak friend Joe Engressia that a toy whistle that was, at the time, packaged in boxes of the cereal could be easily modified to emit a tone at precisely 2600 Hertz, the same frequency that was used by AT&T long lines to indicate that a trunk line was ready to route a new call. This resulted in, among other things, the ability to place free phone calls to anywhere in the world and operator-like control over the phone system. Experimenting with this whistle inspired Draper to build blue boxes, electronic devices capable of reproducing this 2600 Hz tone and other tones required to control trunk lines. After being featured, under his pseudonym of Captain Crunch, in an article in the October 1971 issue of Esquire Magazine titled "Secrets of the Little Blue Box", he was sentenced in 1972 to five years’ probation for toll fraud.

    1 · January 2, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    i'm not a gamer and fully believe Purzivil and them are nut's. But this is a great book. Prior to our discusions I'd give it 4 "avatars". Lets see if that changes after the meeting. I can't believe how many references I can relate to. I love buckaroo banzai.

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is one of the best books i have read this year!

    December 17, 2012

  • Nate

    do I get a no prize for attending??

    1 · December 2, 2012

    • Brian D.

      No, you do not. Not even for recognizing the reference.

      1 · December 2, 2012

    • Nate

      uh what reference??

      December 2, 2012

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