Biblioqueer (Gay Geek Book Club) -- Title I -- READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

PRESS START! Finally. We have our first title.

From Amazon:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 
   But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


We'll meet. Greet. Seat. Eat. And talk. About this book, of course. BRING CASH. Hope to see you all there!


Other suggestions on the list for future Meetups, in no particular order (updated 8/9/13):
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This Is How by Augusten Burroughs
A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
Hero by Perry Moore
The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies by James Neill
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (or pretty much any work by David Levithan)
Various works by Tennessee Williams
The Harry Potter UK Series
The Scott Pilgrim Series

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  • Topher

    Hi all! PRO TIP: If any of you are interested in the audiobook version, Audible.com is offering a 30-day free trial. Ready Player One is available during this trial, and you might be able to get a head start on the next title we choose! Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One/dp/B005HG7BWC/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1376876716

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Amanda H.

    Can we pick and choose which ones we would like to participate in.. Some of these titles don't seem like they would interest me.

    June 20, 2013

    • Topher

      I have to admit I feel the same way, but that's why I want you all to vote on these!

      June 21, 2013

    • Topher

      I realized I never even responded to Panda's question -- yes, attend the ones you feel you want to. You don't have to come to EVERY book club event to stay in the book club. :P

      August 8, 2013

  • Myles

    I literally JUST finished readying "Ready Player One", so I'm throwing my vote for that one. When are we gonna do this thing???

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Salomon B. R.

    Scott Pilgrim! :-)

    July 21, 2013

  • Ryan

    I'd be interested in doing a book club. That sounds like fun :D

    July 6, 2013

  • Amanda H.

    Ready Player One sounds good to me

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Pendragon

    The time machine- h.g. wells. :)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Jeff

    Shouldn't the classic "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card be on this list. Granted, I'm assuming most people have read it, but on the off chance . . .

    June 16, 2013

    • Topher

      I haven't yet read it and have always wanted to. I had thought about putting it on the list but, as Card is a notorious homophobe, I was also lukewarm about it and am actually wondering what other members may think about the idea. If others agree it should be on the list, then I'll totally add it. But if it causes an uproar or backlash, we may have to hold off on that one...

      June 17, 2013

    • Pendragon

      I Vote no to spending my money on O.S. Card

      June 27, 2013

  • Maureen

    I vote for ready Player One too!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Jaron K.

    Also. If anyone is a Wil Wheaton fan "Ready Player One" is read by him in audiobook form and he's great at it. Sometimes you feel that HE IS the main character.

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Jaron K.

    I say that should be the process. My vote is for "Ready Player One".

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Adam

    So what's the process? Do we vote on one book and then read it and get together to discuss it?

    June 21, 2013

  • Jaron K.

    I always feel like some non LGBTQ centered Liturature really helps clear the mind on how LGBTQ characters are treated/viewed. Ready Player One is a great example and thank you to Maureen for bringing that one up.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Topher

    I LOVE David Levithan! Already read Boy Meets Boy but wouldn't mind reading it again. I recently began his Will Grayson, Will Grayson but can hold off on that one. I've also read Perks but, again, wouldn't mind reading it again. And I've added the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series to the list because, though I have all of the books, I've yet to read them and they seem perfect for this group.

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What kind of genre are we limiting ourselves to? (If we are limiting it)

    June 3, 2013

    • Topher

      I'm not sure we are. I'm going to try to compile a list of all suggestions and move them up the list democratically depending on everyone's preferences.

      June 5, 2013

  • Christopher

    Hello everyone! Even though I have yet to read them "The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies", "Hero" by Perry Moore and "A Density of Souls" by Christopher Rice sound like great reads. One of the great queer American playwrights who was openly queer when homosexuality was considered a mental illness, Tennessee Williams has dozens of great reads. I am a huge fan of Suddenly, Last Summer, Vieux Carre, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, all of which are part autobiographical, homoerotic, and psychologically stimulating. Some other good reads include:

    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
    Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
    Boy Meets Boys by David Levithan

    June 5, 2013

  • Ron

    Would love to be part of a book club! Just finished "Proof of Heaven", an NDE autobiography from a physician (one thumb up, one thumb down). And recently started "The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies", and although very textbook, it's fascinating!!

    June 4, 2013

  • Jaron K.

    Awesome! I've been looking for a new book club, I had to leave my last one. I'm reading "A Density of Souls" by Christopher Rice and starting the UK versions of Harry Potter. My next planned book was "Hero" by Perry Moore.

    June 3, 2013

    • Maureen

      Hero was a great read.

      June 3, 2013

  • Maureen

    I would highly recommend "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, it has both tons of geek culture and a positive portrayal of LGBT characters in the story.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Bob

    How about the Santa Monica Public Library main branch on Santa Monica & 6th St?

    June 3, 2013

  • Adam

    I'd definitely be up for it.

    June 3, 2013

  • Joe C.

    I've been looking to join a book club.

    June 3, 2013

  • Myles

    Oooh! Sounds fun! I'm currently in the middle of "Inferno" by Dan Brown, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green, and "This Is How" by Augusten Burroughs. I'm a glutton for Bourroughs' work.

    1 · June 3, 2013

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