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Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline
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  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Isbn : 9780307887450
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 720
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. “Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club “Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”—HuffPost “An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN “A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”—Boston Globe “Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR “[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”—iO9

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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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  • File Pdf: the-impossible-fortress.pdf

Book Summary:

A love letter to the 1980s and to nerds everywhere—The Impossible Fortress will make you remember what it feels like to love someone—or something—for the first time. Billy Marvin’s first love was his computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky. Do you remember your first love? It’s May 1987. Fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of their idol, Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert computer programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes. “A sweet and surprising story about young love” (A.V. Club), and a “quirky, endearing, full embrace of the late eighties” (USA TODAY), The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love for the very first time. Heralded as one of the most anticipated novels of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and InStyle.com, The Impossible Fortress is a surefire “unexpected retro delight” (Booklist, starred review).

The Magician King

By Lev Grossman
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 9781101535530
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 721
  • File Pdf: the-magician-king.pdf

Book Summary:

Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on SYFY, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

A History of Video Games in 64 Objects

By World Video Game Hall of Fame
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 9780062838704
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Reads : 994
  • File Pdf: a-history-of-video-games-in-64-objects.pdf

Book Summary:

Inspired by the groundbreaking A History of the World in 100 Objects, this book draws on the unique collections of The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, to chronicle the evolution of video games, from Pong to first-person shooters, told through the stories of dozens of objects essential to the field’s creation and development. Drawing on the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s unmatched collection of video game artifacts, this fascinating history offers an expansive look at the development of one of the most popular and influential activities of the modern world: video gaming. Sixty-four unique objects tell the story of the video game from inception to today. Pithy, in-depth essays and photographs examine each object’s significance to video game play—what it has contributed to the history of gaming—as well as the greater culture. A History of Video Games in 64 Objects explains how the video game has transformed over time. Inside, you’ll find a wide range of intriguing topics, including: The first edition of Dungeons & Dragons—the ancestor of computer role-playing games The Oregon Trail and the development of educational gaming The Atari 2600 and the beginning of the console revolution A World of Warcraft server blade and massively multiplayer online games Minecraft—the backlash against the studio system The rise of women in gaming represented by pioneering American video game designers Carol Shaw and Roberta Williams’ game development materials The prototype Skylanders Portal of Power that spawned the Toys-to-Life video game phenomenon and shook up the marketplace And so much more! A visual panorama of unforgettable anecdotes and factoids, A History of Video Games in 64 Objects is a treasure trove for gamers and pop culture fans. Let the gaming begin!

Summary of Ready Player One

By SpeedyReads
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : SpeedyReads
  • Isbn : 9783965082397
  • Pages : 33
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Reads : 134
  • File Pdf: summary-of-ready-player-one.pdf

Book Summary:

Ready Player One is a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline, published in 2011. The setting of the novel is a dystopian Earth in 2044/2045. The planet, which became a globalized civilization, is facing a global energy crisis, climate change and several other issues. Most of the people spend their time in a virtual space/reality known as the OASIS. The designer of the OASIS left a treasure game, the Hunt, to play within the OASIS. The winner of the Easter egg hidden by the designer will get his fortune. The protagonist Wade Watts and his friends compete for the game, while also fighting an evil corporate entity. The film adaptation of the novel, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, will release in March 2018.

A Parent's Guide to Ready Player One

By Axis
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : David C Cook
  • Isbn : 9780830776979
  • Pages : 10
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reads : 793
  • File Pdf: a-parent-s-guide-to-ready-player-one.pdf

Book Summary:

This bestselling novel and film appeals to gamers, sci-fi enthusiasts, and kids of the 1980s alike, giving families a chance for common enjoyment and deep conversations. If your teens love RPO, this guide can help make sense of the good and the bad and offers lots of discussion questions. Parent Guides are your one-stop shop for biblical guidance on teen culture, trends, and struggles. In 15 pages or fewer, each guide tackles issues your teens are facing right now—things like doubts, the latest apps and video games, mental health, technological pitfalls, and more. Using Scripture as their backbone, these Parent Guides offer compassionate insight to teens’ world, thoughts, and feelings, as well as discussion questions and practical advice for impactful discipleship.

READY PLAYER ONE - Summarized for Busy People

By Goldmine Reads
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Goldmine Reads
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 113
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 967
  • File Pdf: ready-player-one-summarized-for-busy-people.pdf

Book Summary:

This book summary and analysis is created for individuals who want to extract the essential contents and are too busy to go through the full version. This book is not intended to replace the original book. Instead, we highly encourage you to buy the full version. The year is 2044, and humankind has retreated into the virtual world. Wade Watts escapes the ugliness of the real world by spending most of the day inside OASIS—the virtual dreamland where you can turn your imagination to reality, the adventure playground where you can visit any of the thousands of existing worlds. Like all other OASIS users, Wade dreams of finding the Easter egg left by creator James Halliday. Whoever solves Halliday's fiendish riddles and reaches the egg will be granted immense fortune and supreme power in OASIS. Years pass and millions fail. Over time, players all over the world become erudite of the things Halliday had loved: the 80s pop culture. Among these players is Wade, who is more than happy to simply recite Devo lyrics and play Pac-Man with fellow enthusiasts. But one day, he comes upon the first Key. Suddenly, the world, which has long been quiet about the Hunt, begins to watch. Thousands of competitors scramble, including a powerful organization that will do anything in order to get to the prize. For Wade, to survive means to win, but to do so, he will have to stand up and go out into the real world—a place he has long been trying to escape. Wait no more, take action and get this book now!

A Study Guide for Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One"

By Gale, Cengage
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Isbn : 9780028671093
  • Pages : 18
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 658
  • File Pdf: a-study-guide-for-ernest-cline-s-ready-player-one.pdf

Book Summary:

A Study Guide for Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Ready Player One - Editura Nemira

By Ernest Cline
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Nemira Publishing House
  • Isbn : 9786067587104
  • Pages :
  • Category :
  • Reads : 477
  • File Pdf: ready-player-one-editura-nemira.pdf

Book Summary:

Senzatia Science Fiction a anului : o calatorie cinematica prin univers plina de aventuri si o poveste deja clasica despre maturizare. Este anul 2044 si lumea noastra a ajuns un loc in care n-ai vrea sa traiesti. Am ramas farar petrol. Ne-am distrus climatul. Foametea saracia si bolilele sunt pretutindeni. Precum multi altii Wade Watts evadeaza din aceasta realitate trista conectându-se zile intregi la OASIS o utopie virtuala larg raspândita unde poti sa fii tot ce vrei tu sa fii si poti trai iubi si calatori pe oricare dintre cele zecile de mii de planete care alcatuiesc lumea virtuala. Şi ca aproape tot restul oamenilor Wade este obsedat de lozul de loterie suprem care sta undeva ascuns in aceasta realitate virtuala: fondatorul OASIS James Halliday care moare fara mostenitor a promis sa lase mostenire intreaga avere si controlul realitatii virtuale celui care va reusi sa ajunga la capatul vânatorii de comori prin intreagul univers virtual pe care a pus-o la cale inainte de moartea sa. Ani intregi milioane de oameni au incercat fara success sa duca la capat cautarea si sa descifreze indiciile inspirate din cultura anilor `80 lasate in urma de James Halliday. Atunci când Wade devine primul om care reuseste sa rezolve primul puzzle din vânatoare el intra intr-o cursa pe viata si pe moarte cu alti mii de concurenti si asta va schimba complet lumea lui. "

Ready Player Two

By Shira Chess
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Isbn : 9781452954998
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Reads : 110
  • File Pdf: ready-player-two.pdf

Book Summary:

Cultural stereotypes to the contrary, approximately half of all video game players are now women. A subculture once dominated by men, video games have become a form of entertainment composed of gender binaries. Supported by games such as Diner Dash, Mystery Case Files, Wii Fit, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood—which are all specifically marketed toward women—the gamer industry is now a major part of imagining what femininity should look like. In Ready Player Two, media critic Shira Chess uses the concept of “Player Two”—the industry idealization of the female gamer—to examine the assumptions implicit in video games designed for women and how they have impacted gaming culture and the larger society. With Player Two, the video game industry has designed specifically for the feminine ideal: she is white, middle class, heterosexual, cis-gendered, and abled. Drawing on categories from time management and caregiving to social networking, consumption, and bodies, Chess examines how games have been engineered to shape normative ideas about women and leisure. Ready Player Two presents important arguments about how gamers and game developers must change their thinking about both women and games to produce better games, better audiences, and better industry practices. Ultimately, this book offers vital prescriptions for how one of our most powerful entertainment industries must evolve its ideas of women.

Video Gaming in Science Fiction

By Jason Barr
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 9781476634296
  • Pages : 194
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 208
  • File Pdf: video-gaming-in-science-fiction.pdf

Book Summary:

 As video gaming and gaming culture became more mainstream in the 1970s, science fiction authors began to incorporate aspects of each into their work. This study examines how media-fueled paranoia about video gaming—first emerging almost fifty years ago—still resonates in modern science fiction. The author reveals how negative stereotypes of gamers and gaming have endured in depictions of modern gamers in the media and how honest portrayals are still wanting, even in the “forward thinking” world of science fiction.

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

By Gary Westfahl
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Isbn : 9781440866173
  • Pages : 766
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 630
  • File Pdf: science-fiction-literature-through-history.pdf

Book Summary:

This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole

Playing the Field

By Sascha Pöhlmann
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 9783110659405
  • Pages : 296
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 186
  • File Pdf: playing-the-field.pdf

Book Summary:

American Studies has only gradually turned its attention to video games in the twenty-first century, even though the medium has grown into a cultural industry that is arguably the most important force in American and global popular culture today. There is an urgent need for a substantial theoretical reflection on how the field and its object of study relate to each other. This anthology, the first of its kind, seeks to address this need by asking a dialectic question: first, how may American Studies apply its highly diverse theoretical and methodological tools to the analysis of video games, and second, how are these theories and methods in turn affected by the games? The eighteen essays offer exemplary approaches to video games from the perspective of American cultural and historical studies as they consider a broad variety of topics: the US-American games industry, Puritan rhetoric, cultural geography, mobility and race, urbanity and space, digital sports, ludic textuality, survival horror and the eighteenth-century novel, gamer culture and neoliberalism, terrorism and agency, algorithm culture, glitches, theme parks, historical guilt, visual art, sonic meaning-making, and nonverbal gameplay.