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Ready for Ready Player One

Ready for Ready Player One?

There’s still time to read the best selling book, Ready Player One, before it comes out in theatres on March 30th. It takes place in a bleak future where people escape their

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poverty laden lives by plugging into OASIS, an online utopia. The creator has left three keys in this online world and the finder will inherit his fortune.

Read it before you watch it here!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Or read Ernest Cline’s second novel

Armada If you enjoy your alien taking over the world stories with an abundance of pop culture and nerd references thrown in, then this might be your book.

And finally check out one of these if you’ve already availed yourself of Ernest Cline’s books and find yourself wanting more.

In Real Life Graphic  novel by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang featuring Anda, a gamer who enjoys spending time on Coarsegold Online, a multiplayer role playing game. After spending most of her time in Coarsegold, Anda’s ideas of right and wrong develop complexity as she meets a user who is doing something illegal but necessary for survival.

Death Dream Ben Bova’s “novel of “technology gone too far” could easily take place today. Dan Santorini has been hired to develop the ultimate virtual-reality simulation game. He moves to Florida only to find that something is very wrong. First his daughter has some disturbing encounters in the games that the company provides for her school, and then a colleague is killed while practicing one of his VR programs. As Dan races against time to find the answers and to save his family, he is hampered at every turn by greedy investors, a desperate boss, and government investigators. A well-researched and timely book.-Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Eye of Minds “Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out”– Provided by publisher.

Reamde When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

Excited about A Wrinkle in Time?

Anyone else can’t wait for A Wrinkle in Time to come out in theaters? If you want to read the book before seeing the movie, you still have one week left! And we have SO many ways to read, watch, or listen to the story.

Original novel by Madeleine L’Engle

Graphic novel adapted by Hope LarsonWrinkle in Time movie poster

Audio book performed by critically acclaimed actress Barbara Caruso

Video of Disney’s 2004 mini-series of the title

 

If you’d like to continue the adventures of the Murry family from A Wrinkle in Time, read these…

A Wind in the Door With Meg Murry’s help, the dragons her six-year-old brother saw in the vegetable garden play an important part in his struggle between life and death.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.

 

Or if you’d just like to read more of Madeleine L’Engle’s work, check out…

The Young Unicorns A seventeen-year-old boy, former member of a tough New York gang, a blind and talented twelve-year-old musician, the Austin family, and Canon Tallis are among the key characters who become involved in a frightening and evil scheme relying on the ability of a refined laser to give complete power over people’s minds.

Two Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage This moving memoir documents a marriage of more than forty years between two gifted people, a long term marriage that was: “full of wonderful things, terrible things, joyous things, grievous things, but ours.”

And Both were Young Flip doesn’t think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn’t sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

Camilla Fifteen-year-old Camilla gains new maturity through her relationship with her best friend’s brother and the growing realization that her parents are fallible individuals.

A Ring of Endless Light During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.

A Circle of Quiet Madeleine L’Engle’s personal place of retreat near a brook, a ten-minute walk from her family’s country home. This volume is a sharing of her inner life shaped primarily from materials in her journals.

Dare to be Creative Lecture presented by the author at the Library of Congress’ National Children’s Book Week. She discusses censorship, writing, love, and friendship.

Featured Bookshelf: Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month began as a week-long celebration in Sonoma, California in 1978 which was centered around International Women’s Day on March 8. A year later during a women’s history conference at Sarah Lawrence College, participants learned how successful the week was and decided to initiate similar events in their own areas. President Carter issued the first proclamation for a national Women’s History Week in 1980. In 1987, Congress (after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project) passed Pub. L. 100-9 designating March as Women’s History Month. U.S. Presidents have issued proclamations on Women’s History Month since 1988.

The University of Central Florida community joins together to celebrate Women’s History Month across the multiple campuses with a wide variety of activities including workshops, film screenings, and WomanFest. Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s #neverthelessshepersisted page to learn more about the scheduled events, and stop by the library to view the display wall which includes bras decorated at our Honor, Remember & Support workshop.

Here at the UCF Libraries, we have created a list of suggested, and favorite, books about women in both history and fiction. Please click on the link below to see the full book list with descriptions and catalog links.

Featured Bookshelf: Women’s History Month

And don’t forget to peruse these and additional titles on the Featured Bookshelf display on the second (main) floor next to the bank of two elevators.

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