HUSH Podcast #117 – 2Book Topeka: Ready Player One

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Show Notes

2Book Topeka

Think about multiplying your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read two books on a theme. Our winter 2018 theme is adventure and games featuring Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. Find something fun on the complete list of events and start reading one or both of the books today!

Joining us in the studio to discuss Ready Player One: Nicole Hansen, Meg Porteous and Michelle Stottlemire

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. 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.

Trivia Time

Just like with the library’s popular trivia events, Lissa asks the questions and the podcast team (everyone else in the recording studio) works together to come up with the correct answers.

  • What was the name of the Atari 2600 game that Wade coded?
  • Why is Wade called Parzival?

Listen in to hear the other questions and see how the podcast team fared with their answers!

Fast Five

The fan-favorite portion of the podcast when we ask our guest five rapid-fire questions and you enjoy their off-the-cuff responses!

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Meet your Hosts

Every three weeks, join librarian hosts Thad Hartman, Lissa Staley and Miranda Ericsson with special guests from the library and community in a new episode of HUSH.

Thad, Miranda and Lissa host the HUSH podcast

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!