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Summer Reading List: Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
New York: Crown Publishers, 2011

The fantastic novel Ready Player One presents a world in which virtual reality technology becomes fully integrated with and inseparable from humankind’s lives. With the advancement of technology in our own world, there is a growing amount of hype and optimism around the diverse applicability of virtual reality but also a lack of thorough study of its implications. In about a generation’s time, virtual-reality technology should mature and if it indeed stays true to its current hype, it is our generation’s responsibility to conceive of some of its potential implications to better prepare ourselves for what’s about to dawn on us. Ready Player One serves as a cautionary tale as it explores those implications through the characters’ relationships, their sense of identity, and the greed for power.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

New ebooks have arrived…

Villette Sonique (Paris)

… in the Romance languages just in time for summer break! Some have been cataloged in OskiCat, some not yet. They are all accessible anytime from anywhere on the planet with Calnet authentication. Here are the coordinates:

Cairn.info – While the Library has subscribed to their Franco-Belgian collection of ejournals for years, this spring we added over 500 ebooks to our holdings which at the moment are only accessible through the website. Look under “Accès abonné’ to find titles such as Le choc colonial et l’islam or Simone de Beauvoir by Pierre-Louis Fort.

Digitalia – A collection of Spanish and Catalan e-books published in Latin America and Spain. These e-books can be read as pdfs, html, or Flash files. To date, the UCB Library has purchased more than 1300 titles all discoverable in OskiCat with keywords “Digitalia e-Books.” Cámaras en trance: el nuevo cine latinoamericano, un proyecto cinematográfico subcontinental and Visiones del Quijote: desde la crisis española de fin de siglo are two works previously never acquired in print.

Harmathèque – Éditions L’Harmattan is the largest publisher of French-language ebooks. Browse their online platform or searchOskiCat for “Harmathèque eBooks” to find individual titles acquired by the Library mostly dealing with Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb in particular. 447 were added this past year including L’invention du Congo Contemporain – Traditions, Mémoires, Modernités.

OpenEdition Books – This innovative platform for ebooks in the humanities and social sciences (mostly in French but also other European languages) now makes available nearly 4000 scholarly ebooks, some available digitally for the first time such as Un retour des normes romanesques dans la littérature française contemporaine and Deleuze et la violence. Most are open access in html but UCB’s sustaining partnership give us access to titles not available OA through the Freemium model and in three distinct formats: pdf, epub and another optimized for ereaders.

Torrossa – To date the Library has acquired nearly 3000 Italian ebooks which can be discovered by searching the platform or OskiCat with keywords “Torrossa Italian ebooks”,  “EIO Italian Studies Basic Collection” or “Olschki E-books.” Many of these were never acquired by the Library in print such as Saggi di Teoria della letteratura: percorsi tematici by literary theorist Enza Biagini.

 

 

 

New Books in Literature

Mapping Literature Exhibit

By Sara Hagenbuch

Exhibit Case

From maps with literary landmarks, to maps of fictional worlds, literary maps exist in many unique and beautiful formats. This summer, our “Mapping Literature” exhibit at the UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Map Library features a sampling of five maps in our collection and excerpts from the literary atlas Plotted by Andrew DeGraff:

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New Books in Graduate Services May 2017

Commotion of the Birds New Poems.

Commotion Of The Birds: New Poems by John Ashbery

The poems of Basil Bunting

The Poems Of Basil Bunting edited by Don Share

The Pittsburgh stories of Willa Cather

The Pittsburgh Stories Of Willa Cather selected with an introduction by Peter Oresick

The original 1939 notebook of A return to the native land

The Original 1939 Notebook Of A Return To The Native Land by Aime Cesaire translated and edited by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman

The letters of T.S. Eliot. volume 6, 1932-1933

The Letters Of T.S. Eliot Volume 6: 1932-1933 edited by Valerie Eliot and John Haffenden

The face of the Buddha

The Face Of The Buddha by William Empson edited by Rupert Arrowsmith

Pictures of the gone world

Pictures Of The Gone World (60th Anniversary Edition) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Builders Association : performance and media in contemporary theater

The Builders Association: Performance And Media In Contemporary Theater by Shannon Jackson and Marianne Weems

The lyric theory reader : a critical anthology

The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology edited by Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins

Anthropological theory : an introductory history

Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History (6th Edition) by R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms

Spheres. Vol. 1 : Bubbles : Microspherology

Spheres Volume 1: Bubbles: Plural Microspherology by Peter Sloterdijk translated by Wieland Hoban

Globes : macrospherology

Spheres Volume 2: Globes: Plural Macrospherology by Peter Sloterdijk translated by Wieland Hoban

Foams : plural spherology

Spheres Volume 3: Foams: Plural Spherology by Peter Sloterdijk translated by Wieland Hoban

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Theories Of The Symbol by Tzvetan Todorov translated by Catherine Porter

Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire

Heart Of Europe: A History Of The Holy Roman Empire by Peter H. Wilson

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