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Empire of Imagination by Michael Witwer
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it was ok

Difficult to rate. Objectively, it wasn't a very good biography. It suffered from the author's efforts to create the feel of a biopic, with "scenes" from Gygax's life imagined by the author. It also left out a lot of key facts and felt somewhat disorganized, even though it was mostly chronological. There was a lot of good information, however, and I toyed with a 3 star review. It is a solid 2.5/5 in part because I find the subject matter interesting.

The other criticism I have is that this book spends at least 2 or 3 concluding chapters reflecting on the significance of Gygax's work. While there is no doubt that Gygax was instrumental in popularizing a certain genre of fantasy, particularly in the 80s and 90s, was a critical player in developing RPGs, and became a pop icon, the book overstates to a great degree his influence. All that being said, it was a reasonably enjoyable short read, and the story of the rise and fall of TSR was fun to take in.
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September 30, 2015 – Shelved
September 30, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
October 30, 2015 – Started Reading
November 12, 2015 – Finished Reading

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