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Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
"Every so often I do this to myself. I pick up an old, "classic" High Fantasy novel because I think it "will be fun" and a throwback to being in middle-school, and then about 100 pages in I can't do it any more. The prose is wooden, the characters..." Read more of this review »
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Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
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I picked this up on eBay after reading the epic D&D history book recently; I remembered reading it as a teenager and enjoying it, so I wanted to see whether it actually stood up as a decent novel.

Unfortunately, it really doesn't. The writing is
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Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana by Michael Witwer
"When I hit the D&D hobby in 1984 there was one image that burned into my brain, an image that called out to my imagination and set the tone for my fantasy tabletop gaming for years to come. It was the Larry Elmore cover of the Red Box D&D..." Read more of this review »
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Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana by Kyle Newman
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An absolutely beautiful retrospective of both the art and the business of Dungeons & Dragons, this massive book takes you from the very early hand-drawn notes and maps of the founder Gary Gygax, through the Napoleon Dynamite-esque creature ...more
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Drunken Baker by Barney Farmer
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Received this book as a birthday present from my brother; only found out afterwards that it started life as a strip in Viz.

It was excellent, a sort of stream of consciousness prose poem touching on alcoholism, regret, grief, the death of the high
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Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
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The Making of Swallows and Amazons by Sophie Neville
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The most fascinating aspect of this memoir, adapted from Sophie Neville's own childhood diary that she kept while starring in the film, is the incredible variety of work that the young cast and crew would go on to be involved in. From Oscar and ...more
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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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Although it occasionally felt a little slow in parts, this was so worth the read. Some of the characters were so well-written you wanted to slap them.

This edition is terribly typeset, though; there was missing punctuation every few pages.
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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
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This was a surprising read. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't a philosophical musing on the nature of being.
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Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
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A couple of standout stories, but nowhere near the quality of his novels or other short story collections.
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