Five For Friday 2: A Modern Literary Appendix N

Here are five books that I have influenced how I think about gaming that fall outside of the sci-fi and fantasy genres (with the possible exception of Bones of the Moon, which could be shelved with the fantasy books at your local bookstore).
  • Bones of the Moon (by Jonathan Carroll): A whimsical dreamworld gradually turns creepy (a Carroll hallmark). I discovered Jonathan Corroll through his first novel, Land of Laughs.
  • The Historian (by Elizabeth Kostova): This is one of my all-time favorite novels, right up there with The Name of the Rose and To Kill a Mockingbird. Creepy turns to horror in this historically detailed literary suspense novel. I read it one sitting...at 720 pages, it was a bit of a sit for me.
  • The Lock Artist (by Steve Hamilton): An award-winning suspense novel that will have you rethinking your lockpicking characters. A plus for me is that much of the action takes place in Milford, Michigan, one of the places where the teen-aged Rusty Battle Axe used to hang out.
  • The Night Circus (by Erin Morgenstern): A dark, dreamy, and evocative tale of magic and romance, set in western Europe and North America (c. 1900) that has me rethinking all sorts of gaming things.
  • The Shadow of the Wind (by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n): A dark literary suspense novel, set in post-WW2 Barcelona. I was able to sleep soundly until I finished the book.


  1. I haven't read a non-cookery book in ages.

  2. I read The Shadow of the Wind and thought it was a good story. Now I'm listening to The Historian audiobook. This one is much better. Learning history is one of my hobbies and I also have an interest in Byzantine/Ottoman history. This fits my intests so well that it is amazing.

    I suspect some people might find the historical detail boring, but I am not one of those people.

  3. @Viz: "The Historian" is in my top 5 all time favorite list of novels, along with "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Name of the Rose," and two others to be named later (I'd probably put "Out Stealing Horse" and "Peace Like a River" in those last two slots for now).

    I am a big fan of Byzantium and Medieval Muslim history.