A Game of Books: Winter is Coming
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The topic has come up in past about how many NWIBGA members are avid readers (beyond rulebooks, That is whistle).
Thought it might be fun to talk BOOKS thru a gaming geeklist!

I get busier during winter, yet strangely, I read more during the winter months, too. How about you?
I also prefer my kindle now, I rarely touch an actual "book" (blasphemy, I know!)

So, let's talk, bibliophiles!
What are you reading now? thumbsup
What's your favorite book, genre, series, etc (choose a boardgame to represent as the Header to your entry). wood
When do you read? Where and how do you read? worker

Thanks for reading! laugh
And thanks for READING!

(Note: Boardgames, Videogames, and RPGs available as header/entries)

EDIT: NEW GAME - give GeekGold to the BGGer(s) that you think picked the best game(s) to represent their reading interests/entries!!!
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1. Board Game: Battlestations [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1509]
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My favorite novel:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Have read it a dozen times and gifted it to many.
I've read most of the sequels and the concurrent "Shadow" series, too. All were pretty good, but the original still stands Supreme.

Originally a teen-oriented sci-fi/coming-of-age book, EG later became popular in college and Leadership Training courses as Required Reading.

Fascinating psychological study on growing up, politics, war, how we treat our children, and leadership. Supposed to be a movie soon (tho it's been in works for over a decade).
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2. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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I'll pick this as probably the most representative.

Winter read?
I too read mostly in winter. It's the long hours of night and the chill in the air that keeps me indoors.

I don't read it every winter but maybe every other or every third winter I'll delve back into the Trilogy and read it cover to cover. Most likely will read it again this winter (or at least The Hobbit) given the new movie coming out.

Favorite author?
William Faulkner and anything about his Yoknapatawpha County series. Addicted to him in the 8th grade and read just about everything he wrote and published.

Where do I read?
Mostly on the couch in the living room though I frequently read in my bedroom as well. If I could get my rocking chair back from Christie, I'd move that in the bedroom and make that my permanent reading spot.

Currently reading?
Churchill by Roy Jenkins. Started it during Thanksgiving after bringing a bunch of biographies for a lesson point. Still working my way through Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative. About half way through the second volume. So don't spoil the end for me!

I have another half dozen books half read laying around. I used to read more but my National Geographic subscription keeps me busy as does my Bible reading.
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3. Board Game: The Name of the Rose [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1532]
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I'm reading Umberto Eco's book. The game doesn't really reflect the book terribly well, though there is a 2 player "Murderer and the Scholar" variant that I haven't tried yet.
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Just picked up the seventh book in the Thursday Next series, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Jasper Fforde (the author) is currently my favorite author, and I think is a great read for anyone who likes books. Thursday Next is a literary detective - basically, she lives in an alternative world where books are somewhat of an obsession for people. Through the series, she eventually finds out how to enter the book world. Great stuff. Fforde also has the Nursery Crime series (which is just what it sounds like...the first book is about the murder of Humpty Dumpty, and the second is about the murder of Goldilocks) and Shades of Grey (not Fifty...this was out first, and is about a world where the colors you can see dictate the class you are in). His books are always quite creative, and I highly recommend them.
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5. Board Game: Gone Fishing! [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:14632]
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Currently reading books my Jerry Dennis, a local Michigan writer. I am currently reading River Home: An Angler's Explorations, and have 3 others of his on various Michigan topics. His style is humorous and easy to read with makes it a very entertaining style.
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #1 – The Spanish Army [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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Reading a book called "1808" author is the brazilian Historian Laurentino Gomes.

The book subject is the travel of all portuguese court (15000 nobles and burocrats ) for Brazil after the Napoleonic invasion of Portugal. This change in the politics in South America faster the Brazilian independence and create the only Empire in America, The Empire of Brazil under the emperor Pedro I, Heir of portuguese throne but choice dont return to Portugal in 1821 with the Portuguese royal family and declare Brazilian independence in 1822.

A regional history book, but very good.
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7. Board Game: Strange New Worlds [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:12067]
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I am a big fan of the science fiction website Worlds Without End. https://www.worldswithoutend.com/index.asp

They collect all of the major sci-fi and fantasy awards (Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Arthur C. Clarke, PKD, etc.) and list all of the winners and nominees from past to present. They also collect several "best of" lists for sci-fi.

On this page:
https://www.worldswithoutend.com/lists_top_noms.asp
They list the top nominated books of all time. The number in red shows how many nominees the book received for the major awards, the number in black represents how many "all time greatest books" lists that the book is on.

I am working my way through this list. Currently I am reading A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge.
https://www.worldswithoutend.com/novel.asp?ID=47
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8. Board Game: Asimov's Foundation [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I am finishing up Asimov's sci-fi series. I started with "The Complete Robot" late last year. During 2012 I worked through the rest of the Robot novels, the Empire novels and the Foundation novels. I am currently part way through the "Foundation's Edge".

In between, I've read other books and my total for the year is at 39 right now. Some of the other books I've really enjoyed this year include: Steven King's "It", "Khan: Empire of Silver" by Iggulden, "Pride & Prejudice" by Jane Austin & "Abba's Child" by Brendan Manning. I've also read some that I ended up not enjoying: "Annapurna" by Herzog, "Dragonseye" by McCaffrey & "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Verne.

I have about an hour's commute to work and many of these books I've listened too while in the car. I tend to have one book going in the car & another one that I'm reading "hard-copy."

When I'm done with the Foundation books, I hope to read the "Fire & Ice" books on which A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) is based.
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9. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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I've never been into comics at all. But for some reason i recently bought the a collection of the Fantastic Four comics from 1961 (i think). They are pretty entertaining. I read the first 10 issues and enjoyed them so much i went and bought ten more issues of Fantastic Four as well has a Hulk and Iron Man collection.

I'm also reading some older Dragonlance short stories from the 80s.

Usually i read fantasy genre novels. I stumbled upon The Cleric Quintet by RA Salvatore my freshman year of high school and I've been reading his work ever sense. So i guess The Cleric Quintet would be my favorite book.

RA Salvatore is my favorite author. I've read almost everything he's published. He is known for his fight scenes. While his fight scenes are good i think the best part about his writing is his style. He uses just the right about of adjectives and verbs to get the scene across. I don't read Salvatore I actually see what is going on like i am watching a movie. I don't really get that with any other author i've read.
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10. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15676]
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My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo. Has a better tale of vengeance ever been told?

Currently, I am in the middle of reading Life of Pi (dead tree version) and The Scorch Trials (ebook version). Both provided courtesy of my public library. (Yay to public libraries!)

During the day I read dead trees and at night I read ebooks.
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11. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:85]
MacKenzie Miller
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What are you reading now? I just finished a book called Bonded by Nikki(I'll look up her last name since I can't think of it off the top of my head)I read her entire series.
What's your favorite book, genre, series, etc My favorite book series was game of thrones by George R. Martin, Cat Warriors by Erin Hunter, and I also just finished The Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts etc.
When do you read? I usually read whenever I can find time(Being a busy mom and all)
Where and how do you read? I usually read after the kids go to bed. I stuff 4 pillows behind my head and read until my eyes get droopy. Sometimes I read until 5 am.

I love to read. You probably will never see me without a book in my hand or my nook nearby!
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12. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:1302]
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Currently reading "The End of the Old Order: Napoleon and Europe 1801-1805" by Frederick Kagan. This book covers the political, economic, and social issues that underpinned and eventually led up to the Battle of the Third Coalition (mostly Austria, Russia, Britain) vs France. I also have about a dozen books waiting in the wings when I find the time.

Favorite Book? That is incredibly tough to say. Ender's Game is certainly on the short list, as are Asimov's Foundation and Robot series. Anything Tolkien. However, I also am fond of M. Somerset Maugham, Steven King, Tom Holland, Homer, and Tolstoy. Mostly, I like a really good epic adventure story.

Favorite genres would Sci-Fi/Fantasy, non-fiction history (particular military), some historical fiction, general science, and occasionally a little philosophy.

I mostly read late in the evening or during one of my trips when I have some down time. I have a secret fantasy of being shipwrecked on a deserted isle with the entire contents of a decent library. (Which kind of reminds me of an old Twilight Zone episode in which a confirmed bibliophile survives a worldwide holocaust with all of his favorite books.... only to discover that his reading glasses were destroyed)

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13. Board Game: Ruff and Reddy: Spill and Thrills of the Circus Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I am re-reading Gary Jenngings' "Spangle" right now, a circus story starting in Confederate America in 1965 and ending in Paris, 1871. Colourful, fun to read, and a lot of historical background that is true (and some that isn't).
Next in line, beside Loisel's "Magasin Général" series of graphic novels, is Aaronovitch, "The Rivers of London". Looking forward to that- I liked Neverwhere, Thursday Next and the Bartimaeus books a lot, and I sense similarities.

Where and when do I read? Whenever possible. Since my office moved away from my home, I have about an hour on the trains each day...
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14. Board Game: Frankenstein [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:12156]
Jason
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Honestly surprised to discover a game of this. Hands down my favourite novel of all time; an amazing tale, moreso considering the inception of it - a young girl has a nightmare, wakes up and starts writing. (Ok, having Shelley and Byron at hand was probably a little influential, but that shouldn't take anything away from a timeless classic).

Probably the only book I can read every year with the same pleasure as the first time; it also remains the only novel that reduced me to tears.

What am I currently reading? The agency proofs from my first novel, which hopefully is being published in the early part of next year! (It actually owes a little to Frankenstein too...)
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15. Board Game: Mythos [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2423]
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I like to read several books at the same time. Right now I'm reading W.B.Yeats' Mythologies, Charles Dickens' Our mutual friend, and Rudyard Kipling's The Mark of the beast and other fantastical tales.

Yesterday I finished Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, and the day before that The cherry orchard, the last of the four great plays by Anton Chekhov I had yet to read.

Favorite of all time? Lord of the Rings.
Favorite Non-fiction? Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy.
Favorite Fiction (LOTR excluded)? Tim Powers' The stress of her regard.

I read at any time, when my daughter lets me and I'm not playing boardgames with my wife. Mostly, at night, before going to sleep.
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I'm reading A Kristeva Reader by Toril Moi to find good supporting material for my final paper in an Irish poetry course. The paper will be on the poem "Anna Liffey" by Eavan Boland.

My mind is being filled with psychobable nonsense.
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17. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:86]
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I read regularly, so I will just post some favorites.

Bernard Cornwell has a series called the Warlord Chronicles, which is an alternative history for King Arthur. I love those a lot.

Of course he writes a ton of other things, like the Saxon Chronicles which are also great.

In historical fiction, I love Steven Pressfield: Gates of Fire and Tides of War, and I LOVE the Patrick O'Brien "Aubrey and Maturin" series. The movie "Master and Commander" with Russel Crowe is based on that.

Outside of Historical fiction, I love Repairman Jack, I love Starks and hate Boltons, I love Ender Wiggen, and I hate Bella Swan. I love the Grey Mouser and Fafrd, and I don't think I will ever get over the Red Viper vs. The Mountain that Rides. My current favorite is Joe Abercrombie. The First Law is great, Best Served Cold is good, The Heroes ROCKS, and Red Country was super satisfying.

The list is long and distinguished, way to long to list more.

Side note, I read a wide variety of Post-Apocalypse stuff. I get a kick out of those. EE Knight's Vampire Earth series is a guilty pleasure.
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18. Board Game: Clue Mysteries [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:12411]
Sara Grace
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Reading is another of my hobbies. Yay, for a Geeklist about it!

Currently Reading:
Absalom, Absalom (William Faulkner)
The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies--and What They Have Done to Us (David Thomson)
The Woman in White (Wilkie Colins)

What are your favorite book(s): Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Man Walks Into a Room, The Sound and the Fury, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, The Quiet American, How to Paint a Dead Man

My favorite genres are mystery novels and literary fiction.

When do you read? I read as often as I can -- while on public transit, while waiting in line, on lazy Saturday mornings, and always before bed. I also listen to audiobooks while cleaning or cooking.

I am at 78 books read for the year. 19 of those are graphic novels.


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19. Board Game: Charades [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15470]
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What are you reading now?

I so seldom read actual literature as I mostly should be (or am) reading non-fiction (theory of theatre or dance). Currently on my desk, there's a book about improv theatre (Randy Dixon: Being Present) which did however push me to find and read another book I'm actually reading: Understanding Comic by Scott McCloud.

recommended winter reading

I don't know why but each year around new years when nights are the longest I like to escape reality completely, usually by fantasy book. The best have been The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula LeGuin. It's an interesting take on fantasy, very simple, yet in this simplicity lies something very zen like. Like some calm or peace would be interwoven in the story.

What's your favorite book, genre, series, etc.

Of sci-fi:
Dune, because it pursues a lot of topics in an interesting way: it's the first or one of the first sci-fi dealing with ecology. Then an interesting almost philosophical take on leaders and prophesies. And my favourite part double layered conversations (meaning within a meaning).

Creatures of Light and Darkness: I've got a soft spot for Zelazny and this is probably his best. Half fantasy, half sci-fi with a mosaic like structure, characters are bit demigod like, but that's something normal with him.

of fantasy:
Besides Ursula Le Guin'd eartsea, I'm not sure I have a favorite. I'd love to read some good urban fantasy. (I read some Charles de Lint). Oh, keep forgetting, actually children fantasy literature can be quite good - I liked Philip Pullman's Golden Compass trilogy. Oh, and I've read tons of Terry Prachett, but that's like for in between.

on detective stories:
Love the genre, but have a tough call finding some that aren't dumb and/or badly written. I tried Dresden files, awful. I did enjoy Boris Akunin's series, he's a wise guy of Umberto Eco style (petite bourgeoisie), but at least I'm enjoying myself reading - each book is a take on a different genre of detective stories. Only problem, I can't read russian and the series gets only slowly translated to slovene.

on serious literature...
I prefer children/teenager literature, usually less depressing and can be as good, if not better. A good example of a good kid's novel is: Messieurs les enfants by Danniel Pennac (not sure if it's translated to english). But for something more "high brow", I did read a whole lot of visual poetry...

When do you read?
When winter comes?

I tend to take things seriously - reading non-fiction with pencil in hand, making comments on the side and so on. And so I grab a pile of pulp literature in the local library for "relaxation" in between the serious reading(fantasy, mystery novels)

Where and how do you read?
I've got a bean bag. It engulfs me. I like if book engulfs me as well.

SEEKING - need suggestions:
- good urban fantasy
- good detective novels / mystery novels
The writer must have excellent writing skills, this is more important than the story - I can't read George R. R. Martin for instance, too simple writing style and characters are boring me (mostly overemotional and stupid).
- anything with a very good writing style - I like anything "meta" (clever, honest, with very pronounced style of writing. I'll skip the modernists though.).
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20. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1702] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Stop looking up books read this one.
You won't be disappointed.
The Amber series.
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Book-Amber-Complete-Chronicles/d...

This can be readily found online as PDF. If you can't find it let me know and I'll email it to you.

Best book I have read in a long time. Read some of the reviews on amazon.


Name of the Wind is another great story that I highly recommend
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21. Board Game: Bram Stoker's Dracula: The Board Game [Average Rating:4.87 Overall Rank:14145]
Nathan
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Favourite book: Bram Stoker's Dracula

Difficulty in finding game to match title of book: Zilch!


Currently reading: Feast for Crows by George R R Martin

Favourite genres: Science fiction (especially Star Wars) and military historical fiction (e.g. Sharpe).

Comment on favourites: normally when i find a good book, I will read most of what I can get my grubby paws on by the same author.

Comment on Kindle: Blasphemy! Although my wife has one now, so I guess I am a hypocrite lol.

Reading habits: I am an all year round reader. I read on the toilet, when drying off after a bath or shower, during a bath if I am alone, when I wake up before my wife (I feel it unfair to wake her as she generally needs more sleep than me anyway), when playing Rome: Total War and the battles are loading, when alone on a train, bus or tube, when travelling on a reputable airline (I have higher standards after someone nicked a book from me when I fell asleep on a cheap airline!) and pretty much whenever I have a bit of spare time and am alone.

I read on the beach also, and therefore read more in the Summer if I go on holiday. I would take several books on a 2 week holiday growing up, a Grisham, a Cornwell, a Star Wars book and a few others, normally some science fiction. And then I would read any books taken by siblings or ones in the place we were renting. Fortnight holiday normally meant 10 books read lol.

But yeah, you get the picture, I like to read a lot!

Some of the books I have read in the past year: Song of Ice and Fire up to book 4, Hunger Games trilogy, Neverwhere, some Star Wars books, Someone else's Fairytale and Castles in the Sand (chic lit my friend wrote), and a bunch of others including the White Plague, I really should try and keep track.

Books I intend to read in the future: Rest of Ice and Fire, Pillers of the Earth (if I can find my copy again lol), Catch 22, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Where Eagles Dare and a whole piles of books I have waiting to read. I just need more time, but maybe that would mean less games, so I will make do with the time I have!
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22. Board Game: Bugs [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:9968]
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Shadows of the Apt

My favorite series is the Shadows of the Apt, by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Only the first 4 books are available in the US, unfortunately; I've had to fake out Amazon and set my address to London in order to buy the rest of the books (for my Kindle).

The series is all about the conflict between the old ways (magic and superstition) and the new (industrial revolution-era technology). It's set in a fantasy world where everyone is human, but the humans are separated into different 'kinden' which each take on aspects of a certain type of insect. Beetle kinden, for example, are tough and have great fortitude. Fly kinden are small, wily, and extremely agile fliers. Wasp kinden are able, if not exceptional, fliers, have terrible tempers, and can shoot fiery "stings" out of their hands...

The series is replete with political intrigue and action, as well as ancient mystery. I absolutely love it.

The Iron Druid Chronicles

My next favorite series would be the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Druids were hunted to extinction many centuries before by the roman empire, and there's only one left: Atticus O'Sullivan. The series starts with him living in modern day Arizona, where he's hiding out from the angry celtic god of love. His companion, an Irish wolfhound named Oberon, is probably the most entertaining dog you'll ever read.

Others

I'm eagerly awaiting the third book in the Lightbringer series, by Brent Weeks (author of the excellent Night Angel trilogy).

Rick Gualtieri's Tome of Bill, about a pasty-programmer-turned-unlikely-super-vampire, surprised me with just how entertaining it was. It doesn't sound like it would be anything special, and to be honest there's nothing terribly interesting about the premise or the world, but Rick's writing is just incredibly engaging, fun, and funny. If the idea of a vampire being burned by his roommate's G1 Optimus Prime action figure, because said roommate has so much spiritual energy invested in that figure that it's like a holy symbol for him, then you'll probably like this series.
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