OK, so I didn’t have space in my post here to list the books I’m reading to give some indication of my bibliomania, so here you go:
The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris. Part of the Squire’s Tales series, a retelling of the Arthurian Tales for teens. I just finished this book, but I’m off to the library to get the next in the series.
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard. I’ve read all the Howard Conan stories years ago in the collections put together by L. Sprague decamp and Lin Carter, but this is the beginning book in a series devoted to laying out the tales in the order that Howard wrote them without the “corrections” included by deCamp and Carter in the earlier novels.
Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Savage Barbarian by Roy Thomas.
The Story Template by Amy Reardon.
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Sway to Success by K.M. Weiland.
90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet.
Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind by Mary and Rick NurryStearns.
Renegade Crowns: Adventures Among the Border Princes for Warhammer Fantasy RolePlay, second edition, by David Chart.
Castle Falkentstein: High Adventures in the Steam Age by Michael Pondsmith, a roleplaying game I’ve had for years and just recently decided to revisit.
Barebones Fantasy Roleplaying Game by Larry Moore and Bill Logan.
WesternCity Roleplaying Game by Jorg Dunne.
Exalted, second edition, by White Wolf Publishing.
Hunter: The Reckoning by White Wolf Publishing.
Brunner, the Bounty Hunter by C. L. Werner, an omnibus collecting the novels Blood & Steel, Blood Money, and Blood of the Dragon, all set in the world of Warhammer.
Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design by Wolfgang Baur.
The Small Business Survival Guide by Robert E. Fleury.
Legend by Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash, another roleplaying game.
First Fable by Matthew McFarland, a roleplaying game designed for young children.
Barbarians of Lemuria by Simon Washbourne, who also developed the SUPERS! roleplaying game which my group and I think nails the superhero genre pretty well.
Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 2 (volumes 4 – 6) by Yu Aida.
This list doesn’t include the crate of books (containing at least two books on the Golden Age of Piracy, a couple of voiceover books, another business book, or two among others) I was in the middle of reading prior to the holidays and which has subsequently been buried under bags of Christmas presents and everything else that has been moved into the office. It doesn’t even scratch the surface of the stacks of books to be read around the house.
Karl Lagerfeld’s quote, “Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am a happy victim of books,” neatly sums up my obsession with reading.
So, what have you been reading lately?