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Title: Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf
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(Date Posted:01/18/2011 12:46)
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Book Title: Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

Author: Ethan Gilsdorf

Year of first publishing (if known): 2009

Binding/Availability: hardcover and softcover are both available

ISBN Number: 9780762756759

Genre (fiction, non-fiction, etc.): Non-Fiction

Where/How did you come to find this book? Found a short review at Ferrous Lands Blog

Is this an author you read frequently? No

Is this a genre you read frequently? Yes

Short Synopsis:

The book is autobiographical and very personal, yet at the same time gives a very good overview of fantasy, role-playing (both on- and offline) and the development of this 'parallel world.' The topics include a lot, from pen-and-paper veteran D&D over the Gu├ędelon project (a castle that is build by the same means people had in the middle ages) and the Society of Creative Anachronism right to World of Warcraft. There are chapters about fandom, about Tolkien (who basically started it all), about conventions and escapism and much more.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the basic topics and likes a very personal approach to a non-fictional topic.

I found it very interesting to see the connection between all the facts of the book and the memories and lives of the author and the people he talked to. It's a very deep and very personal view of gaming and fantasy - which is often accused of being nothing but a way to escape and ignore real life.

Even though I'm usually not very interested in biographical or auto-biographical books, I found this one a very interesting read. The author's writing style and the combination of the topics made it hard for me to put the book down, despite the fact that it does not, in the usual sense, tell a story.

Verdict: I really enjoyed reading this book and liked both the topic and the way it was presented. It's a very good read, very interesting and well written, too.


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