Some New Books

Over the weekend, I visited a couple of used book stores. I almost never get to browse in used book stores; for whatever reason, I just rarely seem to get around to it. So, because of the essential rarity of this activity, and the fact that I came across a number of really good and cheap finds, I relaxed my recent book acquisition standards and just had fun. Here are a few of the books that I picked up. There are several more, but these are the highlights. Everything was in pretty much perfect shape, and the old mass market paperbacks were only a few dollars each.

I have no idea what this book “Escape Velocity” is about (and the author was new to me), but the knights and space ships on the cover sold me. There seemed to be several more in the series (mostly going by warlock this or warlock that in the title), but I think this one is the first, and I didn’t want to get more than one until I had some experience with the writing.

I’ve never read any Andre Norton, but I know that both of these titles are often considered to have influenced early D&D. There is even an OSR blog named after Quag Keep.

Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes are my favorite Bradbury novels, and I love this cover.

My library of non-D&D books is slowly growing. Mage: The Ascension and Vampire: The Dark Ages were my favorite two White Wolf books. I still think the dark ages book is one of the best looking RPG products that has yet been published (up there with the hardcover Carcosa). The interior art is wonderful, and has a considerably different feel than the gothic-punk attitude of the modern World of Darkness books. It makes me think of Evan’s Dark Country setting. The dark ages book probably deserves its own post, so maybe I’ll talk about it more at some later date. I’m not really a fan of the style of Mage, but there are a few good ideas in it, and I’m a sucker for the Euthanatos.

This boxed set looks fantastic. It’s a little sandbox setting populated with necromantic ruins. Unlike most Second Edition settings, this is almost like a collection of modules rather than info about fantasy cultures. I think Cities of Bone also deserves it’s own post, so I’ll wait to talk more about it.

5 thoughts on “Some New Books

  1. Herb

    Witch World probably influenced D&D but Quaq Keep is one of the first, if not the first, D&D influenced novel where players become characters.

    It is set in Greyhawk and named after a location in Gary’s world.

    1. Brendan

      That’s really interesting, thanks for the info. Maybe I’ll move Quag Keep up in the reading priority queue, as I’m really interested to see how that is executed. Unfortunately, I don’t know all that much about Greyhawk, so I’ll probably miss some of the references.

    1. Brendan

      That’s a nice take too, especially the Clark Ashton Smith paperback. Those can be hard to find.

      Yeah, the used book store did have some D&D boxed sets, though I also visited a game store that had a backroom full of used RPG products.


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