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John Koehler

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  • Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

  • By: Scott Hungerford, Jeff Grubb, Michael A. Stackpole, and others
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The essential elements for building a world. Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome world building tool.

  • By Kyle on 11-18-17

A must read for World Builders

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Reviewed: 10-26-18

The essays here are fantastic and well worth the time. many game concepts are discussed in detail, putting voice to some things that I had already been thinking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Mountains of Madness

  • The Life, Death, and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft
  • By: W. Scott Poole
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

More than a traditional biography, In the Mountains of Madness will place Lovecraft and his work in a cultural context, as an artist more in tune with our time than his own. Much of the literary work on Lovecraft tries to place him in relation to Edgar Allan Poe, M. R. James, or Arthur Machen; these ideas have little meaning for most contemporary listeners. In his provocative new book, W. Scott Poole reclaims the true essence of Lovecraft in relation to the comics of Joe Lansdale, the novels of Stephen King, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Insightful Look

  • By John Koehler on 08-23-18

An Insightful Look

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Lovecraft is one of those authors whom has not aged well, this book takes the reasons for that head on with a fairly compelling thesis. For those that might be skeptical or hesitant into a heavy biographical examination of the man, know that all controversies and narratives are addressed. This really did allow me to understand Lovecraft's work so much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,644
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,391

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

required reading

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Reviewed: 02-01-18

Will Wheaton was a fantastic choice for the reading. I loved this book. If you are a fan of need/ geek culture this is required reading.