I read Njal’s Saga along with Egil’s Saga to get some background before preparing a Mythic Iceland game. They are quite different in tone; Egil’s Saga is more the tale of a great hero, while Njal’s Saga gives us much more of an insight to life in Iceland. Egil is a borderline psycho and quite hard to relate to. However Njal and the characters in his story are much more like real people.
This was a tricky one for me; I had to cheat a little because I read all the books I was asked to in school. So I picked a book another class did: Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (I think my class was reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ at the time). I started this one knowing nothing about the story, and only that it is a favourite of some of my friends. This book is quite different from the ones I’ve previously read for the challenge: it’s a Pulitzer Prize winner, an honest to goodness classic, and it moved me to tears.
I love roleplaying supplements that have a real solidity about them. Mythic Iceland is a game world with colour and vibrancy, with lore and history driving themes that anchor your character firmly into a story, and giving them a place in the world so to speak. My only issue with it is the ugly, ugly character sheet. So I made a new one…
The Missing and the Dead is Stuart MacBride’s latest book in the Logan McCrae series. This is the first of the series that takes place outside of Aberdeen, with Logan working in a small town as a “development opportunity”. I didn’t know if I was going to like this one, I had been feeling like the series had done its dash. Briefly, I was so wrong…
I really tried to like ‘A Game of Thrones’, in both formats too. I watched the first episode of the TV series thinking: “Wow, this is technically great, but totally not compelling in the slightest”. I was given the first book and dutifully read it. I kept going with the series to see where it went, but wasn’t enjoying it at all. I stopped at the end of the third book. So I feel I gave it a good chance to impress me, didn’t like it, and thought that would be the end of it. Nope, I find myself constantly having to defend my dislike of the series. Warning: There will be swears.
After a bad start with ‘The Maze Runner’, I restarted my attempt at a trilogy with ‘The Hunger Games’ series. It was recommended by several work mates, and fitted the ‘not something I would normally pick’ rule. I enjoyed reading it, but it began to niggle after putting it down. It was one of those stories that you enjoy while in the moment, but soon as it’s finished start going “Hang on…”
I picked The Maze Runner series for several reasons; I needed a trilogy, I wanted something that I wouldn’t have otherwise chosen, and the movie looked interesting. So there I was with James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. On paper, heh, I should have enjoyed it…
I don’t need a push to read more; books are my drug of choice, well after coffee that is. When a co-worker approached me about a reading challenge I pooh-poohed the idea. I mean I read heaps. Then I thought about what I was reading.
My family got me Forbidden Desert for Christmas this year. At first look I thought it was just Forbidden Island with a facelift. It does follow the same theme; the goal is to explore a desert and find parts to an ancient flying machine so you can escape the storm. However there are a number of important differences that come out in play.
TL:DR It’s very hard and very fun; with a number of improvements over its predecessor.