Sometimes you don’t buy a book for a few months and then a dozen turn up at once.
It has been a busy couple of weeks of book acquisition here at the Identity Function World Headquarters, what with Wordstock and a sudden realisation that I was years behind on British authors I collect, amongst other things.
I picked up a couple of craft books at Wordstock.
As I mentioned in my Wordstock roundup, I went to Sage Cohen’s workshop last year on *mumblemumble* and should have picked up her book The Productive Writer then, but I finally picked it up this year and have been reading for the last week or so. It’s quite an energising read, and I’ve had a number of epiphanies and striking points even with only being about half way through it. I will be rereading it for sure, if only to go over some of the exercises.
Christi Krug’s book was slightly more impulsive a buy, but I reasoned that anyone Laura Stanfill was friends with couldn’t be all bad, and it is a book about unleashing your creativity which is of interest.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a tweet from Chuck Wendig about Wonderbook.
O. M. G.
I was drooling.
I preordered it almost immediately (after wiping drool off my keyboard) along with a couple of other craft books that I had been meaning to get – the first Writer’s Notebook from Tin House, and Reading Like A Writer which I had bought as a gift for someone else a while ago. More on all of these once I’ve read them.
I only bought one fiction book at Wordstock this year, Stevan Allred’s linked short story collection from Forest Avenue Press, A Simplified Map of the World.
It’s a beautiful book, filled with enticing language and intriguing design. I am looking forward to digging into the stories properly.
Later, I was buying a birthday gift for my father from the British branch of Amazon. I recalled that I was behind on my Pratchett and Banks books, and had to catch up on those too.
And what a cornucopia of UK paperback editions this was – a new Discworld book and a new non-Discworld YA book to add to the Pratchett shelves, two new Culture novels and a salty tale of homecoming to add to the Banks collection. There are also new Pratchett and Banks novels in hardback, but I want my collected books to match* so I’ll wait for the paperbacks.
It is very sad to think that the one Banks out in hardback is the last Banks book.
The book rounding out the dozen is not a recent acquisition, but I haven’t mentioned it before: tremulus is “a storytelling game of Lovecraftian horror”, funded by a Kickstarter that I backed. It’s a lovely book, with a simple system that accentuates a lot of the same storytelling cues that Stealing Cthulhu encourages.
And I got special dice.
I have come to realise that I am far more interested in storytelling games than crunchy stat games – this wasn’t the thing that put me off D&D (or AD&D as it was when I first played it) but the crunchiness was certainly what put me off D20 Modern. The freeform nature of this and, of course, Fiasco is very attractive to me.
[*] not that the editions I have do actually match, but they are all the first run paperback covers which is all I really want. Both Pratchett’s and Banks’ covers have changed over the years. I particularly miss the original form of the Banks covers.