This collection propels you gracefully across that tightrope gapping “literary” and “genre.” The combination of engaging plots and well-crafted prose highlight the collection’s real stars: its characters. Vandalized by circumstances, Van Den Berg’s characters push and pull the reader through the realistically constructed atmospherics and toward the big questions. The deft utilization of the driving, gritty style that defines this collection will leave you thinking, feeling, and wanting more, all at the same time.
Of Dice and Men does for Dungeons & Dragons what Stefan Fatsis’ Word Freak did for Scrabble; it’s a real-life Scroll of Identity for both experienced gamers and readers interested in D&D as a phenomenon. A delve into the creation, evolution, and future of the role-playing game, David Ewalt’s book also explores the game’s cultural history, controversies, and its continuing appeal to children and adults. Ewalt isn’t a bespectacled Satanist flourishing a foam sword in his mother’s basement; he’s a technology journalist and a senior editor at Forbes. The combination of Ewalt’s intelligent, dexterous writing and strong, charismatic love of D&D makes this book a hit. Of Dice and Men is well reported, fun to read, accessible to non-gamers, and relevant to the most wizened of DMs.
(This book cannot be returned.)