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— Anna Quindlen
from "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991
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Title: Dark souls II: collector's edition guide
By: Bruce C. Byrne
Do you know where you stand on perhaps the most urgent question of our troubled modern age: "Are video games art"? (Remember that movies were first regarded as mere popular entertainment, and novels once dismissed as a woman's leisure activity.) This lavishly illustrated volume can help. Video games, at their ... [Read more]
Posted by mcgrewg on June 9, 2016
Tags: non-fiction, fantasy
Title: The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air
By: Joaquim Dos Santos
Rare is the sequel that can equal the original, yet The Legend of Korra continues and deepens the alchemy of Eastern mythology, intriguing characters and spiritual adventure that made its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender perhaps the greatest show of all time. As the avatar, headstrong Korra must bring about ... [Read more]
Posted by mcgrewg on Aug. 13, 2014
Tags: video, teen video
Title: Pawn Structure Chess
By: Andy Soltis
In 1749, Philidor called pawns "the soul of chess." Andy Soltis heeded this wisdom and organized his book not around the bewildering variety of openings, but around the handful of pawn structures that the openings reach at the mid-game. Here are archetypal positions to suit many temperaments: pugilist, assassin, architect, ... [Read more]
Posted by mcgrewg on Aug. 11, 2014
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