What we’re reading…


Sometimes I get the impression from parents, politicians, and Fox News that if you’re playing videogames, you’re not reading. So when I decided we should do a “What we’re reading” post this week, I was pleased to see so many responses. It’s worth noting that a handful of folks relate reading to videogames in their answers — but I suppose that’s fair game. On that note, I hear there’s tons of optional reading in Lost Odyssey. After getting an email from Gavin, I’m think it’s one game I need to read up on:

“The plot (at least so far) revolves around one character trying to build this giant station called. ‘Grand Staff.’ So you get lots of lines like ‘I must complete work on Grand Staff!’ or ‘Grand Staff will make our magic stronger!'”

I couldn’t agree more. On that note, let us know what you’re reading. Have a great weekend!

Erin Losi: Gluten Free Girl, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Grazia (my new favorite British gossip mag)

Steve Meister: Just finished The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, which was extremely good. I also recently finished Scarlet, by Stephen Lawhead, the second in his re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend, which was also very good. I am now reading The Wanderer’s Tale, book one in the Annals of Lindormin by David Bilsborough, and I’ve got to tell you, this is one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time. It really has no redeeming qualities. Avoid it.

Brendan Anthony, Programmer: Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason, The Pillars of the Earth, Michio Kaku’s Visions.

Chris Esko, Systems Programmer: Quirkology, Making Money, news from GDC

Gavin Carter, Producer: Flexing my pretentiousness as I do battle with Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.

Megan Sawyer, Artist: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs, Buffy (Season 8 Chapter 2) comics by Brian K. Vaughn, Angel: After the Fall (Season 6 Chapter 1) comics by Joss Whedon, various magazines, the forums.

Larry Waldman, QA: The Color of Magic.

Shannon Bailey, Programmer: Until I Find You, Stuart: A Life Backwards, The World Without Us, Lost Odyssey

Lindsay Westcott: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Matt Grandstaff: No Country for Old Men, God Save the Fan!, Sports Illustrated, the forums

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: The Forgotten Soldier, Brothers in Battle – Best of Friends

Matt Carofano, Art Director: I’m working my way through The Dark Tower series.

Jay Woodward, AI Programmer: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars, televisionwithoutpity.com, questionablecontent.net, tvtropes.org, mountains of Fallout 3 source code, our forums.

Pete Hines: Just finished Born Queen, which was really good and brought a great series to a close. Now reading Assassin’s Quest, Black Company, and The Essential Calvin and Hobbes.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: The thousand year stories in Lost Odyssey

Cory Dornbusch, QA Tester: The Road, and forums involved in Dominance War III.

Emil Pagliarulo, Fallout 3 Lead Designer: Bleak House, Blood Meridian

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Y: The last Man, The Charnel Prince, Entertainment Weekly

Josh Jones: Master of the Senate by Robert Caro

Jeff Gardiner, Producer: The Illuminatus! Trilogy

Fred Zeleny, Quest Designer: Save the Cat!, Second Person: Role-Played and Story in Games and Playable Media, Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters. And everything I can about the week’s events at GDC.

Jesse Tucker, Level Design: Dune. Not the forums, they scare me.

Will Noble: Feast for Crows, Collapse, Elitist Jerks.

Jared Angus, QA Tester: The Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan, rest in peace)

Ricardo Gonzalez, Bookworm Deluxe: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin while I level up my fishing; various issues of Cook’s Illustrated litter my kitchen; a small, 1,000,000+ word work called the Fallout 3 codebase.

Nate Purkeypile, Viking Warlord: Various things by Phillip K. Dick and maybe finally finishing Kerouac’s On the Road.

Mark Lampert, Audio: McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland (Pete McCarthy)

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Murakami), Emergence in Games (Sweetser), Skin (Varis)

Joel Burgess: A Clash of Kings, The Dunwich Horror, Call of the Wild

Reader Comments

  1. HP Lovecraft’s Collected Works and Cthulhu Mythos.

    Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

    Machiavelli’s The Prince


    I know. I’m reading all the intelligent stuff at the moment. I’m also in the process of reading Richard Lee Byers’ Unclean set in Thay from the Forgotten Realms.

  2. Will Noble, Ricardo Gonzalez, Joel Burgess: A Song of Ice and fire are amazing books I can’t wait for the new one to come out.

    Jared Angus: Once you finish WoT you have to read Mistborn 1 and 2. Brandon Sanderson is the author taking over for RJ on the last book.

    I just finished both Mistborn books. I’m currently reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain such a funny book. After that on to Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Then after that Earthsea or Jane Austin :-p

  3. The Watchmen by Alan Moore




    Air Boy (Eclipse Comics version)

    Grim Jack

    The A.B.C. Warriors

    The Human Predator A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation

    Out Of The Shadows by Patrick Carnes

    The Damnation Game by Clive Barker

  4. Just finished very recently
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    Soledad Brother : Letters of George Jackson

    now reading
    home of the gentry
    the silmarillion

  5. I opened Master and Commander to a random page because I was bored. Now I’ll probably end up finishing it- for like the fourth time.

  6. [I opened Master and Commander to a random page because I was bored. Now I’ll probably end up finishing it- for like the fourth time.

    Left by paw-prints-in-the-mud on February 23rd, 2008]

    Ha ha 🙂 I do that alot especially when reading THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. The strange thing is it makes sense in its sychronicity with my own life… must be quantum reality reaching out to me.

  7. [Did you notice that he’s holding the book UPSIDE DOWN? hehe

    Left by Alex on February 22nd, 2008

    Funny picture, but unfortunately not real: http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/bushbook.asp

    Left by Kivan on February 22nd, 2008

    For a moment I thought it was like those old hard cover CHARLIE BROWN books from the 1970s that had not only the front cover upside down but half the pages inside upside down while the other half were upside. Of course it depends on which side you start reading from first 😀

  8. “if you’re playing videogames, you’re not reading”

    Gah, yeah, I hate people who assume that. Of course, seeing as I spend my time equally between reading fantasy & science fiction and playing games, I’m not really a prime example of being studious 😀

    Anyway, some of my favourite books are listed up there ^^ happy reading!

  9. I’d need to read things alot longer and more academic than usual if I wanted to understand some of the lingering pockets of mega-obscurity hanging around Elder Scrolls.

  10. I just finished Michael Denton’s “Evolution, a Theory in Crisis” because I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. If you can’t debate his critique of evolution, then you really shouldn’t be a “believer” either way.

    Oh – also catching up on Catherine Asaro’s amazing Skolian Empire SF series. 🙂


  11. Finished…

    Brothers Karazamov
    Crime and Punishment
    Master and Margarita
    HHGTTG: 1-5

    War and Peace
    Stranger in a strange land
    A scanner Darkly
    Riddley Walker (the rapture of,)

    Hopefully I won’t go alliterate with all the non-reading I’ve been doing lately.

    BTW: Heinlein sucks ass. So does clark. complete garbage, someone take this rubbish away!

  12. I am currently re-reading eragon to make up for that crap movie but also i am working on some h.p. lovecraft books and the hobbit. i realy like the hobbit because i read lotr about a year ago and its nice to read a small book for a change lol. too many book…by the way do D and D books count lol

  13. Reading or just read:

    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul – Douglas Adams
    Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
    Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead – Tom Stoppard
    The Visit – Friedrich Dürrenmatt (IB drama requirements… R&G are Dead is quite good, however)
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Waiting forever fo the library to get in:

    My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
    The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

  14. [Schulz and Peanuts by Michaelis

    Left by Ray Ivey on February 25th, 2008]

    Ooo gonna have to check that one out. How Mr.Schulz was scared of being forgotten after his passing on is beyond me.

    Thanks Ray Ivey for the..INFORMATION by hook or by crook..

  15. I love that picture, makes me laugh every time..

    I’m currently reading both The Silmarrilion and The Bourne Supremacy.

  16. “Hopefully I won’t go alliterate with all the non-reading I’ve been doing lately.”

    That is a truly comical statement… 😉

  17. >Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
    >Machiavelli’s The Prince

    >I know. I’m reading all the intelligent stuff at the moment.