The Role of Books

In addition to collecting such reviews as I post directly to this site, I’m hoping (in time) to repost many of the reviews from my columns in Dragon, Amazing Stories, and elsewhere.  Posts of older material will be backdated to reflect the original publication date of the review in question.

The text of the reviews will appear exactly as it was originally published.  Given the age of much of this material, however, I’m omitting the price and ISBN information that appeared in the original columns.  One other note about the Dragon reviews: for the first year or two, the review column’s title in the magazine was sometimes “The Role of Books” and sometimes “Off the Shelf”.  For purposes of consistency, I’ll be tagging all of these reviews as “role of books”.

Role of Books: The Riddle of the Wren

from Dragon Magazine #92 (December 1984) The Riddle of the Wren Charles de Lint Ace Books Someone at Ace Books apparently decided that The Riddle of the Wren was destined for obscurity; I first saw a copy at a local 7-11 store, and the book still hasn’t shown up at most of the bookstores in …

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Role of Books: The Name of the Rose

from Dragon Magazine#92  (December 1984) The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco Warner Books At first glance, a fantasy gamer might not expect to find anything of interest in The Name of the Rose; it’s the sort of book that looks spectacularly boring from the outside. It has been on endless bestseller lists, has been …

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