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26. Board Game: The Korean War [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1554]
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The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam.

I am reading the book so that I can play the game I listed.
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27. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:674]
Leo Zappa
United States
Aliquippa
Pennsylvania
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"In the Ruins of Empire", by Ronald Spector. It's a great book about a rather overlooked (at least in the US) aspect of World War Two - what happened directly after the war ended in the Pacific and Asia. It described how the Allies had to occupy all of the various regions that the Japanese had under their control at the end of the war. The story of China is most interesting. Did you know that in many areas, the Japanese military kept their weapons and stayed in China for awhile, working with Cheng Kai-Shek against the Communists? Or that the John Birch Society was named for Major John Birch, a US officer in charge of a team sent to a part of China to repatriate a US POW camp who was murdered by some Chinese Communists? Also - that the Soviet Union signed a pact with Cheng Kai-Shek which essentially pitted the Russians against the Chinese Reds? I didn't either! Great reading.

I'm not sure what I'll read next - I just bought another armful of books from "Half-Price Books" and I haven't gone through them yet to pick which one is next!
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28. RPG Item: Wild Cards [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:2456]
Jamie Herbert
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Cedar Rapids
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Almost through book 1, I have loved Martin's Song of Ice and Fire,and this is almost as good. gritty supers, real world history and awesome stories.
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29. Board Game: Spark [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
J. Romano
United States
Denver
Colorado
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I'm currently reading "Hellspark" (by Janet Kagan) a gift given to me by my sister. It's not very well known, so I'll describe a little of it here:

It takes place in the far future, where humans colonize and exploit planets -- but only if the planets are not already inhabited by sentient life-forms. The plot centers around a planet with bird-like natives, but the visiting humans can't quite figure out if those natives are sentient.

That's where the main character, Tocohl Susumo, comes in. She's a "Hellspark" -- a specially-trained person not only learned in many languages, but also in culture and mannerisms (including the ones not taught when learning languages). As a result, she is an expert at diffusing conflicts stemming from misunderstanding between cultures, and is invited to take part in the investigative team that tries to figure out once and for all if these bird-like natives are sentient.

Reading this book is like drinking from a firehose: you're immediately bombarded with names, cultures, and terms you're not expected to know or even pronounce, so it's difficult to keep them all straight. But having read most of the book I realized you don't have to keep most of them straight -- just enjoy the book for what it is and let the story unfold in front of you.
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30. Board Game: España 1936 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1089]
Danger Mike
United States
Fenton
Missouri
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I am just starting Why Orwell Matters, by Christopher Hitchens. One of my favorite writers writing about one of my favorite writers. Should be interesting.
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31. Board Game: Royal Palace [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:714]
J. Romano
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Denver
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Since I'm a big fan of magic tricks (especially card tricks), I'm currently reading "The Royal Road to Card Magic" by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braué.

This book, though fairly old (first published in 1948, I think), contains plenty of lessons and tricks for the aspiring prestidigitator. Even if you find it hard to master a sleight or two, there are still plenty of other tricks you can do to amaze your friends.

I'm also reading through some Self-Working Card Tricks books by Karl Fulves. These don't require any sleight-of-hand to perform, but many of them look like they do when performed properly. I was so impressed by "Self-working Card Tricks - 72 Spectacular and Entertaining Magic Tricks" that now I'm reading through his follow-up book, "Self-Working Close-Up Card Magic: 56 Foolproof Tricks".

All of these books are highly recommended if you enjoy performing card tricks -- although, know that many of the tricks in "The Royal Road to Card Magic" will require lots of practice to perform them correctly, whereas the tricks in the Karl Fulves books are, in general, much easier to learn and perform.
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32. RPG Item: Misadventure #3: The Incredible Two-Headed Satan's Angels [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Brad Miller
United States
Eureka
Montana
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I just finished The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I am just starting another one by him called Shadow of the Wind.
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33. Board Game: Starfall [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:6769]
Dean Hickman
United States
Huntington Park
California
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I am reading a collection of short stories that have to do with "Things Hunting Men", StarHunters:Volume II. It is published by Baen books, and it says it was created by David Drake, but all the short stories have different authors.

This book was one of those books that the public library has on sale for a quarter. A kind of like buying Fantasy/Science fiction books from the library on the cheap because of the fact of if the book is bad I don't feel guilty tossing it in the trash. Usually the books on sale on the library are not by mainstream authors.

I have found myself burnt out on fantasy trilogies or books dealing with the same universe.

The two short stories I read so far are pretty entertaining. Definitely a good read an hour or two before going to bed.
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34. Board Game: Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:6173]
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GK Chesterton's Orthodoxy, which is more or less his religious autobiography.

Also, I have nearly finished a compilation of HP Lovecraft stories, having tried to read the better known ones for my Philosophy of Horror class (Call of Cthulhu, Colour out of Space, Dunwich Horror, Mountains of Madness, etc.)
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35. Board Game: Diver Down [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
Scott Nelson
United States
Idaho Falls
Idaho
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I am reading Black Wind, one of many novels by Clive Cussler, starring the intrepid, ocean-explorer Dirk Pitt. Cussler's novels are the inspiration for Diver Down, one of my first game designs.
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36. Board Game: The Circle [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6471]
John Cobb
United States
Conway
Arkansas
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Nearly finished with White, the third book in the Circle series by Ted Dekker. Absolutely recommend this series to anyone that enjoys fantasy or alternate reality books. The cool thing is that it truly is a circle and you can choose to either start or end the 4 book series with Green. Even if you have no interest in the theology behind it, this is a great series.
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37. Board Game: Scout [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
John Holder
United States
Centennial
Colorado
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Currently reading "Scout, Atticus & Boo: a Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill A Mockingbird" by Mary McDonagh Murphy. A very good book about a truly great book. Recently, I've read several of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels, "Triple Jeopardy" and "The Black Mountain" -- my favorite mystery series. Next up will be Willa Cather's "My Antonia" and Stout's "The Golden Spiders".
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38. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:178]
Count Ringworm
United States
Iowa
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currently re-reading Pillars of the Earth. i read it about 10 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. lately i've been playing a lot of Dwarf Fortress and was creating lots of stone structures, which reminded me to read this again.
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39. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:26]
James Smith
Australia
Ashburton
Victoria
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Well I recently finished the second book in the Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb, I looked at the third and thought to myself "900 pages that is too much" so instead I picked up a lighter book Don Quixote !

I have read about a third of it so far and it is of course a really good book. I was surprised to find how funny the book is. There is some laugh out loud funny moments, some crass funny moments and some subtle funny moments. It is right up my alley. All this is presented in an easy to read style and it feels fresh and the issues and adventures have truly stood the test of time.
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40. Board Game: Descent: The Tomb of Ice [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Chris
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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I'm currently reading the third book of the Malazan Tales by Steven Erickson, Memories of Ice. I've actually read the first five books of the series but then got cut off with jobs and other things, then I tried to read them again and was really slogged by the fourth book, so I stopped for a while and started up again. I have a while to go since I have all 9 available books and the ones by Ian Esselmont as well. Oh, and the Bauchelain and Korbal stories as well... I'm saving those all for later though... right now I at least have to get back to The Bonehunters.
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41. Board Game: Asimov's Foundation [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Mike Cooper
United States
Lewisville
Texas
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Having read the only three books in the Foundation series (You heard me...), I recently ran across Pebble in the Sky, which was Asimov's first published novel and the genesis for the series. It's pretty short, but I'm still having to slog through it a chapter at a time because, horror of horrors, I've turned one of my co-workers onto the GIPF series of games and we've been playing at lunch. So far, we've played Zertz, Gipf, Tamsk, Dvonn, and today, Tzaar. Dvonn is his favorite at the moment.

Up next for reading (provided I can find the time to finish my current book) is the first three books of the Dragonriders of Pern series.
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42. Board Game: Crypto [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Erik Henry
United States
Manvel
Texas
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I'm about a third of the way through Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. It's my second one by him, after Snow Crash. So far I'm really enjoying it. It will be interesting to see how the different story threads are tied together.
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43. Board Game: Galaxy's Edge [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4296]
Andrew Brown
Jordan
Madaba-Manja
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I am finishing up Alastair Reynolds' Chasm City. I ran across the book by accident and picked it up based upon its nomination for the Locus SciFi book of the year.

The book appears to follow a classic SciFi plot: renegade badass protagonist is flying across galaxies to seek revenge against a hated enemy. However, aside from being very well written, there are many twists, an intriguing subplot, and it appears that things may not turn out to be as orthodox as they first seem. I am 500 pgs in (700 total) and am fully prepared for this one to surprise me a bit.

I would be inclined to agree that Reynolds is one of the best current SciFi writers out there. "Space Opera at its best" some say. This foray into his literature will definitely warrant a look at some of his other books.
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44. Board Game: World Without End [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:310]
Jason Hyman
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Smyrna
Georgia
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I am currently reading World Without End by Ken Follett. I recently read the first book in the "series", The Pillars of the Earth, and really, really enjoyed it; that was probably my decent read lately. I am now enjoying watching the miniseries of The Pillars of the Earth. So far, I am not as impressed with World Without End. It seems really rushed with a lot of characters thrown at you too quickly. I'm probably going to read Follett's new book coming out in a month or two, Fall of Giants. It's the start of a new historical fiction series set throughout the 20th century. It sounds promising.
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45. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:189]
Raymond Gauvin
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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The Campaigns of Napoleon, by David G. Chandler. A Classic.
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46. RPG Item: Conan (2nd Edition) [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:608]
Jaime Lawrence
Australia
Sydney
New South Wales
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The complete Conan by Robert E. Howard.

Totally rocks out. I should point out here that I usually hate fantasy, so it must be good!
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47. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:286]
Rik Van Horn
United States
Livonia
New York
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48. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:366]
Dan Edelen
United States
Mount Orab
Ohio
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Reading Jasper Fforde's dystopian comedy adventure Shades of Grey, which traces the arc of a postapocalyptic, socialistic future dominated by humans classed for their ability to perceive certain wavelengths of light in a world of fading color. Like his Thursday Next series of books, it's weird, wild, and wacky, sort of Brazil meets Gattaca.
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49. Board Game: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:9653]
United States
Davis
California
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I'm currently reading "The Fortune of War", the sixth book in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey & Maturin series of historical novels (the film Master and Commander was a mash up of elements from a few of the books). I recently bought the whole set of the Norton softbounds on ebay for $60 and it prompted me to start another read through.
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50. Board Game: Mystery Garden [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:10114]
chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
Alberta
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The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. Something nasty is going to happen (and already has).

I just finished "The Comfort of Strangers" by the same author: an excellent and disturbing book.
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