What Michael Chabon has created with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is something both novel and cinematic. It’s not short, but it’s not long-winded, and it remains so compelling that you find yourself rooting for many of the characters, even the ones you don’t want to root for.Declassify >
Empire of Imagination by Michael Witwer is a grand retelling of the life and times of Ernest Gary Gygax, from his childhood and earliest inspirations, playfulness, and adventurousness ness to his early wargaming and the creation of the game which is synonymous with his name Dungeons & Dragons, to the exile from the company he founded in TSR and his resurgence as a celebrity. It’s all in the pages of this books.
The author of this book takes a novel approach to the telling of Gygax’s life story by making a narrative out of it.Declassify >
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The Talismans of Shannara is the final chapter in the four-part Heritage of Shannara series. And accordingly, it concludes the various storylines that have appeared (and were not concluded) in the previous novels: The Scions, The Druid, and The Elf Queen.Declassify >
How the Internet Happened by Brian McCullough is a brilliant book about the story of the Internet Era
“From the emergence of the first browser through the boom of social media, this fascinating history reveals how the internet changed everything we thought we knew about technologies–and ourselves.”
That first sentence from the inside cover flap explains in broad strokes what How The Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone is. But it is more than that.Declassify >
Zeppelins, or rigid airships, are now just a distant memory. While there are still blimps occasionally in the sky over our heads, they are in fact similar but not the same. The airships discussed in this book, Airshipwreck, are what was and at one time they were the future.
For author Len Deighton, who wrote this book, “the airship has a magic that the aeroplane cannot replace. The size is awesome, the shape Gothic, a pointed arch twirled into a tracery of aluminum. And the reality is not disappointing.”Declassify >