(Since a very young age, I have kept a list of To Read books. It was started as centered around Gygax’s Appendix N and Uncle Al related works. The list, hereafter referred to as the Biblio, remains my main focus of study and reading. Related posts tagged Bibliography, naturally)
The delightful podcast Appendix N Book Club recently (December 2, 2019) interviewed the legendary author Michael Moorcock. I have a few takeaways.
At one point Mr. Moorcock name-dropped author John Brunner as a fellow anti-racist. This stood out to me because Mr. Brunner’s book Stand on Zanzibar was a heavy piece of programming for me. I’m probably overdue to read it again.
They also briefly discussed on whether D&D (etc.) has ruined fantasy fiction. I thought of this when a Forgotten Realms ™ book showed up on my randomized To Read bibliography list. So I’ve given myself permission to remove all the FR ™ books from my bibliography. I’ve gotten nothing from any of them and found most of them unreadable. There was one I shall not name that was a naval fantasy retelling of Atlas Shrugged. Ugh.
So I am in the midst of retooling the Biblio, as always a work in progress. I urge the reader to explore the Appendix N Book Club podcast. Good people and very inspirational.