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Game On!

After-School Gaming Game On!
A Selection of Fiction and Non-Fiction That Will Appeal to Gamers


If You Enjoy: Everquest, Runequest, World of Warcraft, Dark Age of Camelot, Ultima
Type of Game: Roleplaying, MMORPGs
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: Epic fantasy, historical war, Arthurian legend, possibly mature fractured fairy tales
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: T.A. Barron, Peter Beagle, Charles DeLint, Robert Jordan, C.S. Lewis, Garth Nix, Christopher Paolini, Philip Pullman, J.R.R. Tolkien
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon; Richard Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim — The Sundering: Warcraft: The Sunwell Chronicles #3; Sherryl Jordan — The Hunting of the Last Dragon; Susan Price — The Sterkarm Handshake; R.A. Salvatore — Forgotten Realms series [the libraries own multiple volumes in this series]; Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman — Dragonlance Chronicles [the libraries own multiple volumes in this series]


If You Enjoy: Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Cyberpunk–The Game, Kindred: The Embraced
Type of Game: Traditional Role Playing Games
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: Epic fantasy, humorous fantasy or science fiction, Make-Your-Own-Adventures
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Piers Anthony, Robert Lynn Asprin, Terry Brooks, Stephen R. Donaldson, David Eddings, Katherine Kurtz, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, Robert Silverberg’s fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Larry Niven and Steven Barnes – The Dream Park quartet, especially Dream Park and The California Voodoo Game; Joel Rosenberg — The Guardians of the Flame series; Robert Lynn Asprin — The Thieves World series; Jack Williamson (and others) — Medea: Harlan’s World


If You Enjoy: Civilization, Caesar, Age of Empires, Oregon Trail
Type of Game: historical simulations
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: ancient history, biographies, historical fiction, mythology
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Gary Blackwood, Peter Dickinson, Adele Geras, Clarence McLaren, Donna Jo Napoli
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Anne McCaffrey — Black Horses for the King; Hendrick Willem Van Loon — The Story of Mankind


If You Enjoy: Madden Football, NBA Street, Need for Speed, Tiger Woods Golf, WWF
Type of Game: sports games
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: sports, adventure, biographies
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Matt Christopher, Chris Crutcher, Thomas Dygard, Will Hobbs, Jeff Savage, Rich Wallace
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: The Best American Sports Writing [the libraries own various volumes from 1991 to the present]; H.G. Bissinger — Friday Night Lights; Jon Krakauer — Into Thin Air


If You Enjoy: Myst, Tetris, Bejeweled, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
Type of Game: strategy and puzzle games, sudoku, feng shui, astrology, supernatural, trivia
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: mystery, thrillers, travel, puzzle books
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, William E. Coles, E.L. Konigsburg, Carol Plum-Ucci, Vivian Vande Velde
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Blue Baillett — Chasing Vermeer; Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner — Freakonomics; Ben Mezrich — Bringing Down the House; Rand Miller et al. — The Myst Reader [the libraries own several Myst volumes by Miller]; Ellen Raskin — The Westing Game


If You Enjoy: America’s Army, Doom, Quake, Halo
Type of Game: first person shooters (FPS)
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: military fiction, horror, apocalyptic fiction, science fiction
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Tom Clancy, Collier brothers, Bernard Cornwell, John Marsden, Harry Mazer
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Anne McCaffrey — Black Horses for the King; S.D. Perry — Resident Evil series; Amy Efaw — Battle Dress


If You Enjoy: The Sims, The Urbz
Type of Game: social simulations
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: titles featuring sociology, dysfunction, and relationships, romance, architectural
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Douglas Coupland, Mel Glenn, M.E. Kerr, Cecily von Zeigesar, Walter Dean Myers
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: David Lubar — Flip; Will Weaver — Claws


If You Enjoy: Katamari Damacy, Final Fantasy, Dragonball Z, Pokemon
Type of Game: Japanese/manga tie-in
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: Manga, Japanese culture, graphic novels, drawing books, anime films
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: Rumiko Takahashi, Osamu Tezuka, CLAMP, Akira Toriyama
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Richard Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim — The Sundering: Warcraft: The Sunwell Chronicles #3; Rikki Simons — Reality Check!; Akira Toriyama — Dragonball/Dragonball Z [the libraries own multiple volumes in these series], Kingdom Hearts series by Shiro Amano


If You Enjoy: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, City of Heroes
Type of Game: Superhero
You Might Enjoy the Following Types of Books: comic books, graphic novels, biographies, mythology
Here Are Some Authors You Can Try: T.A. Barron, Brian Michael Bendis, Christopher Golden, Stan Lee, Joss Whedon
And Here Are Some Specific Titles to Look For: Raphael Jordan and Tom Spurgeon — Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book; Stan Lee — The Ultimate Spiderman [the libraries own multiple volumes of the Ultimate… series]


The following are a few Young Adult novels that feature “gaming” plots prominently:

book coverCrusader by Edward Bloor [1999] 15-year old Roberta struggles to separate truth from virtual reality when she works in her uncle’s failing arcade at the mall in this blend of murder mystery and mall rat culture.


book coverEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card [1985] Set in a future where children are trained for military battle using video games, Ender rises above his peers to become a commander of a virtual army.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)
Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir.


Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008)
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.


book coverEagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz [2004] After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates pop star Damian Cray, whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles and the drug trade.


noimageWizards of the Game by David Lubar [2003] Eighth grader Mercer, whose passion is the fantasy role-playing game Wizards of the Warrior World, hopes to use a fundraiser to bring a gaming convention to his middle school, but instead he attracts four genuine wizards, who are trapped on Earth and want his help in returning to their own world. [Not currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries]

virtualwarThe Virtual War by Gloria Skurzynski [1997] In a future world where global contamination has necessitated limited human contact, three young people with unique genetically engineered capabilities are teamed up to wage a war in virtual reality.


noimageLeo@fergusrules.com by Arne Tangherlini [1999] Leonora, a teenager of mixed ancestry, begins to spend most of her time in a virtual reality program but is lured into computer-generated danger when a boy she likes disappears. [Not currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries]

book coverHeir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde [2004] A young woman gets trapped in a flawed virtual reality game that will kill her if she doesn’t beat it soon.


noimageUser Unfriendly by Vivian Vande Velde [2001] Arvin Rizalli, his mother, and six of his friends pirate a computer-generated, interactive video game that plugs right into the players’ brains. [Not currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries]

noimageLocked Inside by Nancy Werlin [2000] When Marnie is kidnapped by a crazed fan of her mother’s, an Internet gaming friend comes to the rescue in this mystery/thriller. [Not currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries]

noimageVan Ran series by Diana Wieler  [Not currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries] Rhan Van uses his success at video games under the name “RanVan” to see himself as a modern knight and to cope with life with his grandmother and as an outsider at his Vancouver high school, with his anger, and with girls.


Here are some non-fiction titles of possible interest to Gamers:

Prima’s Secrets of the Games series by [various authors] [various dates] This series of behind-the-scenes books provides strategies and codes for numerous popular video games.


Brady Games series by [various authors] [various dates] This series of behind-the-scenes books also provides strategies and codes for numerous popular video games.


addplayers2nd-miniAdvanced Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook [2nd ed.] by Wizards of the Coast [1995] The libraries own numerous books associated with the D&D and AD&D games, though few for the the latest edition of the rules — 3.5. You can find them by doing a search under Subject: Dungeons & Dragons!


book coverThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Games Online by Loyd Case [004.479 Cas] [2000]

noimageJoystick Nation: How Videogames Ate Our Quarters, Won Our Hearts and Rewired Our Minds by J.C. Herz [303.483 Her] [1997]

hackingvid-miniHacking Video Game Consoles: Turn Your Old Video Game Systems Into Awesome Portables by Ben Heckendorn [621.381 Hec] [2005]

magicthegathering-miniMagic: The Gathering — Official Encyclopedia by Duelist Magazine [793.93 qDue] [1997]

book cover2005 Gamer’s Almanac: Your Daily Dose of Tricks, Cheats and Fascinating Facts by Sean Carton [794.8 Car] [2005]

book coverHigh Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games by Russel DeMaria and Johnny L. Wilson [794.8 Dem] [2003]

book coverMasters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner [794.8 Kus] [2003]

Some Prominent Gaming Magazines:

  • Computer Gaming World
  • Dragon Magazine [ceased publication in 2007]
  • Duelist
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
  • Game Informer
  • Gamepro
  • Nintendo Power
  • Official X-Box
  • PC Gamer
  • Play
  • Playstation & PS2
  • Scrye
  • Tips & Tricks

All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through an Interlibrary Loan request.

January 2006 sdc/ss | updated July 2016 sdc