Book (Short Story) of the Week: The Properties of Rooftop Air.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: The Properties of Rooftop Air is too short to be anything except a short story or novella. But it’s by Tim Powers, and it draws on The Anubis Gates, and if you’ve never read the latter then do yourself a favor and go buy that first. That’s a Book of the Week all on its own.

Moe Lane

Book of the Week: The Heliand: The Saxon Gospel.

Basically, if you ever wondered how to sell the Gospel story to barbarian warriors, The Heliand: The Saxon Gospel is your go-to. It’s perfectly good orthodoxy, mind you. Just very… vigorous. I may need to incorporate some of this into my Roman orcs’ mindsets.

Book of the Week: The People’s Choice.

The People’s Choice is by Jeff Greenfield, and it’s a little obscure, I guess. Written in 1996, it’s a satirical novel about a real oddball situation where the President-elect of the USA dies between the election and the convening of the Electoral College, thus producing an unique situation in American politics. I know, I know: real unlikely stuff, here. The country would have to be in the middle of an amazing string of low-probability events, most of them bad, before that could even seem remotely plausible.

Still: improbable or not, so far it’s holding my interest.

Book of the Week: Vampire: The Masquerade: Fall of London.

I picked up Vampire: The Masquerade: Fall of London this week, and now I want to run it. The only question is: do I want to run it in VtM — or in Night’s Black Agents, and have the PCs play the vampire hunters of Operation Antigen? Because it’d port over beautifully to NBA.

Go figure.