I’ve been reading books about games lately. Mostly books describing the rules to various card games, including the classic of classics: Hoyle’s Games. It’s not the original version from the 18th century, but a modern version from the 50’s. Still, it’s a neat book. Now I’d really love to play Piquet and other fine and interesting card games.
I’m currently reading perhaps the best novel about games: Iain M. Banks’ The Player of Games. It is highly recommended for every literary gamer, as is Iain Banks’ (without the M) Walking on Glass. Banks often has his characters play games, I’ve noticed. Today I also found a childhood favourite of mine: Interstellar Pig by William Sleator. The Finnish title Avaruuspeli (Space Game in English) sounds a bit more appropriate, perhaps. We’ll see how it turns out now, about ten years later. There’s also the La Tabla de Flandes (The Flanders Panel) by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has a strong Chess flavour in it. Any other good books with games in them?
Strange, though — I was very fascinated by the book, I even designed my own space game (I even forced my parents to play it once with me — of course it was really, really terrible) inspired by it. When I told about it to Johanna, it turned out it was one of her favourites too. She had also made her own space game! That’s so cool.
(Amazon.co.uk links: Hoyle’s Games,