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The 1st Edition of the Dungeon Master's Guide has a section titled "Inspirational Reading." Which of the Following Novels / Series / Stories / Authors Have You Read?

Anderson, Poul. THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS; THE HIGH CRUSADE; THE BROKEN SWORD
6 (5.2%)
Bellairs, John. THE FACE IN THE FROST
2 (1.7%)
Brackett, Leigh.
2 (1.7%)
Brown, Fredric.
0 (0%)
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. "Pellucidar" Series; Mars Series; Venus Series
4 (3.4%)
Carter, Lin. "World's End'' Series
2 (1.7%)
de Camp, L. Sprague. LEST DARKNESS FALL; FALLIBLE FIEND; et al.
5 (4.3%)
de Camp & Pratt. "Harold Shea" Series; CARNELIAN CUBE
3 (2.6%)
Derleth, August.
2 (1.7%)
Dunsany, Lord.
5 (4.3%)
Farmer, P. J. "The World of the Tiers" Series; et al.
1 (0.9%)
Fox, Gardner. "Kothar" Series; "Kyrik" Series; et al.
1 (0.9%)
Howard, R. E. "Conan" Series
10 (8.6%)
Lanier, Sterling. HIEROS JOURNEY
0 (0%)
Leiber, Fritz. "Fafhrd &Gray Mouser" Series; et al.
10 (8.6%)
Lovecraft, H. P.
10 (8.6%)
Merritt, A. CREEP, SHADOW, CREEP; MOON POOL; DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE; et al.
1 (0.9%)
Moorcock, Michael. STORMBRINGER; STEALER OF SOULS; "Hawkmoon" Series
6 (5.2%)
Norton, Andre.
5 (4.3%)
Offutt, Andrew J., editor SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS Ill.
2 (1.7%)
Pratt, Fletcher, BLUE STAR; et al.
1 (0.9%)
Saberhagen, Fred. CHANGELING EARTH; et al.
5 (4.3%)
St. Clair, Margaret. THE SHADOW PEOPLE; SIGN OF THE LABRYS
0 (0%)
Tolkien, J. R. R. THE HOBBIT; "Ring Trilogy"
18 (15.5%)
Vance, Jack. THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD; THE DYING EARTH; et al.
4 (3.4%)
Weinbaum, Stanley.
2 (1.7%)
Wellman, Manly Wade.
1 (0.9%)
Williamson, Jack.
2 (1.7%)
Zelazny, Roger. JACK OF SHADOWS; "Amber" Series; et al.
5 (4.3%)
None of the Above
1 (0.9%)

Total Members Voted: 17

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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2009, 06:42:59 PM »
But what of the classics that didn’t make the list, such as Geoffrey here?

Classic works of literature, such as those by Geoffrey or the Bard (see below) aren't usually counted as "Fantasy."

Unfortunately, I don't know how to edit the poll to allow people to change their votes.

 |sf>There's an option within the poll settings to let people change their votes.  Personally, however, I'd prefer that Geoffrey, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, or any other 'traditional' classics would be grouped into a different poll.  After all, I'd suspect that a lot more of us have read some of those works.   
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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2009, 07:29:41 PM »
Folks can change their vote now.

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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2009, 01:10:26 AM »
Thanks, Donnie, for letting people change their vote.

I've read the following authors from the "Appendix N" list:

Tolkien, Moorcock, REH, Burroughs, Leiber, HPL, Dunsany, Anderson, and Vance.

I read The Lord of the Rings and The Elric series before I played AD&D.

Of REH, I have only read the Lancer/Ace series of Conan books, so a lot of what I read was later material added to the original stories by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter. Of Burroughs, I have read the Mars series.

AD&D influenced me to read the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series, and some collections of HPL's short stories.
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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2009, 02:42:40 PM »
Apparently, there is now a web page which resembles Gary Gygax's bookshelf, circa 1977.

In keeping with the 1st Edition DMG, the page is called Appendix N.

If you want to see mighty barbarians rescuing half-naked women from evil dragons, or you want to explore strange and alien universes, then click the link below:

http://noldrek.fortunecity.com/Appendix_N/
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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2009, 03:42:17 PM »
That is awesome, Nol!

A classic page even though you just made it. I bet if word gets out on the WotC Gleemax D&D forums, you'll see tons of hits.

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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2009, 04:34:44 PM »
I read Manly Wade Wellman's "The Solar Invasion."  It was one of the few Captain Future novels not written by one of my all-time favorite authors, Edmond Hamilton -- the king of space opera & husband to Leigh Brackett. 

It's a nice sci-fi-pulp novel, but it hardly classifies as anything close to D&D fantasy...  (Ya'll do see the robot on the cool Frazetta cover, right?)   ;) 

Nice page, tho, Nol!   :D
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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2009, 09:19:15 PM »
Nice work on the page, Nol. :)

I had forgotten all about Anderson's "Hrolf Kraki's Saga". I read that in high school and loved it.

I also had no idea, until doing a Wikipedia search, that the original Conan stories date back tot he 1930's. That's crazy. :) I'd always thought he was a product of the 60s.

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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2009, 06:08:18 PM »
Howard, Leiber, Lovecraft, Moorcock and Tolkien here.

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Re: AD&D Inspirational Reading
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2009, 11:26:53 AM »
I read Manly Wade Wellman's "The Solar Invasion."  It was one of the few Captain Future novels not written by one of my all-time favorite authors, Edmond Hamilton -- the king of space opera & husband to Leigh Brackett. 

It's a nice sci-fi-pulp novel, but it hardly classifies as anything close to D&D fantasy...  (Ya'll do see the robot on the cool Frazetta cover, right?)   ;) 

Nice page, tho, Nol!   :D

Many of the authors listed in Appendix N write mostly science fiction, not fantasy. Leigh Brackett, Fredric Brown, Andre Norton, Stanley G. Weinbaum (now that I've heard of him), and Jack Vance are almost exclusively authors of science fiction.

Manly Wade Wellman was an inspiration for D&D because of his stories about Silver John, the backwoods minstrel with the silver-stringed guitar. The stories are about a man living in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina in the 1950's. This might not seem to have anything to do with D&D, but it could be said that Silver John was the inspiration for the entire Bard class. One collection of those stories is WHO FEARS THE DEVIL?

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