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Books about Stories in Games?

One of my very best friends has a birthday coming up. Over the last year he has thrown himself into game design as a hobby with his eyes on the horizon of possibly pursuing it professionally down the line. My friend is incredibly practical and intelligent so I am not so much interested in a gift that is very "how to" but instead I would love a book that looks at games on a critical level and deconstructs how they craft narrative. I've seen some questions on the green suggesting guides on a practical level and one a from a couple years ago of material that was mostly excellent blogs/posts but can anyone think of good gift books that explore ludo narrative in this way?
posted by sendai sleep master on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

A special novel?

A family friend is graduating from high school and I would like to give her a gift. She is going to study literature at university so I would like to get her a book. I'm looking for recommendations for something special. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sapien on Apr 11, 2014 - 14 answers

What are some cool American-history-related books/games/movies for kids?

Looking for a fun gift for an 8-year-old that might fuel his interest in American history (or any history) ... Any ideas? (Some specifics provided inside.) [more inside]
posted by pokermonk on Dec 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Smart detective fiction?

What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 12, 2013 - 55 answers

Scary books for someone who's new to the "reading" thing...

What would be a good scary "intro" book for someone who normally isn't into reading but loves scary movies and has recently decided he is open to reading scary fiction? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Special Snowflake Gifts: US History Book Recommendation

My girlfriend has virtually no knowledge of US history. She is an incredible bright, intelligent, interesting recent college graduate, but due to side effects from a medicine, was essentially in a fog for the entirety of her Junior year of high school and remembers nothing. This is a huge source of embarrassment and anxiety for her. Her birthday is just around the corner, and I would like to get her a great book to help her fill in the gaps and be more comfortable with the subject. [more inside]
posted by joshers13 on Aug 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me find a good book for my father.

I just learned that my dad already has the 2 spy/crime novels I was planning to get him for Father's Day. Can you offer me some alternative suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Jun 15, 2013 - 33 answers

Creative and fun activity books for kids

What are your favourite books for children with activities that they can do with minimal supervision? So far on the list, I have The Silver Spoon for Children (cooking), the Ed Emberley books (drawing), maybe Wreck This Journal or How to Be an Explorer of the World (random creative activities)? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Nov 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Fancy coffee-table books as gifts.

What coffee-tableish books would you like to get for around US$300 to $400? Alternatively, what books would make good gifts? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Sep 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Books for three little boys?

I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Book ideas for my young nieces and nephews.

What are the best books for young kids? I have two nephews and a niece (two 1 year olds and a 5 1/2 year old), and I've resolved to get them books for their birthdays and other gifting holidays. I realize that makes me the lame aunt, but I think it's important to surround them with as many books as they can get their hands on! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 18, 2012 - 48 answers

Need the Howard Zinn of secret santas

Recommend-a-gift: political/historical book edition. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Specific Gifts for Groomsmen

As part of a gift to the groomsmen for my upcoming wedding, I am getting each of them a book that is relevant to their lives or interests. I need some help picking out a book for two of the groomsmen, based on some specific criteria: [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Jul 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Book Mark

How would you feel if you received a book as a gift and found that it had a remainder mark? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Nov 23, 2010 - 70 answers

Puns about books? I'm drawing a blank! (page)

I need 144 (or maybe 36) different bad puns, "witty" sayings, and short jokes (plus accompanying pictures) about reading and books. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Sep 28, 2010 - 30 answers

Recent wonderful children's book?

I need a beautiful, amazing children's book! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Aug 12, 2010 - 46 answers

The perfect novel?

Help me find that perfect novel for a Christmas present. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 - 15 answers

What's the best book about indie music?

Calling all music Mefites: Can you recommend any good books about indie music or musicians? [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Sep 14, 2009 - 24 answers

Sudoku masters, what are your favorite challenging sudoku books?

PuzzleFilter: What books would you recommend for a sudoku addict who's already worked through a "fiendish"/"super fiendish" sudoku collection and would like to try more challenging puzzles? There seem to be a zillion sudoku books that are available. Please help me narrow down the selection, based on a few other things I'm looking for... [more inside]
posted by macguffin on Apr 30, 2009 - 11 answers

A book for a guy who has a picture of the Pope in his office.

A boss-type who has very kind to me at the workplace is leaving. I'd like to give him a book as a token of my appreciation. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Feb 6, 2009 - 7 answers

grandma reads books

christmas present filter: help me pick out a book for my grandmother! [more inside]
posted by slograffiti on Dec 21, 2008 - 22 answers

Book-Hungry Mother

[Xmas Filter] I'm doing my Christmas shopping, and I'm a bit stuck on what I need to get my mother. She likes culinary-cultural history books, preferably with recipes. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Dec 9, 2008 - 40 answers

Gifts for new NYC-er and future journalist

Care package ideas for a new journalism grad student and New Yorker- [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 14, 2008 - 12 answers

Suggestions of memoirs as gifts for my wife

Seeking recommendations for memoirs published in the past two years. [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Jul 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What would you give someone in a juvenile correctional facility?

What would you give someone in a juvenile correctional facility? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Feb 6, 2008 - 17 answers

If I could think of a witty title, I wouldn't have to be wasting a question.

I need a cute catchphrase for a gift I'm giving. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown on Jan 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Gift-worthy history books?

My dad has mentioned that he would like a history book for Christmas. Help me find one that will really knock his socks off! [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 3, 2007 - 45 answers

Mark CF, I love you, but go away :P

What are some good (preferably experience-based) birthday gifts for a 21-year-old Australian programming geek who thinks he's Danish? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 29, 2007 - 12 answers

Books for a boy

Help me come up with a set of books suitable for a 4 year old boy that are classic (even new "classics" are welcome), offer a good narrative, and will be a nice counterpoint to his shelf of truck related books. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Jul 26, 2007 - 40 answers

Does anyone know the kind of book I'm aiming for?

Are there any books you think a smart, grieving preteen would find comforting or of use? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Much to do before Christmas

Who prints the nicest editions of individual Shakespeare plays? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Dec 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Book recommendations for Christmas

GiftFilter: Looking for books about either the Mexican day of the dead (think Under the Volcano) or plantation life in the West Indies (think Wide Sargasso sea.) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Nov 21, 2006 - 2 answers

New books suitable for elderly aunt

What are some good books for my elderly old maid aunt? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Sep 28, 2006 - 23 answers

book award award for two outstanding 8th grade grads?

What book should I get as an award for two outstanding 8th grade grads? I'm their faculty advisor. They've each won an end-of-year award, and I'm tasked with finding them a suitable book to mark the occasion. I want to find something more than a dry dictionary or reference book, and I'd love to inspire them to continue their great work without being too sappy or preachy. My range is $15 - $20. Any suggestions?
posted by tomadelic on May 4, 2006 - 51 answers

What are some interesting medical texts or anatomy prints

What would be a cool/interesting medical book to have a first edition of, besides "Gray's Anatomy"? [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Apr 12, 2006 - 18 answers

USDA Prime Brain Food

The boy really liked McSweeney's Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things.... He's in sixth grade, and is very sharp. Though he's recently really enjoyed some larger tomes, like the entire Narnia and Hitchhiker collections, he seemed to be entranced by this volume and I want to find him something similar. My apologies if some of this has been covered before, but can you think of anything that might please him as much as the Noisy Outlaws collection has?
posted by thejoshu on Dec 28, 2005 - 18 answers

What to get to cheer up a friend?

Cheer-up-a-friend-fliter: My friend was just let go from her job because hiring someone new would be cheaper on her employer's budget. [more inside]
posted by echolex on Dec 19, 2005 - 16 answers

Help me be the cool Uncle!

I'm looking for an ACTUAL book-of-the-month club, for children younger than ten, which serves the UK.... [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Dec 12, 2005 - 3 answers

What to get for a samurai movie fan/middle school teacher?

What to get for a samurai movie fan/middle school teacher? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Dec 6, 2005 - 25 answers

Best dead-tree atlas?

What's the best dead-tree world atlas you can buy? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jun 23, 2005 - 12 answers

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