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I have been reading two books, and I am not reviewing either one of them yet because I am not finished with them. But they are both ones that I plan to keep on reading, although one is harder going than the other.
Another story I enjoyed from this collection was "The Wretched Thicket of Thorn" by Don Tumasonis. It was a slow starter, but I enjoyed the way the author began with a sense of dread and kept it as a subtle undercurrent throughout the story, all the way to its unfortunate (for the characters) conclusion. Suffice it to say, this story is a variation on the basic horror story theme: Don't open that door -- they open that door -- they pay for opening the door. It's a story that definitely calls for a rereading, to catch the small touches and details that I probably missed the first time through.
The other book I am in the midst of is Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game and How It Got That Way by Philip Orbanes. It's a history of Monopoly from its beginnings as a homegrown game from 1904 called the Landlord's Game. The book is a whole lot drier than I thought it would be, but one very interesting thing about the book is the way the author weaves the social and political history of the time into the story of the development of Monopoly as a game (through its many incarnations, which were surprisingly many). Guess what? The political and financial climate of that time (the early 1900's) mirrors ours so closely as to be positively uncanny. So that makes this a timely read as well. Another interesting aspect of the book is the discussion of game history and development, told from the viewpoint of an insider -- the author served as a Vice President of Research and Development at Parker Brothers and also has judged many Monopoly tournaments. All in all, although it is not exactly what I expected, I am eager to get further into the book at this point.