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Fri, July 11th, 2014
Marrying Mr. Darcy: Will Janeites’ Wishes Come True?
Posted by: Karen Doornebos

But We Do Wish for Cards On a summer afternoon not too long ago, a party of five ladies from The Jane Austen Society of North America’s Greater Chicago Region, some in bonnets, gathered to play a game of cards. No, it wasn’t whist, loo, vignt-et-un, or any of the other card games popular during Austen’s […]


Thu, January 19th, 2012
Puzzle Noir Update
Posted by: Bill Ott

Likely Stories readers will recall my post on January 6 announcing that the Booklist staff had embarked on a project: putting together a jigsaw puzzle–not just any jigsaw puzzle but one illustrating a nifty pulp paperback cover. Well, we’re making progress, thanks especially to Annie Bostrom, Sarah Hunter, and Courtney Jones, among others, we now […]


Fri, January 6th, 2012
Puzzle Noir
Posted by: Bill Ott

You never know what will appear on a Booklist mail truck. Today, along with the usual 200 galleys, Donna Seaman found a jigsaw puzzle–not just any jigsaw puzzle, mind you, but a puzzle made up of pulp-era paperback covers. I wouldn’t have expected such a thing from Harlequin Books, and in fact, there are other […]


Tue, June 21st, 2011
We Make Our Own Fun: Booklist vs. Notable Novelists of the 20th Century
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

It has been an ongoing quest to bring book-themed board games to the attention of our readers. First came It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. That was followed by Bookchase, deemed “soul crushing” by participant/editor Ian Chipman. Now, by e-mail, we were alerted by beloved Daniel “the Dungeon Master” Kraus, that a new offering had appeared in […]


Wed, February 10th, 2010
Which new books would make good video games?
Posted by: Keir Graff

All right, I’ve kind of been tuning out all the media hype around the new Dante’s Inferno video game — maybe I’m worn out from thinking of new titles for Quirk Classics, or maybe it just seems like the classic lit/video game jokes write themselves. (I love NPR’s observation that “some Dante scholars bristle at the […]


Mon, October 12th, 2009
Booklist vs. Bookchase
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Seven months ago, four Booklist editors were shown up by the book-themed board game It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Seeing how our scattered egos were approaching reassembly, it was time for another round of humiliation. That’s just how we roll. Thus: Bookchase. The box claims as its audience everyone from “people who have […]


Fri, April 3rd, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Wrapup
Posted by: Keir Graff

So was it for our first session of A Dark and Stormy Night. For fun, and because the check hadn’t arrived yet, we played another round. This time, instead of taking books out of the box each time we got an answer right, we put them back–the first team to reshelve all its books won the […]


Thu, April 2nd, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 12
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on The Nerds and the Beautiful.) Category: Children’s Movies The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette. I had no idea. Fortunately, my partner had a very definite idea, and it was very definitely the correct idea. And, at 8 books to […]


Wed, April 1st, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 11
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on One Nerd to Live.) A tied game. One more correct answer and The Winners take home bragging rights. Who will win? Will it be the team identified in Round 1 as “The Winners”? Or was that some kind of annoying postmodern joke? Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy In the nighttime heart of Beirut, in […]


Tue, March 31st, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 10
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Guiding Nerds.) “This is exciting,” said someone who I will not humiliate by naming publicly. “It’s a photo finish.” As I mentioned, we’re nerds. Category: Shakespeare’s Plays Scene I Britain. The garden of Cymbeline’s palace. [Enter two Gentlemen] FIRST GENTLEMAN. You do not meet a man but frowns: our bloods / No more obey […]





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