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Gygax in the Wild: Look What I Found in a Little Free Library

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Found this today in the Little Free Library outside the B&B I'm staying at, on the Oregon Coast. Anybody ever read it? There's...a lot going on here, judging this book by its cover.
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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
There are a ton of free libraries here in Oregon, but I never get that lucky lol. I hope you enjoy it here! I don't know where you're at, but Manzanita is my favorite beach. The exit off of 101 is a little hard to see, because you don't see the beach when you take it to head into Manzanita proper.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
So I'm a few dozen pages in, and it's really not good. I'm trying to like it, I really am, but....

...well, the main character is a faux-Egyptian ("Ægyptian") magistrate, named Setne Inhetep. The lady on the cover is his "Amazonian warrior-princess" bodyguard. They solve crimes and mysteries together.

I think it's supposed to be a fantasy interpretation of a pulp noir crime novel. Like "The Dresden Files," as written by Gary Gygax.
 

Davies

Hero
So I'm a few dozen pages in, and it's really not good. I'm trying to like it, I really am, but....

...well, the main character is a faux-Egyptian ("Ægyptian") magistrate, named Setne Inhetep. The lady on the cover is his "Amazonian warrior-princess" bodyguard. They solve crimes and mysteries together.

I think it's supposed to be a fantasy interpretation of a pulp noir crime novel. Like "The Dresden Files," as written by Gary Gygax.
Yep, he wrote three of these set in the Ærth setting he created for Dangerous Journeys, plus a fourth that was published posthumously. They're really only of interest to those who want to get deep into that setting.
 

Mad_Jack

Adventurer
Yep, he wrote three of these set in the Ærth setting he created for Dangerous Journeys, plus a fourth that was published posthumously. They're really only of interest to those who want to get deep into that setting.

There's been a copy of that book sitting on the shelf at my FLGS since probably back when the book was new... I read the Gord the Rogue novels as they came out and liked them a lot, but I must have looked at that one thirty times or more over the past thirty years and always decided not to buy it. I even read about twenty pages of it, and then decided it wasn't something I was interested in. In my opinion it wasn't one of the G-Man's better works...
 

UngainlyTitan

Hero
Supporter
She looks a bit miffed someone's made off with her clothes.
Of course she is miffed there is a whipping wind blowing judging from her hair and the trailing tail/skirt is stuck on something so she cannot get out of the wind. It is probably raining also.
She is having a bad day.
 

Aeson

Hero
And a giant boatfish wants to make a snack out of her. That cover looks a little risque for a little library. Maybe not, I was of the impression they're mainly for children. Though, I'm all for subverting America's youth. 👍
 




Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
There are other editions with different cover art, but yeah the author displays the usual racist, misogynist attitudes of the era in a magickal Aegytian detective story full of bland exposition and the convoluted Heka-mechanics of Dangerous Journeys.
Its okay for what it is and might inspire some adventure ideas
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Well, I have returned it to the wild, where it can find its way to another reader. It's currently at the Little Free Library on Nye Beach, in Newport OR if you want to be the next to read it.

I wasn't able to finish it...I had to stop reading at the part where the 18-year old "child" (the author's word, not mine), whom our protagonist had rescued the day earlier, danced into the room. Then she got embarrassed and quickly left when she discovered our protagonist wasn't alone.

"She was of course, naked." -direct quote from the book.

Apparently 18-year old damsels in distress are perfectly comfortable being naked around the guy who rescued them from kidnappers just the night before, but not around a different complete stranger.

Anyway, it's exactly what you would imagine for a Gary Gygax fantasy novel of the late 1980s/early 1990s. If that sounds like your jam, you should pick it up.
 
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Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
I read the whole series. I was very interested in the Mythus setting and thus I found the "original" trilogy entertaining, if not especially well written. However, I found the posthumous one rather terrible.
 


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