Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: Leaving Mundania

Author: Lizzie Stark 
Title: Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games

Description: Lizzie Stark immerses herself in the world of live action roleplaying (LARP), a subculture that few people know even exists.
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Writing style: Really engaging. Stark not only describes the LARP scene and interviews players, but actually plays many games herself and relates her own experiences.
Audience: Gamers, geeks, nerds, fans, and anyone interested in any of the above.
Major ideas: Stark does a great job of describing the games in a way that make them seem fun and exciting, but more than that, she thoughtfully discusses the social role of such games.
Wrap-up: I really enjoyed this book. Now, I am part of the core audience; I’ve played and enjoyed LARPs at conventions myself.  Stark keeps the book moving with a good balance of first-person experiences and exposition. 5/5*

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