Monday, March 29, 2010

Ken Follett novel snob

If you were reading Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, wouldn't you like to know that there's an incredibly geeky board game based on the book, in which you're responsible for building a cathedral and have to assign your workers to carpentry, masonry, glass-blowing, organ construction, toadying up to tax collectors, seeking favors with the king, and more? And that the characters show up to help or hinder you in your task?

I was very excited to enhance someone's reading experience with this piece of board game knowledge... but she actually sneered at me and said, "I'll take your word for it." OK! It was the exact opposite reaction I'd expect to get from someone reading a Ken Follett novel; it's not like I recommended The Eye of the Needle board game, amazing as that could potentially be. Actually, Pillars of the Earth is possibly a little too involved for me, although perhaps it may take me a few more rounds of play to get a sense of strategy.

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