A teaser trailer for the Sept 1, 2010, paperback release of the book by Ethan Gilsdorf, "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms." The critically acclaimed book is an exploration and celebration of fantasy and gaming subcultures.
The paperback edition will be available Sept 1, 2010.
"Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks" has been named a "Must-Read" book by the Massachusetts Book Awards
PRAISE AND REVIEWS for Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks:
Named a Must-Read Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards: "A readable and enlightening look at the gaming world, its various lore, arcana, and substrates, driven by the author's candor and insight into one manifestation of a human need to 'deny death and provide a vacation from everyday thought.'"
"For anyone who has ever spent time within imaginary realms, the book will speak volumes. For those who have not, it will educate and enlighten." —Wired.com
"Gandalf's got nothing on Ethan Gilsdorf, except for maybe the monster white beard. In his new book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, Gilsdorf . . . offers an epic quest for reality within a realm of magic." —Boston Globe
"Master geek theater." —The Times of Trenton
"A breathless adventure/quest/memoir that is uniquely contemporary."
—Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator
"Imagine this: Lord of the Rings meets Jack Kerouac's On the Road...."—National Public Radio's "Around and About"
"What does it mean to be a geek? . . . Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks tackles that question with strength and dexterity. . . . part personal odyssey, part medieval mid-life crisis, and part wide-ranging survey of all things freaky and geeky ... playful ... funny and poignant ... It's a fun ride and it poses a question that goes to the very heart of fantasy, namely: What does the urge to become someone else tell us about ourselves?" —Huffington Post
"More fun than being a Dungeon Master to a group of high-level mages and thieves."
—A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically
"Gilsdorf is an engaging and personable guide. Like many who will pick up his book, he's got one foot squarely in the real world, the other in the fantasy one. This is a journey well worth taking." —Booklist
"Journalist and 'avowed, out-of-the-closet geek' Ethan Gilsdorf embraces his love of J.R.R. Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons and all things fantasy, embarking on a quest to discover what motivates those who devote significant portions of their lives to what many others dismiss as escapist fantasies. The book is also a journey of self-discovery.... engaging, occasionally poignant and emotional." —Boston Globe
"Witty, downright funny, poignant, honest and ... well, wistful."
—R. A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Elf Trilogy
"Gilsdorf rekindled his childhood fascination with Dungeons & Dragons as a launch point, and then proceeded to wander the country exploring MMOs, LARPs, and other non-acronym endeavors in order write his fascinating memoir/travel/geek-world exploration." —The Onion A.V. Club