The book with the exciting cover is @JohnsonJeffro’s collection of literary criticism that helped kick off the #PulpRev movement.

The other one is an anthology of stories taken from Appendix N. Along with some personal additions the editor apparently felt like making.

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As the Anthology is TradPub, I’m not going to lay blame for the title confusion on the editor’s feet. Fact is, you can’t copyright a title. They didn’t do anything legally wrong. Especially where the two books are in different categories.

But read the FULL titles again.

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Someone involved in making this book took Jeffro’s full title, including the subtitle, and changed ONE WORD.

Again, not legally wrong. But you also can’t tell me it wasn’t deliberate. Especially given the niche nature of the subject.

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Out of 100s of possible titles for their collection of pulp fiction—titles that should evoke adventure and wonder—they just “happened” to land on a dry, academic sounding one?

Riiight...

That it’s so close to the title of Jeffro’s influential book is no accident, folks.

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And make no mistake, Jeffro’s book is enormously influential. The blog posts he eventually published as APPENDIX N kicked off the conversation about D&D’s pulp influences, and were Ground Zero for much of the larger conversation about pulp SFF in general.

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Whether or not you agree with him, Jeffro at least presents an argument: that Appendix N is more than just a list of Gary’s favorite books. Rather, it’s a time capsule of SFF publishing circa 1979, and that D&D could only have been born in an era where pulp was dominant.

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Regardless of where you find yourself falling on Jeffro’s conclusions, his book does what all good literary criticism should do: it forces you to think about and engage with the source material, if only to solidify your own counter arguments.

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As for the other book...

Well, I guess it’s nice to have some of the stories under one cover.

Personally, I already have most of them in various collections. Some several times over. I’d be willing to bet if you even know what Appendix N is, you do, too.

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The Anthology’s introduction also explicitly denies that Appendix N is a “roadmap to understanding D&D.”

Maybe I’m missing something. But I’m having a hard time understanding why an editor who believes that would even bother collecting these stories. What’s the point?

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I guess that’s my question. Who is this Anthology for?

If Appendix N isn’t a “roadmap to understanding D&D,” it’s just a list of books Gary liked. If it’s just a list of books Gary liked, this new book is just a bunch of stories from GARY’S LIST the editor likes.

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And hey, maybe that interests you! If so, then go nuts. Just don’t go in expecting any discussion about what makes Appendix N relevant, important, or interesting.

If you want that, you’ll have to go and read @JohnsonJeffro’s book.

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