From Lev Grossman’s blog.
Then there’s a recent game like Portal 2 (I’m just plucking examples out of the ether here). I played through it a few weeks ago. Look at the tightness of the plotting, the economy and discipline and humor and sharpness with which they sketch out the characters. These are things we usually look to novels for. But by those standards Portal 2 is the best novel I’ve read this year.
The opposition between books and games feels fake — like something built up by people who either don’t read or don’t game. I know there are other fiction writers out there who game. My brother for one (he actually designs games in his copious spare time). Tom Bissell. Iain Banks. Hm. Anybody else?
I could just as easily have titled this post Marry Me, Lev Grossman, but that seemed a bit forward.
Quentin Coldwater in Lev Grossman’s The Magician King.
Leave it to Grossman to perfectly encapsulate a hangover in three sentences.