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I always know if you recommend a book, it's a worthy read. And now here are three more to add to my list - I appreciate your point that these are not for control freaks nor easy. Makes me want to read them even more.

So here's a quick note of thanks for your thoughtful book reviews featuring your distillation of the key points presenting a clear reason why one should read each. They're immensely valuable and one of my favorite parts of your site.

@Alex - happy holidays to you. I'll look for your take on the books.

@Renee - a good rule of thumb is if the book is still on my shelf instead of being donated to the local library, I've read it at least twice and used the information. That's a good book.

@Joe - it is such a treasure trove of insights that little book, isn't it? It was a friend met through blogging who recommended it a couple of years back.

I have not read the Wheatley or Block books, but have added them to my reading list. I have read the Carse book several times, and gain new insights every time I do.

Here are a few more gems from the book, that I rediscovered after a 2006 re-reading in the context of reflecting on - and blogging about - the pervasiveness and permeability of games worlds:

* A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game is played for the purpose of continuing the play.
* A finite game has temporal, spatial and membership boundaries that are externally defined, with rules that cannot change during the course of play
* The rules of an infinite game must change in the course of play
* Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.
* The joyfulness of infinite play, its laughter, lies in learning to start something we cannot finish.

http://gumption.typepad.com/blog/2006/05/the_pervasivene.html

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