Books for video game lovers

By Aimee Oliver

Posted on October 8, 2015 in Books with tags

Like video games? You’ll love these books…

We’ve tried to pair up similar books and video games so that hardcore gamers can experience literary delights, and bookish types can rush out and buy an Xbox*. Suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

*other consoles available


Mass Effect and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Mass Effect The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
If you like your sci-fi epic and with a slice of humour, I urge you to check out A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which is the absolute perfect book for fans of Mass Effect. Long Way has it all – a great storyline, memorable characters that you will fall in love with, and a realistic sense of peril. Get on board the Normandy – I’m sorry, the Wayfarer – and get ready for the ride of your life.

Skyrim and Rat Queens

Skyrim Rat Queens

Skyrim has such never-before-seen scope in a video game that you can pretty much do whatever you like. You want to follow the main mission? Sure, go do that. You want to spend most of your time exploring the countryside and killing wild animals? Go for it; it’s your prerogative. If you’re anything like us, you will start a bar fight, kill a troll and seduce an enigmatic warrior in the space of a few (okay, probably more like 20) hours. If you like to fight evil and have fun while doing it, check out Rat Queens, a comic book series positioned as ‘Lord of the Rings meets Bridesmaids’.

Portal and His Dark Materials

Portal Pullman Dark Materials

Move from one plane to another using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, or cut windows between worlds with the Subtle Knife. Which is cooler? Difficult to say, but if there are Portal fans out there looking for a book (or books) to read, His Dark Materials is a very safe bet. Enter into a world not quite our own…

Baldur’s Gate II and Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings Baldurs Gate

Featuring a medieval world, a long and winding journey, and a multitude of characters and races, Baldur’s Gate really does seem like an epic quest. Travel with a party full of different personalities, and you’re sure to get people squaring off against each other. It happened with Legolas and Gimli, Boromir and Aragorn… Let’s take it up a gear. With Edwin and Minsk in your party in Baldur’s Gate II, at some point in your quest they will have an off-screen fight-to-the-death – prepare to say goodbye to one of your fellow adventurers.


Castlevania and Carmilla and Dracula

Castlevania Dracula Carmilla

Everyone’s favourite vampire series sees the Belmonts, a group of vampire hunters, take on Dracula with lethal weapons such as a whip called ‘Vampire Killer’ and a cross that is also a boomerang. If you fans of fangs haven’t already, please get reading Dracula, and you’ll see just how much this book has borne countless films, TV shows, books, songs… If you’ve already put the final nail in the coffin of Dracula (and if you have ever studied English Lit, this is probably a big YES), dig out Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, the very inspiration for Dracula.


Assassin’s Creed and The Lies of Locke Lamora

Lies Locke Lamora Assassins Creed

Assassin’s Creed is everyone’s favourite creep-‘em-up; stealth is the name of the game as you tread carefully over rooftops, eavesdrop and pickpocket, and outrun city guards and Templars. In The Lies of Lock Lamora, enjoy the hilariously-named Gentleman Bastards, a group of elite and sneaky con artists who Robin-Hood their way around the city of Camorr. Fight the power!


2 comments on “Books for video game lovers”

  • Daniel says:

    Synthesis:Weave has a similar feel to Mass Effect – I think in an interview the author said he’d paid homage to it.

  • Fleur Clarke says:

    I would pair The Road with Dark Souls. They don’t really have much in common, except they’re both really bloody depressing.

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