If I wanted to write a KQ-esque story, or even a good Hobbit-esque fairy tale yarn, what novels or resource books would you recommend?
Roberta mentioned that when writing KQ games, she goes to:
"books on mysterious places and imaginary things; The Brothers Grimm, myths and legends, Victorian fairy tales, puzzle books, codes and ciphers and ancient inventions. I start reading them and take lots and lots of notes, always coming up with plenty of story scenarios. Then I pick the ones I like(d) best and (go) with them."
What sort of "puzzle books, codes and ciphers" would she be referring to? Any recommendations? How I'd love if we could get a glimpse of her book shelf, to see what books (besides the Green Fairy book) she took inspiration from. I want to become a storyteller myself, having the lit by JRR Tolkien recently.
What do you imagine to be on Roberta's and Jane Jensen's book shelves used for reference guides when they wrote their stories?
I'd want to work in a more fairy-tale-esque vein, but still High Fantasy.