I'd like to posit that Nintendo 'winning' E3 has less to do with the games they showed and more to do with how they showed the games. The Digital Treehouse format was decidedly the most fresh way of disseminating information while maintaining brand image, and most importantly, keeping a sense of fun and interactivity.
Cara Ellison and Jenn Frank are now two of my favorite essayists. I'd read their shopping lists if posted in longform.
Friendly advice: China Mieville's books are EXTREMELY good but can be difficult reads due to tthe amount of poetic devices and nuance that make up his style. Also,The Scar is kinda part of a series. Events from Perdido Street Station color events from the scar, and soon with Iron Council. Finally, these books are steampunk mixed with cthullu mythos.