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Peter David
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010
Fable is a first person role-playing game set in the city realm of Albion. The city is full of riches and poverty, magic works but industry is coming. The royal family who run the city have a dark past and its secrets rule the present. Past versions of the game have been set in, loosely, medieval and renaissance times. The new version, launched to coincide with the book, will take the city into the industrial revolution, launching a war between industry and magic. The game is unique for the richness of the created universe and for the way the actions of the character are reflected in its appearance and the responses of NPCs to it: if you eat a lot you become fat, if you get into a lot of fights you get scarred and people become wary of you. The interaction of player and game, the richness of the world, makes the franchise unusually appropriate for a tie-in novel and the novel comes with a code for the fable 3 ingame weapon.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575100222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575100220
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The tie-in novel to the new edition of the multi-million bestselling Fantasy computer game.

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Peter David is a professional writer. He has had several novels published but has also written scripts in Hollywood and comics. He lives in the USA.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for both the young and not-so-young 23 Nov 2010
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A very entertaining read. It is clearly writing with the aim that it is an accessible read for young teenagers but as an older reader I still found it very enjoyable and a pleasant reminder of boyhood adventures with your best friend
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, but it's a tad bit too short 17 Nov 2010
It's good, but it felt a little rushed. Furthermore I've not much to say, Peter David seems to have done his homework on the Fable franchise and there's a little something in the game that's to do with Reaver you wont understand unless you read this, plus, the weapon is awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Feb 2014
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Aswesome book if you play Fable. Still well worth a read if you don't. I could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the book for for fable fans! 20 Oct 2011
This is the book that any fable fan should get because it is covers albion and over places in such detailed. The book is action packed, mysteries and mythical. This book is in great detailed and is one of the best game books I have ever read. It is a good book and the weapon is a really nice touch as well ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good fable 27 May 2014
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At times it did not match up well with the fable franchise, certainly glossed over game geographic facts. Even so, it made for an interesting read although it seemed to anger me at some points such as the descriptions for hero's that were not complete, as for the people's woeful ignorance of creatures of 'myth' Albion s king only reigned 20-30 years not enough time for creatures that still plagued the region to be forgotten. Also what of the spire a clear sign that myth was still around.

The way the balverines reacted was also not in keeping with the general consensus. As was the concept of the library which in all of Albion only existed in brightwood town, yet it is referred to as if there were numerous.

It's also I wonder why another triumvirate of hero's is not mentioned.

Those are just some of the plotholes from a lack of research, the other was the presumption all hero's are good and there is no ground for neutral. None of James actions would have given him a evil inclination in fact Thomas fixation on vengeance should have given him an evil trait. It is somewhat.

still it made for a good read, if wanton to the occasional sexist remark, dressed up as balverine order. Peter can produce good stories I just felt at time he had done a copy and paste job of parts. That might just be his winning style though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit to short 28 Mar 2011
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Very good book. well written and works in with the fable universe. A bit short and rushed towards the end, but worth the purchase.
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