Choose Your Own Adventure 4-Book Set, Volume 1: The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti Paperback – 15 Sep 2006
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Having read one of these CYOA books when I was around 8 yo, I recently got my interest in interactive fiction back, so I looked up and ordered some of these books for no other reason than that the idea, even now, still speaks to my imagination (I'm 27, by the way). At no point did I expect a masterpiece, exceptional writing or elaborate character development, so I was very aware of the limitations of the 'genre' and my expectations were quite low to begin with. But as I said, I was hoping to bring out the inner child by pretending to be 20 years younger and simply enjoying the concept.
But as I sat down to read the first one: Space and Beyond, I could barely believe how bad it is. But hey, maybe I just chose wrongly and therefore arrived at a crappy ending, so I tried again, and again, and again, until I read the whole thing with all its different endings. My opinion remained the same. Two days later I tried some of the others I bought; Journey under the sea, Abominable snowman and Mystery of the maya. Again, no difference. And here's why:
No matter which path you follow, the ending will be abrupt, illogical, incoherent, preachy and not even a little satisfying. This is due to one thing:
The author, R A Montgomery, who wrote all of these paperwastes is unable to construct even a basic logical plot following simple rules like cause and effect to create a narrative. This guy writes stories like an authistic three year old with ADD and the memory of a pea.Read more ›