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Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny - Claws of the Macra Paperback – 31 Jul 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP (UK) (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405906855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405906852
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I used to be a big fan of the old "Fighting Fantasy" books when I was a kid. I assumed this would be a Doctor Who version of those, having played Asterix and Sonic the Hedgehog versions when I was about 8 or 9. Of all the variations on the "Make Your Own Adventure" books I've ever read/played, this is the worst by far. I think the best way to review this is to do a comparison between how these sorts of books are usually done and how this one is done.

The Fighting Fantasy books have several different courses through the story with certain key decisions (leading to certain routes, items or information) determining if you get a good ending, or if you fail in your quest. In this book, every single decision you make is irrelevant because you cannot possibly fail. So you're not "adventuring with the Doctor", you're reading one of about 8 very short, very bad stories that rather arbitrarily feature someone that happens to be called the Doctor.

The Fighting Fantasy books tend to offer choices like whether to take certain items, whether to sneak past guards or attack them, whether to lie to someone or tell the truth... This book's choices amount to "Turn left or right" 90% of the time. There are also never more than two choices whereas a FF book might have "enter the room on the left, enter the room on the right, take the item from the pedestal, talk to the guard".

A read through of any given route in a FF book would take a good amount of time, not as long as a novel but certainly longer than a short story. Each route in this book takes about 6 or 7 minutes to get through. You could take any of the longer routes (i.e. the ones where you don't die early in the adventure) from a FF book at it would make a fine story in its own right.
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this is the 1st book of the latest doctor who decide your destiny library. These books are truly amazing and everytime i read one i always make a different story. This book is about when you are on a school trip to a gas refinary only to find the Macra are back and only you can prevent their plans. alongside the doctor and his brand new assistant, Amy Pond, this book is strong enough to make you read it behind the sofa!!!! Also, if this isnt enough, the adventures continue online with exciting new games and really cool animations, doctor who decide your destiny - claws of the Macra is truly the most wanted book for all fans of the WHONIVERSE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I remember Chose your own adventure books 16 Jan. 2014
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I love to read all the chose your own adventure books and I wanted to pass this love on to my son bit they stopped making them
but looking for Doctor Who books I found this and I have had a blast reading it to my son. I let him decide what we are doing and I
think we can even read it 4 more times and still come out with a different ending everytime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who 19 Jun. 2013
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My son was super excited when he opened the package. We weren't even expecting them to arrive until July so it was an extra bonus when we got the item early. Great condition.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 3 Jan. 2015
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Nicely written, just have a picky reader
5.0 out of 5 stars gift for grandson 7 Feb. 2013
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I gave this book to my grandson for christmas hoping it would encourage him to read more. It's like getting a dozen books in one.
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