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text 2017-09-16 23:42
Interactive story game: To Be or Not To Be

 

I've had this for a while but only just started playing it. And yes, you can find some of Kate Beaton's artwork  in it, but also artwork by a bunch of other people. It's a "choose your own adventure" version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which you can either play as Hamlet, Hamlet's father, or Ophelia. Nearly every ending presents you with a unique piece of artwork, and there are lots of endings.

 

At the moment, I've mostly just played as Ophelia, who is utterly awesome. She can solve Hamlet's problems logically and boringly, or she can go full-on murder queen. It took me three tries to manage it, but it's quite possible for her to go on a killing spree that results in the death of literally every character in Hamlet. Sometimes things get a little surreal too. In my longest playthrough, Ophelia and Hamlet teamed up to kill Claudius. After they gifted Claudius with a "choose your own adventure" book with a plot eerily similar to Claudius's own life, Ophelia briefly became Claudius, who became Ophelia just at things were starting to look bad for him, who decided to skip out on this whole "Hamlet's acting weird" thing and take a vacation. The game briefly (very briefly) became a dating sim, but then Ophelia sprang into action again to take on some terrorists and live happily ever after all on her own.

 

My main complaint at the moment is that although the game has "checkpoints" (decision points you can go back to and replay, so you can try other options), you can't create your own, so you end up having to replay certain chunks of the game a lot. The "skip" button helps, but it's still annoying.

 

This also available in actual book form (I'm not sure which came first), for those who'd prefer that.

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text 2017-04-17 12:57
Booklikes-opoly: Pick out a book for me to read

Okay, the way I think this works is that I have to read whichever book the first person to comment picks. I haven't read any of these before, although I've read other books in the series for a couple of them and have watched an anime adaptation of another one.

 

The options:

 

Baccano!, Vol. 1: The Rolling Bootlegs - Ryohgo Narita 

 

Baccano!, Vol. 1: The Rolling Bootlegs - Ryohgo Narita - An English translation of a Japanese novel. I've never read it before, but I've seen the anime based on it and enjoyed it. It's set in the U.S. (New York, according to the back of the book) during the Prohibition era. The anime includes people who have been made immortal by a special wine, plus loads of violence.

 

Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Left Hand Dreams of Him - Satoru Kannagi,Hotaru Odagiri 

 

Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Left Hand Dreams of Him - Satoru Kannagi,Hotaru Odagiri - Another English translation of a Japanese novel. This one is m/m romance. I read and reviewed the first book in the series late last year. I though it was overall terrible, but entertaining.

 

Star Surgeon - James White 

 

Star Surgeon - James White - Sci-fi, part of the Sector General series. It's doctors and medical mysteries in space.

 

Resenting the Hero - Moira J. Moore 

 

Resenting the Hero - Moira J. Moore - I think this one might be the longest one of the bunch. It's fantasy with a magical system that involves bonded pairs. There's humor and I think a little romance. Danielle's Reading Adventures liked it.

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text 2017-04-11 22:27
Attack on Titan choose-your-own-adventure
Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure: Year 850: Last Stand at Wall Rose - Hajime Isayama

If my bookshelves weren't already overflowing with impulse buys, this would probably be in my shopping cart, if only to see how many of the endings involve your own death or the deaths of all or most of your friends and comrades. Even a "good" ending in the Attack on Titan world would still suck to some degree.

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review 2016-11-17 17:08
Choose Your Own Misery, The Holidays by Mke MacDonald
Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays - Mike MacDonald,Jilly Gagnon

This was an interesting and non-traditional format for a book. You get to pick what direction your story goes. I found it a little fun and annoying in turns. What I chose was a pretty short story. I would say that this guy had a few pretty rotton days. It's complicated by that guy not being real decisive. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to Review it. I've given it a 4* rating

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review 2016-11-01 00:00
I Choose You
I Choose You - Krista Lakes I Choose You - Krista Lakes This story is about a girl who recently graduated college and is looking for her first job. She has to learn to prioritize both her work and her social life. What will she choose? Her ideal job or her ideal mate? That stands to be the question and I suggest you read to find out. There are a few twists and turns and some interesting ones at that. This was my first book by Krista Lakes and I’d happily read more!
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