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Golden Girl and the Vanishing Unicorn

Series: Find Your Fate Junior - Golden Girl #1
Author: Stine, R. L.
Illustrator: Barr, Ken
Release Date: June, 1986
ISBN: 0345328604 / 9780345328601
Length:73 pages
Number of Endings:10
User Summary: You come across an old woman who gives you a map which appears to lead to the magical gemstone segment that you need in order to become a really effective do-gooder. However, since finding the gemstone seems to be the Golden Girl equivalent of escaping from Gilligan's Island, you have much cause for suspicion....
Demian's Thoughts: This book wasn't nearly as awful as I expected it to be. I came into this with the horrors of the Find Your Fate Junior - The Transformers books still fresh in my mind, and I expected the same sort of third-person, condescending garbage, only insultingly aimed at a female audience. As it turns out, the text is written readably in the second-person, the condescension is gone, and while the book is aimed at a female audience, it's not offensively "girly" in tone -- sure, nearly all the characters are female and the most prominent male is an arrogant moron, but it's not as grotesque as it could have been. Of course, all this praise is not to say that this is a good book -- it's cheesy and based on action figures, so high quality is not to be expected -- but it is tolerable. It also happens to be hilariously funny (quite unintentionally) thanks to its featured villain: Moth Lady. Now, the mere mention of a villain named Moth Lady had me in hysterics, but it got even sillier when I realized that all Moth Lady really does in this book is flutter around and get drawn to flames! The mind boggles. If you're a fan of humorous stupidity, this is a book worth finding. Beyond that, the only thing that sticks out in my mind about this title is the fact that it's not very aptly named -- only about half the paths through the book have anything to do with a vanishing unicorn. Personally, I'd have called it Golden Girl and the Flutterings of Moth Lady, but that's just me....

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