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Elevator to Nowhere

Series: Give Yourself Goosebumps #34
Translated Into: Lift v nikuda [Лифт в никуда] (Russian)
Author: Stine, R. L.
Illustrator: White, Craig
Release Date: March, 1999
ISBN: 0590516701 / 9780590516709
Length:136 pages
Number of Endings:23
User Summary: You visit your science fair partner's uncle, an inventor, and get mixed up in adventures involving an elevator that leads to other dimensions.
Demian's Thoughts: There sure are a lot of strange scientist uncles in gamebook-land; the first few pages of this book felt awfully familiar to me. Indeed, there are a lot of familiar plot devices on display here, but I found the book to be a lot more fun than I expected. There's a clear mission to accomplish, a variety of places to explore, multiple paths to victory, and a sense of continuity nearly unprecedented in this series -- I was actually able to use something I learned from my first play-through to avoid getting killed during a later adventure. The book is also fairly well-written, having a certain sense of fun while still taking itself relatively seriously and, for better or worse, being surprisingly violent. This obviously isn't a classic, but it's another unexpectedly respectable entry in a series that I never thought I'd hold any respect for whatsoever.

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