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The Badlands of Hark

Series: Hark #1
Translated Into: Busca el tesoro de Hark (Spanish)
Author: Stine, R. L.
Illustrators: Pound (cover)
Roper, Robert (Bob) (interior)
Release Date: 1985
ISBN: 0590337726 / 9780590337724
Length:250 sections
Number of Endings:79
User Summary: You are on a search for treasure on the incredibly dangerous planet of Hark.
Demian's Thoughts: This is a very, very difficult book to finish successfully. This doesn't mean it's an intellectual challenge, just that it has so many arbitrary deaths and dead ends that it takes forever to find the right way through. Still, if you have patience (and make a map), it is possible to get through successfully. The book has a few continuity problems (like the ability to get infinitely many points if you "cheat" and follow certain plot threads through again and again) and the writing is uneven, but I can't help liking it; it's quite different from most gamebooks, even if all the differences aren't favorable.

My High Score - 1625 (no points counted more than once)

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rellwood's Thoughts: I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It has a quirky Hitchhiker's-Guide-to-the-Galaxy-esque tone: always unexpected, totally (that is, intentionally) lacking in any realism whatsoever, and loaded with more crazy ways of getting killed than I can count on all my fingers and toes. This book is really like a large maze where you must make arbitrary choices to get to the end. You are given no hints as to what choices to make. I find myself reading with my fingers stuck in the pages at various sections that I had made choices, so that I can go back if my current route turns out to be a dead end. It's an amusing diversion to pass an idle hour.

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