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Item - Cosmic Kidnappers


Series: Alien Adventures — no. 2
Translated Into: Secuestradores cósmicos (Spanish)
Author: Randall, E. T.
Illustrator: Rogers, Jackie
Date: 1985
ISBN: 0816703299 / 9780816703296
Length: 116 pages
Number of Endings: 36
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: Drawn into a computer and out again into an alien spaceship, the reader must figure out a way to get back home.
Demian's Thoughts:

This book really isn't a whole lot of fun. It doesn't work as a game because crucial background elements of the plot change depending on certain choices and it doesn't work as a story because it's derivative and uninterestingly written.

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Guillermo's Thoughts:

First of all, I have to point out that the Spanish translation of this book is very poor, so I might not be in as good a position as Demian to comment on the quality of the writing. However, I found the book to be quite entertaining; the scenario does indeed change significantly depending on the choices the reader makes, but this variety is actually one of the book's greatest strengths. Exploring the "kidnapped by aliens" theme from several different angles proves quite involving, and many of the endings are fun to read. The book is far from perfect (better characterization would have helped it quite a bit, for example), and is not a masterpiece like Inside UFO 54-40, but it's not a waste of time either.

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