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The Secret of 13

Series: Pick-a-Path #13
Translated Into: Le Secret du 13 (French)
O segredo do 13 (Portuguese)
Author: Hiller, Barbara B. (B. B.)
Illustrator: Dodson, Bert
Release Date: 1984
ISBN: 0590332945 / 9780590332941
Length:57 pages (numbered 1 through 58 without a page 13)
Number of Endings:12
User Summary: Your elevator stops at the 13th floor of a building, and things just kind of get weirder from there.
Demian's Thoughts: This isn't normally the sort of book I like very much; it has no real plot, just random events, and there's absolutely no attempt at continuity whatsoever. For some reason, though, I really liked it. The writing is above average, the randomness is entertaining, the whole play on the fact that this is the thirteenth book in the series is kind of clever, and there's just an overall feeling that this is something a little bit unique. This is certainly the only gamebook I can think of that includes a list of ingredients, and when you choose to try the recipe yourself, it actually gives you the necessary instructions to cook the meal! The missing page 13 is also a nice touch. Good stuff! This series has made me a bit of a B. B. Hiller fan.

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