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Item - Forest of Fear

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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 54
Translated Into: El árbol de los espíritus (Spanish)
L'arbre dels esperits (Catalan)
Author: Foley, Louise Munro
Illustrator: Wing, Ron
Date: March, 1986
ISBN: 0553254901 / 9780553254907
Length: 116 pages (plus author's note)
Number of Endings: 17
User Summary: You go to visit your uncle, an author of adventure novels, at his home, an old ranger station in the woods. He's behaving rather oddly, however, and his latest book seems a little too close to reality for comfort....
Demian's Thoughts:

This book has an intriguing story with some effective plot elements, but it isn't as strong as Louise Munro Foley's last entry in the series (Danger at Anchor Mine) for one critical reason: lack of consistency. Some very important parts of the plot change depending on which choices are made, and a number of the questions posed by the book are never satisfactorily answered. As a result, the book has some wonderful paths through it, but as a whole, it isn't quite as enjoyable as it could have been. Also, a minor complaint -- the introduction to the story is quite long, and there is lots of page-turning during it. Why do these books have so much pointless page-turning? It's fine if it's because of a choice or converging plot paths or even for suspense... but there's no good reason to require the reader to wander all through the book just to read an introductory passage!

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