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Grand Canyon Odyssey

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #43
Translated Into: Odisea en el Gran Cañón (Spanish)
Odisea en el Gran Cañón del Colorado (Spanish)
Odissea al Gran Canyon (Catalan)
Odissea nel Grand Canyon (Italian)
Author: Leibold, Jay (pseudonym used by Montavon, Jay)
Illustrator: Hedin, Don
Release Date: April, 1985
ISBN: 0553248227 / 9780553248227
Length:115 pages
Number of Endings:35
User Summary: You've been hired by a rancher to find some of his horses which have disappeared into the Grand Canyon under mysterious circumstances.
Demian's Thoughts: This book is rather reminiscent of R. A. Montgomery's less coherent works in the way it periodically wanders off onto weird metaphysical tangents. In other respects, it's similar to some of Edward Packard's writing, in that it features time travel that takes place when you simply move into certain areas. Ultimately, I think the author would have done better to have stuck with his own style; this conglomeration of ideas used by the series' standbys never really holds together well on its own, despite the fact that it has a well-defined objective (find the horses) which could have given it a clearer focus.

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Good's Thoughts: I'd love to do REAL white water rafting some day; this book is great for that. Another great addition is the time travel here. It's the way a great game book should be.

If I wrote this one, there'd (Yes) be more pages, and the map would be EVEN more difficult. (e.g. At the hole, and whirlpool, it would branch to more adventure both ways.)

Rating: 10/10

P.S. Keep watch for my book: Crazy Amusement Park, and put it in your collection.

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MrEndshiftresign's Thoughts: B+

Those who like metaphysical pondering and weird CYOA plotlines but don't really care much for moralizing and preachiness will like Grand Canyon Odyssey. With 35 endings crammed into 115 pages, some of the arcs don't last long enough, but I enjoyed being transported through various stages in time and liked the array of choices and variety of storylines. But wait a minute, there is a bit of moralizing, and that's when you choose to have all of the gold to yourself in the Don Pizarro arc. Fortunately, Leibold is not hard and heavy on the preaching like a certain R. A. Montgomery, and this doesn't take away much from the story. A solid follow-up to Sabotage and up there with the aforementioned book and The Antimatter Formula among Leibold's best.

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