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Item - Island of Doom

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Series: Choose Your Own Nightmare (1995-1997) — no. 3
Translated Into: La isla maldita (Spanish)
Author: Brightfield, Richard
Illustrator: Schmidt, William (Bill)
Date: July, 1995
ISBN: 0553482319 / 9780553482317
Length: 86 pages
Number of Endings: 9
User Summary: During a vacation, you and your sister get lost on an island supposedly haunted by the ghosts of a tribe of cannibals.
Demian's Thoughts:

Although a few of the settings in this book have a good atmosphere to them, this is a fairly weak gamebook. The pacing is bad, the story is inconsistent and the fact that in this book you are a leaf collector is just kind of strange.

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Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

I don't have high expectations for Montgomery's work, but he improved over time, so I thought there was a chance of this being decent.

You and your family go on a vacation to an island. You and your sister wander off, and get lost, resulting in some minor adventures.

This book doesn't do very well. I suppose it might be mildly frightening to kids that were scared of being lost. Most of the time, you and your sister are worried that people you see are ghosts, despite having no good reason to believe so.

Montgomery's problem with consistency drags the book further down. In one path, they're ghosts. In another path, they aren't. He also incorporates some really hammy exposition where some guys discuss their evil plan with each other. This happens on two separate paths.

There are a few other endings that are unrelated to the primary plot, but they aren't especially compelling.

Not worth your time.

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