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Light on Quests Mountain

Series: Endless Quest #12
Contained In: The Endless Quest Collectors Set #3 (Collection)
Translated Into: Kuesto Maunten no nazo [クエストマウンテンのなぞ] (Japanese)
Authors: Kirchoff, Mary L.
Ward, James M.
Illustrators: Parkinson, Keith (cover)
McAfee, Steve (interior)
Release Date: August, 1983
ISBN: 0880380551 / 9780880380553
Length:157 pages
Number of Endings:14
User Summary: You are Ren. With two of your friends, you set off on a coming-of-age quest to discover the source of the mysterious lights atop a mountain near your village.
Demian's Thoughts: This is definitely an above-average entry in the series. The characters are a bit more interesting than usual, and the Gamma World setting is a pleasant change from the usual D&D stuff.

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knifebat's Thoughts: As a kid I had Return to Brookmere, and it was my favorite gamebook. Nostalgia set in when not too long ago I found this book, #12 from the same franchise. Super excited, I picked it up without realizing that this was set in Gamma World and not in the typical Dungeons & Dragons setting. This was a pleasant surprise to me because I do like the post apocalyptic future setting. The cover art is intriguing, we have a beast fighting against a green haired, blue skinned, two-headed, four-armed girl in a sword fight. The girl is really cool looking and reminds me of a Hindu deity. Unfortunately, you are not her. She does appear in the novel. So do some very interesting characters such as a trickster rabbit, metal monster that looks like a large construction vehicle, and a half-man half-robot.

The story is basically about you, a kid who is going on a rites of passage mission with two of your mutant friends, a monkey man and a lizard man. Because you're going on a journey with these colorful characters it reminded me of Go West, which is the original story that the famous manga Dragon Ball was based off of. Your adventure also has a little bit of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland feel to it. There is a really cool scene that reminded me of the poppy scene in Wizard of Oz, but better in my opinion, when your character is told by the plants how civilization had to start over. Another really cool part is when you're riding on a pineto, a moving plant organism that can be ridden like a horse. I was also glad that they put segments with your missing brother. Overall I thought it was a pretty enjoyable experience, definitely a nice change of pace from the usual stuff.

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