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Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Goldberg , Linus Larsson , Jennifer Hawkins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three years ago, 32-year-old Markus "Notch" Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of millions of people, in fact. It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. And it is about creation, exclusion, and the feeling of not fitting in.

Here Markus opens up for the first time about his life. About his old Lego-filled desk at school. About the first computer his father brought home one day. But also about growing up in a family marked by drug abuse and conflict. But above all it is the story of the fine line between seeming misfit and creative madman, and the birth of a tech visionary.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is a Cinderella story for the Internet age.

Editorial Reviews


"You may find this book as addictive as Minecraft."—Slate

"At the core of the story of Minecraft is the lesson that success is possible, if you have a good idea and the passion and skill to pursue it. Minecraft is indeed an unlikely tale. That’s what makes it so great, and that’s why this little book will make a terrific holiday gift for the gamer in your life.”—Andrew Leonard, Salon

"Minecraft is a beautifully human's well worth a read and offers, at the very least, inspiration, and at the very most, hope."—TechCrunch

"This book takes his story and gives you a closer look. You learn about the man behind the game. His childhood, his family, the growth of his company and the lives of the people who work there. It doesn’t just give you the big enormous, glamour-filled cut scenes that you read about on the Internet. This book gives you the pixels, the details."—Book Riot

"Suspenseful, grounded, and startlingly relatable. I expected a book about Minecraft; what I got was a compelling story about personal struggle and accomplishment. A perfect gift for Minecraft players, parents of younger players, or anyone interested in indie games."—Game Skinny

"Pulls itself along with the narrative compulsion of a tech biography...outlines a cultural phenomenon in ways that even those who've missed out up 'til now can understand."—The Stranger

"I have been following Minecraft closely for over three years, and yet this book consistently surprised me with new insights into the game's development.  It focuses on the human story behind all those pixellated blocks. I have a new respect for Notch's accomplishments with Minecraft and for all the hard work that the Mojang'ers have devoted to making the game such a phenomenon. This book offers a fascinating and honest peek into the mind of the man who made Minecraft a reality."—Joel Levin, MinecraftEdu co-creator 

"This book explores the man behind the game to a depth that you won't, and that you can't, find anywhere else. In this work, Markus "Notch" Persson has revealed everything about the events that led to an international super-phenomenon. The resulting story will fascinate and inspire."—Sethbling, Minecraft video maker 

About the Author

LINUS LARSSON and DANIEL GOLDBERG are two of Sweden’s best-known writers on new technology and the internet. They have been published in The Washington Post and American Computer World, among other places, and quoted by BBC News, The New York Times, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden. Minecraft, their breakthrough English language debut, followed that same year with Seven Stories Press.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7964 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; Reprint edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A great read for Minecraft lovers, indie enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to see the good guy win.

If you're looking for a perfect gift for a kid that loves Minecraft, there's a lot to recommend this book. It's short enough to not feel overwhelming but not too short to tell the whole story. The writing is smart without being daunting. Depending on their reading level, anyone ages 7 and up could potentially read this on their own.

There are a very, very few places where the subject matter strays into territory you might be uncomfortable with... (full review available at GameSkinny)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notch is the man. November 21, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is how you get your minecraft crazy kid to read a book. My son loves this game and he is now engrossed in this book. The bonus is now he knows what big words like protagonist means. Two thumbs up!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! December 27, 2013
By Diana
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book was released just in time for my 9 yr. old's autobiography presentation. He loves the game, Minecraft. I was so intrigued and inspired by Markus's story. Loved it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 10 year old and husband really enjoyed this book. January 18, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recommend this book to any Minecraft lover. It's an easy read and my 10 year old & husband found the book very interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Minecraft Parents November 9, 2013
I bought this book at Minecon 2013 in Orlando and read it on the plane ride home. It is a really great little book about a very interesting subject. I especially recommend it to parents of Minecrafters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For Minecraft Enthusiasts April 8, 2014
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Chances are you have played the huge sensation Minecraft. If you haven't, then chances are you won't like this book, so don't read any further.

This book tells you of the life of Minecraft's creator, Notch. You read about the hard times he has gone through, from his child hood, to today. It's very well written, and will definitely keep you interested. Now I've read some of the reviews on this book saying it's great for kids. I HIGHLY stress against letting kids read it as some of the language it uses isn't exactly appropriate, some of the situations are also not necessarily appropriate for kids.

It's a biography, and chances are if you like the person, you'll like the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuine feelgood story! December 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer. I have only read the original in Swedish so I can not comment on the quality of the translation.

Notch turns out to be a rather normal person. albeit with a hard upbringing. The authors still manages to make the story of Notch and Minecraft exciting, I read it all in a day and barely ever put it down. It is a sweet read about a good (and skilled) guy that hits the jackpot big time without really having any plan or approach except doing what he loves.

From a technological gaming history perspective the book is not quite as interesting as Kushner's "Masters of Doom" or Craddock's "Stay awhile and listen", not because it is poorly written but because Notch and Minecraft doesn't push any technological limits like say Carmac did with Doom and Quake. But looking at it from the view of important people in gaming history it belongs right up there.

Most of all its a genuine feelgood story, after reading it I was just happy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Entrepreneurship Book December 9, 2013
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Inspired me even more to become an Entrepreneur and it explains video game science, which is way cool! Get this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It gives you a whole new interpretation of the life of a programmer. Markus life is not easy and he tried something crazy and ended up with 70 million
Published 13 days ago by Naim Sabir
5.0 out of 5 stars Son Loves
Son loves it. He has trouble reading, but this kept him interested.

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Published 1 month ago by Scoobyrogers
5.0 out of 5 stars a minecraft must read
My Minecraft addicted son (who rarely reads books) loves this! Yea!
Published 2 months ago by sandymom
5.0 out of 5 stars It brought back good times :)
The story truly tells the tale about minecraft and how it has turned into something really big. While reading, it made me remember the first time I stubble upon minecraft and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages who love this game
Quite a lot of back story that wasn't known. Very informative. Great for all ages who love this game. Read more
Published 3 months ago by samantha williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Great book, nicely written and easy read.
As a game developer I was amazed by learning some facts behind Minecraft creator and would definitely recommend this book for anyone... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wolf Fivousix
5.0 out of 5 stars Making and playing games sounds easy but it is not always.
I find that programming is difficult and sure some people are rich now but there life was not always easy Notch's dad committed suicide.
Published 3 months ago by Aidan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and educating read.
Published 4 months ago by Ian Stensrud
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay
it was okay I don't recommend it to anybody who doesn't like reading boring details or just plain factual information.
Published 4 months ago by aaa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
All I can say is that I was insanely jealous of Notch throughout the entire book.
Published 5 months ago by Aaron Cepukas
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