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Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything Hardcover – October 17, 2013
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"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 story...it'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 bestselling English language debut, followed that same year.
Top Customer Reviews
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)
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.
I erred in getting the first edition. The story feels incomplete. I would hope that in the second edition that Swedish co-authors Goldberg and Larsson have captured the lead-up and after-effects of the Microsoft deal. The Persson pictured in this book bears little resemblance to the one now known almost equally for buying mansions in LA and throwing epic parties over the world over.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a middle school English teacher. The truth is that I don't love this book, but my middle school boys are fighting over it!Published 1 month ago by Humbuzz
Classic story of an indie game developer who makes it big, and the inevitable conflict that results from his disdain for business, handling the sudden riches etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eric Jain
I listened to this book about the creation of Minecraft and its author, Markus "Notch' Persson because two of my grandkids play this game and it provided good information about... Read morePublished 6 months ago by dr Frank
Markus Persson won the lottery. Unfortunately, that doesn't make a very gripping tale.
Minecraft was successful from the start. Read more