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Mortal Kombat Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Boulevard Edition edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572970596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572970595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midnight on October 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this was a great book, but be warned, it's not like the game at all. There's not a lot of fighting, the characters are slightly changed and a few characters don't make an appearance.
Aside from that the book is very good. I think Jeff Rovin did a great job. The storyline is great and the characters are very well written.
Don't buy this book if Johnny Cage is your favorite character because you will be disappointed. Rayden, Kung Lao, Shang Tsung and Goro are the main characters in the story. Liu Kang, Sonya, Kano, Shao Khan, Scorpion, Sub Zero and Reptile are also in it, but their roles aren't the same as the typical Mortal Kombat fan might think.
If you're looking for a good read and don't care if it variates from the game I recommend this book. If you're looking for something that will mirror the game, don't bother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dralthi5 on February 27, 2000
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I bought this book a few years back, back when I was really into Mortal Kombat. The first movie had just been released, as well as the cartoon, and Mortal Kombat 3. I was excited when I saw this book, so I bought it. To be honest, I thought it was pretty cool, although I was confused by the various contradictions represented here. Scorpion, I thought, was a bad guy, only interested in revenge and not in stopping evil in general. I also thought Shang Tsung was a demon, not a human turned evil, but I could be wrong about that. Lastly, I thought Liu Kang was a Shaolin warrior and not a member of the White Lotus Society (? Sorry if I got it wrong!). Anyways, the story was pretty exciting, though it strayed too far from the previously established MK facts. Actually, I'm sorry I gave the book away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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This book was very good. I loved the plot and how the characters tie in with the whole saga. Characters that are unneccesary (like Johnny Cage) have no significance in the book. In the game Johnny Cage had no real significance, and in the book he does not. Jeff Rovin did an incredible job with description and detail. Rayden was not portrayed as weak like he was in the movies. In the book he stands a head shorter than Goro (who is 8 ft. tall) and Rayden is 7 ft. In the movies he is belittled. I read it 3 times it was so engrossing. It doesn't follow the exact plotline of the game because it was not meant for a sequel like the video game is. It is a novelization of the popular game and it goes in depth into the history of Mortal Kombat. A must for any fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on May 3, 2004
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I just read an entertaining book called MORTAL KOMBAT by Jeff Rovin. I was very pleased with Rovin's treatment of Lovecraft's Re-Animator, so I gave this on a try.
This is not a novelization of the movie, but the story before the game. This novel introduces all of the characters who star in the game. Their histories. The origin of and special powers they may possess. Other than having to work in the horrible title of Mortal Kombat (misspellings included) I found it to be a well-worked and plotted story.
Deeply rooted in Chinese legend and mythology, this is a story of gods and their mortal servants and supporters. Added to this culturally rich setting is just a tasteful pinch of insider humor from many sources. For example, one of the heroes hails from a small town called Jackiechan. While this reference is rather blatant, the others are more subtle and blend into the story better. There is little actual fighting in this story. Apparently Rovin felt there was enough in the game. The one thing that really separates it from the game is that the good guys go out of their way not to kill. If they did kill they would be no better than the bad guys (who are plotting and other dimensional invasion).
Like I said, this book is fun, fast-paced, entertaining and well written. It is definitely worth a look-see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fatkoala on February 13, 2013
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I've always loved Mortal Kombat. It is easily the most violent video game there is. Then I saw the movies. Those were awesome. Low budget, made for men, and a crap load of action. Then I bought this book. The book itself is a very good book. It is very neat to hear the story of how Mortal Kombat was created. But there was one question I had during the entire book: Where is Liu Kang? The book follows the story on Kung Lao(you know, the guy with the hat) instead of Liu Kang? Kung Lao is cool, but I was very disappointed. So don't think the book is bad, because it's not. But Jeff Rovin(the author) got some things wrong with the characters. So just keep this in mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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I liked this book because it was the only book I read that I could understand what everybody was talking about and the book wasn't boring. Like most books are. The reaso it wasn't boring to read is because I know all the charaters before reading the book so I know what they were talking about. I am 16 years old and I was wondering if the author of this book would like to have his book read by the students here at south high school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Herbert on March 19, 2011
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This novel is basically a prequel to the 1st MK game. It's a good book in my opinion, the
only downside i'd say is there's no Johnny Cage but everyone is in it including Reptile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
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I and most everyone i know was verry dissapointed about the movie. This book is about the tournament but is not just fighting it has very well described charachters and I think the characters are more how they should be in real life.
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