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Star Wench Paperback – March 8, 2013

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About the Author

anna anthropy is a game designer and author from Oakland, California, the creator of games like Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars, Mighty Jill Off, Mind Fuck, and the book Rise of the Videogame Zinesters. She has three pets - two cats and one human - and enjoys taking long walks on bad girls.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Omnium Gatherum Media (March 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615779298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615779294
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was lucky enough to get an invite to an online preview of this. I can't wait for the book.

If I saw this in the store I'd pick it up on sight for the cover. They have my number with the choose your own adventureness. Lovely mix of nostalgia and hilarity.

What I read tickles the same section of the funny bone that finds the funny in the futile. It reminds me of something from Invader Zim, Gir saying "Yay We're Doomed!" As I read I kept thinking about that feeling I had back when I read choose your own adventures, that if they were applied to life every ending would be some sort of disaster. It reminded me of the giddy sleep deprived glee of playing a video game on impossible mode, and watching all the players die in horrible different ways while trying to damage an unbeatable boss. "I got a shot off that time."

There's not a page I read that wasn't clever. And the dark comedy builds the more you read. The art is brilliant as well, capturing the tone of the comedy along with the art style from the old choose your own adventure books.

Probably the best thing I can say though, is after what I saw of the preview, I'm definitely getting the paperback. This will be one I'll want to go back to repeatedly.
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This is basically the perfect book for right now. Star Wench takes a familiar format and uses that familiarity to jump straight into being subversive, disruptive, and out-there without having to waste any time establishing a status quo.

But don't worry, I promise that the book isn't as nearly Serious and Important as that makes it sound. It's a truly fresh, vibrant approach to storytelling, with all the quicksilver energy of any new frontier -- Star Wench is the wild west, the twilight zone, the very first gum-and-paperclips days of cyberspace.

We don't often get the chance to get in on the ground floor of a brand new movement. Make sure you don't miss this one.
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I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child, and as an adult I got at least that much out of Anna Anthropy's Star Wench. Choosing my own death, taking in the gorgeous art, appreciating the queer, erotic twist to the genre... Any one of these experiences would be work the cost of the book on their own. Together they make for a Must Buy package.
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This book is so great. I have no idea how I came across it or what compelled me to buy it (probably the cover art), but I'm sure glad I did. If you're like me, with an overactive imagination, you can't help but form your own stories of how the the titular protagonist wound up in each flavorful demise. It's the perfect amount of corny twists and think-again reversals that defined the Choose Your Own Adventure genre. My only wish was that the book was the smaller trade paperback size- that way I could carry it with me anywhere! Long live... er, quick death the Star Wench!
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Star Wench is awesome, and fun, and a little disturbing. As a kid I went through a read your own adventure phase and loved them so much that as an adult I bought several of them. So when I was approached to check out Star Wench, a choose your own death adventure book, I had to check it out.

I'm not disapointed that's for sure. Unlike the choose your own adventure idea, you pick a page at random instead of any type of choice or linear storyline and every scene leading up to the character's demise is in one page. I did find it slightly jarring to first begin a page as there wasn't a set-up to it, I didn't know how the character got there, or who the character is really, but after a few pages I started to settle into the idea and when you read enough of it the character of Star Wench comes out in the different endings.

I really like how each `story' is in one page and sometimes accompanied by a picture. I love the art work and having the images both enhances the story and adds to the fun. They're quirky at times, as is the whole concept, and I love quirky. Seeing a scene fill only one page, well with what I've read so far, makes me appreciate not only creativity, but the ability to make sure that particular scene fits without coming across as condensed.

What makes it even better though? I got the queen! It didn't take long either and I think I might just have to go click on some more pages. If you want a fun experience, whether you like sci-fi or not, Star Wench is pretty fun and something different to entertain you.
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As a child I read almost every Goosebumps book by R.L Stine, including the "Give Yourself Goosebumps" series. Those were my first introduction to Choose Your Own Adventure books and probably what started my love for games with actual narrative consequences. Star Wench is very much a CYOA book for adults with a mix of camp, cuteness, and sheer creative absurdity. The first couple random pages I flipped to gave me flashbacks of seeing Barbarella for the first time as an impressionable teen.

Sit back with a drink (or a few) and take in all 100 great one page endings. Let your mind wander and imagine the untold background of how Star Wench even reached that unfortunate fate.

My only wish is that there were more illustrations. Not that there is a real lack, but what's included by the 12 artists is so good that I want more.

Note: I probably never would have known about this book, or Anna, had it not been for finding Anna's nonfiction book "Rise of the Videogame Zinesters" at the library. If you're in any way interested in games you should pick up that book as well.
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