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Star Wench Paperback – March 8, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its goofy and occasionally disturbing, but as a parody of the old CYOA books it does the job. Not for the faint of heart.Published 21 months ago by Jonathan Gad
The introduction is rather lax and headings for each 'ending' would be nice, it has the standard choose your own adventure disclaimer, though in this case it's not really... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by John Alex
"Star Wench" is everything I wanted it to be and more. If you enjoyed "Choose Your Own Adventure" books--particularly for the BAD endings to those adventures you were... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Mayy
It's a Choose Your Own Adventure book where you get nothing but the endings, and the story it tells through those is pretty fantastic. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by A. James