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The 7th Guest: A Novel Hardcover – July 19, 1995
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When I purchased the novel online, I did not think much of it. I had never read it before and had no expectations. After reading it I will say that while the writing is surely not as good as say Stephen King's best work, it suffices for the story. It's more about what is said in the book.
The cut scenes in the actual game are short and out of sequence. Much of what happens doesn't make complete sense. When Hamilton Temple is in the game room pointing to the chess board and he says "Oh! They want the boy!", what does he mean? How does he gather that from looking at an empty chessboard? Read the book and you'll find out! When Elinor Knox says that she saw blood, when and where did she see it? When Brian Dutton claims to have heard singing upstairs, what did he mean? The book is basically a real time account of everything which transpires in the house during the night. It fills in all the gaps, shows the events in sequence, and brings new emotional emphasis to the story and characters. The Tad and Ego questions are more clearly answered, as is the true nature of Henry Stauf. You may have thought him a stock madman in a spooky ambient game, but here he is truly demonic and frightening in a whole new way. The characters backgrounds are explained in more depth, particularly regarding Henry Stauf.
My only issues with the book are that sometimes the pacing is too fast and I feel details regarding the house, it's rooms and the mannerisms of the guests were left out a bit, but if you are familiar with the game, then it's not a problem, you know where the rooms are and what they and the guests look like, but still I would have preferred more detail. The authors say that Dutton's room is across the hall from Temple's. It's not true, but just pretend they said "Down the hall from Temple's". No big deal. Many of the puzzles are mentioned but not every single one. That's not a huge issue. Like I said, the writing is not top notch. It's good, but not great; slightly cheesy and simple, not super modern with brief moments of laziness, but it all kind of works perfectly for a 7th Guest novel. I had little objection to the writing personally. And while the word-smithing was mostly fairly simple, the book makes you realize that there was always a Twilight Zone-ish depth to the story that you may not have ever fully realized was there.
Is this a good book by itself if you have never played the game or are not a fan? Yes, no, maybe? I don't know for sure. I'm biased. At the end of the day I absolutely LOVED every minute of it! It was a riot to read after being a fan for so long and I was sad when it was over. I only wish there was an 11th Hour book, that game is ultra-underrated.
You know when you are a huge raving-mad fan of a video game and they make it into a terrible movie, completely ruining it by changing anything and everything and making it incredibly stupid? Happens every time right? Well this is like the opposite of that. This IS the 7th Guest. The REAL story.
If you are a fan, DEFINITELY get a copy online ASAP! I got a near mint used one for 1 penny plus shipping! Totally worth it! For a true fan this is an absolutely AMAZING read!!
- Curt Tuckfield
The 7th Guest novel is not the best work of literary fiction in the world. However, for people who love the original game The 7th Guest, this retelling provided character details and additional story background that make it a must read. I highly recommend it for those who grew up with and loved The 7th Guest but, not for the casual fiction reader.
After the introductions of the guests (chapters 1-10), I found myself unable to stop reading as the events unfolded.
Now I need to play The 7th Guest and 11th Hour again!