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The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure #1) Paperback – August 1, 1982

4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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You're The Star! 40 Thrilling Endings!

Will You Become Trapped In Time ?

You are hiking in Snake Canyon when you find yourself lost in the strange, dimly lit Cave of Time. Gradually you can make out two passageways. One curves downward to the right; the other leads upward to the left. It occurs to you that the one leading down may go to the past and the one leading up may go to the future. Which way will you choose?

If you take the left branch, turn to page 20. If you take the right branch, turn to page 61. If you walk outside the cave, turn to page 21. Be careful! In the Cave of Time you might meet up with a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex, or be lured aboard an alien spaceship!

What happens next in the story? It all depends on the choices you make. How does the story end? Only you can find out! And the best part is that you can keep reading and rereading until you've had not one but many incredibly daring experiences!

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You're The Star! 40 Thrilling  Endings!

Will You Become Trapped  In Time ?

You  are hiking in Snake Canyon when you find yourself  lost in the strange, dimly lit Cave of Time.  Gradually you can make out two passageways. One curves  downward to the right; the other leads upward to  the left. It occurs to you that the one leading  down may go to the past and the one leading up may  go to the future. Which way will you  choose?

If you take the left branch, turn to page 20.  If you take the right branch, turn to page 61. If  you walk outside the cave, turn to page 21. Be  careful! In the Cave of Time you might meet up with  a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex, or be lured aboard an  alien spaceship!

What happens  next in the story? It all depends on the choices you  make. How does the story end? Only you can find  out! And the best part is that you can keep  reading and rereading until you've had not one but many  incredibly daring experiences!
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (September 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553269658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553269659
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
In 1979, Edward Packard, who is easily the best author of the entire gargantuan Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series, wrote and published this book, and with that one stroke he not only gave us all a classic adventure story but founded an entire new genre of fiction as well! The whole idea of the "interactive novel" did not even exist before the first Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, as far as I know. The instant the series became popular, almost thousands of imitators started up, most of which died while the series that was started by "The Cave of Time" just kept going and going, like the Energizer Bunny. Today, it is considered just part of a whole category of books. "The Cave of Time" itself is an imaginative story that takes its reader all through time, from the end of the entire universe to the days of Camelot and everything in between. The mechanism for the time travel is NOT the typical machine, but rather a system of tunnels that can transport you in different directions through time depending on which way the tunnel is heading. An original and intriguing idea. Since the early '90s, the CYOA series has sadly gone downhill, with practically all the books being about martial arts and sports--as if they suddenly think that little GIRLS never read their books! and the number of endings has shrunk and shrunk, until now it is often less than TEN per book! As a female who has been reading, collecting, and loving this series since she was 8, this is a major disappointment for me, and I'm sure it would be to anyone else out there who may remember the "good old days" of this series. But THIS book, with its subject matter that would appeal to ANYONE, both boys AND girls, and its whopping 40 endings, is the classic that started it all. This is the standard that interactive fiction for kids has been trying--and failing--to reach ever since. ...Notorious
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Format: Paperback
I remember this gamebook series from childhood, though I was never particularly good at them. "The Cave of Time" starts out with the reader finding a cave and deciding whether or not to enter it. From there, the reader travels back in time to the Ice Age, colonial America, the Dark Ages--even traveling ahead in time. There is no one ending or quest to this book, so you're not in a mad dash to win. In fact, there is no "winning" in here, just 40 possible endings to certain situations--some good, some fatal. Younger readers who like gamebooks will probably like this book/series, though there's not a lot of action.
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I bought this book for my son's birthday. He is 42 now ,but I read these books to him when he was a little guy. I just remember how much fun we had reading these books and thought it would be a cute gift! I hope he feels the same when I give it to him!?
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This is the book that started it all and got me hooked on reading for fun as a kid. Edward Packard, creator of the original CYOA series was one of its best writers and along with Inside UFO 54-40 (Choose Your Own Adventure #12), his first book, "The Cave of Time," is still regarded as one of the original series' best.

The Choose Your Own Adventure series provided fully interactive series of choices for readers to make and was reminiscent of role playing games from that era like Dungeons & Dragons. My mom certainly never argued with buying me these books because she knew that I enjoyed them and they kept me interested in reading and learning. It's great to see that this series is still being published for children to read today, but unfortunately the current publisher, Chooseco, did not acquire the publishing rights to reprint any of Edward Packard's books who went and started his own e-book company U-Ventures that distributes his titles digitally.

"The Cave of Time" is a great nostalgic trip back in time for adults who grew up reading them during the 80's but do yourself a favor and get your hands on the original Bantam publishings from the 1980's. The recent editions omits Paul Granger's wonderful cover art which I always found highly imaginative and inspiring and sucked me into the book. It's still the same book as you remember, and your children will certainly love it, but for those of us who remember it will definitely want to cherish this timeless childrens masterpiece with the original cover art and illustrations.
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This was a great copy for a great price. My husband has fond memories of reading these in childhood, and really wants the same artwork he had then. He had the entire set of 100 as a boy, and we've started rebuilding his collection. The copy we received was in very good condition. The artwork on the cover and within the book are so much better than the newer ones.
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It is possible, though unlikely, that a reader of this review will not be familiar with the genre.

This was the book that first got me interested in the series, and it is a good beginning. The backdrop -- a cave that transport you through time (and space, actually) -- allows for a lot of different variation that can't be credibly derived in a book with a tighter theme.

One of the things I remember about this book, discovering it 30 years ago, were the pseudo-adult choices that I could make, like deciding not to come home for the evening, and just camping for the night outside without notifying the uncle I was staying with. (I think it was an uncle.) Even back then, I knew that kind of choice wouldn't fly in real life, so it was interesting to play along. I am still inclined against risk-taking when I play these books. The illustrations are great, too -- the cover is like a table of contents on all of the things I have to find. I am glad to see in some other reviews that this kind of thing still holds up for kids today. Thanks, Edward Packard!
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