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Escape from Fire Island! Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2003
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James H. English based this book on his experiences at Fire Island (except for all the zombie stuff he made those parts up). He lives in Astoria, New York.
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As an adult, I no longer need to be tricked into reading. I CRAVE a new book in what I can only compare to how a smoker must feel when they have needed a cigarette for a couple of hours. In the spirit of nostalgia, I was excited to see the Choose Your Own Genre making something of a resurface on the book store book shelves.
One of the books from the series published by Quirk Books, "Escape From Fire Island," presented me with a twenty minute, no brain adventure written by Pamela Hobbs. As a gay man on Fire Island, I'm faced with such tough, life changing decisions such as if I should take my shorts off or not to safe a toxic-doused drag-queen, and if I'd rather talk to the blonde OBVIOUS bottom, or be a coward and drink at the bar.
As far as plot goes, zombie drag queens try to take over the island. If you chose to save the island, turn to page 16. If you decide to run away like a terrified girl, turn to page 75. Nothing life changing.
That's exactly what I loved about this little book. There is nothing life changing about it. It won't make you think. It won't give you deep inner thoughts about religion and philosophy. Sometimes, people read to escape their problems. Some people read for the same reason they watch television. They want to put their problems away, and laugh. They want to enjoy a fantasy land where there is no credit card debt, and there is no AIDS.
This day and age, we have enough serious crap to deal with. I'm all for a book that wants to have a good time, and wants to take me along with it. I'm generally not a fan of camp, but no other tone would have fit into this spoof-homage to the '60's beach movies with a comic horror twist.
If only they could have found a way to fit a musical number in somehow...
As a choose-your-own book it's quite well done: the choices are plentiful and varied - sensible choices, libido-driven choices, the "I know this is a bad idea but I want to see what happens" choices, just plain unlucky choices - and the possible endings cover a pretty wide swathe, with a few that may be regarded as "successful" and lots of opportunities for disaster.
And it's funny. Silly/campy/funny: when the hero's swimsuit is shredded he exclaims "Damn it! That was Versace!" And there are hunky lifeguards, and glory holes, and mermen, and... well, as one of the cover-blurb reviews puts it, "All the excitement of a Fire Island vacation - for just $$$. You can't even buy a *drink* on Fire Island for $$$"
If I had one quibble it would be that the illustrations are a wee bit tame - but I suppose that's in keeping with the style of the book, so I won't fuss too much. [They're tame enough that they might puzzle, but probably won't shock, anyone who opens this book under the impression that it's a traditional choose-your-own adventure book.
[The cover also lists future releases in the "Date with Destiny" line, and I sincerely hope they're really in the works. I can't wait to read "I Know Who You Did Last Summer"...]
There's a little camp somewhere in the USA. And in that camp there is a cabin which houses the oldest teenage boys who attend this camp. And within this cabin is a book.
I've gone to this camp for 5 years, and this book has become infamous as the hilariously outrageous creation that it is over those years. Only this last year was i actually in the cabin which has the book, and yet i still new very well what the Meat Rack was.
Having this book as your "Bedtime story" is by far one of the most entertaining things to obtain. I've read every page, died in so many ways, and even saved fire island (three times, with a different boyfriend by the end each time)... its not meant to be a great intelectual stimulant, but its worth far more than the $10 or so you'll ever be asked to pay for it. And come on... u get to have hot sex with a body builder... ON A WATER BED!