- Series: Worlds of Power
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590437771
- ISBN-13: 978-0590437776
- Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metal Gear (Worlds of Power) Paperback – July, 1990
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Top customer reviews
Solid Snake apparently is in an elite task force called the "Snake Men". Also his name is Justin Halley (no, I'm not making this up, it's in the book.)
The story is linear and bland. But that's not such a bad thing, at least it's not awful. Snake does not use his weapons to kill (except for some giant scorpions). The death is removed entirely also his gun has been airbrushed out. It's simple, yes but I like it like that.
It reminds me of the books I read as a kid. It's nothing you should read if you're looking for something grand but if you want to give it to a young boy I'm sure he'll enjoy it. If you're a fan of the game today, there's no backstory to it. In fact, since it's non-cannon it's almost like it's own original story (or fanfiction).
Is it great? No. Is it good? I wouldn't say that. I had fun reading it though, and that's all that made it fun for me.
For parents, there's nothing to worry about. Fights are brief and not graphic. There is no swearing. It's for kids, but still would be fine for a quick read if you're bored.
Simple and plain, but not bad.
It's impossible not to recall such memories while reading "Metal Gear". Anyone working in theater probably would have something to contribute, but the Wing wisely chose to resist the commercial benefits of turning to stars for anecdotes. Instead it solicited insights from artists equipped to write knowingly and movingly about the ways that Metal and Gear gave them a calling.
"The musical `Snake's Revenge,' which I saw on my first trip to New York, indelibly impressed on me the excitement and pace of a good evening in the theater," writes Mr. Gurney ("Love Letters"). "The plays of Hideo Kojima, especially `Snatcher,' were lessons in stage silences and mysteries of plot which could remain unsolved at the end."
Other epiphanic responses are more like awakenings. Kojima (recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer for "Zone of the Enders") notes that for all the impact on him of the seminal African-American work "Policenauts," nothing compares to seeing a play called "Metal Gear" as a child.
"I still remember the extraordinary moment when this oversized refrigerator on stage opened up and inside there were talking terrorists and corn, and I was absolutely entranced," he says in an interview with Otocon, this book's editor.