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Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything Hardcover – October 17, 2013
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"You may find this book as addictive as Minecraft."—Slate
"At the core of the story of Minecraft is the lesson that success is possible, if you have a good idea and the passion and skill to pursue it. Minecraft is indeed an unlikely tale. That’s what makes it so great, and that’s why this little book will make a terrific holiday gift for the gamer in your life.”—Andrew Leonard, Salon
"Minecraft is a beautifully human story...it's well worth a read and offers, at the very least, inspiration, and at the very most, hope."—TechCrunch
"This book takes his story and gives you a closer look. You learn about the man behind the game. His childhood, his family, the growth of his company and the lives of the people who work there. It doesn’t just give you the big enormous, glamour-filled cut scenes that you read about on the Internet. This book gives you the pixels, the details."—Book Riot
"Suspenseful, grounded, and startlingly relatable. I expected a book about Minecraft; what I got was a compelling story about personal struggle and accomplishment. A perfect gift for Minecraft players, parents of younger players, or anyone interested in indie games."—Game Skinny
"Pulls itself along with the narrative compulsion of a tech biography...outlines a cultural phenomenon in ways that even those who've missed out up 'til now can understand."—The Stranger
"I have been following Minecraft closely for over three years, and yet this book consistently surprised me with new insights into the game's development. It focuses on the human story behind all those pixellated blocks. I have a new respect for Notch's accomplishments with Minecraft and for all the hard work that the Mojang'ers have devoted to making the game such a phenomenon. This book offers a fascinating and honest peek into the mind of the man who made Minecraft a reality."—Joel Levin, MinecraftEdu co-creator
"This book explores the man behind the game to a depth that you won't, and that you can't, find anywhere else. In this work, Markus "Notch" Persson has revealed everything about the events that led to an international super-phenomenon. The resulting story will fascinate and inspire."—Sethbling, Minecraft video maker
About the Author
LINUS LARSSON and DANIEL GOLDBERG are two of Sweden’s best-known writers on new technology and the internet. They have been published in the Washington Post and American Computer World, among other places, and quoted by BBC News, the New York Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden. Minecraft, their bestselling English language debut, followed that same year.
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This book tells you of the life of Minecraft's creator, Notch. You read about the hard times he has gone through, from his child hood, to today. It's very well written, and will definitely keep you interested. Now I've read some of the reviews on this book saying it's great for kids. I HIGHLY stress against letting kids read it as some of the language it uses isn't exactly appropriate, some of the situations are also not necessarily appropriate for kids.
It's a biography, and chances are if you like the person, you'll like the book.
I erred in getting the first edition. The story feels incomplete. I would hope that in the second edition that Swedish co-authors Goldberg and Larsson have captured the lead-up and after-effects of the Microsoft deal. The Persson pictured in this book bears little resemblance to the one now known almost equally for buying mansions in LA and throwing epic parties over the world over.
Just all the points in the story were perfect it was like looking at the minecraft forums and scrolling down and seeing the achievements that minecraft has done.
Its amazing that game started by notch , that I played for hours, was never suppose to be this big and trust me I would have never thought it would blow up into something big like it did.
But not only is this about the game itself it talks about how the company mojang was small and then grew into a dominating game community.
The story is wonderful for all ages it really brings a experience to such a big icon to childern and adults to understand what it is all about.