- Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Boulevard Edition edition (June 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572970596
- ISBN-13: 978-1572970595
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mortal Kombat Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995
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The Bad: Hardcore fans may not like the changes, not very deep or complex, awkward fights scenes, no fatalities
The first thing I have to say is that the novel is nothing like the game really. Character's backgrounds and origins have changed, some don't make an appearance, and the story is slightly altered. That's not to say it's a bad thing because Jeff Rovin uses real Chinese history and mythology to make the game's story make a little more sense in a real world perspective. The story follows Kung Lao as an orphan boy in a village in 480 A.D. and winds up in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Shang Tsung needs souls to open the portal to Outworld to let Shao Kahn through and take over Mother Realm (not Earthrealm that we are all used to).
Hardcore fans will nit pick the changes in the game like Liu-Kang working with Sonya in the Special Forces and is a ninja, Scorpion not being a spectre of the Nether Realm. Without spoiling much, Sub-Zero is an evil ninja and has ice breath that freezes (not from his hands), and Baraka is a priest on Shang Tsung's island. Before you scream blasphemy it is actually very interesting and Jeff does a good job depicting these characters in interesting ways. The story alone isn't very deep or complex, but it is entertaining at the least and is a fun departure from the series.
There aren't many fight scenes in the book and no fatalities. The fight scenes are also awkwardly written in a way that tries to be too much like the game. Overall you get a short story of your favorite characters in a new way that we wouldn't see otherwise. The Chinese mythology mixed in is nice and adds a bit of depth, but this book isn't for all fans. If you don't like your Mortal Kombat changed in any way you won't like this at all. Keep an open mind and you will enjoy the rare off shoot of a beloved franchise.
This is not a novelization of the movie, but the story before the game. This novel introduces all of the characters who star in the game. Their histories. The origin of and special powers they may possess. Other than having to work in the horrible title of Mortal Kombat (misspellings included) I found it to be a well-worked and plotted story.
Deeply rooted in Chinese legend and mythology, this is a story of gods and their mortal servants and supporters. Added to this culturally rich setting is just a tasteful pinch of insider humor from many sources. For example, one of the heroes hails from a small town called Jackiechan. While this reference is rather blatant, the others are more subtle and blend into the story better. There is little actual fighting in this story. Apparently Rovin felt there was enough in the game. The one thing that really separates it from the game is that the good guys go out of their way not to kill. If they did kill they would be no better than the bad guys (who are plotting and other dimensional invasion).
Like I said, this book is fun, fast-paced, entertaining and well written. It is definitely worth a look-see.