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Mortal Kombat Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995

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  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this was a great book, but be warned, it's not like the game at all. There's not a lot of fighting, the characters are slightly changed and a few characters don't make an appearance.
Aside from that the book is very good. I think Jeff Rovin did a great job. The storyline is great and the characters are very well written.
Don't buy this book if Johnny Cage is your favorite character because you will be disappointed. Rayden, Kung Lao, Shang Tsung and Goro are the main characters in the story. Liu Kang, Sonya, Kano, Shao Khan, Scorpion, Sub Zero and Reptile are also in it, but their roles aren't the same as the typical Mortal Kombat fan might think.
If you're looking for a good read and don't care if it variates from the game I recommend this book. If you're looking for something that will mirror the game, don't bother.
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I bought this book a few years back, back when I was really into Mortal Kombat. The first movie had just been released, as well as the cartoon, and Mortal Kombat 3. I was excited when I saw this book, so I bought it. To be honest, I thought it was pretty cool, although I was confused by the various contradictions represented here. Scorpion, I thought, was a bad guy, only interested in revenge and not in stopping evil in general. I also thought Shang Tsung was a demon, not a human turned evil, but I could be wrong about that. Lastly, I thought Liu Kang was a Shaolin warrior and not a member of the White Lotus Society (? Sorry if I got it wrong!). Anyways, the story was pretty exciting, though it strayed too far from the previously established MK facts. Actually, I'm sorry I gave the book away.
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***I purchased a copy of this book for my own enjoyment, and with no expectation of a review.***

I bought this book when it was first released, many moons ago. Thanks to a rekindled love affair with the most recent game I decided to give Rovin’s book a reread. Nostalgia at its finest.

This book is a proper novel, rather than a novelisation, and the writing reflects it. I'm not really sure what happens when authors turn a hand to novelising a movie or game. The writing always seems to fall flat, even from the best of authors. Thankfully, that's not the case here.

This story serves as a prequel, giving in-depth backstory to the origins of the tournament, and several of the main characters. The story starts with the first Kung Lao, following his participation in the tournament. Fast forward to the present, and we meet his descendant of the same name. Threads following Lui Kang, Kano, and Scorpion are woven in and tied neatly together.

There are variations from the game history, but nothing that set my teeth on edge. Games and comics, well you just expect deviations, great and small. That flexibility is part of the charm.

If you like action and adventure stories, or love the MK game franchise, you’re sure to enjoy Jeff Rovin’s Mortal Kombat novel.
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I just read an entertaining book called MORTAL KOMBAT by Jeff Rovin. I was very pleased with Rovin's treatment of Lovecraft's Re-Animator, so I gave this on a try.
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.
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I liked this book because it was the only book I read that I could understand what everybody was talking about and the book wasn't boring. Like most books are. The reaso it wasn't boring to read is because I know all the charaters before reading the book so I know what they were talking about. I am 16 years old and I was wondering if the author of this book would like to have his book read by the students here at south high school.
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I and most everyone i know was verry dissapointed about the movie. This book is about the tournament but is not just fighting it has very well described charachters and I think the characters are more how they should be in real life.
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This novel is basically a prequel to the 1st MK game. It's a good book in my opinion, the
only downside i'd say is there's no Johnny Cage but everyone is in it including Reptile.
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