- 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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Mortal Kombat Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995
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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.
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.
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.
only downside i'd say is there's no Johnny Cage but everyone is in it including Reptile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was not in the shape I expected but still happy with the purchasePublished 5 months ago by Darren Bavaro
I've always loved Mortal Kombat. It is easily the most violent video game there is. Then I saw the movies. Those were awesome. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by fatkoala
The Good: Interesting diversion of the series' story and characters, entertaining dialog
The Bad: Hardcore fans may not like the changes, not very deep or complex,... Read more
I purchased this book for old time sake I had originally bought it when I was 11 at a grocery store for 6 bucks. Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Desi
Mortal kombat is a about a god name T'ien he come and made the earth and animals for entertainment. but it get boring so he human then the worship him and lot of people wonder how... Read morePublished on November 18, 1999
This book was very good. I loved the plot and how the characters tie in with the whole saga. Characters that are unneccesary (like Johnny Cage) have no significance in the book. Read morePublished on June 18, 1999