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City of Thieves (Fighting Fantasy)

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I question the right that we have to insist that an alien culture treat a corpse as we expect it to be treated. Beyond lies the most fearsome adventure of them all – the tower stronghold of the infamous Zanbar Bone! Bought this book and couple more of the series to entertain my children while on holiday, we had lovely time reading all together and having our separate adventure sheets. The full-page illustrations in the book were accompanied with a caption giving a short extract from the text. It's like reading a book from the Choose Your Own Adventure series, but you have to fight villains by rolling 2 regular dice and find hidden objects in the story.

The pre-generated character Helios Wardalus starts with Luck 6, while the minimal possible starting value is 7. Since Fighting Fantasy's huge success, he has become a major figure in world of computer games, and is currently Creative Director of Eidos, the name behind Tomb Raider. Oh, and then there's the fact that I needed to spend most of my time breaking into people's houses and then often killing then when they quite rightly protested my flagrant pilfering of their stuff.I feel future entries in the series will struggle to match City of Thieves for atmosphere, playability and excitement.

I guess it is reflective of our desire to see and compartmentalise the world into black and white as opposed to the shade of grey that exists in. I used to cheat a lot when I used to read it in the past, so this time, I decided not to and see how it goes.

A tattoo… of a unicorn… on my face… Yeah, I strongly suspect that Nicodemus was just wanting to make sure I made a total fool of myself.

It comes across as a well-developed, coherent environment, quite amazing for such an early entrant into the series. I loved it because it kept her occupied and happy and the whole family loved it, giving their opinions as to which decision she should make!Others in the series will have you pulling your hair out when you seem to go in endless circles and just want to advance in the story. The villains you face aren't too hard/numerous to defeat compared to some of the other books, and even if you get lost in some of the maze-like sections, the book will usually get you back to where you need to be.

Der schreckliche Zanbar Bone bedroht die Einwohner des heimeligen Örtchens, in dem du auf deiner Reise Rast eingelegt hast. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this book and recommend it to every fan of he genre, even to beginners. A few points: when asked to choose between black and white it was pretty obvious which one was which. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 17, 27, 31, 40, 62, 80, 88, 113, 135, 148, 171, 178, 182, 203, 224, 239, 250, 265, 271, 292, 307, 319, 329, 344, 349, 356, 370, 385 and 398.However, there is a little twist because when you do find Nicodemus, he simply tells you that he is too old to go off adventuring so he tells you how to kill Zanzar Bone and sends you on your way. I wonder what the poor chap had really done – probably refused to take part in Monty Python’s Life of Brian stoning scene.

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