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Homestuck Book One (Homestuck #1)

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Contains the complete first act of the webcomic HOMESTUCK as created by Andrew Hussie on the site MS Paint Adventures.
Paperback, 162 pages
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Sage
Mar 23, 2012 Sage rated it liked it
Well..Homestuck is awesome, but it a little awkward to translate flash into paper. You should probably save cash (for the cosplay you will want to do after like, act 3)

ANNND the first act is slow. So slow. It is the thing that separates the strong from the weak. Just kidding, the people who will actually read the thing from the ones who are just there for the trolls. It took me about one month (not including the 3 week break I took after my computer restarted and I lost my place). It's not as lo
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Frisk
Oct 22, 2012 Frisk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fun-reads
Ah. Homestuck. First off, I'm extremely pleased to see that Good Read's has this on their website (!!) Four for you, Good Reads.
Alright, let me say this much. I know a few comic book shops here and there have this book for sale. If this is your first time coming across Homestuck and you say: "Hey, I want to read this!" Don't go buy this, rather... go online, and enjoy the reading/viewing experience on there.
I say this because while everything is the same, the experience isn't. To be part of the
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The transition from web to book didn't IMO go as smoothly as Hussie made us want to believe. Some panels were flat out confusing and of course the smaller flash animations lost a lot of their charm without the movement and music. I think that a new reader who has not read the webversion will be at times extremely puzzled. I read act one ages ago, and still had some problems to follow what the heck just happened. Oh, yeah. That little shard of glass moved! I... think...?

The book comes with the li
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Blue
Apr 14, 2012 Blue rated it liked it
I didn't actually read the book version yet, but I did read the original online version, so I'll base my review on that for now.

Homestuck is an awesome story, that unfortunatly starts a bit slow. (I would give it nearly 5 stars overall, but 3 for ACT1 seems fair) I do like ACT1 and I even have read it twice. There are hilarious parts, and it's where everything starts, but I have to agree that sometimes all of John's fooling around with the sylladex could be quite tiresome. The humour makes up fo
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Maxx
Sep 11, 2013 Maxx rated it it was amazing
Homestuck is a very, very, very good book. It is a very awesome science Fiction E book. It comes in 6 acts i think (this is act one). It takes place in a city, in a forest, in a town, and on a small island. This first book however is about a young boy named John who always goes on his computer and plays this game called Homestuck. The problem about this game is that it is in real life and can be very dangerous. John in this book is playing with his friend rose in the game while rose can build a ...more
Beate
Dec 12, 2011 Beate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Homestuck fans
Shelves: comics, humor
As most people that have read Homestuck, I think the first act is really slow compared to the other ones. that's why I was pleased to discover that it took me much shorter time to read this in printed form and it was a more enjoyable experience. One of the things I really liked was the humorous and interesting commentaries that Hussie had written on each page.

It's difficult to recommend this to people that haven't read Homestuck before. On one hand, those who don't like to read comics on a scree
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Francine
May 18, 2012 Francine rated it it was amazing
I read MS Paint Adventures ALL the time, and I loved it! My friend gave me this book to read one day, and it was all out AWESOME. I would recommend this book to my friends, but I don't think they'd be interested in this stuff....
But I sure as heck was!
For anyone who was read MS Paint Adventures, or is a fan of Homestuck, I'd recommend it!
Courtney Foss
Mar 25, 2014 Courtney Foss rated it it was amazing
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Maya Ben-dror
Oct 15, 2012 Maya Ben-dror rated it it was amazing
okay, so Homestuck act 1 in a book....thats just....amazing. True, It's incredibly slow but if it wasn't I would have absolutely NO IDEA what the heck is going on. I think we all can agree that Homestuck is the Ulysses of the internet. Between the timey-wimey-wibbly-wobbly time shenanigans and all the god tiers and the felt and spades slick and his crew....i could go on. It's just so confusing. So I think that it's important that Hussie made Act 1 long and slow because it gives readers a chance ...more
Elena
May 28, 2012 Elena rated it it was amazing
How do I even review this book, it is literally the most amazing book in existence, I don't mean to sound like I'm being facetious but no this is really one of the most amazing books ever, but I'm going to review it in terms of the webcomic the book was based off of. First of all the fact that it was based off of a webcomic is already funny but more important Homestuck is a charming webcomic about a boy who plays a world destroying game with friends who he only knows online. The charm factor for ...more
Pipper
Nov 08, 2013 Pipper rated it it was amazing
Homestuck Book One; by Andrew Hussie is the most wonderful book I have ever read since Cat Wings. Same with the web comic. I love the description of the characters, introducing them one by one. Jade is my favorite human character. I used to not like her that much, but I really do like her now. I have a dog named Cato who actually looks the same as Bec (Jades dog/ guardian). I love the whole comic actually. It just get's me exited to see the next update. I hope he keeps doing the web comic longe ...more
Tamika Miles
Nov 08, 2012 Tamika Miles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homestuck
It boring was a boring act, but it made act 2 really interesting, and turned act 3 into something unheard of. One of my favorite parts was in act one. You'd have to read act one in order to understand the other acts anyway. One of my other favorite acts was in act three. The only way to read Homestuck anyway is to get through the first act. If i hadn't gotten through the first act, I probably wouldn't have gotten to act three's intermission. I'm kind of late with Homestuck though. But being a fa ...more
David
Apr 21, 2016 David rated it did not like it
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Nicole
Feb 10, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, graphic-novels
Well, I did just in fact reread this. Holy smokes.

For those of you who don't know, Homestuck is the most ridiculous web-comic to ever cross the internet, written by infamously pretentious af Andrew Hussie and I forgot I owned the physical copies of the first three acts. Guess what I'm doing this weekend?

I do not know if I can review this. I don't think I can. Homestuck is not possible to be reviewed, but if you really want a bizarre and hilarious journey into hysteria, I would pick this up immed
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Casey
Mar 06, 2017 Casey rated it really liked it
I read the webcomic, then the book. it was... eh.. cuz act 1 is pretty boring.
Allex Langley
Oct 03, 2013 Allex Langley rated it it was amazing
“A young man stands in his bedroom.” A story begins, a game awaits, and life for four teens is changed. Those lives will never be the same. Thus begins the story of Homestuck.

Andrew Hussie, the author, writes Homestuck and the rest of MS Paint Adventures to express his opinions and humor. Readers can make theories about such abstract things as the creation of reality and throughout Homestuck there are numerous references to ancient religions like those of the Greeks and Egyptians. The series als
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Jessica
Oct 03, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
Homestuck isn't for everyone.

-The whole story is long. IT IS VERY, VERY LONG. I cannot adequately express to you its sheer length.

-It is, at it's core, a comedy. If you're looking for deep characters, well-realized romance, or drama without random interruptions by silliness for its own sake, you're looking in the wrong place. There are moments of high drama and a little bit of romance here and there but the bulk of Homestuck is unabashedly jokey.

-Homestuck spins it's wheels often. There's a lo
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Bowee
Feb 06, 2017 Bowee rated it liked it
Shelves: on-the-shelf
Alright, no lie, the first book of homestuck is one the single most grueling things I have ever put myself through.

That said, I *did* finish it, which is something I simply don't do for such things. Why, you ask? Well, I read the whole thing after it had come out in college because I didn't really have friends and I didn't drink (at the time).

But!

It also has genuine and genuinely interesting characters. In fact, the characters are what it's all about (don't even try to tell me book one has a plo
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Scott Allen
Jul 02, 2013 Scott Allen rated it liked it
I read Homestuck Act I on the internet. I did read it though and I would like to count it towards my Goodreads challenge for the year.

What can I say about Homestuck...

I am confused at this point!

It is a very interesting thing to read. And I say thing because I would not title this as a traditional story. I mean you have to read chat logs, view animations, and listen to sound files. But it definitely is innovative and creative. And while I am confused right now, I do think that it will sort its
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Lissibith
Dec 13, 2012 Lissibith rated it liked it
I can't help but think, this is a story you need to experience, at least first, in its original web version. A lot of people whose taste I tend to share have spoken super highly of this over the past few years, but while I found this book entertaining enough, it just didn't feel like anything special in this still, dead-tree form.

I think part of it may be that too many years of reading bad fantasy have given me a fairly small level of patience for awkward new words I'm excepted to understand and
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Emily
Jun 01, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
Before I wax philosophic, Homestuck is very reminiscent of games like Earthbound - it's about children, tasked with the monumental task of saving the world. Except for John Egbert, this task is made all the more complicated by timeline shenanigans, fate, destiny, and a game called SBurb.

To be honest, if you aren't prepared for it, Homestuck can be confusing. You really need to focus and read and dissect everything you see and read. If you aren't prepared, it can be a slog in places. However, th
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Thea
Aug 22, 2012 Thea rated it it was amazing
I originally read this online as a web comic at mspaintadventures.com. Homestuck is one of the most interesting stories I have ever read. The art is incredible, the flashes are mind blowing, and the music is absolutely beautiful. I really have so much to say about this comic and how much I love it but I really can't express it into words nor can I think of a way to properly explain the plot without giving too much away. In brief: Homestuck is about 4 kids and 12 alien trolls who play a video gam ...more
Ethan
Nov 03, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Never before have I read anything quite like Homestuck. Now that it has ended, I feel lost because nothing else is really quite like it, I don't know where to turn.

I really enjoyed reading Homestuck, the characters where so unlike any I had ever met and read about before. Truly new and vibrant characters that developed in a wonderful way.

This book itself wasn't the same as the actual webcomic. The lack of animation took away from it quite a bit. While the humour takes a bit to get into, you will
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Victoria Falzo
May 25, 2013 Victoria Falzo rated it liked it
This rating/review isn't for the book, it's for the real thing, 'cause I haven't ever even *seen* this book anywhere...
Three out of Five stars...and yet I am still continuing...I don't know why...it's probably crazy...
-Okay, the fact that it was quite confusing makes it less than five stars, though apparently, it gets better...I didn't really find the first Act "boring" however.
-Language was pretty bad in some parts...okay, maybe a lot of parts...
-And, I really don't like reading stuff on the co
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Mike
Apr 02, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
I actually didn't read the hardcover book but instead the actual website. It was kind of slow, but also humorous and important as an introduction to the series. I'm currently in the middle of the 5th Act (book) which is only on the website. Although it could be classified as a "web comic", the story is told through text and recorded conversation between characters. Unlike a comic, the purpose of the pictures is to add depth to the story rather than tell it. This becomes increasingly true as the ...more
Dangomelans
May 10, 2012 Dangomelans rated it it was amazing
(sorry for spoilers, i'm actually up to date with the actual webcomic.)

I must say, this is probably one of my favorite books ever. Its written in a nice style and the way it is displayed. It has a complex and confusing storyline, which makes it pretty awesome. The characters, especially the trolls, have a lot of links behind them which I found was a great way to base the characters on.

There is no possible way to explain it. Go on, just search MSPaintAdventures, click on that link that says homes
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Ein
Dec 16, 2012 Ein rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
По прочтению примерно 1500 панелей (примерно 4-й акт) имею сказать следующее. Первые две сотни - практически ни о чем и легко могут отвратить потенциального клиента. Потом становится интереснее. Потом выясняется, что там есть сюжет. Потом становятся видны хитрые закручивания этого сюжета во всех плоскостях. Потом я замучился и бросил, не дойдя, по слухам, до самого интересного. В этом явно что-то есть, но времени потребуется уйма.

Да, и музыкальные флешевые завершения актов просто божественны.
Infamous
Oct 12, 2014 Infamous rated it liked it
1st off I'd like to get this out of the way: I am reading this online.
I'm happy they had this on goodreads in the 1st place. I can update the fact I'm reading it. And the reading experience online is so fun:)
And yes homestuck is now painfully long for some people(maybe you can read as many acts till you get dizzy, but I also recommend look up videos of people narrating it if it's that much. But reading it is the real deal and the funnest part:D) but I started it and there's no going back now!!!!
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Marilyn Eastwood
Apr 15, 2015 Marilyn Eastwood rated it it was amazing
Homestuck is and will always be the most ironic piece of literature anyone will ever read at any point in life. There is also a /webcomic/ you should also read. It's the same name, "Homestuck", and is on MSPA.com . Please I highly recommend, but don't get attached to any characters children. Everyone in there dies at least once. But that's just how life goes when you, your friends, and newly made alien (troll) friends are trying to save the world by wining a real life video game. My icon at the ...more
Jocelyn
Nov 30, 2013 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
To be quite honest, I much prefer the web version of Homestuck over the print version. There's just a little something that gets lost--maybe the music, maybe the animations, maybe the pacing (several panels are sometimes squashed onto one page). Even so, the charm is still mostly there, and any dislike I might have had for the lack of animations/music/pacing/etc. is made up for by Hussie's notes at the bottom of every page.
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Andrew Hussie is the creator of MS Paint Adventures, a collection of webcomics that includes Homestuck, as well as of several other webcomics, books, and videos.
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