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The Zork Chronicles (Infocom #5)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
From the dawn of the age of computer games, one of the greatest challenges has always been Zork. This is the classic, the standard against which all adventure games are measured. Through five best-selling games, the world of Zork has been the source of fantastic quests by intrepid computer heroes.

Now, at last, readers can enter teh world of Zork without a computer, but wit
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published July 1990 by Avon (first published 1990)
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May 26, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: gaming, infocom
I’ve read my share of video game novels and most of them have been fanboy wanks. Starting The Zork Chronicles, I had similarly low expectations, but this 1990 fantasy novel will probably end up being one of the best books I’ll read this year. It’s certainly one of the best fantasy books I’ve read, funny and imaginative, and reminiscent of Terry Pratchett’s work.

The Zork Chronicles references the three classic Infocom text adventures, but is set after “the adventurer” has plundered the remnants o
Dec 23, 2007 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A very entertaining book. If you ever tried to "kill grue with sword" in any of the Zork text games from the 1980s, you'll find this to be very funny. If you ever read "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" or analyzed the adventure genre, you'll find this to be smart. If you've ever sat through an awards ceremony as a nominee, you'll find this to be painfully honest.

If you bring none of those experiences to your reading of this book, you'll probably think it's a nice read, and not much more.

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Mar 21, 2009 East Bay J rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
I’ve played a little Zork in my time. I wasn’t aware anyone had novelized the game so I felt compelled to give this book a read. The Zork Chronicles was pretty fun but Effinger’s attempt to create a story following the laws of epic hero sagas as laid out by Raglan and Campbell ends up a bit by the numbers. While it is sometimes funny, most of the time the humor seems forced and the “zany” characters sometimes trite. What it is not is “Wry and black and savage,” as George R. R. Martin says on the ...more
Noel Thingvall
Did not finish. Made it to page 127/290. I tried, I just found it ponderous and impenetrable, burying the few interesting bits in endless streams of rambling dialogue that are trying desperately hard to be funny, but are just numbing and unengaging. It perfectly captures the laid back nonsensical style of the game, but as I couldn't stand the games all that much, I didn't get into this.

Not saying it's bad, just not for me.
Aug 31, 2007 Sbate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gamers
This is about Zork which I never played much. I always wanted to but I kept getting eaten by grues or lost going w I could never figure out what to do next. Anyway the book is not as funny as the game. But it is worth reading I am lovin it.
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