Time Travel Dinosaur – Book Review
Choose Your Own Adventure , Comedy / October 14, 2016

Time Travel Dinosaur is a Chooseomatic adventure written by Matt Youngmark. The Chooseomatic Books are essentially adult Chose Your Own Adventure style books infused with hilarious and zany concepts such as time traveling dinosaurs. There are so few gamebooks (the generic term for Choose Your Own Adventure style books) written for adults that those of us who refuse to leave this awesome type of book behind in childhood are always grateful for a new release. Before I even review the book itself, the cover deserves it’s own paragraph. Just from looking at the cover-art, we are treated to a dinosaur sporting a classy monocle and top hat, a space dinosaur (spaceosaur?) toting a ray gun, and a medieval T-Rex prepared to bash in his enemies’ brains with a wicked mace despite the limited reach of his tiny arms. This honestly might be one of the best covers that I have ever seen because it is not only visually impressive, but it also accurately represents the content of the book. The 76 possible endings guarantee that any gamebook fanatic will find a great deal to explore. The basic premise behind Time Travel Dinosaur is that your character is an employee of…

Choose Your Own Adventure – Top 10 List

When I was growing up, I always loved a good choose your own adventure book.  What could be more fun than interacting with, and choosing your own story?  In a way, it was almost like you were the author of your own destiny. True, there were always those cheap deaths that would happen when you were forced to make blind choices like which path to go down, but at least you could always go back and start over again! I think that it is a sorry shame that a lot of readers leave the choose your own adventure type books behind in their childhood. There are actually some very entertaining books for adults as well, although there are not nearly enough of them!  It was difficult to come up with ten.  This list combines choose your own adventure for younger readers as well as the more adult oriented ones. Also, I am aware that “Choose Your Own Adventure” is technically used to refer to the series of the same title, but I use the term for any book where you are able to choose your own path. The generic term to use is “gamebook,” but I do not think many people would…

To Be or Not To Be: Book Review
Choose Your Own Adventure , Comedy / October 10, 2016

One of my greatest disappointments as an adult reader has always been the complete lack of “choose your own adventure” novels for a mature audience. I am relatively sure that almost everyone remembers the Goosebumps “choose your own adventure” style books that R. L. Stine created (way back in the now highly nostalgic 1990’s).  There were many other “choose your own adventure” book series that catered to the late elementary/middle school reading level as well, but for some reason these books as not generally made the jump to the adult market. Therefore, it should be no great surprise that I felt like a little nerdy kid in a bookstore when I got my virtual hands on Ryan North’s book.  For those of you who do not know about Ryan North, he is the author of the ingenious Dinosaur Comics.  Ryan North often brings nerd culture into his humor, which ranges from references to superheroes to gaming culture and everything in between.  I am pleased to report that To Be or Not To Be is everything that I hoped for and more. One of the most unique concepts behind the book is that you actually get to choose which character to play as from the beginning (Hamlet, Ophelia, or Hamlet’s dad).  Ryan North cleverly…