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Mar 21 2016

The Endermen Invasion: An Unofficial Minecrafter's Adventure by Winter Morgan

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 9781408869666
Themes: Games; Minecraft; Adventure. Imagine a popular computer game that inspires the text for an adventure . . . .collecting of treasure and 'building' while retaining the uncertainty and randomness of attack and defence within that game, and you have The Endermen Invasion. Young Minecraft devotees may enjoy this opportunity to read a game scenario, but the narrative lacks character development and the plot complications rely on knowledge of Minecraft strategies and game play. The fantasy element involves fighting ender dragons, and three-headed withers while competing in a 'building competition' which is under attack, while remembering the need to restore energy levels by collecting mushroom stew by milking 'Mooshrooms' to ensure energy supplies. This will be understood by game aficionados and just seem bizarre to any who have managed to miss the Minecraft world.
Not highly recommended for its literary quality, but if you have a reluctant reader who loves to play Minecraft, you might be able to entice them to read this book. Its quality is in 'getting them reading'.
Carolyn Hull

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