Interactive Fiction

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"Learn by doing with this book" - by Virginia DeBolt (Albuquerque, NM USA)
The software described in the book, Twine, is free to download. There are sites mentioned in the book where you can publish your completed interactive fiction. If you have your own web site, Twine stories can be published there.

If you loved the choose your own adventure books from a few years ago, this is the modern version of that type of storytelling.

Twine can be used to create more than stories. It can create games, puzzles, and role-playing games. It’s meant for game designers and game players who have lots of ideas of their own for exciting games. (I think it would also be a great way for people who love to write fan fiction to work their way into a more high tech approach to storytelling.)

In terms of writing advice, the book talks about story structure, character building, creating settings, balancing pacing and action, keeping players engaged, and the all ... full review
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"Serious study of interactive fiction from the inside out" - by Paul O'Brian (Thornton, CO United States)
Just over ten years ago, I was holed up in the University of Colorado at Boulder's Norlin library, researching interactive fiction. I was a grad student in English, and had a final paper due in my Literary Theory class. Activision had recently released the Lost Treasures of Infocom bundle, reawakening my childhood love of IF, and I felt inspired to write a paper that connected reader-response theory to the actual reader-responsiveness of text adventures. I wanted to cite and to engage with previous academic work on IF, but unfortunately, though unsurprisingly, it had received very little serious critical attention. Sure, I found a few articles here and there, but what I really needed was something substantial, something that offered a critical vocabulary for talking about interactive fiction, that placed it in a literary context, and that presented a basic history of the form.
What I needed was Nick Montfort's TWISTY LITTLE ... full review
"The Best Way to Learn Inform" - by Howard M. Lewis Ship (Portland, OR, USA)
I'm not one for long reviews. If you are interested in authorizing interactive fiction using Inform 7, then you should not hesitate to buy this book. He covers a lot of ground in a sensible order, he gradually increases the complexity but keeps it hands on. Even the story authored through the course of the book is exceptional, truly "interactive fiction" (and not yet-another puzzle game or dungeon trawl). This book gives you the tools to really exploit all the power inside Inform. Get it.
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"Read this book, or figure things out the hard way. Choose!" - by Keith Robinson (Chickamauga, GA, United States)
Very interesting, and very smart advice. The author shows her experience in this kind of fiction. To those considering writing interactive books, this guide will definitely set you on the right path (pun intended).

As a fan of "choose your own adventure" books in the 1980s, I dabbled with the idea myself way before ebooks came along. It's very easy to get lost in an ever-expanding web of possibilities, and this author goes over some of the techniques she uses to take control before she loses the thread.

I really enjoyed the part about shared sections, where a reader might arrive at the same scene from many different tracks. Some great advice here. And talking to children to get their real-time reactions about their decisions? Turns out kids WANT to die occasionally! And there are many other nuggets I could mention but won't; the book explains it all way better than I ... full review
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"Interesting & Encouraging - Although Needs Proofreading" - by Amazon Customer (Here, U.S.A.)
I found it an interesting insight into the process of creating choice based fiction, especially as I'm in the process of doing that myself. I intended to dive into the game part first, but was pleasantly distracted by the author's game creation account.

It lost a point due to textual errors and me wishing there had been more technical examples, but I really appreciated his account and found it fascinating and encouraging.
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"A wonderful book" - by jim f (madison, wi United States)
Very clear and concise.
Well-crafted code..
I've been working thru the examples using javascript and paper.js
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"Instant Hit" - by Jenn (Lackawanna, NY, United States)
My 3-year-old and 1-year-Old request this one every night! I am not a good singer, but they are picking up the carols like little sponges. It’s cute to hear them singing along!
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"Fantasy CYOA story" - by chance
A fun choose your own adventure fantasy story with a combination of interesting choices and good writing.
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"She loved it. We would spend a lot of time" - by Laurie
I bought this interactive book for my granddaughter who is 8 months old. She loved it. We would spend a lot of time, listening to the different animal sounds.
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"are you a kid who loves mysteries, adventures and puzzling puzzles?" - by Tony
If you know a kid who likes reading, adventures, surprises, mysteries, impossible quests, best friends, true love and solving puzzling puzzles - they are going to love this book!
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"Stories of the North by Jack London" - by C. Enkelman (Wyalkatchem)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book of short stories by Jack London. Although I am Australian and live in a mild climate, the description of the cold as described by Jack London, had me reaching for my jacket. A number of authors writing short stories tend to repeat their themes in two or several of their stories, this is not true in this case, where each story is different to any
other story in this set and a full story in their own right.

I strongly recommend this book.
"and it's even better with free Prime shipping" - by Elizabeth Niall (Columbus, OH)
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As far as textbooks go, this is becoming a favorite of mine. I wish I had actually bought it. It has hundreds of writings, and my class is only covering a couple dozen. It's a great introductory textbook to some of the most respected and well-known writers for each category!
For faculty, it's being used in my English 2020: Introduction to English Literature class. :)
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"Two islands, a lion and a magician's house. What more could I want?" - by Mary Josefina Cade (London)
This is a four part review, one for each adventure. Hours of fun!

First up,' PIRATE ISLAND'.

Hidden treasure, just my thing. With one click on my kindle I was transported away from grey and rainy London to a sun filled island. The beach, the boats, the fish! All wonderful. I almost got distracted from the treasure hunt by the fresh and beautiful scenery. This interactive book is a lot of fun. I really enjoy making my own choices - even when they end in disaster. I explored the island thoroughly, went time travelling and am happy to report that I finally found the treasure. But I'm not telling you where it is. You'll have to find that out for yourself!

Second, but equally as good is 'IN THE MAGICIAN'S HOUSE'.

The Magician's house is my dream home. It IS a children's book, but I've never lost my interest in magic. D.M. Potter has ... full review
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"Cute story, great for kids." - by Patrick T. Baggett
Review for Arabic version. I am not a native Arabic speaker, I am just reading for learning purposes. I can't comment on the exact quality of translation, but it appears to be good. Most of my review is from the perspective of a person who is learning Arabic as a second language.

The localization is pretty good, too. It's not a straight word-for-word translation -- it's more like the whole story was rewritten: it's all rhyming poetry, and uses different (more eastern) words for foods, e.g. kabab. The pages read right-to-left like they should and the images have been flipped to make it appear correct. Great quality job over all. It sounds pretty cute when read aloud. From a reading level perspective, it is a bit harder than some children's books, but not overly difficult (6-10 lines of poetry per page). Some some vowel markings are present on harder words.

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"Great for parents with older children" - by Maribeth Hendrickson (stanford, CA, US)
This is another book which is one in a series, one which is far more intricate and challenging than earlier ones, Parents with small children should start with the first WALDO books and move on to increasing levels of difficulty as the child ages. The object is to locate the real character Waldo amidst al the wanna-bees, pretend Waldos and other characters similarly dressed. The later books in the series, and this is definitely one of them, are full of jam-packed pages that parents and kids can work on together, for many years, with books of increasing difficulty. These are books which parent can use with their older children as well, and that can help keep up bonded relationships at times when they are growing closer to their peers.