Fighting Fantasy 29: Midnight Rogue

Midnight Rogue

Illustrator John Sibbick
Author Graeme Davis
Year 1987
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-032378-3

Danger lurks in every corner of Port Blacksand – infamous city of evil-doers!

YOU are an apprentice in the Thieves’ Guild of Port Blacksand. Tonight is the testing time, the climax of your training. Your mission is to find and steal a priceless gem, the Eye of the Basilisk, and the special skills you have learned will be tested to the limit!

Many terrors lie in wait in the darkness of this evil city’s backstreets and alleys. Will you be able to accomplish your dangerous task? You have until morning to prove yourself.

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to set out on your mission. YOU decide which route to take, which creatures to fight and which dangers to risk.

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Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Andersen's Fairy Tales

Illustrator Sheila Greenwald
Author Hans Christian Andersen
Translator Pat Shaw Iversen
Year 1987 (first published 1966)
Publisher Signet
ISBN 0-451-52107-2

For over one hundred years, Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tales have charmed and entertained audiences around the world. Blending old folk tales told to him as a child with a mixture of colloquial speech and fantasy, Andersen’s stories reveal a vision rich in humor, sharp with irony, and reflect both the sadness and joy of living. The forty-seven tales in this beautifully translated collection transport readers into a magical world of kings and princesses, farm lads and mermaids, witches, and even the devil’s grandmother! But whether we are marveling at the fragile porcelain palace of the Emperor of China or weeping for the poor little match girl, every tale shocks us into recognizing a human truth—as clear as the nakedness of the Emperor in his new clothes, or the final beauty of the Ugly Duckling. As generation after generation of readers has discovered, and as Pat Shaw Iversen notes in a splendid Afterword, Hans Christian Andersen is a storyteller who ranks as “one of the greatest literary geniuses the world has ever known.”

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The Mona Lisa Mystery

Illustrator Laurence Hutchins
Author Pat Hutchins
Year 1987 (first published 1981)
Publisher Fontana
ISBN 0-00-672589-9

“Paris, here we come!” screamed Class 3 of the Hampstead Primary School as the bus drove off.

Morgan, glancing out of the back window, was the first to spot the bearded man in the black Citröen, cruising behind them.

Was he following them?

The plot thickens when a second mysterious bearded man appears on the ferry boat, and the children find themselves swept up in a riotous adventure in which they become entangled with a group of art thieves intent upon stealing the MONA LISA! Continue reading

Web of Defeat

Series The Quest for the White Duck
Illustrator
Daniel Horne
Author Lionel Fenn (Charles L. Grant)
Year 1987
Publisher Tor
ISBN 0-812-53787-4

WHEN GIDEON SUNDAY IS HANDED A BALL, HE TAKES IT AND RUNS…

Unfortunately, the game this unemployed football player has found himself in will probably get him killed.

The minute he stepped through his pantry door into the magical land of Chey, Gideon Sunday knew that the last thing he ever wanted to be was a hero. He has been trying to go home ever since. But the events that landed him in this most bewildering land now conspire to strand him forever, and Gideon is desperate. He has one way out, but it is a dangerous one. To find the Bridge that can bring him safely home, Gideon will have to brave monsters and wizards, combat demons and dragons, not to mention placate an amorous giantess that would just love him (probably to death) and confront two of the meanest witches this side of a nightmare. All Gideon has on his side is one oversize ram-horse called Red. Continue reading

Fighting Fantasy 11: Talisman of Death

Illustrator Peter Andrew Jones (cover), Bob Harvey
Author Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith
Year 1987 (first published 1984)
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031859-3

The once-peaceful world of Orb is in terrible danger!

Dark forces are at work to unleash the awesome might of the Evil One but their plans cannot be completed without the legendary Talisman of Death. It seems that all Orb is searching for the Talisman and yet YOU are the one who carries it. YOUR mission is to destroy the evil Talisman before the minions of Death can reach you. But beware! Time is running out…

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to embark on this thrilling adventure of sword and sorcery, complete with its elaborate combat system and a score sheet to record your gains and losses.

Many dangers lie ahead and your success is by no means certain. Powerful adversaries are ranged against you and often your only choice is to kill or be killed!

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Bimbos of the Death Sun

Illustrator Jeff Easley
Author Sharyn McCrumb
Year 1987
Publisher TSR/Windwalker
ISBN 0-88038-455-7

“Young Man, That is an Out-of-Period Weapon!”

Only one person could vouch for Appin Dungannon’s famous last words and that was his killer. The great chronicler of the fantasy adventures of the noble Viking warrior Tratyn Runewind was suddenly no more. He looked much the same as usual: bulging piggy eyes, gargoyle face, a boozy pallor. But he was dead–a bullet through his heart and a spilled bottle of scotch at his side. The printer continued to spit out the final chapter of his last best-seller.

But who hated him enough to kill him? The answer: Practically everybody. Continue reading