Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Quest for the Diamond Sword (Book Review)

The Quest for the Diamond Sword, by Winter Morgan, can be best described as a heaping helping of Minecraft adventure with some characterization thrown in. If you are into Minecraft and you just can't get enough of the stuff, then this book may be for you. For everyone else, it will leave you wondering why anyone would even bother playing Minecraft at all.

The story centers around Steve, the quiet farmer. After a zombie invasion of his village drives him off, he swears to return and help his friends defeat the zombies, but returning isn't so easy. Through luck, perseverance, and quite a bit of Minecraft knowledge, Steve takes a tour of the Minecraft world. Despite all his challenges, the dangers of this world aren't nearly as bad as the challenges posed by the dangerous and fun-destroying GREIFERS.

The text feels like it was churned out. To test that, I wrote my own Minecraft story of similar ilk, finding that I could write at 2K words per hour, which is pretty insane rate. At the end, my prose was similarly polished. So, my hat goes off to Winter Morgan, for finding a niche and profiting fiercely.

The book itself isn't very long, racking up a hundred pages, or about 20,000 words. The pacing throughout is quick, spritely, and eager to move. If there's a dull moment in this book, it will only be a moment as the story keeps moving no matter what.

If you do play Minecraft, the pages are full of many useful hints and clever tactics that you can use against your enemies. Any Minecrafter out there should find himself a better adventurer for these stories.

While I can't give this book any high rating, I also can't say that I was the target audience. So, for a non-Minecrafter, I would give this book two stars. This book is not for you. It's competent but dull. For a kid who's into Minecraft, I give the book four stars, because it contains so much of what the audience desires. The book is all Minecraft, all of the time.