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Summary City of Thieves

Story part game this is a book with a difference – one in which YOU become the hero A pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey YOU decide which route to take which creatures to fight and which dangers to risk. Time to teach a big bully a lesson19 July 2012 The fifth book in the series and from what I remember one of the better ones To me it seems that the books Forest of Doom City of Thieves Deathtrap Dungeon and Island of the Lizard King were to me the memorable books in the series The first one was obviously experimental as was Starship Traveller and Citadel of Chaos but it feels that with the books that I have got to now the writers had settled down on a style that seemed to work However the ones that came after I have little memory with the exception of Scorpion Swamp In this book you are a seasoned adventurer who has arrived in a small town that is being bullied by an evil undead warlock named Zanzar Bone You are approached by the mayor and asked to go and find a friend of his who lives in the city of Port Blacksand the city of thieves that the title of the book derives its name However there is a little twist because when you do find Nicodemus he simply tells you that he is too old to go off adventuring so he tells you how to kill Zanzar Bone and sends you on your way While the majority of the book is set in Port Blacksand it moves away from the other books slightly in that the end game begins once you have left Port Blacksand Zanzar Bone does not live in the city nor is he the ruler of the city rather your adventure in the city is simply one of locating somebody who then tells you what you need to search for to be able to defeat your enemy It is actually a reasonably easy book and while they talk about a one true path it is uite easy to find it However there are a number of other objects that you need to collect such as the Skeleton Key which will make your uest significantly easier The one item I could not find though I suspect that it is located somewhere near the start is the merchant s pass One could suggest that this is another assassination job though it is clear that Bone is a bully and needs to be taught a lesson and of course you are the one who has to teach him a lesson One of the interesting things is that these books tend to be very black and white particularly with the fantasy ones In a lot of fantasy novels I note that the settings are generally black and whiteL the good hero goes out to fight and kill the evil villain I guess it is reflective of our desire to see and compartmentalise the world into black and white as opposed to the shade of grey that exists in I guess it is also something pushed down upon us from above so that we will always see our country as being the white and anything opposed to our country as black Unfortunately it is not necessarily the case because there are instances where an immoral government uses this concept to bring the population on side I want to finish off with something about undead In many novels the undead are always protrayed as evil I suspect that this may have something to do with our Christian heritage as the Bible clearly puts necromancy into the realm of evil That may be the case but what about the idea of animating corpses Is that necessarily evil and is animating a corpse generally evil Personally I think it comes down to our attitudes towards the dead To a culture that sees a corpse as nothing than a diseased shell to be destroyed with the spirit being disconnected from it then maybe it is not However to a culture like ours that while believing that the soul breaks away from the corpse our treatment of the corpse reflects our attitudes towards that person in life The Greeks would defile or respect corpses depending on where they wanted the dead to land up A defiled corpse for an example see Antigone would wonder around the Earth as a half man for eternity while a properly disposed of corpse would return either to Hades or any other realm that the deceased achieved in life Personally it really comes down to culture and what the culture does with the corpse really is what that culture believes I uestion the right that we have to insist that an alien culture treat a corpse as we expect it to be treated

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City of Thieves

Terror stalks the night as Zanbar Bone and his bloodthirsty Moon Dogs hold the prosperous town of Silverton to ransom YOU are an adventurer and the merchants of Silverton turn to you in their hour of needYour mission takes you a. Best Fighting Fantasy gamebook by Ian Livingstone Loved the atmosphere of Port Blacksand the twists and the storyline a thrilling rogue style adventure that gave me hours of fun and a death count of 15 just because I tried to end it without cheating

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Long dark twisting streets where thieves vagabonds and creatures of the night lie in wait to trap the unwary traveller Beyond lies the most fearsome adventure of them all – the tower stronghold of the infamous Zanbar BonePart. A superb gamebook Port Blacksand the titular city of thieves is a fascinating place for exploration and skullduggery It comes across as a well developed coherent environment uite amazing for such an early entrant into the series It is so well developed and ceaselessly entertaining that it shames those that came before and most of those that came afterThis is one of the few Fighting Fantasy books where it s uite easy to find everything you need for a successful completion as long as you explore thoroughly Though having said that there s one unwelcome instance where if you stop to do one thing the book doesn t then allow you the chance to duck down a side alley you had noticed a moment before This isn t an issue with most other encounters and since this alley leads to one of the needed items it s an unfair ployThe exploration of the city is also pretty balanced Even someone with mediocre scores would find the encounters fair and there s plenty of healing to be found and opportunities to restore LuckWhen you leave the city and travel toward the tower of Zanbar Bone for the climax the difficulty suddenly and drastically spikes and anyone with a Skill score less than 11 need not bother as you ll never get through This doesn t wash The worst idea in the book and possibly in any FF book ever comes right at the very end where you have to make a choice out of three You re given no clues it s simply a case of eeny meeny miney mo and if you choose wrong you re dead So you ve trawled all the way through the book to find you have a totally random 2 in 3 chance of failing for no fault of your own Bollocks to thatI ve still awarded 5 stars because Port Blacksand itself is so intriguing and evocative and the bulk of the book is magnificent the very best a gamebook can be But the ending sucks gorilla balls


10 thoughts on “City of Thieves

  1. says:

    I played these game books as a kid Brilliant These books helped my imagination growThree wizards A dark one A good one A neu

  2. says:

    Best Fighting Fantasy gamebook by Ian Livingstone Loved the atmosphere of Port Blacksand the twists and the storyline a thrilling rogue style adventure that gave me hours of fun and a death count of 15 just because I tried to end it without cheating

  3. says:

    ‘City of tea leaves’ is uite the cesspitTwisted little streets called ‘Clock’ and ‘Key’Lead one eventually to the garden of Leaf BeastsWhose honesty box is somewhat out of keyWith the penny pinching de

  4. says:

    This one is really driving me nuts I have played it on the Kindle and after easily getting through most of the story I am getting stomped by som

  5. says:

    This simply represents the pinnacle of the choose your own adventure genre It doesn’t get any better The structure creativity humor and dramatic tension are perfect Moreover this is one of the few that really succeeds as a puzzle to be solved The puzzle aspect is interesting enough to hold the interest of adults my mother borrowed it for about a week in the 80s until she had solved it as well as the younger target au

  6. says:

    A superb gamebook Port Blacksand the titular city of thieves is a fascinating place for exploration and skullduggery It comes across as a well developed coherent environment uite amazing for such an early entrant into the series It is so well developed and ceaselessly entertaining that it shames those that came before an

  7. says:

    OMG I LOVED THESE BOOKS Jeez I devoured these when I was in high school I loved DD but didn't have a group to play with so these were the next best thing LOVE choose your own adventure I think I'll need to write some of these one da

  8. says:

    Time to teach a big bully a lesson19 July 2012 The fifth book in the series and from what I remember one of the better ones To me it seems that the books Forest of Doom City of Thieves Deathtrap Dungeon and Island of the Lizard King were to me the memorable books in the series The first one was obviously experime

  9. says:

    It was wonderful to revisit Port Blacksand after all of these years but I'm afraid I have to be that kid who points out that the emperor isn't wearing any clothes Whilst thoroughly enjoyable City of Thieves isn't the sharpest tool in the Figh

  10. says:

    Great book You've not lived till you've had a walk round port Blacksand and had a fisty cuffs with Zanbar Bone Some really memorable parts in this book