Reviews - What do customers think about The Brilliant Dr. Wogan (Choose Your Own Adventure) (Choose Your Own Adventure)?
Who can you trust? Nov 26, 2007
This book, and probably all the newer editions of the CYOA series has nice comprehension quizzes for readers like me who have read all the endings. Also, the people quoted are different. There are readers in the front no the inside quoted, but there are 26-29 year olds quoted who miss this part of their childhood me included! It is like that little secret that you like but you do not want to admin if you are as old as I am.
There are ads in the back of the book indicating that Montgomery is starting backup some of the children's series of the book, another ad for the Abominable Snowman DVD Choose Your Own Adventure - The Abominable Snowman. An ad says that there's a book called "The Golden Path" that was released 10/10/07, but I cannot find it on the CYOA website now. I have already written them to ask about the ad. There is also an "Adventurer's Log" where a person can write notes in the book if they would like.
The only thing I do not like about the new series is that it is all based on R.A. Montgomery's numbering rather than using the old numbering system.
This is the best book that I can remember of R.A. Montgomery's I have read in the series so far. It has mystery, surprises, and a great mix of good and bad endings. Most of the endings are bad. So if you cannot handle that, , avoid #138 and #46 of the old series, and try reading #184 of the old series.
You could go anywhere from trusting or avoiding strangers to getting kidnapped to your doom or finding Dr. Wogan and saving the world, publishing her plans so that the whole world instead of no one knows, you could find Dr. Wogan, but both of you end up as prisoners or dead, or you may even find a magical book that does weird things. Montgomery falls short on a few of his endings and they get so wordy that it just isn't great story making. He was trying to think in depth, maybe too in-depth for a teenage story ending in such a way that a few of the endings just do not work. "Time is on your side and both of you know it" does not sound like a great ending at all. Or the ending of "I must escape" without any real indication of if you've actually escaped or not.
The CYOA series still do have their "signature bad endings" where instead of saying you "die" or are imprisoned for the rest of your life, their language is more to the tune of (something bad happens) and you become a part of that situation as well.