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The Horror of High Ridge (Choose Your Own Adventure, #27)

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While on vacation with your friends Ricardo and Lisa, you encounter ghosts in a town with a dark past.


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While on vacation with your friends Ricardo and Lisa, you encounter ghosts in a town with a dark past.

30 review for The Horror of High Ridge (Choose Your Own Adventure, #27)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    My first of the "choose your own adventure" series. A pretty odd experience. The generic set-up is overly familiar and the writing is pretty bad and packed with cliches; attempts at atmosphere building are cringe-worthy, to say the least. I guess it works if you're a kid though. The most unsatisfying thing is that, when playing, we ended up on a cliffhanger and then got 'THE END'. No resolution, no death, no solving of the mystery, nothing. It's a huge cheat. I skimmed through the rest of the pag My first of the "choose your own adventure" series. A pretty odd experience. The generic set-up is overly familiar and the writing is pretty bad and packed with cliches; attempts at atmosphere building are cringe-worthy, to say the least. I guess it works if you're a kid though. The most unsatisfying thing is that, when playing, we ended up on a cliffhanger and then got 'THE END'. No resolution, no death, no solving of the mystery, nothing. It's a huge cheat. I skimmed through the rest of the pages and it turns out over a quarter of the 100-or-so passages are different endings! Some good, some bad, some violent, some unsatisfying. Our luck ran out on the one we got, but of course the temptation is to try again. The mildly grisly illustrations are fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Pretty badly written but fine for some light entertainment. Took me all of 5 minutes to finish the first route (the correct one it would seem) and then a half an hour or so to exhaust all the other options.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Me and my mum used to read this together every night before bedtime when I was like 8 or 9. Recently found it on Amazon for 1p! That's right. A penny!! Of course, I had to buy it just to revisit my nostalgic memories of it again. The storytelling may be quite basic, rereading it with adult eyes this time; but the choices in the book are still spooky and really fun. Me and my mum used to read this together every night before bedtime when I was like 8 or 9. Recently found it on Amazon for 1p! That's right. A penny!! Of course, I had to buy it just to revisit my nostalgic memories of it again. The storytelling may be quite basic, rereading it with adult eyes this time; but the choices in the book are still spooky and really fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam Cleaver

    This is probably the first full length Choose Your Own Adventure book I read on my own as a kid. Was good fun and loved the setting. Was really into Ghost at the time and this ticked all the boxes and allowed me to choose the path to take.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Suuuuuuper racist. Yikes. And most of the endings are non-endings. But I liked the banter between the three kids. And you sure get murdered a lot in this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    BookMarc

    1984. It signaled the debut of the Apple Macintosh, the Winter Olympics took place in Sarajevo, the novel '1984' was probably read by more people than in any other single year, 'Of Mice and Men' was removed from Tennessee public schools for being a "filthy book", and I was ten years old and reading 'Horror of High Ridge' which was officially book number 27 of the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' series. If you are not familiar with CYOA then let me explain...you would read the first few pages like yo 1984. It signaled the debut of the Apple Macintosh, the Winter Olympics took place in Sarajevo, the novel '1984' was probably read by more people than in any other single year, 'Of Mice and Men' was removed from Tennessee public schools for being a "filthy book", and I was ten years old and reading 'Horror of High Ridge' which was officially book number 27 of the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' series. If you are not familiar with CYOA then let me explain...you would read the first few pages like you would any regular book only at the bottom of page four, for example, you will be presented with a couple of choices that take the story in different directions. Once you have read your chosen direction you will then be given more choices on how the story should progress and so on and so forth until you reach an ending of which there were many. A bit of creative writing if I may that will give you an idea of what I'm on about... As you take a stroll along the forest trail, the air filled with the sound of birds singing, inbred hillbillies playing their banjos menacingly and pigs squealing...intertwined with what sounds like moans of male pleasure...you notice a human figure laying on the ground in the distance. The person appears to be female, she is holding the bottom of her leg and there is a bicycle laying on the ground nearby. As you get closer you realize that you have seen this female somewhere before and if you're not mistaken, judging by the angle of her foot, she has a broken ankle. "Excuse me ma'am," you say politely as she looks up and you realize it's that teen starlet Miley "Can I be of any help?" "Oh thank goodness" she replies with a voice that pierces your eardrums "you've got to help me. I wondered away from my tour bus and took this trail with the intention of gaining a few quiet hours. As you can see I fell and broke my ankle. You must help me." Your mind begins to race as you think of the untold horrors of having to sit through her television show all because your sister loves Miley. And then there's the singing... If you decide to help Miley by taking out your cell phone and calling for help then turn to page 27. If you decide to help humanity by taking out your knife, cutting out her vocal chords and dancing on them while shouting, "Who's partying in the USA now, bitch!" then turn to page 41. And thus is the premise of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. 'Horror of High Ridge' was essentially a horror story based around dead cowboys and indians who, depending on your choices, would either help you, hinder you or just outright slaughter you. In many ways this was a very graphic book considering it was aimed at a tween market and a look inside the book shows pictures of a rather disturbing nature. I loved it though!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Petercsm730

    The Horror of High Ridge by Julius Goodman (Choose Your Own Adventure #27) finds you with two friends in a cabin on the outskirts of a mountain town. You've been spending the summer searching for your great uncle's buried treasure but eerie moans sidetrack you towards any number of supernatural narrators who tell you about a war between prospector ghosts and native american ghosts. Every fifty years their battle ends up killing the mountain town you're staying in and it's up to you to stop it. I The Horror of High Ridge by Julius Goodman (Choose Your Own Adventure #27) finds you with two friends in a cabin on the outskirts of a mountain town. You've been spending the summer searching for your great uncle's buried treasure but eerie moans sidetrack you towards any number of supernatural narrators who tell you about a war between prospector ghosts and native american ghosts. Every fifty years their battle ends up killing the mountain town you're staying in and it's up to you to stop it. I think. The way this book is written sometimes the ghosts just stop themselves. Or it just ends without a real ending. Or sometimes another character will have some magical, unexplained artifact that ends the story. But even when I got to be actively involved and understood what was happening, there still wasn't anything satisfying to read. Ghosts show up, you try to stop them, and finish. In fact, I gave up on finishing this one. The art by Paul Granger is suitably menacing and more violent than I would've expected. Frankly, it was the best part.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I have fond memories of my childhood being addicted to choose your own adventure books, I was always found with my nose in a book. Loved shopping around old bookshops and second hand stalls for them. I Still haven't completed my collection and am always looking out for the odd missing volume, as they are now quite rare, the original editions anyhow. I strongly remember Horror of high ridge as quite a scary and creepy book, for a child. The plot revolves around a town (High Ridge) that is built on I have fond memories of my childhood being addicted to choose your own adventure books, I was always found with my nose in a book. Loved shopping around old bookshops and second hand stalls for them. I Still haven't completed my collection and am always looking out for the odd missing volume, as they are now quite rare, the original editions anyhow. I strongly remember Horror of high ridge as quite a scary and creepy book, for a child. The plot revolves around a town (High Ridge) that is built on the berial grounds of an indian village massacered by the progenitors of high ridge back when it was an old prospecting town. One night the ghosts of those masacred come back to reap vengence, think John Carpenter's The Fog. Still a good read, my edition is nearly new but is yellow with age.

  9. 4 out of 5

    'Nathan Burgoine

    I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books, and constantly borrowed them from the library. I owned a few, too, and would mark little pencilled notations on all the endings I managed to reach in my own copies (I'd tuck aside a piece of paper for the ones from the library). When I was nine and ten, these books got re-read so many times it was unreal, and they paved the way to me wanting to write, too, as sometimes I got annoyed at an obvious, missing option. I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books, and constantly borrowed them from the library. I owned a few, too, and would mark little pencilled notations on all the endings I managed to reach in my own copies (I'd tuck aside a piece of paper for the ones from the library). When I was nine and ten, these books got re-read so many times it was unreal, and they paved the way to me wanting to write, too, as sometimes I got annoyed at an obvious, missing option.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    Teh awesome.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mell

    I suspect my adult self would not like the cultural stereotypes implied on the cover of this book I owned as a kid . . . but I wore out the cover reading and swapping with my friends.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    A "sequel" to HOUSE OF DANGER, written by a completely different author! Still, this one has stayed with me to this day. A "sequel" to HOUSE OF DANGER, written by a completely different author! Still, this one has stayed with me to this day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    Have a copy of this in my 'choose your own adventure' collection, was quite enjoyable, too bad I "died" so many times. Have a copy of this in my 'choose your own adventure' collection, was quite enjoyable, too bad I "died" so many times.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  15. 4 out of 5

    Davraena

  16. 4 out of 5

    Misty Bradley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ste J

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Franklin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tatterdemalion

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  21. 5 out of 5

    James

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laureen

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Bisley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ariyana

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian J.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ho Bokin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lafleur Meyers

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cake

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

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