Check Out This 1983 Review Of Be An Interplanetary Spy!

One of the benefits of not having neighborhood kids that I could routinely hang out with was that it left me ample time to read my collection of books. I’ve mentioned before on the site that in my youth I struggled with learning to read until one teacher in second grade took me under her wing and not only taught me to read but fostered the burning desire to continue to read everything that I could get my hands on.

As a reward, I was gifted a collection of Choose Your Own Adventure books by my teacher.
Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey - Gamebooks.Org
I still own those books but another series I became very fond of was the Bantam Book series Be An Interplanetary Spy.
Be An Intergalactic Spy 3 - Robot World - Gamebooks.Org

Be An Intergalactic Spy - The Star Crystal - Gamebooks.Org
It’s mix of puzzle solving with a video game flourish in the art was right up my alley…but judging from this review in the July issue of Videogaming and Computergaming Illustrated by E.C. Meade it seems that only kids thought so.
Videogaming and Computergaming Illustrated - 1983
Print Out - E.C. Meade - Be An Interplanetary Spy - 1983
E.C. Meade - Be An Interplanetary Spy - 1983
I would file that under the backhanded compliments section of the review library. Ouch.

A big thanks to Gamebooks.Org for the beautiful images of a few of the books.


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