The Forbidden Towers(Forgotten Forest #1) by Carol Gaskin I had alot of fun with The Master of Mazes, so much, I had to pick up the rest of the series. The Forbidden Towers is how you, Lifin, a young elf, upon returning from a morning's frolic picking berries for your village discovers your people have all been struck with a terrible vanishing plague. The only cure is hidden somewhere in the five forbidden towers. The reader has to pick between Spiders, Hands, Eaters, Bones and Beasts, and find a path to the healing herb before your village entirely disappears. The structure is interesting, with many "bad" endings, but (view spoiler)[only one ending where you save the day (hide spoiler)]. It was both a creative and a boring touch. The abundance of wordplay and moral dilemmas is absent here, while with Mazes Gaskin got the personal stake across - Lifen's quest is abstract. You are saving your village, but you don't meet them. The book was OK - I'm hoping The War of the Wizards is better.|** spoiler alert ** This was one of my very favorite books when I was a kid. I remember asking my mom to order it from one of those flimsy newsprint school book club flyers when I was around eight or nine. She almost didn't, thinking it would be too scary (the cover shown was of a ghostly skull looming over a circle of towers), but I begged and pleaded and she finally relented. After I got it I can't begin to tell you how many times I read and re-read it, taking a different path every time to the herb, stretching Lifin's (hey, I remember his name!) time in the towers out as long as possible. I nearly always started in the Tower of Spiders as that was the one that freaked me out the most, although the Tower of Eaters was pretty weird too, what with acidic jelly that ate through Lifin's clothes and I'm pretty sure he was actually inside a giant mouth at one point. Or on top of a tongue. I forget. Also, the friggin' train that goes to nowhere in the Tower of Hands, with the thumb clamping him down. Or the gloves that cause him to lose control and smash and break stuff, or the jumping spiders that invite him to join him in their whirling dervish dance... I could go on. It was freaky, but I loved this book to pieces (not literally). I kind of wish I still had it.|Releí un libro de mi infancia que me acuerdo que me encantaba lo leí varias veces, porque es de esos libros que tienen distintos finales siguiendo distintos caminos en las páginas y obviamente después de 6 años, ya no es igual, dervish dance... I could go on. It was freaky, but I loved this book to pieces (not literally). I kind of wish I still had it.|Releí un libro de mi infancia que me acuerdo que me encantaba lo leí varias veces, porque es de esos libros que tienen distintos finales siguiendo distintos caminos en las páginas y obviamente después de 6 años, ya no es igual, me pareció un poco tonta la historia y en especial porque casi todos son finales buenos en los que te volves el héroe y entiendo que hay libros que realmente son para una edad en especifica, pero quería darle una oportunidad para ver que me parecía|My FAVORITE choose your own adventure book. Thus why it is the one I kept all these years. Mine was published in 1985 :) I just went through it last night. It has been many years since I have read it and I could not remember which tower I should enter to survive. So I got trapped a lot in various rooms by various things. I had a lot of fun!