Thanks. FYF #17 was always one of my favorites as a kid, particularly because the authors wrote the story with a sense of humor. Even the bad endings are funny, so the reader at least faces their mortality with a smile.
Finally came the books I ordered. They are very nice and although they are intended for a child or youth groups, are prized collectibles items for every fan of Indy. In the upper left corner of my "Curse of Horror Island" and "Eyes of Fates" is an inscription that says "Special Book Club Edition" I did not see before in any of the books in this collection.
The Book Club Editions were sold at book fairs back in the 80's. My original copy of FYF #4, purchased at the Scholastic book fair in elementary school, has the same notation on the cover, while the copy in the boxed set does not. Otherwise, the interior of both editions is exactly the same.
I finally scored a near-mint copy of Mask of the Elephant on eBay! While I paid more than I consider the book to be worth, it's so rare (in ANY shape, let alone like-new) that I just had to grab it to complete my Find Your Fate Indy display collection. I'll post a picture of the entire set when the book arrives.
Yes, I'm definitely keeping my old books because they have a lot of sentimental value; I spent many happy hours of my childhood adventuring through the pages of the Find Your Fate books with my hero, Indiana Jones. I gathered up this new set to enjoy reading without subjecting my vintage books to further damage (I actually read the cover off Cup of the Vampire as a kid, and had to literally re-attach it with tape!). Cult of the Mummy's Crypt and Mask of the Elephant endured similar damage, also repaired with scotch tape. Ballantine really should've made those little books more durable to endure obsessive use by rabid Indy fans!
No, the Morgan Swift books are an entirely different property, unrelated to Indiana Jones. I just picked them up to fill in the gap in my collection. The stories aren't very exciting, not as many choices to make. The Indy stories are much better.
I enjoyed the FYF books. I was always a big Choose Your Own Adventure fan, so naturally when you had Indy books following the same format, I would be a fan. I remember there being a rack of paperback books in my local library. They had a bunch of movie tie-in books on the rack. They had four of the FYF books: Cup of the Vampire, Curse of Horror Island, Cult of the Mummy's Crypt, and Lost Treasure of Sheba. (I remember the rack also had the three Han Solo books by Brian Daley - loved those too!) I almost always had one of the FYF books (sometimes all four of them) checked out. I recently stumbled across a copy of Lost Treasure of Sheba at a used book sale for 50 cents. Of course, I bought it!
Went back and read through this thread from the start, fascinating. Because when I was in 8th grade (1989), I picked up "Curse of Horror Island". Loved it because it was two of my favorite things, choose your own adventure with Indy. But I thought there was only one book. And all this time thought there was only the one book. My only issue with the story was, I died or was sent home. Seriously my luck was horrible.
Nice find! Is $40 really the going price for this book now? It's hard to believe these Find-Your-Fate books could be so rare....I guess this last title probably had a short print run- that tends to be the case with the last book in a series. I do see the earlier ones in the series pop up every so often at used bookstores and such...
I have most of these books- I need a few more Indy Find-Your-Fate books to finish the collection. It's one of these things that I'd like to get sometime down the road when I have the extra money....
I don't know if it's the going rate these days, but that's what I paid for it. Last year I found one for sale on a rare book dealer website priced at a staggering $350. No kidding. I contacted the seller and told him that nobody in their right mind would ever pay that much for a paperback game book. Not surprisingly, he never responded back. Anyway, my extra copy is still available, and I'd let it go for $25-$30 if anyone is interested.
Hey, in light of the new Indiana Jones, does anyone think there should be a mass market re-release of the Find Your Fate books? It would be better than spending 400 dollars for one.
Note: I have all but one of the Indy Find Your Fate books.
This offer appeared in IndyMag #3 in an interview with Find Your Fate Indy artist David B. Mattingly:
This is a great deal! I bought three prints from David, and he signed each one for me! It's incredible to examine the artwork in large format, because there are details in the original paintings that can't be seen on the book covers, due to the downscaling. For example, David put his initials on the heiroglyphics on Lost Treasure of Sheba and on the Egyptian gateway in Cult of the Mummy's Crypt! Vintage 1980's Indy novel Easter eggs!
I also contacted Barclay Shaw (artist for the last 2 Find Your Fate Indy books) to see if he also offered art prints of his covers, but unfortunately he sold the original paintings years ago, and is thus unable to scan them for sale. Well, at least I tried!