IF that's a pleasure to READ

Recommendations by Maureen (California)

I have a soft spot for "literary" IF. Good writing can draw me into a story that doesn't really have much game to it, and amateur writing can wreck an otherwise good game. That's not to say I like puzzle-less IF or text dumps. I enjoy challenging interaction --it's why I'm a gamer and not just a reader--but it's especially delicious when an IF author is also a good writer. These picks stay in my memory because of writing that was (apparently) effortless and evocative and original and fresh.

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1. All Roads
by Jon Ingold
(2001)
Average member rating: (143 ratings)

2. Pytho's Mask
by Emily Short
(2001)
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

3. Varicella
by Adam Cadre
(1999)
Average member rating: (117 ratings)

4. Fine-Tuned
by Dennis Jerz
(2001)
Average member rating: (22 ratings)

5. Slouching Towards Bedlam
by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
(2003)
Average member rating: (188 ratings)

6. Savoir-Faire
by Emily Short
(2002)
Average member rating: (114 ratings)

7. City of Secrets
by Emily Short
(2003)
Average member rating: (94 ratings)

8. Jacks or Better to Murder, Aces to Win, by J. D. Berry (1999)
Average member rating: (15 ratings)

9. Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me
by Mike Sousa and Jon Ingold
(2002)
Average member rating: (33 ratings)

10. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (329 ratings)


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