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Dream Park by Larry Niven
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Dream Park (1981)

by Larry Niven, Steven Barnes

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Series: Dream Park (1)

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Alex Griffin is the Chief of Security for Dream Park, a theme park that is part Disneyland and part Star Trek Holodeck. Dream Park is the world headquarters for Live Action Role Play adventures where the stakes are very, very high. On this day, however, Alex is less worried about Orcs and Goblins than about the dead security guard and the missing secret formula. Clues indicate that the murderer is still in Dream Park - and in fact - still inside the latest high stakes Role Play game. In order to catch a killer, Alex has to enter the game and play along while trying to ferret out the truth.

I actually enjoyed this one more than I should have. It took a little while to get going, but once Griffin enters the game, things get interesting. ( )
  helver | Oct 27, 2017 |
Dream Park is the Disney World of the future. In it, you can play out your fantasy as if it were real. The South Seas Treasure Game is one of the hottest attractions in Dream Park. Injuries and deaths are computer simulations but when a real death occurs the head of the park's security force has to enter the game to discover the killer. Pretty gripping stuff. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 20, 2017 |
Dated, more for the pop culture references than the technology guesses, but still fun. Now I can read The Barsoom Project and have the backdrop fresh. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Dream Park offers the ultimate virtual reality experience for live action role playing adventures. The South Seas Treasure Game promises to be the biggest, most exciting game yet. Created by Legendary Game Master Lopez it is a scenario for fifteen players on a four and a half day adventure. No one expected one of the deaths to be real.

Written in the early 80s, this book is showing its age. It feels dated in a way a 50's scifi movie feels old - things that were cutting edge back in the day just don't have the same effect modern day. The dialog, especially in the beginning, is cringe worthy. The gaming parts take a while to start to feel authentic.

The mythology surrounding the Cargo Cult is intriguing. Apparently it is based in fact too.

I really wanted to like this one. The combo scifi adventure/murder mystery is a great idea. I wish it had been better executed. ( )
  Narilka | May 6, 2015 |
Good, esp. for Gamers.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library. ( )
  juniperSun | Dec 4, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Niven, Larryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, Stevenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ochagavia, CarlosCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stawicki, MattCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441167306, Mass Market Paperback)

For fifteen virtual reality gamers undertaking a four-and-half day quest, the fantasy slaying of monsters is suddenly interrupted-by murder.

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A deadly murderer adds real danger to the simulated challenges of a computerized fantasy world.

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