By Pat Mcnary, Kelly Caldwell, B. Jaymes Condon, Kristi King-Morgan, Joseph Ezell, Anthony Fierro, Jr., Connor MacDonald, John Ladner
Published by Dreaming Big Publications
Reviewed by Laura Martinez
ABOUT THE BOOK
Teddy Bear Island has as many grizzly tales as it does flesh-eating plushies, and it’s bursting at the seams. From the elven vagabond lurking the jungle to the hired mercenaries looting the temple, every corner of the island has its own history, and its own secrets. Tear into this collection of curious, creepy, and downright crazy adventures based on Teddy Bear Island, where escape is never easy, and nothing is quite as innocent as it appears. Around every corner waits something eager for the ripping. Grab your toughest dwarves, your surliest orcs, and your most loyal kobolds, and get ready to spill some stuffing. What story will you tell?
4 out of 5 stars
I’m not an avid video gamer so when I first picked up Plushinomicon, I was a bit skeptical. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this anthology. The book gives a brief history on the premise of the game, so that even non gamers will understand the general context of each short story. I though the plot of the game itself very entertaining, adventurers having to escape an island filled with manic plush animals. The plush animals themselves were probably my favorite characters because they made me nostalgic for my own childhood but were adorably terrifying at the same time because they were deadly. These toys ranged from anything like Brute Bunnies to Hydra Bears and Zomb Bears. I enjoyed reading most of the short stories, each told in first person and from the point of view of the variety of races a player can be in the game such as elves, dwarves, or humans. Some stories were more entertaining than others and there were a few I wished would have been longer. The only critique I really have for this collection is that the all the stories felt very similar in terms of plot. I also thought it would have been interesting to see a short story told from the point of view of Jessi, the game’s infamous villain or even one of the plushies themselves. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the RPG or even non gamers like me who enjoy reading a mix of comedy/horror.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.