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I'm trying to find a "choose-your-own-adventure" type book I read as a kid in the early or mid 1990's in Canada. Here's what I remember:

About the book itself

  • Large trade-paperback format, and fairly thin (I'd say maybe 40 pages or so).
  • More art-heavy than text; each page had a full-page image.
  • The book itself, as well as three similar books (all SF, with a similar art style) were advertised on the back.

About the story

  • The villain was a space pirate leader who looked a lot like Darth Vader (black armour, cape, etc.)

  • Spacecraft were referred to as "space junks" - its where I first heard of that type of craft. Unfortunately, searching google for this term doesn't give me any useful results.

  • There was a black swamp alien that had tentacles and a head on a long neck, with red eyes facing in all directions. One choice you could make was to shoot its tentacles or its head.

  • There was a really old space pirate, with a white beard and visored helmet you had to "fight".

  • There was a space dungeon with several aliens chained to the wall. There was a human space prince in a forcefield you had to rescue.

I had this books for years, but I had accidentally donated it to a used bookstore a while back. Thanks in advance for any help identifying this.

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Found it: It is Kidnap in Space by Peter Milligan, a part of the Intergalactic Quest series of choose-your-own-adventure books.

Kidnap in Space

  • How did you find it? – FuzzyBoots Jul 8 at 13:59
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    I basically had to do a manual search through Demian's Gamebook Web Page (gamebooks.org/Item/1328/Show), which I had in turn come across via a generic search for choose-your-own-adventure books. It was neither elegant nor fun, but I got my result in the end. – Vanguard3000 Jul 8 at 14:39

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