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The books I was looking for are The Jungle of Peril and The Planet of Terror. The reader's quest in The Planet of Terror is to find a spaceship that had to be abandoned just before it crashed. Unfortunately, this planet is chock full of hideous Mutoids, matter-transporter beams, and low-gravity zones. How will the valiant space traveler ever get back to ...


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To my knowledge (and the knowledge of the Horde), there is no official canon policy for Harry Potter. So really, my only answer can be: [Shrug] You could make a good argument for both sides. The illustrations were not done by Rowling herself, but by an illustrator named Jim Kay; that alone will make them non-canon in some people's eyes. However, Rowling ...


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This is Gutsville According to the Wikipedia description: In 1846 an English ship called the Daphne heads out to reach Australia. The ship never makes it, as it, and all of its passengers (including slaves, zealous missionaries, and English settlers) are swallowed up by some gargantuan, oceanic beast. Skip forward to the present day and the ...


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I believe the book you remember was, in fact, The Intergalatic Bus Trip, part of the Usborne Puzzle Adventures series. This is about the only book in that series I hadn't read. Here's the page showing the computer game: The message reads; Who has dared challenge the Rogue Robots at their own game? Beware Earth-thing, soon you will be playing for your ...


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“Tour of the Universe”...? You can buy second-hand copies on Amazon.


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The books are the Zaanan series by Al Bohl. The series is part of the Young Reader's Christian Library published by Barbour Publishing. There appear to be four books: Zaanan: The Fatal Limit Zaanan: The Dream of Delasor Zaanan: The Ransom of Renaissance Zaanan: Conflict on Cada Maylon In the picture above, you can see the "power gauntlet" that was ...


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After a long search, I think I found it: Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell. No-one in the village believes that Lizzie's seen a witch! But Lizzie doesn't care because she knows that in all Little Hemlock there's no one half as interesting as this witch - and besides it makes life far more exciting to have such an unusual friend. Blue cover, the original ...


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The books being asked about are part of the Zaanan series by me, Al Bohl. My name is Al Bohl. I wrote and illustrated the four Zaanan books which are presently available through Amazon.com. The idea came for Zaanan because I wanted to tell an adventure story for young readers. It is not taken from any other source. There are two overarching concepts that ...


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There was a big market for choose-your-own's in the 90's. So there are many, I'll try and link all I can remember Agent Arthur by Usborne Puzzle Adventure Books - I'd say that this is highly likely what you remember, Agent Arthur books are well illustrated throughout with cool puzzles. Though I don't remember him going to space Give Yourself Goosebumps ...


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Were the full-colour illustrations photographs? If so, then you might have been reading the novelization of the Star Trek episode "A Taste of Armageddon," which was illustrated with still photos from the television show.


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I found it! The specifically named "Monster Stories", 2002, compiled by Andy Charman. Did indeed involve cooking, and a marathon, and has a story called Two heads are worse than one (I was close!)


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Could it possibly be Spacecraft 2000-2100 AD, part of the Terran Trade War series written by Stewart Cowley?


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Tales of The Astro Force, by J. C. Egan (2007) Tagline: "Take a fantastic journey to the outer reaches of the unknown as the crew of the intrepid Astro Force One embarks on their most perilous mission; to rescue the beautiful Jackie Albright from the Fiendish Fish Folk of Planet Thenh." There she placed her eye near the retina scan, which declared for ...


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Answering my own query: It's not quite a definitive answer to the question, as I asked it, but I found this article, covering the subject of Gorey's illustrations for Bellairs' stories. The key quotes: However, despite their interwoven legacy in the minds of readers, Bellairs and Gorey never met. A member of The Edward Gorey House Museum in Yarmouth, ...


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Main character of a young boy, semi-scientific exploration of fairies and goblins, at least 7 books, sounds like the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. A teenage genius, Artemis captures Holly Short, who is a Fairy and a captain of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Recon), in the first book and holds her for ransom to exploit the magical Fairy People ...


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Could it have been Mostly Ghostly by Steve Zorn? It's a collection of classic horror tales adapted for children, and it does include an illustrated version of The Upper Berth. It also contains Ambrose Bierce's A Creature of Habit which has a walking hanged man. Here's its illustration for The Upper Berth: Also, a summary of A Creature of Habit specifically ...


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Not much to go on there, but perhaps EE "Doc" Smith's Triplanetary, prequel to the Lensman series?


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It isn't Sci-Fi, but your description makes me think of the book "Galaxies." It's non-fiction with lots of information on stars, galaxies, etc., but I'm pretty sure there's an overall narrative that runs through the book presenting the information as if to passengers on an intergalactic cruise. It certainly has beautiful pictures.


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Wild guess, is it possible that one of those stories would be Forrest J Ackerman's The Mute Question which ends with a punchline of:


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Sounds like "The Space Warriors" which I had at the time. Very similar to the Terran Trade Authority books, but had stories connected by the main characters (Boots Walker and his sidekick Rory). Like the TTA books it seemed to be a way to use a library of art by various artists with some text around it.


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Is it possible that it's The Butter Battle Book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Butter_Battle_Book Like the article says it's inspired by Gulliver's Travels and the Cold War. It's been a while since I've seen it or read it but I seem to remember two people trying to stop the arms race some how, that could just be a faulty memory though since the article ...


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