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1. Monster Truck Madness (EU-Inside
2. Dracula Vs. Grampa At The Monster
3. 2005 USHRA Official Souvenir Yearbook
4. USHRA Monster Jam Truck 2010 Wall
5. Monster Jam Official Souvenir

1. Monster Truck Madness (EU-Inside Moves)
by Michael Rymaszewski, Vince Matthews
Paperback: 288 Pages (1996-10-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$4.99
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Asin: 157231530X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Monster Truck Madness is a radical and realistic racing simulation that puts gamers behind the wheel of the world's most powerful vehicles as they crush, splatter, jump, and roll their way to victory. Here is the guide to arm players with all the game's strategies and secrets. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars More than a user manual
Inside Moves is the user manual for Microsoft's Monster Truck Madness, and as such, one has to wonder why it wasn't included with the retail game, or conversely, why the book isn't packed with an installation cd.Be that as it may, in order to appreciate this book you must first recognize and understand that Monster Truck Madness was first available for retail sale in nineteen ninety six, was two years in development (which pushes it back to nineteen ninety four) and was probably first conceived well before that time.When the game was finally released, it was a ground breaking advance in 3D graphics and multiplayer technology, and Tom's Hardware used it to develop the "first real world direct3d benchmark."The sequel, Monster Truck Madness 2, which came out shortly after the release of Monster Truck Madness, added to the game's legacy with the same basic components which were so far ahead of everything at the time that it's still being played and enjoyed by a thriving community even now some ten years after most games of the era have long since vanished.The content of Inside Moves runs approximately as follows:

The introduction hypes monster trucks and the game.

Chapter 1 - Talks about installation, system requirements, menus, performance tips, controllers and keyboard commands.Reading this chapter provides some amusement when reflecting on the quaint naivety regarding the speed and power of personal computers of the day.

Chapter 2 - Game and real truck characteristics, garage settings, tracks, handling and points scoring.

Chapter 3 - Driving school emphasizing a good start, cornering, dealing with terrain and water, crash recovery, and manual vs automatic transmission.The topics covered here can probably apply to any road simulation game.

Chapter 4 - Drag tracks and their background, the five tracks and the drag racing procedures are described in detail including qualifying, staging, the christmas tree light and the course layouts.

Chapter 5 - Circuit race philosophy, a blow-by-blow bump-by-bump description of the five tracks along with tips on improving lap times, and the in-game map and screen displays are also mentioned.Dry dry dry, there is only so many ways to say turn right, turn left.There is very little here that a racer couldn't discover just by playing the game.

Chapter 6 - Three rally tracks are treated much like the circuits only with a heavy emphasis on shortcuts.

Chapter 7 - Tournament play is briefly described but more important are the instructions for creating your own custom tournaments.This is the first hint that the game will be customizable by users rather than just tweaking and adjusting various settings.

Chapter 8 - Multiplayer racing.How to host and join races as well as the various types of hook up are described in detail, and key concepts are defined, explained and clarified.Also, several game features and technical tips are included.Sorry, no drags in multiplayer.

Chapter 9 - An infommercial recommending that you spend a lot of money on new hardware.

Chapter 10 - The almanac.Leaving the game behind, this gives a brief history of monster trucks and their origins as well as includes an interview with Bob Chandler, inventor of monster trucks and founder of Bigfoot.

Chapter 11 - Again, getting away from the game, this gives Eric Meagher's point of view on what it's like to make your living from driving a monster truck.

There is also a small glossary of terms and an index.

And that's the good news.The bad is that the book is plagued by typos and grammatical blunders, and the writing style is that of a junior high school student who possesses inside knowledge about the game.The amount of "useful" information is minimal, and at points the author describes the game and tracks as "aggravating."Chapters four, five and six could have been combined into a single chapter half the size of either of them since providing a verbal description of a three dimensional visual environment contributes nothing to the reader's store of knowledge, and is an annoying, arduous task besides.And, the tips and tricks about game play scattered throughout the book could have, and should have, been condensed into a page and a half reference sheet.And to top that off, microsoft and the msn gaming zone have not only abandoned the game but have taken active strides to discourage its use.

So why bother?Simple.Monster Truck Madness and Monster Truck Madness 2 once had one of the largest community of players of any game ever made, and the mtm community is still active today.Both games have had more user-made addons created for it than any other game (of any type) and all but a very few of them are still available for free download and use.Monster Truck Madness has also had as many support programs made for it as that of other games by its players, and new things are being developed all the time.Monster Truck Madness is the quintessential computer gaming experience.It offers something for everybody: from players and racers to artists and programmers, from the mathematically oriented to the whimsical and capricious, from hobbyists and tinkerers to demanding perfectionists, from explorers to cartographers, from game fans to monster truck fans, from young to old, from simple to complex, from any area of human experience to its opposite.And all of it is unrivaled in imagination and creativity, tradition and innovation, competition and camaraderie.

If Inside Moves had any pragmatic value in nineteen ninety six, it certainly doesn't now.Rather, its value today is its signifcance as an historical document for arguably the best game ever made for the PC, and it is steeped in nostalgic appeal for anybody who has ever had MTM come into, touch or affect their life in any way.And while it's true that it should have been packaged as the user manual for the original game, and that it wasn't reflects its publisher's greed, it is certainly worth the $1.99 that most resellers are currently asking for this collector piece. ... Read more

2. Dracula Vs. Grampa At The Monster Truck Spectacular (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features)
by Kirk Scroggs
Library Binding: 106 Pages (2006-07-12)
list price: US$12.35 -- used & new: US$30.11
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Asin: 1417757043
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When Grampa and Wiley sneak out of the house on a stormy Halloween night to attend Colonel Dracula's Monster Truck Spectacular, they run into trouble from which only Gramma and an F5 tornado can save them. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 year-old loves it!
My five year-old son (an early reader) loves these books.He's been through all the Captain Underpants books, and I didn't think we'd find another series he enjoyed as much.But these books are a huge hit!Lots of illustrations, and just his level of humor.My only complaint is that they are so short - he's almost made it through the series already.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kids will LOVE it
Just got a few of this series for my 8 year old and he is reading about 1 a day and has asked for more of them.They are admittedly short but my son has been a resistant reader and loves these!!So keep them coming!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty cute!
My three sons love to read books filled with humor and this book delivered many laughs.

Grampa and Wiley have a wild adventure when they decide to attend a monster truck show, starring Dracula (a man who resembles a 'red-neck' Elvis) and his amazing 'Mudsucker.' It just so happens that the day of the monster truck show is Halloween and the weather is expected to be fierce- with an F5 tornado fast approaching. Not only will the two have to fear the tornado and the sary creatures at the truck show, but also Gramma's wrath. Which is worse? They soon find out.

This book is filled with many laughs and a great adventure. Just when you think it's gonna get scary, things start to surprise you! Very cute. Can't wait to read #2.

5-0 out of 5 stars Captain!
Kirk!I finally got some of your books.Don't ask me why it took so long.I have no idea, but my daughter is reading now (not yet this advanced) and it reminded me that you were publishing some.These are fantastic!I will be scrutinizing every detail in search of familiar cameos.Hope you are doing well and I am honored to have learned so much from you so long ago. -Brian

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Book To Read
I love the Wiley & Grampa series by Kirk Scroggs. Dracula vs. Grammpa at the Monster Truck Rally is great for the Christmas season. It's the first in the series. So, be sure to check out the rest. These books are a lot of fun for boys who might be picky about what they read. If your child loves the Captain Underpants books, then turn him on to these.

Author of "Hobo Finds A Home" editor "Of A Predatory Heart" ... Read more

3. 2005 USHRA Official Souvenir Yearbook (Monster Jam Yearbook/Thunder Nationals)
by United States Hot Rod Association
 Paperback: 108 Pages (2005)

Asin: B001FTJURO
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2005 USHRA Official Souvenir Yearbook (Monster Jam Yearbook/Thunder Nationals) by the United States Hot Rod Association, edited by Mark Crouse. 2005 paperback published by Clear Channel Entertainment. ... Read more

4. USHRA Monster Jam Truck 2010 Wall Calendar
by DayDream
Calendar: Pages (2009-08-01)
list price: US$14.99
Isbn: 1423800273
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Roaring power makes monster trucks an irresistible draw for adults, teens, and children alike. Relive the excitement of the live events with 16 months of full-color photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars MY Son Loved It
I bought this wall calendarfor my son and he loves it, plus it doesn't matter to him which month it is, he will pick which truck he wants to see and leave it for quite a while. Alot of different pictures of monster trucks and my son loves monster trucks. ... Read more

5. Monster Jam Official Souvenir Yearbook 2008
 Paperback: 144 Pages (2008)

Asin: B0019LHB10
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Contains feature articles about 'monster trucks' and articles describing show elements. ... Read more

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