Max Brooks' protagonist is a 'cuboid Robinson Crusoe'
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Minecraft is ready to turn a new page.

The first novel in a planned series based on the blocky, freewheeling videogame is currently being written by World War Z author Max Brooks, game developer Mojang announced over the weekend.

The book is titled Minecraft: The Island and will feature a protagonist likened to a “cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.”

Launched in 2009, Minecraft is an open-world game in which players create avatars, gather materials, build tools and structures, and cope with monsters and other perils. A movie based on the game is in development at Warner Bros., with a 2019 release date.

Brooks’ other books include The Zombie Survival Guide and the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters. He is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, and apparently an avid Minecraft player.

“I’m very excited to be part of this new venture,” he said in the Mojang announcement. “Finally I can justify all those hours I’ve spent playing Minecraft.”

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