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Outsmart The Unexpected: Grow Your Creativity The Edge-Of-Your-Seat Way Paperback – December 22, 2008
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The book encourages you to ask questions and analyze the various scenarios from different angles. What are the issues? What significant information is omitted? What reasonable solutions (or unreasonable solutions) are possible? This book is a fun activity for an evening home with friends (game night for critical thinkers). You can read the book out loud and discuss the possible outcomes. It is interesting to see what conclusion other people draw and their reasoning. The discussions can lead to some very stimulating conversations and your friends may even surprise you with the conclusions they draw. You may even gain some new insights into your own creativity and critical thinking skills.
Various problematic or unresolved scenarios are described in the form of short stories while clues are sprinkled along the way about the scenarios and the characters. The question is then posed which essentially asks: How would you solve this problem or what would you do in this situation? The resulting mental exercises encourage us to use our imaginations and creative skills to analytically determine the best or most creative solutions based on mental prowess, understanding of the problem, personal values and personality.
In this book the reader only gets the highlights of the situation that the character is facing and has to work with information that is often "sketchy" or "sparse", as she points out, so you don't just have to come up with an ending, you have to fill in the gaps along the way. By supposing what's in those gaps, you have more information to help you arrive at a logical conclusion and help the character out of his fix.Read more ›
I enjoy classic sci-fi/fantasy and it seems to me that some of these stories could be fleshed out into screenplays in the style of Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. Perhaps that's not what the author intended, but that's how I enjoyed it. If you are able to come up with some creative solutions to the characters' predicaments, more power to you!
Either way, I wonder if there is an online forum for discussing these creepy conundrums? Some are more believable than others but all do a good job of creating anxiety and uneasiness. Certainly I would be curious to see what kind of answers the author came up with herself. And not that it's a contest, but my own (hopeful) explanation is that they are all simply nightmares!
The cover might lead some potential readers astray, an editor could probably tighten things up, and I would have welcomed more of the "textbook" information from her website (i.e., Fluid intelligence). Still, great creative writing.
For another take on thinking outside the brain box, try Test Your Lateral Thinking IQ. It also couches puzzles in narrative form, but it provides a rather more concrete means of evaluating your thinking. On the downside, it requires a friend and a stopwatch!
[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, I want to say that this is not your regular book. It's more of like a collection of short, open-ended stories where you can decide how the story ends or what you'd... Read morePublished 16 months ago by H.K. Perez
I don't even know where to start when it comes to what an incredible concept for a novel that this is. I am not a creative person, but I love mysteries and thrillers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lindsay S.
I received this from Library Thing to read and review. The concept behind this book is an interesting one. However, I think this is a book that will bet be used by groups. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Reader
"Outsmart the Unexpected" was more than exciting to read. Each story had it's own little twist that the reader was forced to question themselves with. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Christina Burgess
This book is a great opportunity to work with a teen program on thinking quickly. I thought of several book talks or teen reading programs (that's the librarian in me) where I used... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by C. Hutchinson
This captivating and enjoyable book challenges your way of thinking and seeks you to apply your imagination and reasoning abilities in coming up with a solution for each dilemma... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by SunFish
This rather unique book really stretched my brain and helped me up my creativity a notch or two. The predicaments in the book were great fun to come up with solutions for. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by T. Huynh
For what it is, the book is clever and well done. I wish I had known it was just a riddle or puzzle book, that is, a list of several vignettes/predicaments designed to ask - what... Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by N2009
Outsmart the Unexpected consists of a series of entertaining mini-mysteries that force you to write your own ending. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Apocalypse Cow