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The Book of Answers Hardcover – October 6, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (October 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786865660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786865666
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Bolt is a professional artist living in Seattle. This is her first book.

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Customer Reviews

They are great fun.
Lbench
I cheated and asked the same question again...to my astonishment...I found the same answer!
Rebecca of Amazon
I enjoy giving copies as gifts to my friends.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The picture here at Amazon does not do this book justice. It is about
two inches thick, the size of your hand, and is covered in a classic
black cover. This is one stylish little package. The book feels good
in your hands. If you saw it on a coffee table you would reach out for
it instinctively.

"The Book of Answers" is a book of
mystery, you are instantly intrigued when you see its unique size and
the first thing you will think will be: "What is that book
about!" I first saw this book sitting on a shelf. I was one of
the last people to a book signing party. They were just putting the
books away, when I became intrigued. I walked over and found the last
Autographed copy...as if it was waiting for me.

I opened the book
and saw a few words on each page. What I didn't realize was that I had
to ask a question first, and then open the book! Fortunately Carol
Bolt was there to save me and explained how the book worked. Carol
Bolt is one of the nicest authors I have ever met. She is just as fun
to talk to as her book is to read.

As soon as I knew the secret of
how to play with this new toy for my brain, I was laughing out
loud. Carol explained that it has the intrigue of a magic eight ball,
but unlike the magic ball, this book has so many more answers.

This
is the most amusing book I have ever found. It brings out the
mischievous kid or the thoughtful adult. In me, it brought out both
and the "little question box I used to be." Now, if only my
father had owned one of these books when I was a child.

You supply
all the questions, and then you can find one answer printed in capital
letters on each page.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Me: "Should I continue to be self-employed?" Book: "of course." Me: "Are you sure I should continue to be self-employed?" Book: "give it all you've got." Me: "Are you really sure I should continue to be self-employed?" (Admittedly, this was a day I was frustrated with my clients and myself, and was considering bagging the whole deal.) Book: "mind your own business." (!)
I have been asking this book questions for over a year now (I am one of the lucky hundred or so people who had the opportunity to buy a copy of the artist edition of this book when the author was selling them at Bailey-Coy bookstore in Seattle in 1998). I have asked the book dumb questions ("Should I have spaghetti for dinner?"), serious questions ("Is my father dying?"), and questions in frustrating moments (see exchange between book and I above). The answers, while usually startlingly applicable, never fail to confirm for me what I know to be true--whether I want to believe it or not.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Bowman on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after asking a question and getting an answer that truly surprised me-not because the answer was necessarily true, but because it was the way I "truly felt". Instead of using this book as some sort of oracle-which could actually harm you by leading you on a path away from your true self-try using it another way. Ask your question-get your answer then ask yourself if you liked or agreed with the answer. This way the book can actually be a source for pulling up your true feelings. For this to work most effectively you should ask questions related to yourself and not about others.
My wife and I have enjoyed this book by asking questions together. I have learned more about what concerns her using this book than any other book or game you could think of.
If you plan to buy this book to be some sort of guide for your life, then I would suggest you not buy it. However, If you want some laughs and you use it as a barometer of what you truly want- this could become one of your favorite books.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Josh Angelino on February 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It was actually quite amazing, I was in a bookstore with a friend and we stumbled across this book. She mentioned that her brother had a copy and he used it all the time. She proceeded to tell me a long story involving the book, her brother, a criminal adventure and a last minute escape from the police. I turned to the book, still awed by her story and asked: "Should I buy this book". I opened it to a random page and the answer I recieved was:
"That would be a waste of money."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn VINE VOICE on July 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, The picture here dosent do the book Justice. I dont know if you buy the book featured here it will come with the same picture listed but the book I purchased from a different store & the one I own is in a hardcover black bound book with fancy handwriting and printing on the front. It was also more expensive than the one listed here yet its the same book. Its very thick yet a decent size to carry around or just stuff in a bag.

Its a mystical little book that is sort of a modern day Eight Ball or Quija Board.

Heres how to use the book-
1.Hold the closed Book in your hand, on your lap, or on a table
2.Take 10 or 15 seconds to concentrate on your question. Questions should be phrased closed end. E.G- 'Is the job im applying for the right one?' or 'Should I Travel this Weekend?'
3.While visualizing or speaking your question (one question at a time), place one hand palm down on the books front cover and stroke the edge of the pages, back to front
4.When you sense the time is right, open the book and there will be your answer.
5.Repeat the process for as many questions as you have.

This is a beautiful book with some interesting phrases inside and advice, its basically for fun but I guess you can take this seriously and follow the advice, Overall, its a unique book and would make a good gift.
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