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The Official Book of Sudoku: Book 1 Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
During a recent weeklong hotel stay, I became hooked on Sudoku doing the daily puzzles in the free USA Today newspaper. I wanted more, more, more! While I've since begun seeing more sudoku books and a few puzzle magazines (yay!), this was the first book I found and in my new addiction, happily handed over the full $10.00 retail price. Since it took me about a month to complete the book, I would guess I got my money's worth. As other reviewers have noted, it is pricey, especially since there is only one level of difficulty, which I would say is about advanced beginner level, somewhere between one and two stars on USA Today's difficulty scale. By the time I finished the book I was ready for harder challenges, but the book kept me diverted and learning, and includes a helpful short text introduction with some rudimentary tips. The best thing for me was the sturdy cover and higher quality paper that stood up to lots of erasing! It's nice to have the magazines that are cheaper but they also get curled edges very quickly, and the paper quality isn't that great. Finally, the grids are of a nice size that allows you to write in possible numbers as you work the puzzles.

I probably wouldn't buy it at the point where I am now with my sudoku-ing, but it was perfect for where I was at the time, and if you or someone you know is newly hooked (or you want to hook them) this is a good place to start!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By xraymomof3 on October 24, 2005
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This is a good Sudoku book for the beginner. The puzzles aren't as challenging as other books, but they do get harder towards the end. A big plus is that the book contains 150 sudoku puzzles.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on February 21, 2006
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As a newly-addicted Sudoku player, I find this book just right. Challenging enough to keep it interesting, but not so difficult as to make me want to quit. I would not recommend this for those who are experts, but for a beginner, this is a perfect book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Post on October 2, 2005
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This book has minimal text/tips and only one level of difficulty. I have since seen another sudoku book with more puzzles with several levels of difficulty for only $2.99 at my local supermarket. This book is way overpriced.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 8, 2005
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For those of you who just tuned in, sudoku is the logic-puzzle craze that is sweeping the world. The puzzle style is actually over 20 years old, but it only became wildly popular in the last couple of years. Japan started the craze, Europe followed, and we Americans seem to have finally caught up.

The is a great puzzle book. The puzzles are consistently good throughout the book and any beginning to mid-level puzzler will find them fun. More advanced puzzlers may like the book as well, as the puzzles will be easy for them to do quickly; coffee-break puzzles, if you will.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Leila A. Sink on September 19, 2005
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If you need more Sudoku here it is.

I found these puzzles to be enjoyable, work to finish but

workable. They are very similar to cross sums.

I found I needed a pencil to erase errors.

Paper does bleed through.

Difficulty level was constant.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Wilson on March 15, 2006
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This book would be great for a beginer to Sudoku. But if you have any experince you would find these puzzles lack challenge.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Fumai on September 24, 2005
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Most Soduku puzzles are rated easy to difficult. These aren't rated. I would rate all of the puzzles in the easy to moderate range. After you have completed a couple of them there isn't much of a challenge going forward.
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