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The Book of Sudoku: The Hot New Puzzle Craze Paperback – July 15, 2005
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The rules of the puzzle, as with all great puzzles, are deceptively simple and easy to understand. It's a puzzle of reasoning and logic--no math is involved--which is not to say that Sudoku won't stretch your brain a bit. Depending on one's skill and experience, a Sudoku puzzle can be solved in anywhere from ten minutes to a half hour. Compiler Michael Mepham provides not only the game's background, but also an easy tutorial that will turn the novice into a Sudoku expert within minutes.
The book of Sudoku is the one puzzle book you won't be able to put down--it's fun, challenging, and absolutely addictive!
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I bought this book strictly from Amazon reviews, knowing nothing about puzzles, having done a few crossword puzzles when I was a child, but nothing in the many years since. There is enough information in the book to get started with Sudoku, even if you are a complete novice to puzzles, like me.
There are ten pages of instructions and strategy. They are pretty easy, enough to get started with no background at all. After I read it I wondered if I'd actually have fun doing Sudoku, so I did the first puzzle. It took me about 90 minutes, and it was REALLY fun. Sudoku is based upon logic. If you enjoy thinking and figuring things out, and enjoy numbers, you'll love it!
Sudoku is hard to describe in a few sentences, but basically a puzzle consists of a 3X3 square with a 3X3 square inside each of the 9 squares---81 little "cells" in all, 9 down and 9 across. Imagine a large grid---that's what the puzzle looks like. The object is to place the digits 1 through 9 only once in each of the small 3X3 squares (of which there are 9). At the same time you must have unique digits going across all of the "cells" and unique digits going down all of the "cells".
I think that now that I've gotten the hang of things (I had to go back and reread parts of the instructions,too), I could do a puzzle in 30-60 minutes as a novice. I expect to get better each time and have a short learning curve.
There are 32 gentle puzzles, 66 moderate puzzles, and 34 tough puzzles, more than enough to make the book a great value.
I am going to have to pace myself so that I don't get addicted and ignore my responsibilities :)
The best part of the book is the strategy guide at the front, which takes the Sudoko solver from the extreme basics all the way through tips for solving the most diabolical Sudoku puzzles. I'm enjoying working my way through the book, towards solving the most difficult puzzles in the book.
Try these puzzles, and I guarantee you'll be hooked too!
Sudoku-book publishers of the world, here's my recommendations:
1) Use decent paper, stuff that doesn't wear away with erasing or has ink seeping thru.
2) Make the grids big (6 inch by 6 inch, for example).
3) Make the book such that each page lays flat, perhaps by using a spiral binder.
4) Reinforce the back cover of the book, so that one can do their sudoku while wedged into a tiny seat on public transportation.
Meanwhile, do what I do: go to Michael Mepham's website: [...] and print out big blank sudoku grids. Fill them in with the starting numbers from the book and start solving!
They are all somewhat alike with a couple of hundred puzzles;with 3 or 4 levels of difficulty , and a section that gives hints on solving the puzzles.Learning how to do them comes very quickly.
Of the several I looked at,I thought this one had a slight edge on instructions.This publisher ,"Penguin"has already put out its second book,which is a little better than the first on instructions.It also has a contents page where their first did not.Also different than any of the others, it explains a hint for those real difficult ones where you feel you're stuck and can't go any further.It is called the "Ariadnes Thread".It has a cool explanation of this term and should be helpful.This book,like all others gives solutions at the back.I am not sure they are necessary,as it is obvious when you get the solution and a completed puzzle doesn't tell you how it was arrived at. Anyway,I still reserve the right to change my mind about that.
What more is there to say;give SUDOKUS a try;if you like puzzles,you'll probably love them as I do;and this is a great book to get you started.
Oh Yeah,go look on the Net.A search under SUKODU will turn up lots of good stuff.
In addition, I have written reviews on other Sudoku books on Aug 3,Aug 6,Aug 10 and Sept 30.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit steep for what is a basic puzzle book, but who doesn't love sudoku?Published 13 months ago by Delta
book expected to have in depth or detailed solving techniques.. it has basic to beginner methods.
4 more words required!! is this a joke?? hope this helps..
The type of Sudoku book everyone will want to get pages from or copy. I'm having great fun with it.Published on January 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Many good books on the subject and this is one of them! Fun and makes you think as you do harder ones.Published on April 1, 2008 by skf1965
Great book for this sudoku addict. The puzzles are very hard. Even the easy ones. Michael Mepham is my favorite sudoku author. I love this book! Not recommended for beginners. Read morePublished on November 7, 2007 by Natasha
Sudoku! Even the name is redolent of an island paradise far from the traditional workaday rat race! Read morePublished on September 24, 2006 by Kevin Killian
I got interested in Sudoku puzzles through the newspaper, and I felt I had the grasp of it and could solve them fairly quickly when I received this book as a gift. Read morePublished on May 6, 2006 by Amazon Customer