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- Publication Date: July 18, 2015
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- Language: English
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30 Interactive Brainteasers to Warm up your Brain (Riddles & Brain teasers, puzzles, puzzles & games) Kindle Edition
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In the introduction to "30 Brain Teasers," the authors caution that the puzzles in the book are at a beginner level for teens and adults. In general, I found that to be true; I only had to think for more than a few seconds on a half dozen or so of these puzzles. However, other people may be less familiar with these types of puzzles than I am and may find more of them to be challenging. I would also note that a number of these puzzles have been floating around for a long time, so that even beginners have probably come across a few of them (such as the classic riddle, "Brothers and sisters have I none ..."). Still, younger readers, especially those who enjoy puzzles, will probably find these quite entertaining.
The puzzles are generally short, a paragraph or less in length apiece. Each puzzle has both a clue and an answer, both of which can be accessed by links from the page on which the puzzle appears. There's only one clue or answer per page, so a reader can't accidentally spoil a future puzzle by seeing the answer too early. The clue is usually not something vague but a statement that should point readers quite clearly in the right direction (a couple of clues warn readers that the most obvious answer is incorrect). From the clue page, readers can either link back to the puzzle itself to think about it some more or to the answer page. From the answer page, readers can either go back to the previous puzzle (to see how the answer is logically derived from the question) or on to the next puzzle. The linking system is very easy to pick up and using the links made it possible for me to easily progress through the book.
Although "30 Brain Teasers" has a number of different types of puzzles, the most common are word puzzles (like the "brothers and sisters" one), logic puzzles, such as figuring out what's in a particular box based on pulling one item from the box, and mathematical puzzles of the "if A gave B one of his items, he would have twice as many as B" type. All told, the book offers considerable variety in the 30 different puzzles.
Admittedly, veteran puzzle solvers or bright youngsters may get through "30 Brain Teasers" in an hour or so, but I can't complain about the book's value proposition because the authors offer it for free as an introduction for their longer (and more expensive) books. On that basis, I can't complain and, in fact, recommend the book for just what it is: a short book of basic, not always original, brain teasers. Regardless of whether they whiz through the book in less than an hour or pass it around to their entire family I think that any puzzle lover will find something to like here. And as long as the authors offer it for free, there's no complaining about the price. The final answer is: you don't have to be a real brain to enjoy "30 Brain Teasers."
The book is a quick read. You will probably get through all of the brain teasers in half an hour or less.
Each brain teaser presents a scenario. You can either solve the brain teaser after reading it, or get a clue. If you think you know the answer, you can click to go directly to the answer, to see if you are right. If you would like to think about it some more, you can click to get a clue that will help you solve the brain teaser. From the clue, you can go back to the brain teaser, or directly to the answer. In going back to the answer, you may not go back to the exact spot you were when you first clicked to get a clue. However, you will be close enough to know where you are at.
The author states at the beginning of the book that it was written for people who are beginners at doing brain teasers. While I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person, I rarely do brain teasers. So, one could say I am part of the target audience- an adult beginner for brain teasers. I personally found most of the brain teasers fairly easy. I figured out most of them rather quickly. However, I did not find them very entertaining. There was perhaps a mild sense of pride at “outsmarting” some of the trickier brain teasers, but I didn’t find it a particularly enjoyable read. If I were not reviewing the book, I probably would have stopped reading after the first few brain teasers.
I really don’t think this collection is for teens and adults. I would estimate it would be better for children from about 4th through 8th grade. I don’t think this book will have a lot of appeal to readers any older than that. I think that teen and adult readers will just not particularly care about these particular problems all that much, and will likely look for other ways to entertain themselves in the waiting room.
There were a few things that I didn’t like about the book.
First, you will have to wade through 28 pages before you get to the actual start of the book. This includes 7 pages of introduction, and 21 pages of advertisements. So annoying! (FYI- This was on an older model Kindle Paperwhite, with a large font setting, so it may vary for you.)
In that initial introduction, the author basically tells the reader that if they don’t like the book, then it probably wasn’t written for them, so they shouldn’t rate it poorly. Basically, that if it is too easy for you, then you aren’t the target audience, and you shouldn’t rate it. I found this off-putting. When I read books of any kind, I want to just relax and enjoy them. I don’t want to consider how they should be rated (before I’ve even read it!). I understand that authors are very heavily invested in getting good ratings. However, I don’t think most readers appreciate being told how to rate a book, particularly before they’ve even read it.
I received this e-book free of charge, in exchange for my rating and honest opinion. I thought the book was okay. The concept was cute, and I liked the way it was set up. It is a semi-pleasant way to distract yourself when you are wasting time anyway. However, I didn’t find the book very engaging, and I wasn’t very entertained by it. Even though it is written for teens and adults, I do think children would be more entertained by this than I was. I’m giving it 3 stars.
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