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way back in the day, when greggly and me were just starting to become besties, we discovered a mutual love of lateral thinking puzzles. i went out and...moreway back in the day, when greggly and me were just starting to become besties, we discovered a mutual love of lateral thinking puzzles. i went out and bought about 40 different books full of 'em, and we would bring them with us when we were out and about and do them in line at book signings, at woodside memorial park, eating hotdogs on the steps of the NYPL...
we were the coolest kids ever.
and one year, for christmas, i made greg the best lateral thinking puzzle diorama ever. one of the coolest things i ever made. i rule.
you know what lateral thinking puzzles are, right? i don't know if everyone is as much of a party-game nerd as i am. one person gives the situation - usually something that is the end of a "story," and everyone gets to ask yes-or-no questions to figure out what happened: a man is found hanging from a noose twelve feet above the ground in a completely empty room. there is a puddle of water on the floor. what happened?
obviously, he was standing on a block of ice with a noose around his neck, which ice melted, killing him...eventually.
i can't tell you how much i love these puppies. even when the answers are so far-fetched no one would ever have a chance of figuring them out.
my discovery of them came when i was about thirteen, attending basketball camp. during our breaks, we would gather on some slip of grass off the URI campus parking lot and go in a circle, playing them off one another. my favorite one from that era is this one:
a man is driving to work listening to the radio when the song playing starts skipping. he pulls over to the side of the road and shoots himself in the head. why?
answer: (view spoiler)[ the man was a dj at that radio station. he had left work after putting on a long record to go home and shoot his wife. on the way back, he realized that the skipping record would ruin his alibi, so to avoid arrest, he killed himself (hide spoiler)]
later in life, i got my now ex-boyfriend into them.we were driving through the mean streets of chappaqua, telling them back and forth.at one point, i decided to try my hand at creating one of my very own.
a man is found hiding in a haystack with a turkey baster and wearing a roman centurian helmet. what is the situation?
he tried to figure this one out for nearly an hour before giving up and asking me for the answer. i just shrugged and said "i don't know. guess he was just crazy."
he was so pissed at me.
but it was fun!!! young love is fun!!
and this book is one of my favorites. it doesn't have a ton of puzzles; there are only 23, but it represents the fancier, giftier end of this type of thing. it would be the perfect gift for me. but i already have it.
all the puzzles are laid out with the question on the verso side and a full-page illustration on the recto. (heh. recto.) the illustrations do not hold any clues to the answer, and are all kind of horrifying: spooky, weirdly-proportioned people, gunfire, screaming people with piano-key teeth. it's pretty dark stuff. which is fitting, because for some reason, lateral thinking puzzles usually involve mysterious death, but they are still strikingly dark visuals. and then all the answers are in the back, next to a tinier version of the same picture.
it is a beautiful, red clothbound dustjacketless book with a very good selection of puzzles. believe me, when you have 40 books on the same kind of thing, it can be difficult to discover new ones. but there were several new to me in here.and i love that these things can definitely be done alone, although it is way more fun with a partner. twis.
i would definitely thumbs-up this as a gift idea for people who like puzzles. it's out of print, as so many awesome things are, but should be easy to track down. go - find it! have some fun. it really makes waiting in line more fun for everyone.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
the best thing is, this isn't even a textbook i had to read for school. i opted to read this textbook. for fun. one better - i aske...more yayyyy textbooks!!!
the best thing is, this isn't even a textbook i had to read for school. i opted to read this textbook. for fun. one better - i asked for this textbook for christmas, because i couldn't even get it into the store, and we don't get discounts on textbooks, and santa claus came down the chimney and gave me a readers' advisory textbook!
ho ho ho!
readers' advisory textbooks are a ton of fun. but that might just be me talking. i suppose people who are cuckoo for trigonometry find trig textbooks fun to read. but i assume most people on this website are bookish, and enjoy reading, except for those kids who can't find anywhere else on the internet to RP. and this is a book about reading. and how to ensure that you can learn to make better choices as a reader, and read fewer books that you dislike.
i mean, this is a book for information professionals, to help them help library patrons and bookstore customers, but you guys can train yourself do this. most of the resources are available to you. and this book collects a ton of them and they are all there in the back matter of the book.
i have a lot of them listed in the RA group i started on here:
which, yes, is for school, but i think these kinds of forums can be useful for readers, and i am not just pimping my group for my own good. readers' advisory is something i am very passionate about, because who wants to struggle through an unsuitable book? it is both an art and a science, and maybe i am just exceptionally good at it, but it isn't that hard to learn, seriously. and it's fun! if you already like books, and are motivated enough to learn how to select books that are more likely to interest you, i would definitely recommend flipping through a readers' advisory textbook at some point. these are the ones i have enjoyed:
even though there is a lot of information in here that doesn't pertain to me, necessarily, it is still a five-star book, because it reinforces a lot of ideas and practices that hopefully will help me in my future job as readers' advisor to the stars. or queen of RA. i will take any job they offer me at this point, because this is what i am good at and this is what i want to do. so hire me already, jeez!
as far as weak points, they are few, and just personal irritants. i was a little tired of hearing how "robust" various websites were, because it mostly just made me hungry, and how "holistic" reading was,because ew, and the section on e-readers was kind of adorable because of how many changes there have been in just three years, but overall, this is an excellent book, and a very merry christmas (in october) to me.
it took me and greg about eight months to get through this one, due to misplacing the book or boredom or "better things to do" (can you imagine??) but...moreit took me and greg about eight months to get through this one, due to misplacing the book or boredom or "better things to do" (can you imagine??) but today we finished it and celebrated by eating expensive birthday chocolates (thanks, elizabeth!!!) and watching the man in the yellow shirt sleep facedown on the rock. stay classy, woodside!!
this book was not as good as who killed iago (click this, alfonso!) which was our last book of literary challenges shared on sunday dorkouts (and let us not speak of those cards and my devastating loss)(and i just realized goodreads.com deleted my review of these, along with several other things that are not technically books - wankers). i think this one was less fun because it was easier than the other book, and a lot of the quizzes were true/false, which any third grader can tell you are easy to guess correctly just by paying attention to the question's phrasing.
greg probably won this one, too, overall (who knew he was so knowledgeable about the psalms??) but he got zero questions right about chinua achebe because he (greg) is totally racist. seriously. so racist.
a fun pasttime for nerds, but there are more challenging versions out there. find them.(less)
i concur with greg - these are perfect for sitting in woodside memorial park (aka the median strip) eating fruits and seeing how smart you are. the li...morei concur with greg - these are perfect for sitting in woodside memorial park (aka the median strip) eating fruits and seeing how smart you are. the literary connections parts were the best - i would love an entire book just devoted to them - they are like lateral thinking puzzles involving books. get a goodreads.com friend (a real one, not a plugging author) and go forth and learn!(less)
i just realized i dont need this book anymore!! i have read all the chapters i have been assigned, and to the book i say good riddance!! its a textboo...morei just realized i dont need this book anymore!! i have read all the chapters i have been assigned, and to the book i say good riddance!! its a textbook, so i wasnt expecting it to be the best book i ever read or anything, but now it is all behind me. its not bad, just unthrilling. i am going to win library school!!!(less)
screw this book. im so glad to see the end of this class. i will never catalog. ever. after my final on monday (which i will ace, bitches...), i will...morescrew this book. im so glad to see the end of this class. i will never catalog. ever. after my final on monday (which i will ace, bitches...), i will never ever think about this material again. i emailed my professor today with a question (and hes a sweetheart, its not his fault this subject matter is a trainwreck) and he responded with "oh, theres a really good chapter on this - chapter 17. you should read it". no shit. i already read it three times. it is, by no stretch of the imagination, "really good". maybe it is really good to nerds, but to me it is gibberishy. i am skipping work to study for this (and to make sweet potatoes) and it had better be worth it. i miss work already.(less)