What Am I? by Zack Guido download ebook

What Am I? by Zack Guido download ebook

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From Book 1: This is a collection of 75 fun, challenging, and satisfying wordplay riddles! A drastically different yet essential counterpart to my first collection of riddles, “Of Course!”, these are easy-to-remember and fun-to-share word riddles that describe some object, thing, or place. Typically they follow a limerick-inspired rhyming structure and sometimes have pretty out-of-the-box answers.

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What Am I? by Zack Guido details:

  • File Size: 2118 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JJGLUOG

eBook summary What Am I? by Zack Guido

This book is filled with the classics that many riddle-loving people will be familiar with, and also filled with many new and original riddles that you can be sure you’ve never heard before. The difficulty ranges from easy to quite difficult, but never are these riddles so cryptic and “tricky” that you won’t be able to figure out the answer with enough thought. Even the simple ones feel good to solve. They are designed to be satisfying, tight, and fulfilling. It is my hope that not even one of these riddles leaves a feeling of “well that was stupid” or “that doesn’t make any sense”. They are meant to be written so that as soon as you think of the solution, you are completely sure that that is the correct answer!

In case you are unfamiliar with this style of riddle, here are a few classic examples from the “Classic Riddles” section of the book that display the range of wordplay and styles. I don’t want to spoil anything so the solution to these riddles can be found in the book! You can also use the “Look Inside” feature that Amazon provides to get a preview of more riddles and see if this format is something you will have fun with.

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1) The more I dry, the wetter I get. What am I?

2) Forwards I am heavy, backwards I am not. What am I?

3) The poor have me; the rich need me; and you will die if you eat me. What am I?

4) You can crack me; you can make me; you can tell me; you can play me. What am I?
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This book should give you many hours of enjoyment and a nice workout for your brain!

Riddles have gotten a bad reputation in recent years as being primarily a form of childish humor (“What’s black and white and red all over?”) or set-up lines for bad puns (“What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese.”) For that reason, I was expecting the worst when I decided to read Zack Guido’s “What Am I?” which the author bills as a “collection of traditional word riddles.” Instead, I was pleasantly surprised when the book actually lived up to its billing.

The riddles in this book all involve word play of one sort or another, such as “The more I dry, the wetter I get,” the solution to which requires figuring out that the word “dry” does not mean “become dry” but, instead, “dry other objects.” Although most of the riddles were somewhat more complex than that one, I thought that almost all the riddles were fair, involving common English word usages rather than obscure terms or tricks such as substituting one word for a similar sounding word (“pair” for “pear”). Although I had encountered some of these riddles before, most of them were new.

The book contains 75 standard riddles, along with eight beginner riddles (including the wet/dry one) to give readers a feel for how the riddles are constructed and what to look for in an answer. As an added treat, in the beginning of the book Guido includes 11 riddles from classic literature (some of which Guido admits might be unfair); the introduction serves to put readers in the mood for the other riddles in the book. The book begins with the famous riddle of the Sphinx, and includes riddles from Harry Potter, Tolkien, and Alice in Wonderland. In all sections of the book, each answer is on a separate page that can be accessed by a link from the page on which the riddle itself appears, so that readers who look up one answer won’t accidentally reveal the answer to other riddles.

Because the answers to each riddle are on separate pages, the listed length of 132 pages for the book is a bit deceptive. However, this is not a book that most readers are going to want to rush through. The first time I was stumped on a riddle and looked up the answer, I became upset… not with Guido, but with myself for giving up on the answer too early. Some riddles will be fairly easy, but others lend themselves to carefully thinking out each phrase in the riddle to try to figure out the answer. Readers will get a solid feeling of accomplishment when they figure out some of these riddles.

The only criticism I had of the book was a lack of careful proofing and/or editing. I realize that authors of Kindle books sometimes have to take on the proofing and editing tasks themselves, and normally I’m fairly tolerant of the occasional errors that find their way into a text. However, when the book involves word play, readers should not have to puzzle over whether an odd spelling or sentence construction is intentional or an editing error. A book with so few total words, all of which are important, deserves tighter editing.

I received the book for free as a promotion, but I’m often a bit leery of paying money for something this short (the author usually charges 99 cents for the book). However, I, like many people, took my time going through the riddles trying to figure each one out, which means the book can provide a good bit more entertainment than a similar length joke book might. “What Am I?” provides readers with a challenging mental workout that the entire family or lots of friends and co-workers can also enjoy.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s previous installment “Of Course!”, so I had fairly high expectations this time around. However, I was a little wary of the “What am I?” theme. I grew up with a lot of these types of riddles and recall them all being rather juvenile and not really all that interesting. This collection completely changed my perspective on the potential for this type of riddle.

As other reviews have mentioned, the author provides a very brief “warmup/intro” to the riddle style and then goes full-force into a linguistic journey to challenge even the most literate and clever. I also appreciate the fact that the book does not ramp up, leaving you with the first quarter of the book as “skip-able” because the riddles are too easy. Instead, all of the riddles are of varying levels of difficulty, letting you enjoy the entire book to find the very best ones.

If you are interested in quick riddles to share with friends in passing, this may not be the book for you. However, if you are interested in actually spending some time sitting around with folks and figuring out some pretty challenging riddles, I highly recommend it.

For someone like myself whom is not all that much into trivia and/or riddles, I can’t overemphasize how well organized this book was! I thought I’d be overwhelmed by the complexity of the riddles at first until I realized I actually knew some of the more famous & classic riddles, and then before I realized it I was asking other members of my family what the solutions where to some of the “What Am I?” riddles. If it sucked me in like it did, I can only imagine how much people who love riddles will love this book. Very good!

I got this expecting a bunch of familiar riddles. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised with fresh material and a good mental workout. I’ve enjoyed sharing some of these with my coworkers, who began to crowd around to help solve some of the difficult ones. If you enjoy the riddles you see in the sample, then you’ll enjoy the rest of them!

About author Zack Guido

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with puzzles, riddles, brain teasers, recreational math, games – everything like that!

Many times growing up my dad would ask me a trick question, a small riddle, some cutesy limerick he made up. This was formative in many ways, but everything changed in a bigger way when he brought home a game from the store called “Mind Trap” – the catalyst for how I thought about things.

Mind Trap is a board game where you have to answer questions written on cards as you advance through the game’s path. We never played the game the way you were meant to play it; we just sat down at night on the couch reading the cards in-between episodes of The X-Files, and I would try figuring them out. The questions mixed word play, logic, recreational math, and classic problem-solving in a Sherlock Holmes style.

In the books I publish I attempt to create an environment producing those same kinds of nights that I had with my dad all those years ago. I hope to stir up not just the celebration of knowledge, but the sensation of it as well.

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