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What Am I? - A Collection Of Traditional Word Riddles - VOLUME ONE (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Zack Guido

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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.

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.

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?

This book should give you many hours of enjoyment and a nice workout for your brain!

Please enjoy!


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 80 Seiten
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Collection of Challenging Riddles 20. Mai 2014
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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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An engaging collection; worth much more than the price 20. Mai 2014
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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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riddle me this! 12. Juli 2014
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Coincidentally, a few hours after finishing the book of word riddles, I was watching a Civil War movie where there was a campfire scene, and one of the soldiers was reading from a book of riddles to his compatriots. Assuming that the film was historically accurate, these kinds of riddles have been popular for at least the last 150 years. After introducing the famous riddle of the Sphinx, author Zack Guido presents nine riddles from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." I've read the book, but it was so many years ago that I forgot the answers to the riddles. They're very tough, and I had to look up the answers. Fortunately, the rest of the riddles in the book aren't quite so tough, although they're challenging enough.

The format of the book is ideal for this kind of Q and A material. After each riddle is a link to the answer, and after the answer is a link to return to the riddle. It makes looking up the answers when you're stumped very easy, and you can't accidentally see the answers to other riddles.

Riddles aren't for everyone, but if you enjoy mental challenges that require a different kind of thinking, they can be a lot of fun.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great collection, can't wait for more volumes 17. April 2014
Von Adam Davenport - Veröffentlicht auf
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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!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great collection! 23. April 2014
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This is a really good collection of riddles. some of them are very challenging, some are very satisfying, and some are okay. Overall, this is a lot of fun and perfect for anyone who enjoys riddles, especially riddles of this type.
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