I love hashi, and it has been difficult to find enough of this type of puzzle to satisfy my addiction. But this book is full of large sized hashi puzzles - enough to keep me busy for a long time. I am very impressed with the puzzle books of Nick Snels. They are self-published, but they are still of a good quality. The puzzles are of mixed difficulty, although they are not marked as to the difficulty, nor do they seem to progress in difficulty as they go along. In any case, I am able to solve almost all of them correctly. The constructor guarantees that there is only one solution to each puzzle, and I trust him on that. Logically, they seem to indeed only have one correct solution. And for a solver with enough deductive skills, there is no need to guess in order to finish them. At the end of the book, besides the answers to the puzzles, are samples of his other types of Japanese logic puzzles for you to try. I'm not sure how he does it, but he creates a vast amount and variety of those puzzles. And while you can find a more than plentiful supply of sudoku puzzles both in brick-and-mortar stores and online, you will find few sources for the other puzzle types that he creates. So three cheers to Snels for publishing all these great books!
There are three reasons I gave this book four instead of five stars. One was the lack of indication of the difficulty level of each puzzle, as I mentioned earlier. Two was the fact that he didn't give any good solving tips at the start of the book. He only gave the basic rules for hashi. So you're on your own to either figure out solving strategies or to find them elsewhere on the Internet. And three, although the paper was of acceptable quality, the book was hard to hold flat. It would have been nice if the pages had been perforated so that they could be removed from the book before solving.
Warning: I have several puzzle books by Snels, and when he says they're hard, they are very difficult indeed. So unless you are a hashi master, don't expect to solve them all. I bought his hard slitherlink puzzle compendium, and found, to my dismay, that I am NOT a slitherlink master. I couldn't complete one successfully. I plan on ordering another collection with easier slitherlink puzzles in it, though. But all his hashi books seem to have a variety of difficulty levels in them. And the paper is of good enough quality that it will stand up to several erasures. So solve away!
- ペーパーバック: 180ページ
- 出版社: Createspace Independent Pub (2014/12/21)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 1505676398
- ISBN-13: 978-1505676396
- 発売日： 2014/12/21
- 商品の寸法: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 3