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The Egyptian Jukebox Hardcover – 30 Sep 1993

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (30 Sept. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670849448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670849444
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great puzzle book, will take some time to complete !!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x84cc94e0) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x84c1bf24) out of 5 stars A fascinating, if not exactly stupefying, puzzle 1 July 2000
By Matthew W. Grieco - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy puzzles which carefully interweave illustration and prose, this is a good pick. The puzzle is challenging enough not to be boring, but it's not mind-numbingly hard like some others (notably Christopher Manson's "Maze," the only book of this genre I've liked better than this one). The illustrations are beautiful, and the aura of enigma created by the puzzle enticing. The only drawback I would cite is that once you make a certain intuitive leap in the puzzle's trickery, a bit of busy work lies before you to finish. But reaching that leap is reward enough. A good pick, if you can track it down.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x84c1bf78) out of 5 stars WHY did I ever lend this book out? 6 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It was never returned, and I mourn its absence.
To me, The Egyptian Jukebox is the "Myst" of book puzzles. With a central theme that mixes Egyptology with Rock & Roll, woven together with intriguing little trinkets, cryptic narration, and a deceivingly simple riddle to solve ("Where do my worlds join?"), it will draw in anyone who ever dreamed of solving an ancient mystery or unearthing a lost treasure.
Many with short attention spans will discard The Egyptian Jukebox before long. There are no instructions explaining how to even begin. But if you are a creative thinker and problem solver (and perhaps just a little obsessive), this puzzle will be both amusing and rewarding. The solution will amuse you, but like a favorite novel, will leave you wishing that the book never came to an end.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cdd3174) out of 5 stars PLEASE REPRINT THIS 24 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have just entered the magical world of Nick Bantock and am just itching to read more. This book was listed on the cover of The Museum at Purgatory. I would love to help unravel the mystery. PLEASE REPRINT!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a10d14) out of 5 stars Beautiful and atmospheric 12 Sept. 2005
By Timothy P. Scott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For those of you trying to get hold of this (as of 2005) out of print volume, I recommend ebay or abebooks. I paid only US$12 for a very nice used copy and I treasure it.

From an artistic point of view it's really a breathtaking little volume. Bantock really does put a lot of care and thought into his constructions and collages and you can spend hours examining them (as an engineer I like that sort of art!)

I did cheat and look up the answer, but for puzzle fans I would recommend sticking with it a while. I did notice that all the drawers had different patterns on the edges which appeared to be coordinates, and figured out that Ln and Wd meant lenght and width, but besides that some of the clues were truly puzzling. But then I worked on Riven for weeks and finally had to look up a cheat to finish it...

In any case, as popular as Bantock's other works are I am surprised that it hasn't been reprinted recently. If I am decoding the publishers page correctly I think that mine is a third printing, but that is not a negative since I enjoy the book collectible or not.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x84ecf39c) out of 5 stars Nick Bantock's Egyptian Jukebox is positively addictive! 6 Jun. 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Warning: This book will have you up way past your
bedtime! The Egyptian Jukebox is a cabinet containing ten
separate drawers, each with its own mystery. You solve
these by examining the contents of each drawer, and reading
the cryptic clues left behind by an eccentric millionaire.
Once you solve these ten puzzles, you must solve the greatest riddle of them all...This book is both a work of art
and one of the toughest puzzles you will ever solve. It
kept me up for two weeks straight!
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