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The Penguin Book of Card Games Paperback – 7 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141037873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141037875
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Parlett is a games inventor, consultant and author. He is a card games expert of international repute. A former language teacher then technical journalist, he has been freelancing in the games world since editing Games and Puzzles magazine in 1974. His many books include: The Guinness Book of Word Games (1995), A Dictionary of Card Games (1992) and The Penguin Book of Word Games (1982). He lives in South London.


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By Lukens VINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2013
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I was bought a hardback copy of an earlier edition of this book as a birthday present when I was younger, and have treasured the book ever since, and it has travelled with me on many a holiday.

Due to budget airline luggage weight restrictions I decided to buy the Kindle edition for my latest holiday, and whilst having the rules for all these card games to hand was wonderful, the kindle conversion has been done appallingly badly, and for a £7.99 eBook, it is shockingly bad.

The biggest issues is that there are numerous cases where words runs into each other, with no spaces between them, or spaces in the wrong place. Here are just a few examples:

Location 249: "throwu pop portunities"

Location 387: "Includedarewhat mightbecalled children's games, but notinasepar-ate chapter"

Location 522: "andsosimpleastobeworth making more complicated. Mycontribution"

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Location 2065: "isthatinwhichplayersmakesimultaneousbidsbyholding"

Location 11017: "TheonlypossibleresponsetothisistoadaptGeorgeMallory'sanswer"

In addition to this issue, there are also several tables in the book, which are just impossible to follow in the kindle edition, they are so poorly laid out / formatted.

It's quite clear than not even a cursory glance has been made of this book by the publishers after converting to Kindle, which is amazing lazy and disrespectful to customers.
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I ordered this book as I thought it would be great for my camping holiday. Unfortunately when it arrived I realised this was not a book to be taken lightly! It is highly advanced and would not be good for people who want to read and learn to play relatively quickly and easily. Would be good for card experts or people who would like to be card experts. As I realised it was not what I needed I sent it back and was promptly refunded without fuss.
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Hundreds of games in here - compact book and very easy to read. Nice historical introduction to each 'type' of game.
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I never realised so many card games existed. Then my friends introduced me to this book and crikey! This book plus a pack of cards is all you need to keep an entire family having fun on holidays, whether you are in the sun by the pool or in Britain in the rain. The whole family loves it.
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Great book with loads of good games to choose from. My boyfriend and I play cards a lot so I bought it before we went traveling, so that we could learn some new games. 2 player games can sometimes be a bit simple and boring but this has some really good ones. I particularly recommend Dracula and Klaberjass.
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I bought this book on the strength of the reviews however I'm somewhat disappointed. If you're looking for a book that explains the rules in a simple manner then this probably isn't for you - the book seems to assume prior knowledge. It's probably great if you're a regular card player but if you're not, and you need something really simple, look elsewhere. I definitely recommend 'looking inside' the book first.
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David Parlett is an unsung national treasure. He's written various books of card games over the years, and this one is the best. Games are organised into related groups and explained clearly, with information about where the games come from and the social context, including the variations in rules which are characteristic of so many card games. There are enough games here for a lifetime.
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This is a splendid book, but those interested should be aware that the Kindle version costs far more than the paper version - a price-fixing policy by Penguin which baffles me. Why should paperless Kindle editions cost more than resource-consuming paper ones? Personally I won't buy Kindle books where this is the case. It's five stars for the book, but three for the inappropriate price fixing.
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