This is the book I grew up with, and its notation is the only one that my brain immediately groks. The newer notations just confuse me.Anne
This easy step by step guide with pictures had me, my uncle and my father in timed races with the magic cube. 30 years later I still retain some of the moves subconsciously, but would have to reread and practice a bit to get back to scores around a minute like we had then.Kemper
Floating this one in honor of the 40th anniversary of Rubik's Cube.Treasure of the Rubbermaids 12: Gleaming the CubeThe on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.The ‘80s were a dark time. With the Pac Man Fever epidemic sickening millions while the Soviets were invading in Red Dawn and the introduction of New Coke, a devastated nation desperately needed something to cheer it up. Fortunately, the Rubik’s Cube was there to distract us from the horrors of Howard the Duck.My recent reading of Ready Player One gave me the urge to seek out more nostalgia porn* so it seemed like a good time to look through this little book when I came across it while digging through the tombs of the Rubbermaids. *Copyright 2011 - FlanneryWhat’s that you say? Five stars for a book on solving the Rubik’s Cube seems a bit much? Well, allow me to explain my ranking. I give this book five stars because it’s one of the few things I’ve bought in my life that delivered exactly what it promised: It taught me how to solve the Rubik’s Cube.I find the maths and the geometric thingies pretty challenging so it’s kind of amazing that I was able to read this little book back in the dark days when I couldn’t sleep for fear of Freddy Kruger and actually memorized all the moves. Back in my prime, I could solve one in two or three minutes. I had a whole routine where I’d casually pick up a cube laying around (and they were everywhere back then) and start playing with it while talking with the owner. After I solved it, I’d look down and say, “Oh, I fixed this for you.” Many is the person I tricked into thinking I was actually smart back then with that move. Of course, now I'm old and forgotten how to do it, but you should have seen me solve that cube back in the day!And it was all the book. So if my dumb ass could use it and get that good at solving it, I’d rate it as a complete success. Of course, now you can just Google How To Solve Rubik’s Cube and get more instructions than you can shake a stick at, including You Tube videos. But back then I was just learning how to use the tape drive on a Commodore 64 so I had to make do with learning things from books and talking to people. Like a cave man.Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to cut the sleeves off a sweatshirt and go watch Beverly Hills Cop.