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Be an Interplanetary Spy
La estrella de cristal (Spanish)
January, 1984 (Original edition)
0553164872 / 9780553164879
(Special book fair edition, first printing)
0553239422 / 9780553239423
121 pages |
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|User Summary:||You must guard the Star Crystal, a priceless jewel, as it is transported on an unusual ship known as the Moebius Express.|
I agree with Demian that this is one of the best books in the series. The book has a comparatively coherent and gripping story, with its mystery regarding 'whodunnit' and the idea of a colourful cast of suspects from which to choose. It's not quite Murder on the Orient Express, but the idea is the same!
The idea of a promotion at the end of the adventure was a good one, and added interest for coming books.
This is among the best books in the series. Its strangeness and use of optical illusions helps it immensely; the puzzles aren't very hard, but some of them are interestingly designed. As a bonus, the book also includes a model of the Moebius Express (a moebius strip, of course) to cut out and assemble.
One thing always bothered me about this book is the puzzle on page 40, wherein you are to land on one of two platforms on the Moebius Express and be carried by conveyor belts to the first class section.... If that section can be reached from either side of the strip, then either landing point will take you there. If that section is only on the face that is shown, then the "wrong" platform is the "right" one!
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Known EditionsOriginal edition
Special book fair edition, first printing