“This is not really a book.
“This is a building in the shape of a book…a maze. Each numbered page depicts a room in the Maze. The doors in each room lead to other rooms. For example, the room on page 1 has doors leading to rooms 20, 26, 41, and 21. To go through door number 20, simply turn to page 20.
“Your challenge is to find your way from room 1 (after the Prologue) to room 45 and then back to room 1 using the shortest possible path. If you use your head, you should be able to make the journey in only sixteen steps.
“There are any number of clues in the drawings and in the story to help you choose the right door in each room. Clues in a series of rooms may relate to each one another, and may indicate a path. Other clues may refer to a specific door in a single room.
“Anything in this book might be a clue.
“Not all clues are necessarily trustworthy.
“Once you’ve found the shortest path in and out of the Maze, challenge yourself further. Go back and find the riddle hidden in room 45. The answer to that riddle is concealed somewhere on the shortest path.
“Now proceed to the Prologue…your guide awaits you.”
- Images and text copyright 1985 by Christopher Manson
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● The top right hand is a right hand while the other three are left hands. [Credit: Unknown] The top right hand points the correct direction to turn to the next page, and is thus the correct hand. This sets up a principle used throughout the book in which the non-matching item in a set is correct. [Independent Credit: vewatkin | White Raven]