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Redundant, Aesthetically unpleasing,
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This review is from: Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre (Paperback)This book just seems to be like all the other books on this subject that are popping up left and right. The information is nothing new if you own any other books on the same topics. I was very disappointed. Personally, I value John Jeavons or John Seymour's books, or even The Backyard Homestead, when it comes to information, over this book any day. Also, some reviewers refer to it as a coffee table book. Although I agree somewhat, it is a very poor excuse for one. I can't emphasize enough how bad the photography is in this book. If the intent is to go through the time and expense of creating a full color book of pictures, at least hire a good professional photographer. Every chapter opens with a full two page spread of a cheesy, stock photo which is a waste of paper and ink. But the pictures in the chapters, which one would think would be the most important examples to illustrate the written instructions, are terrible. They are blurry, poorly lit, badly composed, and look as though they were taken with a cheap point and shoot or disposable camera. If I had seen this book in person, I would not have bought it.
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2011 3:20:52 PM PDT
It's not a coffee table book. It's a large format book.
Posted on Aug 25, 2012 8:55:50 AM PDT
Excellent review in that the reviewer not only said why only a 2-stars rating was given, but mentioned several other books that were considered much better.
This is the type of review I like to see and count on for buying books for myself. I don't have a lot of time to read multiple volumes nor money to spend on a lot of books that say all the same thing, so I usually go to the bottom rating of a book and work up from there. I'm look for specific reasons a reviewer thinks the book is good or bad, and if bad, then they should suggest other books that are better. This reviewer fulfilled that expectation.
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