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This review is from: Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses (Hardcover)$20 for a book with over 1000 pages of information seems like a really good deal - until you get this book, that is. First of all, the book is about the size of a standard hardback. Don't expect some hefty tome. When I lifted this book out of the box, the first thing I noticed was that the spine is very loose. I can't imagine this bearing the passage of time very well. This is particularly bad considering this is a volume that people will likely be referencing time and again instead of reading through once. The text is enormous, there are no illustrations (curious considering the subject matter), and the paper is low quality.
There are a host of better books on the subject. This one is going back to Amazon.
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2010 5:28:33 PM PDT
JT female says:
are you giving one star because of the quality of the book, physically or the contents of the book?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2010 9:09:16 AM PDT
If a book is cheaply made, with little attention to quality of presentation, the content becomes of lesser importance. I rated this book on that basis. Frankly, the content is material that is easily found in other, better quality sources and there is no reason to purchase this book. Flimsy, cheap newsprint-type paper with no illustrations to highlight the text. It reminds me a lot of those paperback dictionaries they give to schoolchildren.
Posted on Dec 28, 2011 1:01:05 PM PST
Bethany Fowler says:
" If a book is cheaply made, with little attention to quality of presentation, the content becomes of lesser importance." Hm.
While I respect your right to an opinion, and I certainly believe that, for you, the value of the information offered here is corroded because of the physical state, I don't feel that this is very rational. I think that the above statement is quite incorrect.
If the book were damaged in some way, that would be one thing. If the book didn't live up to the description given, that too would be a point which would take away from the actual words on the pages, but this isn't what happened. What happened is the following: You failed to read the description, look at the "Look Inside" feature offered here on Amazon, and read the measurements for the book. If you had done these things, you would have found no reference to illustrations (as much as they would have been enjoyable, they were not promised in any way), you would have found no pictures in the Look Inside feature--apart from a couple sketches, I believe, and you would have realize, had you measured out the dimensions of 9.4 x 7.7 x 2 inches, that the word tome really couldn't be applied to this particular book.
Now, I agree that poor binding is a disappointment, especially if you plan to read and re-read a book multiple times. A point certainly could, and probably should, be deducted for that. I agree that I prefer to have thick, sturdy pages, and I like great illustrations as much as anyone. However, when rating books on Amazon, most readers want to know what's going on between the pages. You made no effort to back up this claim that there are "hosts of better books on the subject." If this is the case, please make some suggestions, because I would really like to read them. I'm interested in the subject matter, and often find books like this geared toward children with big pictures but not much in the informational department. In fact, it sounds like (though, of course, I don't know for sure) that you didn't read this book at all. I feel that you really shouldn't be giving one star ratings for a book you haven't at least skimmed.
I'm not saying it couldn't have been made better, or that you aren't allowed to dislike it. However, your suggestion that a book must printed to individual satisfaction before being worth reading is pretty silly. The value of the words don't change, after all, because the paper is a little too thin. And if you don't actually read the words in the book, you really shouldn't be reviewing until you do. Had you done so, you might have found it was terrible, or that it was really informational, or that it was pretty average. Then you would have had a good place to start a review from, taking both the contents (good or not) and the way that the book was bound and edited and all that stuff together. It's just a thought.
Posted on Jan 6, 2013 1:19:15 AM PST
H. R. Modarelli says:
So this review means NOTHING to me since I plan to buy it for kindle! Save your reviews for another site!
Posted on Jul 22, 2013 1:34:27 PM PDT
I had no problem with my copy, and I've gone through it many times now. I also would rather have more text then take space with pictures.
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