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Note also--this review pertains only to the annotations, not to the plot or characters of the Firebird trilogy. I did a review of the trilogy itself which can be found under "Firebird: A Trilogy," if anyone is interested.
First, this was probably written for people who read the original trilogy back in the 1990s, before I'd ever heard of it. For those people, who read a different version with different plot points and other changes, it would have meant a lot more.
Second, previous readers of the books might not have minded interrupting the action in mid-punch to note that "I did it a different way back in 1986."
Third, a Kindle version of this annotated book is probably not a great idea. A print version likely would have the annotations as starred footnotes, so you could choose whether or not to read the footnotes as you went through, and the action wouldn't be interrupted unless you wanted it to be. In this version, however, each note was enclosed in a box right in the middle of the action, and was as irritating as a fly in the soup or a sandspur in one's sock. In the middle of an exciting space battle, there are interruptions to explain a previous rendition, or what a particular tech-talk was derived from--you get the idea. It's the difference between "pop-up video" during a song, and an audio version in which someone interrupts the song to deliver a running commentary.
Finally, it's amazing to me that thirty-plus years after the books were written, the author can come in and do an annotation, but still not fix typos or major grammar problems. I don't know whether it's the writer's fault or the editor's, but someone should be smacked with an eraser.
For those who are interested enough to want to read the annotated version of this book, I'd recommend doing the paperback version. An annotation should harmonize with the text, not fight against it for attention. The Kindle version diminishes the story AND the notes by making them conflict.
The one niggle I have with the book is the annotations in the Kindle Edition. On my first read-through they were interesting and informative, but the second time (a good book should be read over and over again) they were terribly distracting, almost unwelcome to the flow of the story. Too bad they can't be turned off. Maybe they would have been better as footnotes rather than set into the text. That is the only reason a book that should rate five stars only made four. Regardless, the book is worth purchasing and reading and re-reading and re-reading.