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Confusing, over complicated and not well written
on January 26, 2013
I bought this as a distress purchase since I wanted to take a book about Xen on a trip, and this was the only one I could find. It goes out of its way to make everything confusing and complicated. Instead of saying "if you want to do X, proceed as follows", it says "If you want to do X, here are numerous ways of doing Y, oh and by the way this one almost does X, sort of". Not to mention warnings of what can go wrong - without telling you what to do if they do. If it was a cookbook, it would say "Chop the meat into half-inch cubes using a sharp knife. Beware that knives may cut you, or damage other items in your kitchen, and may result in amputation. If you should amputate a finger, be sure to pack it in ice and take it with you." Incidentally my copy was badly made, with (ironically) a highly imperfect Perfect binding. Luckily I don't plan to use it much, because it won't take long for the pages to start falling out. The writing style is inconsistent (not surprising given the number of authors). There are several other books about Xen, buy one of those instead.