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Frustratingly Good Book
June 1, 2013
This is a really good beginning/introductory astrology book, my first book on the subject. It answered a lot of my questions and piqued my interest further. It has all the information I expected from such a book, explanations of the components of a chart, suggestions on how to interpret a chart, lots of examples of well known people (somewhat dated), and some interesting interpretations and discussions. However, as good as the book is, it can be somewhat frustrating when you try to use it to apply what you've read. I was looking for a good introductory book and something to learn with, something that I could also use as a study guide with natal charts, and while it is possible to use this book in this fashion, it can be hard to find information when you need it. This is mostly because of the organization and particularly the writing style. The writing style is (as advertised) irreverent, which makes the book an entertaining read--the first time through. However, going back and finding information when you need it can be very frustrating because you have to wade back through all the wittiness and prose to uncover the information, which inevitably isn't where you would expect it to be--based on the TOC (chapters and subsections). For example, the information for understanding cusps is spread across several sections, sometimes almost in an oh-by-the-way manner (irreverent!). A lot of the book is like this; an index would help. Use a highlighter!
Regardless, I still recommend the book to anyone interested in the subject, but if you are like me, you'll be looking for a good reference-type book to further your understanding and learning.