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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, informative, irreverant, but.........., June 9, 2012
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This review is from: Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure (Hardcover)
This book could easily have gotten 5 stars from me. It should have. First, the good. It is a wildly fun book to read with all kinds of delightful insights, kooky and entertaining graphs, and information you would never find anywhere else. It is shared with obvious love by the author who has a brain that seems to think in ways that baseball lovers can truly appreciate. So why 3 stars rather than 4 or 5? He loses a point because although the graphs and charts are fabulous, they are also frequently nearly impossible to decipher. Tiny lines interweaving with other tiny lines with print that would require at times a magnifying glass to figure out. And worse, and completely bewildering, much of the very small font text is in colors that virtually disappear in the background colors. Who edited this? It is as if one guy sent in the charts and another guy totally apart from the first guy picked deep, rich page colors. Two fine ideas that when mixed together left an unreadable mess at times. He also loses a point for immaturity. He writes delightful prose about the game and the beauty around it, then without warning drops in a stupid comment referencing body parts or bodily functions that are not funny nor relevant. Was I offended? No. But those comments are shoved into the writing the way a 14 year old would talk and then giggle afterwards at being "naughty." It came across as juvenile and idiotic.
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