This book reminds me of the cowboy who jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions. The authors try to say everything at once. By the time they inserted their twentieth appendix (each such digression full of more digressions in the footnotes), you'd think they would have considered overhauling their framework and integrating everything more smoothly. Sorry. I got tired of trying to hold onto the train of thought in the text while wading through appendices -- 39 in all. Sloppy editing here, too, because some appendices appear without any reference in the text. In revenge on such authors who fill their books with untranslated quotes in German and Latin, some day I am going to write a book full of quotes in Chinese -- in the original archaic characters, or course -- Viet Namese, and Tayal: ima maniq mami qaniy! I am somewhat perplexed by the authors' hostility to psychology and practically deliberate misreading of evolution. It is more intriguing to me to find that the same symbol is valid both psychologically and astrologically. However, the authors insist that theirs is the one and only possible interpretation. Too bad. The book focuses on astronomical events, but gives us only two hard dates, in the final pages. William Sullivan's Secret of the Incas, inspired by Hamlet's Mill, by far surpasses it in every way. If Hamlet's Mill interests you, I urge you to read Secret of the Incas, too. There, I have told you all the bad points about Hamlet's Mill. Were I asked, "Should I read this book?" I would answer unequivocally, imperitively even, Yes, absolutely yes, there's gold in these pages.