Michael Ashley's previous four volumes of crostics were exceptionally good and fun to solve. Michael has given us crostics that don't rely on ridiculously esoteric clues, such as quotes from Shakespeare, unheard of islands, etc. Instead, Ashley uses contemporary clues to solve his puzzles. He also doesn't quote from stuffy writers, etc.
However, in this edition, he starts to show a little bit of that "traditional" clue giving, and is not as imaginative as in his previous volumes.
Still, he's head and shoulders above the rest, and I look forward to his future editions.
Crostic lovers should check out Peter Scher's "Cinema Crostics" for some really fun puzzles!