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Good all-round guide
on 6 July 2012
They've changed the format of the Lonely Planet guides since I last looked at them. This one is more colourful with more photos and generally a clearer layout than I remember.
I particularly liked the large maps and generally the presentation is very clear-cut and easy to follow, perfect for people who struggle to read the tiny print you often find in tourist material.
On the other hand, when I checked the information on the places I've already visited in California, I found a mistake straight away. Monterey certainly isn't 'working-class'. It was in the early 20thC when John Steinbeck wrote 'Cannery Row' but today it's a modern, well-maintained coastal resort. Some re-writing needed!
Also, it suffers in comparison to the Eyewitness series, which is much more visually imaginative, and the Rough Guides, which contain greater depth of information and insight. Overall, this is a good, middle-of-the-road introduction to the state.