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an excellent book that covers a lot of ground
on 27 October 2003
summary: an excellent book that covers a lot of ground
This book's presentational style is loosely "encyclopaedic" with general chapter headings covering the topics you would expect. Within each chapter, topics are covered methodically with as much or as little information as necessary. This is a style that, imho, works very well because superfluous detail is omitted whilst detail that is needed is provided.
At first glance this book is slightly disappointing because the number of illustrations appears low, for instance there are few illustration of food plants, etc.. In that context this book could easily be three times its size. However, once you get into it the book's layout and content is, again imho, first class because nothing important is omitted whilst its clear the superfluous has.
It is the amount of attention to detail in the topics covered that is, for me, most impressive, for instance: removal of sheep ticks is covered in detail when other publications don't mention it at all. (Ticks are a real problem if you pick one up, apart from the disease the may transmit, you can guarantee two to three weeks of a festering wound if you don't remove it "properly" and simply scratch it off.) Another topic that is covered well that is the preparation of game for food and here photographs are used appropriately. In my experience this is an area that is not covered well enough, leaving unanswered questions, and possibly a suffering animal if ill-explained techniques are tried out by someone who is inexperienced. On this point a slight word of warning, the photos of game preparation, whilst minimal and in context, are used to illustrate how to competently prepare your kill.
"Ultimate" as a term to describe a book might easily be penned as over-blown hype from the publisher but in this instance it is a very good description; Chris Ryan covers and impressive amount of ground in this book and, imho, does it well. (Mind you, the publisher gets a metaphorical slap for the typos!)