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1.0 out of 5 stars How much?, 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines, Second Edition (Paperback)
How can any paperback of only 206 pages be given a price of 22.87? Unless this is an exceptionally good book that price just has to be a rip off. This isn't the kind of pricing I would associate with Jim Al-Khalili who has always seemed like a very decent bloke to me. Perhaps the publisher has just become greedy. I would be delighted and reassured if I am in someway wrong about this and stand ready to aplogise if the book is really worth so much.

EDIT AND UPDATE
I have now finished reading this book and remain of the same opinion as when I first reviewed it. There is a brief introduction and 173 pages of text. There are a few line drawings but no colour and no photographs. The content is not too bad but nothing special and certainly no justification for the exhorbitant price. Most hardback books at this price level would be at least twice if not three times as long. There are paperbacks by various authors on the topic which are just as good and a great deal cheaper. The fact that this book isn't even a hardback but only a paperback is even more disappointing. I like Jim Al-Khalili as a writer and tv presenter and hope that he had no influence on the price or my image of him will have been spoilt. I feel he has been the victim of very greedy publisher. This book is just about maybe worth 8 - 10 as it is. The actual price charged makes the book a total and utter rip off. Simply not worth the price asked.
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2012 22:56:34 GMT
S. Keys says:
I don't think that one can review a book without actually reading it, therefore this "review" by Seasideman is worthless....

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2012 21:00:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Feb 2012 20:49:17 GMT
Derek Greebe says:
Agreed. What sort of 'review' is this? How many pages would Seasideman consider good value for 22.87.....300, 400, 500? Mentioning the price within the context of the book's content is reasonable, but on its own is, as S.Keys suggests, worthless.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 08:04:10 GMT
Seasideman says:
I think that 22.87 is too high a price for any paperback book. It's expensive enough for a hardback of that size let alone a paperback. In answer to your question I would expect about 500 in a paperback of that price. I consider that my review is a timely warning to people who would like not to be ripped off.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 12:42:18 GMT
Derek Greebe says:
It's about quantity over quality as far as you're concerned is it? So, 500 pages of garbage is more valuable than 200 pages of well researched, insightful and entertaining content? I would suggest if anyone wants to really discover the value of this book, read the reviews of the first edition.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 13:51:15 GMT
Seasideman says:
There cannot be enough good quality inside so short a book.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 13:54:35 GMT
Seasideman says:
I am reviewing the size and price.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 16:09:41 GMT
S. Keys says:
Before making comments like this, you really should try reading the book concerned; THEN you can give a considered and balanced opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 16:12:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2012 16:13:40 GMT
Seasideman says:
I'd have to buy it first. :)

Fancy going halves on it?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 20:48:18 GMT
Derek Greebe says:
Haha, that's funny. Rubbish review but you have a sense of humour at least!

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 18:15:46 BDT
Darren says:
I actually agree with this review 23 quid for a paperback on time machines that does have blueprints to make one is a complete con. I don't care if thats not reviewing the book its reviewing the integrity of the author and publisher that in turn is reviewing the books because the lack of one will be ingrained on the pages of the other.
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