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4.0 out of 5 stars A great tome for any Diablo fan., 24 Dec 2011
This review is from: Diablo III: Book of Cain (Hardcover)
I received my copy on the afternoon of December 24th, right on time for Christmas. The book looks amazing on the outside, with the Red band encircling it inscribed with the Diablo 3 logo forming a bookmark, fixed firmly to the inside of the back page of the book.

The book itself has a layered relief of a demonic skull as the cover, with the back cover shaped into a large sigil of some kind.
This sigil is only shown in the book once, in association with the nation of Xiansai.

Inside you'll find the entire story of the Diablo series up to the start of Diablo 3, along with descriptions of relevant religions, philosophies, regions and characters from the universe accompanied by many pencil illustrations all printed on paper made to look like old parchment. At the back of the book is also an envelope containing a gorgeous map of Sanctuary, the world the Diablo games are set on.

In all this tome represents a pretty complete collection of knowledge of the Lore of the Diablo setting, up to the start of the 3rd game that is (although regions from the 3rd game are described in some detail). While not essential, this book is a great repository of knowledge that any Diablo fan would be proud to have in his collection.

PS: The only negative mark I have about this book was the quality of the copy I received. The cover was flawless but the pages of the book were rather roughly cut during binding, making the outer edge feel very rough as well as giving it a somewhat shoddy appearance and probably making it more prone to being damaged, as there's a lot more surface area for stuff to get caught behind.
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2011 21:47:41 GMT
The rough cut of the pages isn't a production fault - it appears to be done on purpose to make the book resemble an actual artifact (take it as an ageing effect) from the game world. A similar thing (though to a greater degree as it was a single item in the whole book) was done with the map in the sealed envelope at the end of the book. Other than that I agree with everything mentioned by the reviewer (and give the product 5 stars myself).

Posted on 27 Dec 2011 18:26:06 GMT
R. Belela says:
Hey man.
Listen, that thing with the pages is made on purpose. This is supposed to be some sort of replica of an old book written on old paper. Old paper like papyrus has always rough edges and I'm glad they created this effect.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 18:16:24 GMT
B. Daniil says:
Somehow this "effect" was only made on left edge. Top and bottom edges are properly cut. Which make me think thats a defect.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2012 14:19:48 GMT
J. C. Neale says:
Not a production fault - The rough edges on the long side of the paper is a deliberate design thought.

Early books, or more specifically journals, were binded at the spine with sheets of Papyrus or other material running down horizontally. Sometimes these were then folded over to fit with the outer cover, but they were also torn too. This is why if you see very old journals or books the pages sometimes stick out on the right side, or sometimes even all around.

The long-sided rough effect on this book goes with the old technique of binding a rolls of parchment to the spine then tearing off what you didn't need, want or whatever didn't fit. Therefore the top and bottom edges would be finer cut, and the long edge would obviously have been torn to fit.

A small example, then, of the thought Blizzard put into their products :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 18:46:32 BDT
And is cheaper to produce to boot.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 01:30:02 BDT
Ivan Bandura says:
I thought the same, it feels more like a defect only because top and bottom are cut properly. They should have made all the edges rough, not just one side.
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