11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining but not academic,
This review is from: Philosopher's Stone: A Quest for the Secrets of Alchemy (Paperback)
I have decided to rate this book a three and not a two simply because it was an entertaining and easy read. Those readers looking for an easy initiation into the world of alchemy, will find this book quite pleasant. That aside, I find the book highly subjective and poorely researched in certain areas. Yes, it is a personal journey of one author, and yes, it probably doesn't claim to be an exemplar of academic scrutiny, but I did find some of the positions to be highly slanted. I must admit, though, that it is quite fun, for the duration of the read, to imagine with the author a world of old where such ideas are not merely assumed but accepted.
In summary: This book is not for everyone. Some will find it fun, others might find it informative. Serious academics of alchemy may wish to treat it with a pinch of salt.