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1.0 out of 5 stars The least helpful, 15 Jan. 2008
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I bought this book because of so many positive reviews. 80,000 copies sold, but how many stay on their shelves is the crucial question. Mine is in the charity shop. Any book that relies on pretty patterns of leaves to adorn its pages says it all. Really, it's for beginners or before-beginners and even then, I wouldn't recommend it. The look of the pages, all prettied up with lines and squiggles, simply distract from the content which is so much better laid out and explained in other books.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2011 00:15:10 BDT
Alan D says:
I'm not really interested in appearance, but if I was this would be fine. It's just a very good book that actually helps in ways that most books on writing don't. Can't understand how the reviewer could form such a different opinion. But then, we are all different.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2011 08:17:33 BDT
Reading my review again, I feel a little guilt as no book is that bad surely and if it helps some people then perhaps I should have been a little more charitable. I was trying to write my own book which after four years of struggle is finally going to be published in September by Plexus called Freak Out: My Time With Frank Zappa. I do have to say though that this book was not one that helped me.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2011 15:46:59 GMT
I have to agree to an extent with the previous commenter in that the review telling me that it's all prettied up really doesn't tell me much. I'd rather the review said it wasn't helpful and told me why.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2011 11:24:17 GMT
I think you have a valid point and I wish I had made the criticisms about the content rather than the look. Unfortunately, I've passed the book on so I can't give a second consideration. I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful.
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