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A Curate's Egg
on 15 February 2006
This book is both essential and infuriating. It is the most compehensive publication I have seen on the subject - though as more new crystals come on to the market, it no longer covers everything you'll find at gemstone fairs, and the lack of photographs is a major flaw - but it needs translating into English! The entries describing the different crystals, which take up most of the book, are long-winded to incoherent. You even feel, sometimes, that the most circumlocuitous form of words has been chosen deliberately, in order to make the book longer and the price higher. (Did no-one think about the trees?)
This text needed the services of a competent editor prior to publication, which would have shortened it by about two-thirds, without reducing the amount of information given. As it is, we have an expensive door-stop, which has to be interpreted by the reader.
This is certainly not a book for beginners, though anyone intending to go more deeply into crystal-healing/energy work will probably end up buying it eventually, because there isn't an alternative. All in all, an opportunity missed.