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a nicely presented book - but too short
on 19 January 2017
This little book is nicely presented (especially in hardback) and is entertaining to read. It's written as if the contents were real - that is, it's an in-universe narrative designed as if the reader is learning the secrets of the Jedi. The idea is that by reading this book so you'll better understand how to be a Jedi ... and, in this imaginative way, this book is a lot of fun.
However, it's very insubstantial. There's not much content - and what is there is often spaced out rather than being concisely presented. What's more, as some of the contents are meant to remain hidden (as forbidden knowledge) so they're crossed out - resulting in page after page being unreadable! In consequence, the actual contents of this book can be read through in a very short period of time.
I got the impression that as "A Manual for Students of the Force" this book is simply too short. It's as if you can learn how to become a Jedi in less than two hours! This is an example of style over substance ... the idea behind this book and the quality of the publication are good, but there's very little to actually engage with.
Nonetheless, as a display item this is a nice book. And it's fun to flick through. For these reasons I do recommend it to fan of Star Wars - so long as it's reasonably priced (i.e. under £5).