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Such a stellar potential and so little care to use it out
on 29 January 2017
First things first: it was not packed well. It was only put into a carton envelope which was bigger than the book so it slided inside and the corners and especially the spine came battered which is less than I expect when buying a new book.
As for the book itself - I must say I was very disappointed by it for many a reason. It had a potential to be a full experience, but as soon as you took the dust cover away, you could realise that all that potential was wasted.
Everything was wrong with the design: the grainy "old book" print on the cover with a sharp-lined figure at the center; the thick stark-white paper; the typeface used; the design of the pages themselves;
and what bit me the most - the actual anatomical drawings are made in a soft blunt pencil (!??). I mean, in the book it is claimed that all the drawings are made by the doctor himself in the second half of XIXth cent. and it takes only an easy google search to see how the authentic anatomical drawings from that time looked. So unfortunatelly the ones provided in this book have no authentic feel which, I believe, will be a great disappointment for many of the readership as most of them will have bought it for the latter part of the book. Certainly not for the dry story.
I've already mentioned the content: so the story itself really is...it's annoying, really. It would be obvious to anyone that very little actual work was put into writing it.
As for the second part:first of all, in my view, "Codex Extinct Animalia"is a truly bold name for something that has only 11 creatures in it; the creatures themselves feel like a "yawn" material: a sphynx; a siren; a satyr; a minotaur; what looks like ganesha; a chimera; a cerberus; a pegasus; a chinese dragon; a centaur; a harpy. The most usual and, in a way, already boring stuff. It could have been played out with adding lots and lots of them, at least, alas...
There's lots more to be said, but lets not get into the details too much. For all the books claims at grandeur, authenticity, mysticism - it fails to deliver anything that would actually wow you.