A superbly presented indictment of the error of the strict caste and subversion of women practised in Britain during the Victorian era. The mathematicA superbly presented indictment of the error of the strict caste and subversion of women practised in Britain during the Victorian era. The mathematical/geometrical exploration was presented in excellently digestible form as well. However, both these aims fall short of exhaustive, perhaps short even of being very deep.
This book can be enjoyed by all (I enjoyed it), but I think it may be especially well suited to young adults (ages 10-14).
The annotations do not improve the book! Get the unannotated version!
Half of the annotations are completely unilluminating, offering only such obvious declarations as 'This character first revealed that he was good at maths in chapter one.' Those annotations that offer actual insight may have something interesting to say, but they are so tangential that it may be argued that they should have no place in this book.
Some had only the cohesion of: 'At this point in the narrative, the Flatland government conceals what just occurred. Some Americans believe that their government conspires to conceal the existence of aliens from outer space.' That was totally unnecessary, so why was it included? Probably only because the book's introduction made the absurd promise that the annotations draw connections between Flatland and such matters as UFOs, the Voynich manuscript, and what really happened to Rosemary's Baby. (Okay, that last one wasn't in there.)...more
Freddy Krueger getting a paragraph was the last straw for me (page 45). This is a lousy book. It is one of those pathological fantasy "authorities" whFreddy Krueger getting a paragraph was the last straw for me (page 45). This is a lousy book. It is one of those pathological fantasy "authorities" which redefines its subject to include many, many things which don't belong (e.g. deities and Asian monsters).
The cover art is beautiful, but don't expect the drawings within the book to measure up. (Some do; most don't. It's fair but falls short of enchanting.)
Lots of exposed breasts. How did the publishers think they could get away with putting racy content in a book that already had so many shortcomings (some of which I describe below)?
The writer makes an occasional citation, but their placement seems arbitrary. Why would he want support for detail X and not countless others? I have the feeling while reading that I couldn't trust them very far, and the citations did nothing to put me at ease.
The descriptions seem always to be lacking. There is never enough depth to get any sort of feeling, and there is only rarely any snatch of any story to illustrate the creature. No real history or origin story is offered. The paucity of depth notwithstanding, the author appears (to me) to expect the reader to come with an understanding of the difference between kobolds, hobgoblins, etc. Is this supposed to be an introductory or an advanced material?
The writer runs roughshod over the traditions of some regions to promulgate his own chosen mythos. For some creatures, the writer fails to indicate the country or region to region retains or from which it originates. For others, he asserts a false history of his own making to indicate that the creature once lived in country A better move to country B because people A drove it away. (Inauthentic)...more
The plot wasn't very strong, but the journey was oftentimes enjoyable and evocative. The bad poetry was so frequent (and it was bad) that it really haThe plot wasn't very strong, but the journey was oftentimes enjoyable and evocative. The bad poetry was so frequent (and it was bad) that it really had an adverse impact on the work....more