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Fairies and Elves by Time-Life Books
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Sep 02, 11

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Read from July 19 to September 02, 2011 , read count: 1

I inherited this set of books years ago from one of my brothers, and am just now getting around to reading them. I can find no place in the series that says what order they are supposed to be read in, so I've just been going through them alphabetically. So even though this is the third book in the series, it's the sixth one I've read. It doesn't appear to matter, as each book is written to stand alone. So if you are only interested in a few of the subjects from this series, you don't need to read the others to know what is going on.

These books are basically summaries of mythology and folklore; sort of like Cliff's Notes. The writing reflects this attitude -- readable, yet somewhat dull at the same time. It lacks the dramatic flair of a purely fictional novel and ends up reading like a textbook. The result is that while the series is enjoyable, it's not terribly exciting and at times the text can be rather snore-worthy. The creators of these books have spiced up the text with illustrations that range from adequate to amazing. There are some bits of really impressive artwork in these books. Some books have more artwork than others, which gives the impression that it was used as padding to get to a set number of pages (probably not far from the mark).

One of the nicest touches in this series is the bibliography included in each volume, where volumes that were especially helpful to the authors are marked with asterisks. Overall, I am considering these books to be average -- worth reading and enjoying the artwork once, but after I'm done I have no plans to keep them.

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