|OMG the book is AMAZING!!! There are hidden features like a newspaper from the lone gunmman and production cards and posters and pics upon pics!!! Its awesome--WAY worth the money!!!|
I got that book, too. I've read up to the end of season five, and I have to say I'm disappointed in it. I feel like it's been slapped together without much care in the way it was written. The pictures are beautiful, I'll give it that. And the extras are cute. I'm glad to have the iconic poster.
But did no one edit or proofread it? Almost every single page has some kind of mistake on it - sometimes punctuation, sometimes spelling, sometimes even content. The sheer volume of editing mistakes is unforgiveable - the publisher should never have let it be printed like that.
The labels for the pictures are the worst - there's out and out misinformation in them, either saying the pic is from the wrong epi or naming the wrong actor or whatever. It's so annoying. This book could have been definitive and brilliant, but the technical problems are distracting.
I know that I have read a LOT abot XF. But I feel like the people who write a book should know more than I do and shouldn't be making those kinds of mistakes. Also, there's not a whole lot in there that I haven't read before or isn't on the DVD commentaries. I don't feel like it delivered what it promised.
Still, I'm happy to have it. Reading it is kind of addictive. Plus, over the last six years several of my favourite XF websites have disappeared (anyone remember the reviews at amaroq? That site got hacked and destroyed about 18 months ago....I was devastated. It was the best place for good, intelligent discussion of themes and actually treated the XF as literature rather than pop fluff like some sites do), and there may come a time when most internet sources aren't there anymore. I've considered pasting all the stuff at CTP into a word file so I'll always have it! But this book will always sit on my shelf with its little tidbits of information.
JMHO. I'm glad I only paid $26 instead of the advertised $65.