Top critical review
November 5, 2007
The information in this book seems to be sound enough for the new player like myself (I am about half-way through), but it could stand some re-working and careful editing, mainly in the department of tying the text to the diagrams. The diagrams are unlabelled with figure numbers, which makes it sometimes confusing to know which diagram the author is referring to. In at least one case, there is a diagram that the author never refers to at all and appears to be irrelevant to the text (pg. 61 in the middle of the page, in case the author reads this. I use this example simply because I happened to open up to this page). The effect overall is to make it very hard for the novice to follow what is important in the diagrams, since it is hard to even tell which diagram you are supposed to be looking at. Try "Go for Beginners" by Kaoru Iwamoto. It may be a little difficult for the novice to follow at times, but that is the fault of go, not the book.
I have not tried the disc that comes with this book, so I cannot comment on it.