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Book Review:
2005 Magical Almanac

Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: 2004
List: US$7.95, C$10.50
ISBN: 0738701386
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Thirty-eight authors contributed seventy-nine articles to this volume. Some of the authors are becoming familiar names, others are newcomers. The almanac section occupies the center of the book and contains all the information you would expect

Once again the authors have striven for brevity without sacrificing information. And, continuing a trend begun last year, the selection of topics appears to be more geared to semi- to fully-experienced readers. There are articles to appeal to almost anyone, but there appear to be fewer "fluff" pieces.

This is not a book to be tossed aside when the next year's edition is available. With several of these volumes on your bookshelf, you will have a ready reference source, as well as a source of inspiration for further reading - since many of these articles contain source citations and suggestions for further reading.

My on-going complain about the quality of editing is justified again. I'm not sure why dropped letters and words aren't caught more consistently by editors, but they can present difficulties to the reader. Granted, with compilation works, it might be a bit more difficult, but these particular authors have been contributing to other Llewellyn annuals as well, so the reader has a right to expect a higher degree of accountability.

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

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