Since quite a few of us are probably starting to dig into the newly released book, I wanted to start a discussion on it.
I was very excited when I got the book, since I had been following the blog for a while and had gotten tons of useful information from the blog and forums. Regardless of the quality or usefulness of the book, I was happy to be support MP by buying it. I’ll add that I was reading the English version, maybe there are significant differences between the different language editions.
After finishing the first chapter… I have to admit that I’m very disappointed. I’m not sure what happened but the book reads as a first draft, not as a released book. The structure of the text is all over the place: Lists within lists and no clear division of topics. Sometimes MP begins a paragraph on a new topic and provides us with examples to clarify… but then never actually defines the topic before moving on to the next topic! Grammar mistakes aplenty. I’ve noticed missing spaces in multiple places, words that someone forgot to translate, a few different contradictions. Finally, the very common awkward English making me read the same sentence over and over to try to understand what is meant. This is an example from the first chapter:
“What MPs? But you’re a liar who advises doing what he says but not what he does, or what?”
Well, no, I’m sorry I won’t disappoint you. Actually, I had some money that I didn’t care to lose […], and so I put these CHF 1,000 in to see how it would turn out.
And this is all just from reading the first chapter.
I won’t comment much on the long winded, whimsical writing style with emoticons in the text. Although I don’t like it, this is a matter of taste and it makes sense to use roughly the same style as the blog.
Was there an editor or proof-reader involved in the process of writing this book? If there wasn’t, MP should have hired one. If there was, MP should have hired someone better.
It was a real struggle for me to finish chapter 1 and I don’t think I’ll continue with chapter 2. I’m sure there’s good information in the book (as is the case on the blog) but slogging through this book just isn’t worth it.
I’m sorry to be this harsh on the book, but it really is honest feedback from a fan of the blog. It’s a shame to put all of this effort into writing this book and then have it be plagued by errors that should have been caught. I was expecting to recommend this book to all my friends who would like to be a bit more savvy with their money, but I’m not sure I can. I certainly can’t justify them spending 39/49 CHF on it. Maybe at some point we’ll have a v.2.0 with many of these errors fixed.
I’d be curious to hear from people who are reading it in different languages if they agree.