- Not as impressive as I'd hoped Review by Dayle Ann Stratton
I wouldn't recommend this book at all to someone new to spinning. Though it contains some useful information, and apparently was intended to be an instruction manual, it really doesn't function very well as such. For the more experienced spinner, it can be a useful reference book, or for the beginner who already has the basics down and is seeking more detailed information on a specific topic. Be forewarned: Amos DOES clearly state in the subtitle that it is a "compendium of information, advice, and opinions..." and it is best treated as such, a highly opinionated encyclopedia rather than a learning tool. While I enjoyed his often whimsical humor, I less enjoyed his tendency to set up a straw argument in order to target it with snide comments. This will find a place on my fibre bookshelf, but there are several other books that I've found more useful overall. The glossery is quite good, if eccentric.
(Posted on 6/27/12)
- The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning Review by Virginia Muenich
This is a great reference for the beginner to expert spinner. When I am in doubt as how to proceed with a task or how something is supposed to work on my new wheel, I check with this book . It also comes in handy for in put at our spinning group. If there is a question we consult The Big Book. This book will remain on my book shelf as long as I am a spinner.
(Posted on 10/8/11)