Originally posted by Mahout
Just out of interest I was wondering if you'd ever had a look at Richard Pallisers book (publsihed by Batsfords) on the Modern Benoni and if so what you thought of it.
Also - on the subject of reviews - I've been interested in reviewing a couple of books myself. With so many books I find writing a review helps to focus my attention and adds another layer ...[text shortened]... gine he'd be delighted to post your review/s there too if you're interested in submitting.
I've seen the book, even picked it up a few times to check it out at bookstores, but I never bought it. I can't remember how it was, but if I didn't buy it, maybe that says something. That whole revealed series bothered me a little bit in general. They were all very small books with big print to begin with, and I think the format was rather irksome. The chapters were things like, "Heroes and Villains", "Introduction", "What's hot.". Maybe it's a good book for an introduction to an opening, but for advanced players it's just rather silly. I felt like with chapters like that, the books don't flow very well, and maybe even left out whole varations. The problem with most chess books these days is that there are rarely books that come out that fill a gap or are something special. Alot of books are just rehashes, or worse versions of books already out. For instance, with the Modern Benoni, if you're writing a book on that opening, it better have something to offer more than John Watson's book, or else it's not worth even writing it. I think that the whole "revealed" series is a waste of paper, because if you are looking to learn a new opening, the "Starting Out: ...." series are probably (note that this is here) a better choice. And even for strong players, maybe it's better to just pick up a serious book on the topic, since you are probably familiar with the opening even if you haven't played it.