I was given a free copy of this to review. However, I ended up buying it as it is such good value for money that I felt guilty about cheating the author out of a sale.
This PDF is a collection of urban legends, myths and strange facts presented in the style of an encyclopaedia. It is intended as a source of inspiration for fantasy and/or science fiction creative writing (including RPGs).
2.5 pages of dedications and table of contents.
208 pages of entries organised alphabetically that contain all of the weird and wonderful facts, myths and urban legends that serve as the inspiration for the reader.
0.5 page afterword
36 pages of references
This pdf weighs in at a mighty 247 pages and is full of obscure facts, out there myths and urban legends. These entries provide a treasure trove of inspiration for writers, RPG Games Masters and anyone else who is creating fantasy or sci-fi content.
With so many entries, there is bound to be something that a reader will not be aware of that would spark their imagination. And given the low price point I think that this should be in the library of anyone that is looking for inspiration.
Having said that, the PDF is not perfect, it goes straight from the contents page to the actual entries themselves with no introduction, which I found a bit jarring. I think the afterword should actually go between the contents page and the entries as it would serve as a nice introduction to the PDF.
The presentation of the PDF is definitely a case of functional over beauty. Apart from the front cover there is neither colour nor any pictures in the PDF. And the formatting clearly isn't professional. However I am OK with this as any effort spent on this would have inevitably bumped the price up and the biggest selling point for this PDF is the amount of content for a cheap price.
My only other complaint is that the text of the entries can be a little dry at times, which is in keeping with the encyclopaedic nature of the PDF but some more purple prose may have helped even more to fire the reader's imagination.
However, these negatives are far outweighed by the cheap price and sheer amount of content you get in the PDF and I would recommend this to any creative person to have in their library.
[4 of 5 Stars!]