Whether or not this particular book is as good as its reputation is immaterial: it’s not how its intended to be read (and many books like this will actually tell you as much).
Some books in our field feel like they should be on your shelf, or that someone will ask you if you have read it, and you will be able to say “Yes.”
Reading a book like this start to finish, instead of applying or referencing it, got me there and not much further.
I’d like to think I wouldn’t fall into this trap again, but I think type books can do this a bit more subtly than programming books. They are visual, they are much more likely to be beautiful objects in their own right, not just reference manuals. And of course we love them for that reason too, but it depends on what you want out of them.
There’s no substitute for having these books open alongside you, as you do the real thing.
Until next time,