Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book Review: The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Greek Verbs

The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Verbs
By Jon C. Laansma and Randall X. Gauthier

            This is the book that I needed on my Greek final exam translation. Irregular verbs, liquid verbs, etc. can be a pain and sometimes turn mystical when attempting identification for proper translation. Unfortunately, though the work of its authors was good, it was poorly executed by the design/printing team. I understand the objective of having a small and light booklet you can carry in your pocket, but this one is small enough, and at 80 pages, you could easily add another 40 pages without affecting its small size at all.
            As it stands, the text is just too small for a book like this. Greek accents, iota subscripts, etc. should be clearly seen, especially in a resource that will most likely be used as an aid to translation. See Appendix I for an illustration of how differently a word is translated based on the accents (in fact, the accents tell you they are different words). Also, the black text printed on the dark green was not a good idea. Perhaps white text would have worked better in those situations. Enlarge the font so we can see the work of the authors, fix the design issues, and we may revisit this resource for a better review.

2/5 Stars

Disclaimer: The book was received for free from Kregel Ministry books in exchange for an unbiased opinion.